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Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, Germany

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Germany

Situated at the very heart of Europe, Germany's diversity astounds the visitor. Travel to Germany and discover fairytale castles, picturesque villages, crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped mountains, the mystical Black Forest, stunning Rhine River cruises, traditional Christmas markets and of course the world famous Oktoberfest. Germany's elegant cities, including the hip and stylish capital Berlin, are vibrant cultural and historical centers and their sidewalk cafes are a perfect place to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. A honeymoon is a great excuse to travel to Germany and experience this beautiful and historic country in all its splendor.

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Highlights

Unsurprisingly for a country whose land has so often been at history's crux, the moods and preoccupations of Germany's people are reflected in a rich artistic heritage: from the claustrophobic beauty of its cathedrals to classical films from the silent era of cinema, from the most influential philosophers (try Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Marx for starters) to some of the world's great physicists (Einstein and Planck), from the cream of classical composers (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel and Wagner) to contemporary industrial-grunge music and Krautrock, from the genius of Goethe to the revolutionary theater of Brecht, Germany has it all.

Germany's romantic castles, rivers, scenery make it the ideal honeymoon destination for couples seeking a romantic break from it all. Why not become a King and Queen of the castle and book into one of the country's many castles and palaces for a night? Take a cruise along Germany's rivers and view picturesque castles perched on hilltops. Rent a car and follow Germany's Romantic Road, home to the fairytale "Disney" castle of Neuschwanstein. Or book into one of the Baden-Baden's stunning hotel spas and relax with His/Hers Massage before enjoying a night at the city's Casino. The list is endless and honeymoon in Germany unforgettable.

Geography/Environment
The lowlands in the north of Germany stretch from the Netherlands to Poland, skimming southern Denmark where it bridges the North and Baltic seas. The industrialized central belt cinches Belgium and Luxembourg to the Czech Republic's western prong. The Rhine and Main Rivers, long crucial for inland shipping, power through the troughs and gorges which cut through the Central Uplands. To the south, the Danube River drains the Bavarian highlands from the Black Forest, near the French and Swiss borders, to Munich. The southern reaches of the Bavarian Alps give way to Austria.
Activities
Enjoy beautiful countryside and be captivated by the moods of the seasons ... ... take in breathtaking scenery on a Rhine cruise past historical ruins, fortresses and castles ... feel the magic of a moonlit night and starry sky over this romantic scenery ... explore Germany's rich history in numerous castle grounds and fascinating castle museums ... experience German culture, traditions and lifestyle at local festivities throughout the year ... take part in wine-tasting directly at the vineyards and wineries (learn about wine and wine-making and take a few bottles home for subsequent anniversaries!) ... discover the local culinary delights and specialties ... live like royalty in a medieval castle (with the advantage of modern amenities!) ... and for the ultimate in romance, experience the sunset over Neuschwanstein "The Dreamking's Castle" and stay in a hotel nearby with the "one million dollar view" ...
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Destination Wedding Information

Apply in person What's legal - civil.

Civil German marriages are performed by the Registrar (Standesamt) which is usually located in the office of the Mayor (Rathaus) in the district where you wish to marry.

Religious ceremonies are blessings that follow the legal civil wedding.

Documents needed:
  • Foreign nationals wishing to marry in Germany need to submit the following documents to the Standesamt:
  • certificate of non-impediment to marriage or a document from the your home embassy confirming you are eligible to marry
  • birth certificate
  • passport
  • medical certificate
  • if under 18 written notarized consent of parents or guardians
  • if previously married, marriage certificate and death certificate or final divorce decree containing the grounds for the divorce

Documents must be in German, or officially translated into German.

The couple must personally visit the Registrar with the translated documents to file their Official Wedding Notice. An interpreter would be of assistance if neither can speak German.

The date of the wedding ceremony cannot be confirmed until approval by the Superior County Court (Landgericht) has been received.

For the civil ceremony the couple will require two witnesses and an official translator if necessary.

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