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The Big 5 Bavarian Christmas Markets – A One Week Itinerary

Bavarian Christmas Markets - a 1 week itinerary.

It’s almost winter and visions of steaming mugs of glühwein and the sweet taste of stollen are dancing in my head. In Germany, the onset of winter brings one of my favorite seasons of the year – Christmas market season! Living in Bavaria, We were smack-dab in the midst of the quaintest, quirkiest, and even oldest Christmas markets in Germany. If you haven’t done a German Christmas market yet, book a flight today and I’ll tell you how to get around to the best of Bavarian Christmas Markets in one glorious, shopping bonanza week. Our itinerary will take you to not only the markets, but the cities with the best sight-seeing as well. Pin Bavarian Christmas Markets 1 Week Itinerary for …

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World Heritage Sites – Wartburg Castle, Germany

Stained glass window at Wartburg Castle, Germany.

Wartburg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Eisenach, Germany.  The location of the castle is above the border of what used to be West and East Germany, so for over forty years it was pretty inaccessible.  Either because of this, or because it is such a famous pilgrimage site, the day we were there so were  plenty of people.  Last year there were over 400,000 visitors. As a good castle should be, Wartburg is situated up high, above the town on a jutting precipice.  We drove up, up, up, and then the only parking available was down the hill a little.  Darn it!  That just meant more climbing.   We parked the car, and as we stepped out into …

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Reveling in Memories of Trier

  We arrived in Trier and we felt that we were coming home.  We lived near the city for four years, and that was the place we went to lunch, to shop, to tour, and just to hang out.  So as we drove into town, we couldn’t wait to see our old stomping grounds. As you walk across the street from the parking garage, the first thing you see is the impressive Porta Nigra, which was one of the four Roman gates protecting the city around 200 AD.  It towers over the modern buildings of the city, as it has four stories of large dark stone.  I can only imagine that if there were archers and sentries blocking my way, …

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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 …

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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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