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

Heidelberg at Night via Wayfaring With WagnerA much overdue post from my long weekend in Heidelberg a few months ago! ;) I’ve talked about my love for Heidelberg numerous times (see: here and here). It also holds a special place in my heart because it is where the Prince and I first met (our love story). We’ve now made it a yearly tradition to return to Heidelberg during the May 1st long weekend, the exact weekend that we met all the way back in 2014. To me, there is no place more magical or romantic than Heidelberg – especially Heidelberg at night! I’ve outlined below some of the best places to visit in Heidelberg at night.

I could spend weeks praising my favorite town in the entire world: Heidelberg, Germany. Beloved by Mark Twain (he lived here for 3 months and the city inspired his book, A Tramp Abroad), Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, and Goethe, the charming city avoided damage during WWI and WWII, and thus much of the city remains the same as it was hundreds of years ago. I got to call this town “home” for almost 2 years and dream of moving back here one day.

“Ich hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren.”

I left my heart in Heidelberg. I’ve been attempting to write this blog post for almost a week but words fail me. How do I sum up 18 wonderful, amazing, life-changing months in Heidelberg? I’ve met some of my best friends, taken amazing classes, gone on inspiration trips, and connected with the awesome blogging community!

Nestled in the hills high above the old town of Heidelberg, Germany, Schloss Heidelberg (or “Heidelberg Castle” in English) is the focal point of this medieval town along the Neckar River. Ever since I moved here 18 months ago, I’ve made it a goal to go to the castle once every season. To me, the city and castle look so different throughout the year: the changing fall colors, the snowy hilltops, the new blooms of spring, and the bustling tourist activity of the summer.

The Heidelberg Christmas Market has been absolutely wonderful! It is so nice to step outside after class and be right in a Christmas Market (all my classes are in the Old Town, which is where the Heidelberg Christmas Market is held)! I’ve been spoiling myself with Gluehwein (mulled wine), bratwursts, and crepes!

Schloss Heidelberg, also know as Heidelberg Castle (in English), resides 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg. There are a few options for getting to the castle. You can either walk, take a car, or take a funicular. I think there is also a bus but I haven’t checked on that yet. I was too cheap to spend the 6 Euros to take the funicular and don’t have a car, so I decided to walk (plus, I figured walking was the “outdoorsy” thing to do). The walk wasn’t too terrible. It was incredibly steep but only took about 15 minutes. Once at the top, the views more than made up for the walk!

American Studies in Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner

My flight over to Frankfurt was uneventful (horrible food, semi-cramped quarters). However, I did get upgraded to economy comfort because of the lymphedema in my right leg! After arriving in the Frankfurt Airport, I immediately bought a SIM card for my iPhone and proceeded to the trains (Frankfurt Airport has a train station underneath it…super convenient!) I managed to figure out my trains, make it to Heidelberg, get my apartment keys from a friend, and proceeded to take a 4 hours nap. Afterwards, I met for drinks with some people from my program. Super chill and low-key night. Below I’ve documented my first days in Heidelberg!