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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.

Snapshots of Life in Erlangen, Germany

The Markgrafenschloss in Erlangen, Germany.

While this is a company town in the Franconia Valley, Erlangen is also home to an important University. Students gather on the lawns to read or play sports (soccer and a form of tight-rope walking between trees seem to be the favorites). Despite being a workaday factory town that was essentially obliterated in World War

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Four Restaurants To Try In Nuremberg, Germany

Photo of Nuremberg After World War II in the Restaurant Oberkrainer am Hauptmarkt, Nuremberg, Germany

For a small city, Nuremberg (known as Nürnberg in German) has a number of good restaurants, particularly German and local Franconian cuisine.  Here, we review four from our recent trip. The Goldenes Posthorn is located just a block off the central square. It features local Bavarian, Franconian and German specialties. On this trip, we ordered

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The Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Bavaria

The trip from Munich to the King’s Castles—Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein—in the municipality of Schwangau in Southern Bavaria takes about two hours, but it takes you back in time over 100 years. The castles, particularly Neuschwanstein, are not old. Hohenschwangau was completed in 1837 and Neuschwanstein was still unfinished when its builder, King Ludwig, died in 1886.

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Visiting Dachau Concentration Camp

Front gate of Dachau concentration camp saying "Arbeit Macht Frei" -- "Work makes you free:

Dachau. This place needs no introduction. Since World War II, Dachau has become synonymous with concentration camp, cruelty, and torture. But Dachau is also a real town – a town that was a hip artists colony before the Nazi regime, a town that was a willing provider of supplies to the camp during the brutal

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Bamberg, Germany

The Alte Rathaus in Bamberg, Germany.

Bamberg, Germany isn’t on many people’s travel itineraries, but I was fortunate enough to discover it several years ago. Bamberg had largely escaped damage during World War II and is now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are the top 5 things to do in Bamberg!

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