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,…

Things to see in Munich Germany – Just a Few of my Favorite Places

There are so many things to see in Munich Germany, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’m always surprised to find out that people show up in a place, and then ask, “what should we do?” Honestly, it’s best to go in with a plan. Especially if your time is short! There is much more to Munich than the Marienplatz…

What to do in Lüneburg Germany- Visit to this Beautiful Town

In July 2019, my daughter and I ended up in Lüneburg. This beautiful Medieval town in Northern Germany made a great “lay-over” spot between a city tour of Hamburg and our big day of hiking in the Lüneburger Heide. Lüneburg’s charm comes from it’s well-preserved Altstadt, along with a calming effect from being a Kur-Ort. Even better, it hasn’t been…

A Visit to Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg

I arrived in Hamburg on a Tuesday evening around 6pm after a long day of flights, delayed trains, and a harrowing drive, before I could check into my hotel. It was too early for bed, and I needed to do SOMETHING to off jet lag and sleepiness. After a quick double check for opening times, and I headed of to…

What is Smoked Beer? A Visit to Schlenkerla in Bamberg!

I admit, I had never heard about smoked beer until a few years ago when I was out to dinner with my parents. My father was so excited to find Schlenkerla Rauchbier on the menu! He had enjoyed it years before when stationed in Bamberg, but had never seen it in the US before. This summer I took a beer…

A German Christmas Market Tour – Magic, Food and lots of Glühwein

I spend more time regretting the things I didn’t do, than the mistakes I may have made. That’s why when I got an email about taking German Christmas Market Tour only days it started, I only hesitated long enough to clear it with my family. After all, a week away in December (well, 10 days with travel), during the busiest family…

Things to do in Bamberg Germany- It’s more than Smoked Beer!

This summer as part of the Beer MBA Tour, we landed in Bamberg. Since my father was stationed there in the 60s, I’d heard quite a lot about the city, but had never had the opportunity to visit before. I’m so glad I did! Now, besides beer, there are some great things to do in Bamberg, Germany. This city on…

What is Reifendrehen- Making Toys at the Seiffen Freilicht Museum

  Before our trip to Seiffen, my friend Richard told me that I should NOT MISS the Reifendrehen. I was confused… what is Reifendrehen? Wheel turning? Do people in Seiffen watch wheels spinning? Turns out Reifendrehen is a special technique for making toys and other small objects known mainly to Seiffen and the surrounding area of the Erzgebirge. When the…

Stolen Treasure of Quedlinburg- An International Treasure Hunt

These days, the treasure room of the Collegiate Church of St Servatius in Quedlinburg is kept dark, with low lights mainly reflecting off of the gold jewel encrusted books and containers. (It’s the kind of room where people whisper.) But it wasn’t so long ago when the rooms were empty, and the stolen treasure of Quedlinburg left a gaping hole.…

Castle Frankenstein in Germany- A Castle Swirled in Mystery and Legend

In 2019 my partner, joined my daughter and I in Germany. Since he had never been to Germany before, and because I have a strange sense of humor, AND because Frankenstein was my daughter’s favorite book when she was younger, we decided to take him straight from the Frankfurt Airport to the Frankenstein Castle. It was a beautiful Summer’s day…

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