Spreewald Kahnfahrt and a Visit to the Open-Air Museum in Lehde

South and slightly east of Berlin you’ll find one of Germany’s more unusual UNESCO sites, the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve. This inland delta of the Spree River, crisscrossed by 200 water channels and streams through bog land, forest, and meadows was formed during the last Ice Age. The area is home to a group of traditional Sorbs or Wends, whose families…

Weltenburg Abbey- Come for the Beer, Stay for the History

Sitting somewhat precariously on the shores of the Danube not too far from Regensburg, you’ll find Weltenburg Abbey. I visited on a warm day in July. The plan was to tour the Brewery, but I was delighted to learn that there is much more to see at the Benedictine Abbey than just big vats of beer (not that big vats…

What is the Difference Between a Burg and a Schloss?

It sounds like a fun game, doesn’t it? Burg or Schloss? (Almost like a harder version of Stadt, Land, Fluß). Those grand, and not so grand, castles in Germany get very specific names. But is it a Castle? Is it a Palace? What is the difference between a Burg and a Schloss?  (To make things even more confusing, there is…

The Gäubodenmuseum- 7000 years of History in Straubing, Germany

The Gäubodenmuseum is an absolute treasure trove of early German, Celtic, Roman, and Bavarian artifacts. You’ll find the museum in a rebuilt patricians house on Frauenhoferstraße, off the main pedestrian zone in Straubing. The museum was recommended to me by our tour bus driver, Bene. (And here’s a travel tip- when the bus driver recommends something, GO!). Now, I’ve always…

The Speicherstadt Hamburg- More than just Warehouses…

How did a warehouse district manage to get UNESCO Status? Well, the Speicherstadt Hamburg is incredibly photogenic… rows of neo-Gothic brick warehouses tower over the water connected by bridges (fun fact, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice). But it’s more than just looks. Think of the Speicherstadt Hamburg as a city within a city. An customs free-zone that not too…

Titan-RT! Crossing the Longest Suspension Bridge in Germany

After spending a lot of time touring old buildings in Quedlinburg, it was time for adventure.  Time for the Titan RT! Now, I don’t do well with heights… all the symptoms, shakes, sweats, nausea, wash over me in a wave. So, what was I doing on the longest suspension bridge in Germany? My fearless partner convinced me it “would be…

Surfing in Munich -Landlocked Munich becomes a Surfing Mecca!

Things you expect to see in Munich… Beer, Lederhosen, churches, Biergarten…. But, unless you’ve been clued in, you don’t expect to see surfing in Munich. Munich might be 300 miles from the nearest Ocean, but that doesn’t stop expert surfers from carving through the waves. It turns out, a man made wave in an arm of the Isar on the…

Albrecht Dürer House Nuremberg- A Step back in Time

Up Dürer Strasse  from the Nuremberg Spielzeug Museum (Toy Museum), just down the hill from the Kaiserburg, you’ll find the Albrecht Dürer House. I had the chance to visit in 2019 while on a Christmas Market tour, and I was fascinated. As you all know, I love “small” museums. It’s the instant immersion without a lot of extra fluff. Albrecht…

Statues of Roland – Who was Roland and why is he Everywhere?!

Tucked against a front corner of the Quedlinburg Rathaus stands a statue of Roland. The figure is small compared to the massive Roland statue in Bremen. Our tour guide told us that Statues of Roland were the sign of a free market town and a symbol of strength. (She also mentioned that Roland used to stand in the center of…

A Visit to the Nuremberg Toy Museum- Spielzeugmuseum Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Spielzeugmuseum is considered be among the best Toy Museums in the world. This makes sense, since Nuremberg has been a hub of toy making since the Middle Ages. HUNDREDS of toy makers had their workshops along the cobblestoned streets and ways. Not only that, Nuremberg is the home of the first mass produced toys… and the first Tin…

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