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With a country full of castles, fairy tales, and even a Romantic Road, how could Germany not be romantic?! I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day and can’t resist visiting as many romantic places in Germany as possible (including a getaway last weekend to Bamberg). Whether you travel with your significant other, your family, or even just great friends, here is a list of 8 extremely romantic places in Germany that you must visit!* The best part? Most of these are totally doable as weekend trips in Germany (thank you Deutsche Bahn and an amazing transportation system!).

*romantic places is also interchangeable for absolutely adorable, colorful, and quaint German towns

I feel like my relationship with gingerbread houses is quite similar to one of my favorite childhood books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If you give Jordan a gingerbread house, she’ll ask for a fairy tale German town. And if you give Jordan a fairy tale German town, she’ll ask for blue skies. And if you give Jordan blue skies, she’ll want a snowy backdrop. And if you give Jordan a snowy backdrop, she’ll ask for mountains in the distance. There’s probably also a beer and a coffee and some chocolate thrown in there somewhere ;)

Fairy tales, spying, espionage, and witches. These are just some of the stories that surround the mystery of the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains. I spontaneously booked a train ticket last Tuesday and got to take in this gorgeous view this past weekend! After staying in the quaint city of Goslar, I woke up early Saturday morning to catch the Brockenbahn (Brocken Railway). The snow, the scenery, the sunshine! This train ride did not disappoint.