A Visit to the Silent Night Chapel Oberndorf Austria

We’ve all sung it hundreds of times, in German, Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht or in English, Silent Night.  It’s THE Christmas song in most German households… the last song before the end of the Christmas Eve church Service, the last song before the Bescherung. Silent Night is a song we all know the words to in German and English. But…

Your Local Friend Live Virtual Tours of Christmas in Munich!

So… Your Trip to Germany was cancelled this year. Don’t be too sad! You can still take the whole family and a bunch of your friends on a LIVE (Virtual) Tour of Munich with Your Local Friend! Visit the Christmas Markets, learn a little history, hear some great stories… all without having to pay Airfare!  (You don’t even need your…

Our Visit to Ruedesheim Germany- A Day isn’t Enough

While traveling with my daughter, she insisted we go to Ruedesheim Germany. I had been there before on a Rhine Cruise, so I sort of knew what to expect. Why Not? Unfortunately, we only had one full afternoon and overnight, but we would squeeze in as much as we could.  This town along the Rhein River is known for winemaking,…

The Muenchener Kindl – The Symbol of Munich

For someone not from Munich (like me), the Münchener Kindl is a little bit confusing. When I first heard it, I presumed it referred to a native… someone BORN in Munich. And although, I’ve heard people referring to themselves that way, it’s much more. It’s the symbol of Munich, and you see it all over the city. A monk with…

The Journey System -The Best Travel Backpack to Carry On

Recently, I was sent the Journey Travel System. A backpack carefully designed to carry everything you need for travel using an intelligent system that makes packing easy, and FINDING things in your bag even easier.  As a life long suitcase user, I was skeptical, I’ve tried new systems before, and they don’t always work out. Still, it’s nice to test…

The Passion Play of Oberammergau- History and how YOU can see it!

The Passion Play of Oberammergau holds a special place in German history. Part Pilgrimage part spectacle, every 10 years this amazing event brings over 450,000 visitors to the small mountain town of Oberammergau in Bavaria. Over four months, the locals (and yes, it’s only locals, not professional actors) stage 103 Performances that last over 5 hours!. But what is the…

Brown Signs on the Autobahn- Notable sights in Germany

I’m the kind of person who loves roadside attractions. If there is a sign saying “Biggest Ball of Yarn” or “Caves of Wonder”, I’m telling the driver to PULL OVER! So you can imagine my delight (and my family’s frustration) when I discovered the Brown Signs on the Autobahn pointing out German Tourist attractions! Everywhere are signs pointing out Sehenswürdigkeiten…

All about the Stammtisch- In Germany, it’s a Table for Regulars

You walk into a German Gasthaus, Wirtschaft, Restaurant or Biergarten… and you see it! The perfect table! Close to the Bar, the right distance from the bandstand, and the perfect conversation spot… you make a beeline, delighted to rest your legs after a long day of touring. (Remember, in Germany, you generally seat yourself). Then you see it, the sign…

Lunch at the Wurstküche Regensburg- The Oldest Restaurant in Germany

  Next to the Steinernen Brücke (Stone Bridge) in Regensburg you will find a small green building surrounded by crowds.  The Wurstküche Regensburg has been serving up sausages to dockworkers and now tourists for hundreds of years in the same location. So, of course, while visiting Regensburg for the Christmas Markets, I could not pass up eating at the oldest…

A Few of my FAVORITE Things to do in Rothenburg Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, with it’s virtually untouched Medieval Altstadt, sits on a hill in northern Bavaria (due west of Nuremburg, 2 1/2 hours south east of Frankfurt), and seems to be on everyone’s MUST-SEE list. Sadly, I think far too many people just show up, take a photo near the Plonlein, shop for a Christmas ornament and Kathe Wohlfahrt,…

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