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!

Dresden Christmas Stollen and Parade

Dresden Christmas Stollen

A Tasty Holiday Treat with a Long History – Dresdener Stollen! During the holiday season, every country, every family has their own tasty recipes that bring the holidays home.  In Dresden, they’re most famous holiday treat is the Christmas Stollen.  Stollen is a yeast cake that can be plain or filled with dried fruits, marzipan, poppyseeds, or almonds and nuts.  It is sold all over the country, but no other German city is as well known for their stollen as Dresden. During the Christmas season, almost every little dorf and village, let alone the big cities in Germany, host Christmas markets.  Touting gemütlichkeit, a general good feeling, of Christmas cheer often brought on by copious amounts of  glühwein, potato pancakes, bratwurst, or …

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Splashing About The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, Germany

Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg Germany

September is the month of festivals in Germany, so you can find many more to attend like the world-famous Oktoberfest which happens during some of the same time. No matter what the reason for the festival, you can bet there will be good food, good drink, and fun times for the whole family. I love a festival. And one that involves food, well, that’s a no-brainer. We were going. I love pumpkin, and I’d heard there was plenty of pumpkin specialties to be tasted, so off we went to Stuttgart. Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, Germany’s Largest Germany’s largest pumpkin festival is held every year at Ludwigsburg palace near Stuttgart. While the festival runs from late August through early November, not all activities are …

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7 Tips for Winning German Christmas Markets with Kids!

7 Tips for Winning German Christmas Markets with Kids

‘Tis the Season! Everywhere I look there are signs up for the opening of the Christmas markets all over Germany; I’m so excited! There’s nothing better than grabbing some friends, getting all bundled up, and heading out to the nearest market square to wander among the little brown wooden huts filled with the sights and smells of the holidays. As we know, Christmas is for kids, all kids, yet taking them to a crowded marketplace can be a daunting task. Here are some of our tips for really enjoying a German Christmas Market with kids in tow.

UNESCO World Heritage Site – Frontiers of the Roman Empire in Germany

The frontiers of the Roman Empire are spread throughout Europe. I obviously have some more “frontiering” to do! Driving down the autobahn these days, you see lots of “brown” signs. Brown indicates a place of interest. This runs the gamut as far as how someone has defined “interest.” But if there is a truly important site in the nearby town, especially if it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, you can be sure there is a brown sign telling you to turn here! We kept driving by this one. The one that said “Limes”, which is what the Germans call the Roman Empire barrier. We finally headed there with high expectations as we have visited one other site, …

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Gliding Across Lake Königssee, Germany

Königssee Germany

Lake Konigsee and St. Bartholomew’s Church The Königssee seemed to be that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but no matter how much we chased it all we’d ever find was rain pouring down. We’d go again and there was a sleet storm. On another visit to Berchtesgaden we didn’t have time to go and all the people in the hotel were raving about the fine day they had on the lake. At some point, I just felt like giving up. The Königssee wasn’t interested in us and by golly I wasn’t going to be interested in it. BUT, have you seen this iconic Bavarian shot? You know the pretty white and maroon chapel with buxom towers harkening you …

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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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A Lesson to Remember at Flossenburg Concentration Camp

For Americans, like myself, World War II stories are fresh in our minds. As we’re traveling around the country, we try our best to visit them and keep reminding ourselves what can happen if we are not careful, mindful. One of the things that are abundant in Germany are concentration camps, and unlike the names of Dachau and Auschwitz which have been engraved on our brains, Flossenburg Concentration Camp is one of thousands of camps during World War II that no one has heard of, yet millions of people of all ages and gender were imprisoned, or worse, in these unforgotten hells. The numbers of concentration camps during the Second World War is staggering. Numbers vary depending on your source, however …

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Discovering The Magnificent Bastei Bridge in Germany

Bastei Bridge, Germany

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. On a whim, we decided to jump …

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