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Münsterplatz, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Start the day at the Münsterplatz market (best on Saturdays). Try the fresh-pressed carrot-apple-orange-ginger juice and some tofu wurst. If you're the academic type, you might also be interested in walking around the university campus to see the...
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Füssen, Germany
The incredible little town of Füssen in Bavaria has to be one of the best kept secrets in Europe. However, it is mostly ignored by visitors to this Alpine region because of its more-famous neighbor: King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein castle. That's a...
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83471 Eck, Germany
No trip to Southern Germany would be complete without seeing the infamous Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) built for Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday in 1938. While the structure was rarely visited by Hitler, it remains a symbol of the Nazi excesses of...
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83209 Herrenchiemsee, Germany
... a mini version of it. Bavaria's King Ludwig II certainly did have a passion for the extraordinary just like King Louis the XIV did. He build the famous Neuschwanstein Castle that served as a model for the the Walt Disney Castle and the castle...
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82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Assumption Day in the Werdenfels region mixes pre-Christian traditions with the Christian story of the Assumption of Mary. In pre-Christian times, medicinal herbs were picked in mid-August, at a period of peak potency. This much-loved tradition...
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Dorfstraße 20, 82487 Oberammergau, Germany
There is much more to Bierfest time than Oktoberfest. Small towns throughout Bavaria celebrate their own beer festivals throughout summer and early fall. These three riders led more than 4000 members of local Trachtenverein (folk dress clubs) to...
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60487 Frankfurt, Germany
My favorite area in Frankfurt is Bockenheim, northwest of the town center … of course, I’m completely biased as this was my old neighborhood. Home to Frankfurt's Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Bockenheim is vibrant and lively. The cafés,...
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Niemensstraße 13, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
When I first visited Berlin I was wary of all the fast food restaurants. I don't mean American chains of course, those I knew I would be avoiding, but rather the many streets lined by small storefront-like-restaurants selling all kinds of wurst,...
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Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Römerberg is a nice place to walk. On a stroll here you'll venture into quaint shops and restaurants. There are plenty of options for great German beer in this area. Plus, it's close to the Main River where after you enjoy your food and beer. Make...
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Schloß Lichtenstein 1, 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany
I stumbled upon a photo of this castle on Pinterest from a fellow expat and was stunned at how, well, stunning it was - and that it was only a few hours away from where we live! So on our latest road trip, we made it a stop and were not...
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Füssen, Germany
Never-athletic fortyish women should not believe they can scramble up the side of a mountain after three able-bodied teenagers. Wearing a skirt. Yet there I was, in the Bavarian Alps, on a top secret mission, clinging to an old wire fence and...
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Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Few sights encapsulate the magical feel of the Bavarian Alps like Neuschwanstein Castle. The impressive towers, vast halls, and mountain-top setting bring out your inner child, transporting you back to a time of bedtime stories and...
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Heidelberg, Germany
On a sunny spring afternoon, the slope below the ruins of the castle in Heidelberg, where 'sheep may safely graze'...almost absurdly picturesque. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of visiting this castle with an 'uncle and auntie'--close...
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Neckar, Germany
Tübingen is a town straight out of a Grimm's fairy tale. I loved it here because set against a backdrop of rich history student life makes this a busting modern town. I really enjoyed strolling along the Neckar river watching boats punt along and...
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Heidelberg, Germany
With its half-ruined castled dominating the heights above the university-town on the banks of the Neckar river, Heidelberg is a pedestrian's dream. "Picturesque" may have become a cliché, but this German city exemplifies the meaning. I'd been here...
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Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
What a gorgeous day it was in Bavaria!!
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Herrngasse 20, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
People always ask about seeing quaint towns in Germany, but don't want touristy places. I always respond by saying the best and most lovely towns are always frequented by lots of tourists and you will surely miss some grand opportunities for...
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Herrmannsdorf 7, 85625 Glonn, Germany
Bavarians love their pork. Enjoy the region’s best about 30 minutes outside Munich at Das Wirtshaus zum Herrmannsdorfer Schweinsbräu, part of an organic farm cooperative that includes a bakery, a brewery, vegetable gardens, and, of course, happy...