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Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, Germany
King Ludwig II, the still beloved Bavarian king who built Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee, and Neuschwanstein, was born on 25 August. He is still remembered in this region, and still worthy of a celebration. This evening, the Partenkirchen band marched...
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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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Each fall, crowds of partygoers at Munich’s Oktoberfest lift steins of golden beer skyward and bellow “Prosit!” The German holiday began more than 200 years ago at the marriage celebration of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis and...
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Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spire and largest façade of any church in the world....
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Frühlingstraße, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
After days of rain, the sun finally appeared on Saturday morning. I decided to take advantage of the (temporarily) blue skies and do a bit of on-site research for a story I am writing. This old farmhouse in one of the oldest parts of Garmisch...
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Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The original 1791 peaceful message of the Brandenburg Gate was distorted by the Nazis into a symbol of their own power and later by the Soviets as a symbol of the Berlin Wall East/West division. Today, sitting unobtrusively on the right side of...
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Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden, Germany
A recently rebuilt Lutheran church that was destroyed in the fire bomb raid that devastated this city in February, 1945. Original pieces of the church were used in its reconstruction and are a darker color.
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Wildenauer Str. 26a, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
This region of Germany is near the Austrian border and offers the type of scenery you would imagine for this part of the world: jagged mountain peaks, cows grazing in rolling green meadows, and charming little Bavarian villages and churches. It's...
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Kappellaine 1, 82497 Unterammergau, Germany
As we sauntered closer to the village of Unterammergau, Germany, horses trotted past us, their highly decorated manes and tails blowing in the late autumn breeze. Not to be outdone by the animals’ distinguished appearances, the horse owners also...
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For ten years, I called the fairy tale city of Heidelberg, Germany home. As a baby, my parents pushed me in a carriage through Heidelberg's castle grounds, posing for a now-iconic family shot in which my future apartment was off in the distance....
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Kreislainenweg, 82487 Oberammergau, Germany
Zipping down the foothills of the German Alps in an alpine coaster, I screamed out of fear and fun. And my husband, Shawn, quickly learned a new German word: Bremsen (brakes)! Seeking an Alpine adrenaline rush in Oberammergau, a tiny town situated...
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Kofel, 82487 Oberammergau, Germany
For more than 125 years, residents in the tiny German town of Oberammergau have commemorated the eve of the birth of the fairy-tale Bavarian King Ludwig II with a dramatic and fiery bonfire display, called the König-Ludwig-Feuer. The event takes...