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Splashing About The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, Germany

Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg Germany

Ludwigsburg, Germany – Pumpkins Galore 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.  In fact, 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.  

Say Cheese! Alpine Cow Parades

Say Cheese! Alpine Cow Parades

After living in Bavaria for four years, I’m addicted to the colorful, bejeweled parade of cows known as the Almabtrieb or cow parade. Every fall, small troops of leather clad men and women climb to the high alpen pastures to collect their cows and bring them down off the mountain. This is the spectacle to watch in the Alps in the fall. Truly a do not miss event!

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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Letting Our Hair Down at Rapunzel’s Castle – Mespelbrunn

A Visit to a Fairy Tale Castle – Schloss Mespelbrunn Only a few kilometers off of the A3 between Frankfurt and Würzburg, sits Mespelbrunn castle. This castle is still privately owned, but open to the public for tours, weddings, or renting out a room in the tower. It’s small and cozy, but very peaceful and beautiful.

Welcoming Spring with German Maypole Celebrations

Welcoming Spring with Germany May Pole Celebrations

Hoisting the Maypole – A Bavarian Tradition One of the great things about living in Germany is that we get to experience some of the traditions that would be difficult to plan as a traveler. There are so many very date specific events on the calendar, all year round, that scheduling the best time to visit to attend these events is difficult. That being said, we’ve lived in Germany off and on for the 11 years now and we have never been to a hoisting of the Maypole. Until now, that is. We found out on Friday that our little city of Weiden (population 42,000) was having their annual Maibaum celebration this past Sunday, May 1st, of course. There had …

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Krampus, A Downright Scary Christmas Tradition

Krampus A Scary Christmas Tradition

Christmastime in Germany is full of charm.  All over the country the Christmas markets are going strong, especially the famous ones like Rothenburg ob Tauber.  With the smell of sugary almonds roasting and the wisps of steam climbing out of your gluhwein mug, you happily look out for St. Nicholas and hope he gives you some sweets.  However, that’s not the only thing that Bavarian children keep an eye out for.  There’s another that makes his way to the markets, the devilish Krampus.

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.

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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The Colorful Chocolate World of Ritter Sport in Berlin – Take the Kids!

Ritter Sport Custon Chocolate

Make Your Own Chocolate Bar at Ritter Sport in Berlin The Colorful Chocolate World of Ritter Sport in Berlin is the perfect place to take the kids, especially if you get caught in the rain. Each person gets to pick their own ingredients and make a custom-made chocolate bar.  It’s a great stop during your Berlin Weekend Getaway. Kids, and adults, everybody loves chocolate! Making my own chocolate bar was really fun, trying to come up with the flavors. It’s a great thing to do in winter, too. So, if you’re in Berlin doing Christmas markets, or visiting all the historical sights, make sure to take a sweet break! There is plenty to do in the outlet store, however first you …

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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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The 2nd Biggest Beer Fest in Germany

Erlangen Beer Festival

The second largest beer festival in Germany is the Erlangen Bergkirchweih held at the beginning of June each year. It’s all about the beer in Erlangen. Perched up on the mountain, this beer fest began with tastings throughout the “caves” where the beer is stored. Unlike the sprawling Oktoberfest held in Munich, here you must climb and wind your way between trees, small alleyways, and all the caves built into the side of the mountain.   There are a number of beers represented as you walk across the face of the mountain.  As you can see the waitresses and bartenders stay nice and cool in the caves where you can sit inside, outside, or even on top to enjoy their …

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