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For over a thousand years, Germany has been a commanding force in Europe. Germany sits at the crossroads of several different (and important) trading routes. To this day, commerce and trade is an incredibly important part of the German export-based economy. Visitors to Germany frequently come to Bavaria or the Black Forrest looking a fairy tale experience: medieval villages, half-timber houses, beer and bratwurst. There’s plenty of that to go around. However, there’s more to Germany than Grimm fairy tales.

World War I and World War II took a devastating toll on Germany and many war sites are now important monuments. As a country, Germany doesn’t shy away from these difficult topics. Germany has the best preserved, best marketed and most thorough collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Germany has thoughtfully evaluated its contributions to world culture and has systematically preserved those sites all of humanity to enjoy.

Having been around the world many times, Germany is a country we keep visiting again and again. For us, there’s just so much to see and do in Germany! Here are a few of our favorite German experiences.

36 Hours in Lubeck, Germany

The Hanseatic city of Lubeck, Germany, is full of fun things to do an beautiful views -- like this one along the Trave River

The beauty of Lubeck, Germany, is complemented by divine food, great shopping, and a proud history still visible across the city today. With so much to offer, this northern German city is not to be missed, even if you’re short on time.

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Walking In the Footsteps of Martin Luther

The Wartburg Castle in Eisenach where Martin Luther took refuge.

In October 1517, a young theologian posted 95 theses on a church door in Germany. His name was Martin Luther and his actions changed the world. Today, the Martin Luther pilgrimage sites in Germany draw visitors from around the world.

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15 Inspiring Photos of Nuremberg

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In the frigid winter of 1999, I visited Nuremberg for the first time. From my first walk down the Koenigstrasse, I was smitten. That first trip was the beginning of my love affair with this historical city – a love affair that continues to this day. The city is extremely photogenic, so I can’t resist

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Rewriting Germany’s Jewish Heritage in Erfurt

The bridge over the river in Erfurt, Germany.

Germany’s relationship with Jewish history is painful. But this is not that story. This is the remarkably unlikely story of one of Europe’s greatest treasures hidden for centuries. This is the story of a history lost – and rediscovered under unlikely circumstances. This is the story, the legend, of the Erfurt Treasure and the Old

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The Best of Germany’s Small Towns on The Romantic Road

The market square in Bad Mergentheim on Germany's Romantic Road.

The Romantic Road. Those three words conjure up images of fairy tales and charming little villages. For years, despite numerous trips to Germany, I’ve avoided what is arguably the best known holiday route in the world. I had a lot of preconceptions about the Romanic Road – some were true and some were just legends.

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The Cure of Bad Salzungen’s Keltenbad Spa

The Keltenbad spa in Bad Salzungen, Germany.

Like ghosts in the mist, white hooded bodies move silently through the 200 year old wooden structure. The dense fog strangles the senses as sight and sound are distorted. Slowly, the bodies pace back and forth. The only noise is the faint trickle of water. These pilgrims come to the Keltenbad spa (or Celtic Bath)

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A Tale of Two Weimars

The Goethe-Schiller statue in front of Germany's National Theater celebrates the age of Classical Weimar.

Weimar, Germany is a town with an identity crisis. On one hand, it is a town deeply rooted in the Romantic Classical period. On the other hand, it is progressive, modern and gave birth to the Bauhaus movement. The dual traditions – Classical Weimar and the Weimar Bauhaus – are both recognized as separate UNESCO

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Fairy Tales and Legends in Rothenburg

This intersection in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most photographed spots in all of Germany. Extreme poverty for hundreds of years has preserved the town's medieval character.

The hamlet of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of Germany’s most visited small towns. It is also one of its best preserved: hundreds of years of poverty and neglect left the town in mint shape. In the summer, over 2 million visitors pack its tiny streets. But in the dead of winter, I had

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