Germany

Germany is a fascinating place to visit. With fairy tale castles, beautiful towns, lots of hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities, you cannot go wrong choosing it as a holiday destination, and after living there for over 15 years, we can tell you the best places to go!

Wies Church – What a surprise!

We left off in Bavaria, Germany.  There is so much to do here, that a few days just does not do it justice.  As we went south to visit the famous Ludwig castles, major tourist sights that they are, we stopped off at the Wies church.  Located a bit off the beaten track, the pilgrimage church of Wies is in Steingaden, a rural, but completely typical Bavarian countryside.  There isn’t even much of a village nearby; it’s set among a few farms and lots of open fields.  In early June, it was gorgeous weather and the there were flowers and animals; very bucolic. The question becomes, why here?  Well, just like the beginning of many pilgrammage sites, this one has …

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A Quiet Maulbronn Afternoon

After our jaunt into Bavaria, we wanted to head due west to the city of Trier and the Mosel river.  We used to live near this city, and it holds a special place in our hearts.  We also have friends in the area, so of course, wanted to go visit them while we were in the country.  We had to stop half way, just for sanity’s sake, so we chose the little-known town of Maulbronn.  There is not much there except for this awesome UNESCO World Heritage monastery which is over 850 years old. As all religious sites seem to have, the founding of the monastery has a good story. Legend has it that the monks were looking for a …

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Kreuzberg Monastery and Beer!

The Monastery on Kreuzberg Rhon where the Franciscan monks started making great beer in the 7th century.

Living in Germany means that you have to love beer, good beer, beer that is made right on the premises! Yum! We never turn down a chance to check out an artsy brewery or a great monastery. Europe is chock full of great beer, and we don’t mind trying it out! So, at the tail end of winter, with just a little snow and a warm sun we found ourselves exploring Kreuzberg Monastery, and oh was the beer good! Kreuzberg Beer Straight From their Monastery These views greeted us on the sunny, yet cold, Sunday morning as we parked the car and climbed to the monastery to start our exploration of the area. . The first stop was the Information …

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World Heritage Site – Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg is a small medieval town in the Harz Mountains in Germany.

Quedlinburg is a small medieval town in the Harz Mountains of Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. It was designated UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1994. There are three main characteristics of Quedlinburg that led to its heritage status: the layout of the town, with the medieval streets still in existance, the abundance of half-timbered houses, and the Collegiate Church on Castle Hill. After having visited our fair share of medieval towns like Rothenburg, Eisenach, Carcassonne, to name a few, we thought we would be well-prepared for the quaintness of the town. We didn’t realize just how cute the town could be. I was a little miffed that I didn’t wait until spring, because it would have just been that much cuter. What was …

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A Somber Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp

The exhibit at Dachau is an exhaustive history on World War II, the role of all concentration camps in the war.

Dachau wasn’t my first choice of sights to see, but a friend was visiting from Italy and she felt it was a must-see. This was my second time visiting, and the first time was 30 years ago. The entire museum has changed dramatically since then. In the past it was a much more visceral view of the happenings that took place there; I know I left feeling completely wrecked. This time, they have updated the materials and included a lot more history and tales about all the kinds of prisoners that were once there. As you can see, we went in the middle of winter. Snow was on the ground and the temperature was below freezing. Visiting the site was …

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