Friedenssaal and the Peace of Westphalia – Münster Germany

Through the Arches, up the front steps, and inside the Historic Rathaus along Münster’s Prinzipalmarkt you’ll find the Friedenssaal, Hall of Peace. The room has remained essentially unchanged for the past 375 years, from the time when envoys across Central Europe arrived to debate and hammer out details for the Treaty of Westphalia and Peace of Münster which ended the…

Travel Accessories for a Trip to Germany- What I Take Along

In the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several trips to Germany for vacations, family visits, research trips, weddings, and even for business.  Over the years I’ve put together a list of travel accessories for a trip to Germany that I always pack.  Some may seem obvious, and you probably already have them on your packing list.…

Seiffen Church- History and a Tour of the Bergkirche Seiffen

Seiffen is not known for its architecture. The town in a far corner of the Germany began as a mining town, and over time evolved into a sort of Christmas Village or Spielzeugdorf, filled with shops creating toys and decorations. Yet, if you go up the hill from the Buntes Haus… past the giant Christmas Pyramid, and around the bend…

A Visit to the Black Forest Open Air Museum, Vogtsbauernhof

In the heart of the Black Forest you’ll find a small village of houses and workshops that feels suspended in time. Thatched roofs, goats, grain mills, and people dressed in period costume from a few hundred years ago…you rub your eyes and wonder, did I discover a German Brigadoon?  No, but the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof will take…

Things to do in Erfurt- A Delightful City at the Center of Germany

You’ll find Erfurt at about the geographical center of Germany, making it the perfect stopover for our trip from west to east. We would only have one night in the city, but I started researching “Things to do in Erfurt” immediately! (and I found so MANY things to do, that I wished we could stay a few more nights…). Like…

Visit Görlitz- A Historic City on the Easternmost Border of Germany

Before heading into Poland to visit our Silesian roots, we stopped to catch our breath for a few days in Görlitz. Why visit Görlitz? The city has been high on my to-visit list for a while…. the Silesian museum, beautiful old buildings, and for my husband, it’s the film location of one of his favorite movies, The Grand Budapest Hotel.…

Burg Maus- The Perfect Setting for a Mystery! Guest Post by Rachel Selle

Thanks so much to Rachel Selle, author of “Mystery at Castle Mouse” for writing this guest post to share the fascinating history of Burg Maus on the Rhine! (I do love when someone does my job for me). Enjoy the post… and then check out Rachel’s book series “The European Adventures” available in English AND German. Rachel will be giving…

Underground in the Erzgebirge- An Abenteuer Bergwerk Mine Tour

Most of my life I’ve managed to avoid dark underground spaces like caves and mines. (The walls just feel like they close in… brrrr) So why was I suiting up in a slicker and hard hat to tour a mine? Because THIS special mine is in the Erzgebirge. In previous posts I’ve written about the Christmas decorations and toys, like…

The Nebra Sky Disc & the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle

The Nebra Sky-disc captivated me the first time I saw a photo of it. While it looks like a simple blue disk with golden circles and crescents, the bronze disc reflects the heavens in a very specific way. This year, I took the opportunity to see it in person at the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle Germany. Fabulous. The…

Wartburg Castle Tour- Wartburg Castle in Eisenach Germany

The Venn Diagram of reader recommendations and travel plans overlapped neatly this year, meaning I could put the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach on the itinerary. And I’m so glad. The Wartburg Castle Tour takes you on a journey through history from the 11th century to the end of the 19th.  There are rough and ready rooms for knights, as well beautiful…

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