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12 romantic spots in Germany to celebrate same-sex marriage equality

Neuschwanstein Castle

Congratulations Germany!

The country is to become the next in Europe to offer same-sex marriage, after today’s vote to legalize it.

According to president of parliament Norbert Lammert, 393 voted in favor, 226 against, while seven abstained or were absent.

Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against.

Gay marriage should be available in Germany, home to Europe’s largest economy, by the end of the year.

Here, we celebrate with 12 of the sweetest spots for a wedding, honeymoon or a simple romantic moment in this magical land of castles and cobbled streets…

1 Speicherstadt

What: The largest warehouse district in the world.

Where: Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city.

Why: It’s inexplicably, serenely beautiful. Also, it’s an excuse to get out on Hamburg’s many canals – it has more than Amsterdam and Venice combined.

2 Schloss Drachenburg

What: A palace in the clouds built in 1884.

Where: Königswinter, near the city of Bonn in the East of the country.

Why: Entry is only €7 (£6.16, $7.98).

3 Freudenberg

What: A charming town of 18,000.

Where: East Germany, driving distance from Nuremberg and Frankfurt.

Why: For the charm of its traditional half-timbered houses.

4 TV Tower

What: The tallest structure in Germany.

Where: Berlin, of course!

Why: Because there’s a great restaurant at the top with lovely views of the city.

5 Neuschwanstein Castle

What: A hilltop palace fit for a Disney Princess (or rather the late King Ludwig II of Bavaria, widely believed to have been gay) dating back to 1869.

Where: The state of Bavaria, a couple of hours outside Munich near the Austrian border.

Why: Just look at it!

6 Eibsee

What: A huge, gorgeous, lake 1000m above sea level.

Where: Also in Bavaria, an hour from Neuschwanstein Castle.

Why: Because no trip to Germany is complete without a dip in one of its 311 lakes.

7 Saarschleife

What: A striking hairpin bend in the River Saar.

Where: The state of Saarland.

Why: Because you can take it in from the top of Baumwipfelpfad – a wondeful 1,250 meters long, 20 meter tall staircase/slide combo!

8 The Residenz

What: Germany’s largest city palace, known for its magical ceiling frescos.

Where: Munich, Germany’s third largest city.

Why: Because it’s gorgeous inside and out, and its history dates back to 1385.

9 Am Wall Windmill

What: An emblem of Germany built in 1898.

Where: The city of Bremen, near the River Weser in the country’s Northwest.

Why: Because it’s the perfect place for a loved-up photo.

10 Asamchurch

What: A church built between 1733 and 1746.

Where: Munich once again.

Why: To experience the absolute epitome of Baroque style.

11 Kromlauer Park

What: A gorgeous park covering 200 acres.

Where: The municipality of Gablenz near the Polish border.

Why: The circular optical illusion of the Rakotz Bridge is pure magic.

12 Schwäbischhall

What: An adorable town of 37,000.

Where: South of the country.

Why: It’s the archetypal German town.