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We’ve lived and traveled all across Germany for several years. We’ve got all the info on travel in Germany.

Discovering The Magnificent Bastei Bridge in Germany

Bastei Bridge, Germany

A Day Trip to Bastei Bridge (Basteibrücke) Ever since we moved to the Oberpfalz in northern Bavaria we’d been hearing about, and seeing stunning pictures of, Bastei Bridge in the region known as Sächsischen Schweiz (or Saxon Switzerland) in former East Germany. The bridge is located in a national park that is both enchanting and awe-inspiring, in eastern Germany on the Czech border. Saxon Switzerland National Park is known for its natural beauty attributed to the deep gorge carved out from the Elbe river which has left pinnacles of sandstone that are reminiscent of the gigantic pinnacles of Meteora, Greece and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkey.  This is a surreal landscape that makes you want to take photo after photo after photo. …

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The Best Places To Go, Germany In Winter

Mountains, Christmas Lights – Germany in Winter is Magical! Have you ever thought of traveling to Germany during the winter? You should. Hands down, it’s the most magical season in this central European country. Forests and mountains are covered in pure, white snow, but the temperature isn’t too cold. You can easily spend the day skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or sledding in the many outdoor parks and recreation areas, but that’s not all. From November to the end of December, every city, town, hamlet is blinged out with Christmas lights, a life-sized creche scene, and little wooden stalls ready to sell you everything from a hot mulled wine to locally made handicrafts. Germany knows how to do a Christmas market and …

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Visiting The Kuchlbauer Tower and Brewery in Bavaria

Art and beer, beer and art. These two things don’t necessarily go together, but in Abensberg, a small town not far from Regensberg, in Bavaria there is a brewery and beer garden where it’s all about the art. It boasts a magical tower that will have the kids of all ages gaping and smiling. Jim and I heard about this unusual combination, and couldn’t wait to go. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to convince us to visit a brewery anyway, but with a little whimsy, you just can’t keep us away, and one thing that the Kuchlbauer Tower promises is whimsy! Am I Dreaming? The Kuchlbauer Brewery and Hundertwasserturm Experience The Kuchlbauer Brewery, brewing wheat beer or weizenbier, a wheat …

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For The Love Of Beer – A Day Trip From Munich

Beer, that refreshing drink we all love, has some very humble beginnings. Some say the ancient Egyptians brewed the first barrels of suds, others pin our fraternity binge-ing brew on the Babylonians. But beer didn’t get serious until the early middle ages when hops were added to balance the sweetness from the malt with a little bitterness, reduce spoilage, and improve the aromatic quality of the popular fermented drink. If this interests you as much as us, you would love visiting the Hops Museum, and it’s very close to Munich itself. Full of great information and hands-on activities, we loved it. What Makes The Best Beer? Germany has always been a leader when it comes to hops, first in the …

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Playmobil FunPark in Germany – Fun for All Ages

When traveling, sometimes it’s difficult to find things to do that are just for kids.  After dragging the little ones from cathedral to museum to restaurant, you really should insert a day that is just for them. It will make everyone happier, believe me! We did this when we had visitors come to Germany. We’d integrated some great spots for kids already, like the Polish city of Wroclaw, but this day we wanted to do something just for the kids. Playmobil FunPark, with “fun” right there in the name was just the place to go!

The Town Divided By War – Moedlareuth

Deutsch-Deutsches Museum Moedlareuth

Imagine this. Your country has just lost a war, and now the Soviets who are in charge are building a wall in your town. How will you visit your family? How will you shop? How will you go to school? For almost 37 years, this small town of 50 inhabitants was divided by a wall and guards. Brother could not visit or even wave at brother. Families were torn apart, but only lived mere feet from each other. It wasn’t until 1989 that the border that had blocked them from seeing each other was finally removed.  If this type of story interests you, you will want to visit the German town of Moedlareuth.

Our Guide To The Top Open Air Museums For Kids In Germany

Visit Open Air Museums to Step Back in Time What’s better than learning about a culture, traipsing about an outdoor museum, maybe learning how to farm, bake bread, or sail, all with a hands-on experience? I don’t think there is anything better. As a teacher, I can tell  you, kids really do love to learn, especially when it has a “I can do it myself” bent. One place we like to go are open air museums, and Germany has plenty of them, at least one great one for each state. We’ve taken our students to a few of them, and when the results are in, we’re all winners!

Things To Do On a Long Layover in Frankfurt

things to do in Frankfurt on a long layover

Frankfurt Airport is one of the busiest in Germany. If you are traveling to Europe, and especially to Germany, there’s a good chance you’ll have a layover in this massive, sprawling airport. So how can you spend your time? What is there to do in the airport? Are there any things to do around Frankfurt Airport? Whether you have a short or long layover in Frankfurt, you will find that it’s easy to get into the city. If your bag isn’t checked through to your destination, drop it off in the left luggage, grab your pre-packed day trip kit, and head down to the S-Bahn station. There are plenty of things to do in Frankfurt on a layover. Frankfurt Airport …

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Best Driving Tips for the German Autobahn

Best Driving Tips for the German Autobahn

Car geeks and speed freaks aside, German autobahns are world famous. The first stretch was laid down between Cologne (Köln) and Bonn in the late 1920s, and by 1938 nearly 3000 miles of smooth flowing ribbons of concrete were criss-crossing the country. Today motorists enjoy more than 8,000 miles of, sometimes, unlimited speedway. Of course there are many rules and regulations that govern traffic on these highways; they are not the freewheeling dragster strips that many people imagine.

Indulgence and Pampering, A Romantic Weekend at Castle Wernberg

Indulgence and Pampering, A Romantic Weekend at Castle Wernberg

Looking for that perfect romantic weekend? Need a night away from the kids? We have found the perfect place for you. Hotel Burg Wernberg, in the middle of the Oberpflaz region of Germany, is the perfect overnight getaway. The castle, built in the middle ages, although small has been renovated to be as cozy and luxurious as you could possibly want for a pampered, romantic weekend getaway. As you drive up the hill and park the car, the castle is almost hidden behind the greenery. Just like in Sleeping Beauty, the leaves and ivy seem to open up, exposing the the moat, tall walls, and brilliant blue shutters adorning each window. Crossing the wooden bridge and entering through the first arch, …

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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.

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