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!

The Secret Passages of Tempelhof

Chasing the Ghosts of the Past in Tempelhof

The first time I went to Berlin was in the 1980s, during the cold war. At that time, the USAF was using Tempelhof as its main base in the divided city. That one huge building housed the entire Air Force Base: airport operations, maintenance facilities, commissary, a bowling alley, chapel, lodging, schools, even a basketball court. It is a behemoth of a building, circular in design and several stories high with secret passageways, hidden bunkers, and, perhaps, even a a ghost or two. Flash forward a few decades and we were back in Berlin, this time for a tour of this incredible iconic structure. Ghosts From The Past in Tempelhof Airport Berlin? According to our Tempelhof tour guide, Ernst, if …

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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 the …

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