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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

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Markets via Wayfaring With Wagner

It would be an understatement to say that I’m obsessed with the Christmas season in Germany. There really is nothing better than it! By the time the grey months of winter come around, the Christmas markets inject a bit of happiness and liveliness into my life.

To say that this has been a hard past two weeks in Germany is an understatement. The night before the terrorist attack in Germany, I was finalizing all the photos I was going to share for this post and editing them. However, it didn’t feel right to post such a festive article right after the attack. A day after the attack, I went to my local Christmas market and while I was sipping some Glühwein and hot chocolate, armed police with automatic weapons were standing next to me. It felt really uncomfortable that this is our new “normal.”