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Living in Germany is pretty amazing. Good food, great travel, interesting sightseeing. These are some of the reasons I love Germany.
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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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Hauptstätter Str. 61, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany
Hubby and I celebrated 11 years of marriage and because we both love sushi, we got a reservation at Origami in downtown Stuttgart. I am no expert and I have never been to Japan to recognize authentic sushi, but this food was superb. Definitely try...
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
We spent a wonderful afternoon in the walled medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, about one and a half hours from Stuttgart. Rothenburg ob der Tauber brings the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life, before your eyes.The unique atmosphere...
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Schloßstraße 16, 01067 Dresden, Germany
The historic center of Dresden, Germany. Even though it was bombed to nothing they rebuilt it as it once was. There is a continuous struggle between the people who want to preserve the historic buildings and the local government who are very pro...
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An der Frauenkirche 12, 01662 Meißen, Germany
The atmosphere at Vincenz Richter restaurant is cozy and pleasant, the service is pretty fast, the food is good and produced locally. The snitzel plate is big enough to feed a small family. It's the perfect place for lunch or dinner after a stroll...
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Görlitz, Germany
This particular road was closed down to cars. It was in construction, muddy and ugly...but, then looked up and saw this gorgeous building. So many of them are like this in Görlitz. It's a true visual pleasure to walk around and loose yourself in...
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01824 Königstein, Germany
Königstein Fortress also known as the Saxon Bastille, is a hilltop fortress near Dresden, in Saxon Switzerland, Germany, above the town of Königstein on the left bank of the River Elbe. It is one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe and...
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Brüderstraße 8, 02826 Görlitz, Germany
The museum presents a collection that gives insight into 1,000 years of cultural history of Silesia. A section is devoted to landscapes such as the Giant Mountains. Another part shows the craftsmanship, history of the people and their living and...
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Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 4, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
Europe's largest Spring festival takes place in Stuttgart every spring. A large number of rides including a 47 meter tall ferris wheel offer a lot of fun for the visitors. Get your lederhosen or dirndl on and go if you have the chance. You can...
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August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden, Germany
From Pillnitz you can catch a river steamboat back to Dresden. For one hour you can ride down the Elbe river, enjoy a beer and a snack and be mesmerized by the beautiful scenery. You will pass by castles, vineyards and beautiful villas on the...
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Görlitz, Germany
I have not visited Saxony in other seasons but visiting it in Spring was delightful. Lilac bushes at every corner and every garden, wisteria climbing ancient buildings, tulip arrangements in every park really complement this beautiful part of ...
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Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
This 12 century Lutheran church was the work place of Johann Sebastian Bach, as a choir director, and today it's his burial place. Adriana Yampey traveled to Saxony, Germany courtesy of Saxony Tourism and Avanti Destinations as part of AFAR’s...
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Am Schillergarten, Dresden, Germany
No trip to Dresden is complete without a visit to Schiller Garten, dating from the end of the 17th century, and situated at the foot of the King Albert Bridge, on the shores of the Elbe River. For a few euros you can choose half a chicken with...
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Augustusplatz 9, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
While in Saxony I especially loved the energy Leipzig offers. With good weather there are people everywhere; cafes, markets, bands and other performers playing in the street, kids splashing in the fountains, it gave me energy too. I would...
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Nikolaikirchhof 3, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
St Nicholas Church has long been one of the most famous in Leipzig, Germany, and rose to national fame in 1989, with the Monday Demonstrations when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against communist rule.The church was built in about 1165...
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An der Frauenkirche 12, 01067 Dresden, Germany
I am not gonna lie, while in Saxony you will eat a lot of pork but some places are better than others. One great place is restaurant Pulverturm, a former Powder Tower fortification used to store gunpowder. Decorated in medieval style, the...
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Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Germany
Moritzburg Castle, the former residence of Augustus the Strong - King of Poland and Elector of Saxony - is just 20 minutes' drive from Dresden city center, surrounded by a beautiful man made pond and forest. Precious porcelain, furniture and...
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Talstraße 9, 01662 Meißen, Germany
The visit to the Meissen porcelain factory - the biggest and oldest in Europe - and museum was beautiful and interesting. To observe the incredible amount of talent, patience and dedication of the Meissen craftsmen is a privilege I did not think I...
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Bautzner Landstraße 32, 01324 Dresden, Germany
Cooking is an important part for all of us but to have the opportunity to do it with a star Chef is something special. Chef Stefan Hermann's restaurant is called bean&beluga because it represents the fact that in his restaurant he cooks from the...
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Bastei has become the most popular day trip destination in Saxon Switzerland. To me it looks like a very green Grand Canyon. From a height of 194m you can enjoy the picturesque panorama and view the miniature villages on the Elbe River. At the...
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Görlitz, Germany
Görlitz is the most eastern town in Germany and it's opposite the Polish town of Zgorzelec, which was a part of Görlitz until 1945. Today the river is the border and on the bridge a simple line delineates where Germany ends and Poland begins....
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Schloßstraße 16, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Not many things are old on Dresden due to the Second World War but the center was rebuilt in the original style so it get the name Old Town. Spring in Dresden brings color to this beautiful part of town. The Opera House is especially beautiful...
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Leipzig, Germany
While in Saxony you need to be prepared to eat a lot of food, on the heavy side mainly consisting of large plates of pork with various side dishes. Panorama restaurant however scales it up and mixes things a little bit coming up with a variety of...
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Porschestraße 1, 04158 Leipzig, Germany
Visiting Porsche Werk Leipzig was a big thrill for me as I got to be in a test car, being driven full speed and swerving at every curve. It felt like being in a high action movie. Was I scared? YES! But the test drivers know their job well. They...
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Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 4, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
Every summer the African Festival brings music, shopping, food and a great time to the center of Stuttgart. This year I was fortunate enough to go and we had a blast. Many table were selling pottery, clothing, jewelry. I especially loved trying...
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Hinter der Burg 6, 73614 Schorndorf, Germany
Schorndorf, Germany was first documented in the year 1235. In the 16th century, Schorndorf was the second richest town in Württemberg after Stuttgart. Its viniculture, with six wine presses, and its wine and salt trade, as well as numerous other...
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Wilhelma 13, 70376 Stuttgart, Germany
Wilhelma was initially built as a royal palace, and now sits on a 30-hectare plot of land split between a zoo and botanical garden, in the northern suburbs of Stuttgart, Germany. It was built from 1842 to 1853, for King Wilhelm I of Wuerttemberg,...
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Rathauspl. 1, 78465 Konstanz, Germany
My favorite spot in Southern Germany for picking strawberries is Dingelsdorf, by Lake Konstanz. We always make it a day trip. Pick strawberries, go to their shop for cheeses, wine and different cold cuts and finish on the mini rocky beach in...
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Eyachtal 1, 75305 Neuenbürg, Germany
We found out about Fischzucht Zordel, in Neuenbürg/Eyachtal a little while ago and decided to give it a try. The location is superb and the distance from farm to table is only a few feet. They farm trout and sturgeon. The menu is easy to remember...
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Krummebergstraße 30, 88662 Überlingen, Germany
This is probably my favorite town at Lake Konstanz, during summer. To get here we take the inexpensive and very comfortable ferry from Vallhausen. It takes no more than 10 minutes. Once on shore I always feel like in the south of France. Palm...
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Meissen, Germany
Everywhere you turn in Saxony, there is a picture perfect view. The town of Meissen, of only thirty thousand inhabitants and home to the Meissen porcelain, is no exception. I particularly loved the view of the church from the bridge and walking...
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Düsseldorf, Germany
I always wanted to visit Dusseldorf and this year I got to see it during the Christmas market season. There is a major construction project going on, in the center of the city, so moving about is not very easy, especially with the thousands of...
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Düsseldorf, Germany
I have not seen many vendors of chestnuts this year, at the Christmas markets we visited. The best one was in Dusseldorf. The roasted smell draws you close from far away. I don't know about others, but when I see and smell them, I have to have a...
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Düsseldorf, Germany
Germany has some incredible Christmas markets. This year we visited Dusseldorf and were very happy with our findings. Great city, atmosphere, and food. I recommend it to anyone who loves visiting Christmas markets.
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Düsseldorf, Germany
One cannot visit Dusseldorf without dining at Zum Schiffchen restaurant and trying one of their best dishes and specialty of the house, pork knuckle with sauerkraut and potatoes. So simple and so delicious. Kids will get a free, large gingerbread...
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Aachen, Germany
A must see while in Aachen, Germany is the Coronation Hall in the Town Hall. This double span hall, whose five cross ribbed vaults are divided by four large columns, is 45 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, and on it's completion around 1349 was...
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Domhof 1, 52062 Aachen, Germany
The Cathedral of Aachen is one of the most famous examples of occidental architecture. It is the coronation church of more than 30 German kings, burial site of Charlemagne, major pilgrimage church and cathedral church of the Aachen diocese since...
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Aachen, Germany
There are several Nobis bakeries/cafes in Aachen, Germany. They are very popular for their multitude of fresh breads they bake and delicious cakes and pastries. The list of hot drinks is pretty long and delicious looking. We had cappuccinos that...
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Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
August 6th, 2004 As a non-religious person, I am still a big fan of church architecture. Its hard to get more iconic than the Cologne Cathedral. If you visit and arrive from the train station, you are dumped out directly beside it. Climb the...
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Todtmoos, Germany
Always wanted to see a competition and while living in Germany we found out that they have dog sledding competitions, every year, in Todtmoos in the Black Forest so of course we went. It was a great experience, the dogs were beautiful. Also we got...
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Heumarkt 50, 50667 Köln, Germany
One of the best Christmas markets in Europe is in Cologne. The market is open right next to the Cathedral and it is open from the 25th of November till the 23rd of December. Gluhwine, ornaments, great food and allot of Christmas spirit is what you...
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Messepiazza 1, 70629 Stuttgart, Germany
Every Spring Stuttgart is home to the Slow Food Fair. Hundreds of vendors display products which undergo strict quality testing to be considered as slow food. This requires a production by traditional methods, omitting almost all the additives and...
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Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 30-32, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
Takes place every July and it's a lot of fun. There is traditional music, fish prepared in many ways, homemade ice-cream and waffles, and many, many more. I love the communal feel of it. The tables are shared by all so you end up having...
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Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 30-32, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
One of my favorite festivals in Stuttgart is the Summer Festival of Culture. The music is great, the food selection insanely awesome and the fun is guaranteed. You can taste food from Cuba, Jamaica, Poland, Romania, Turkey and even Palestinian...
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Not easy but this evening I discovered my favorite Thai restaurant in the Stuttgart area, after a few tries at other places. Samui Thai Restaurant, in Boeblingen is small, cozy, good service and excellent food. The spicy prawn soups are to die...
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Hirschtalstraße 50, 75337 Enzklösterle, Germany
We had a fantastic time at the Seewald Leisure Park in Enzklösterle-Poppeltal, hosting the longest toboggan ride in Southern Germany, with a total of 1500m up and down. The system works great, you get pulled up on one side and go down the other...
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Ostfildern, Germany
The Flammende Sterne Festival is an annual event where 3 countries get together in a fireworks competition. This year the competitors were Italy, Philippines and Brazil. It lasts 3 days and one country a night displays their best fireworks show on...
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Charlottenpl. 17, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
One on my favorite festivals in Stuttgart, Germany is the Stuttgarter Weindorf or the Wine Festival. For the past 39 years the Weindorf has been promoting the Swabian way of life. And what a good life it is! If you live in the area, are visiting,...
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Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany
Along with Rosenstein Palace, the sepulchral chapel in Rotenberg is one of the most impressive examples of neoclassical architecture in the Stuttgart region. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, Salucci created a circular structure made from local...
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72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany
With fall approaching soon one of the best thing to do around the Stuttgart area is to go where you can get this fabulous bird's eye view of the Hohenzollern Castle. The foliage will change soon showing the beautiful colors around the castle. The...
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Schlossstraße 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany
The Pumpkin Festival is in full swing at the Baroque Palace in Ludwigsburg, Germany. More than 400.000 pumpkins are displayed each year at the Pumpkin Festival. The festival also features an annual European championship for the heaviest pumpkin....
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Augustusplatz 9, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
The Spinnerei is a former cotton factory that today serves as a place where artists live and create their art. The Werkschau is the gallery that displays their finished work. Cool place, totally worth a visit.
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I've waited almost all year for this event and now it's here. The Umbria-Provençe Market is hosted by the beautiful town of Tübingen since 1995, under the motto "4 days worth of eating, drinking, looking and marveling". They are right, we ate,...
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This past weekend I went to Tübingen for the first time and it was love at first sight. The center is beautiful, medieval looking with half timber buildings everywhere. But this view of the river with the colorful buildings on the side stole the...
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The Library Hall of Kloster Wiblingen is a masterpiece of the Rococo. The rich sculptural decoration crowning the magnificent ceiling fresco is a combination that creates an overwhelming impression, the highlight of any visit to Wiblingen. There...
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Bad Cannstatt is hosting the Volksfest these days but that is not the only great thing happening there. A superb little mom and pop Greek restaurant is also there called, Little Greek Taverna. I know, going to Bad Cannstatt for Greek food when...
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I want to share this little Italian place we found while in Tübingen. Pizzeria Invitto is a small mom and pop place with just 4 tables downstairs that serves the best tagliatelle with black summer truffles. It's very difficult to find any dishes...
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Cannstatter Wasen, Mercedesstraße 50, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany
The 170th Cannstatter Volksfest started September 25th, in Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany, and it's drawing crowds of people wearing the traditional German outfits. Our German friends say tourists go to the Oktoberfest, Germans go to the...
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Schloßstraße 38, 89079 Wiblingen, Germany
Franz Martin Kuen painted the impressive ceiling fresco in 1744. The inspiration for this were sophisticated Pagan and Christian sources. At the center of the painting is a female figure surrounded by angels: Divine Wisdom that rules over all. The...
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86720 Nördlingen, Germany
Nördlingen is one of the walled towns on the Romantic Road. What makes this town unique is that it was built inside the crater formed by the impact of a meteorite. A major attraction in the town is the Saint Georges's Church's 90 m steeple, called...
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Mönchsrother Str. 3, 91550 Dinkelsbühl, Germany
There is no shortage of charming, colorful towns in Germany. Dinkelsbühl, one of the walled towns on the Romantic Road, in Germany, is no exception. We went yesterday and were surprised of just how empty it was around despite how gorgeous it was....
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Jahnstraße 13/1, 72213 Altensteig, Germany
Altensteig is a little town in the Northern Black Forest, about 1h away from Stuttgart. It's very traditional German, quiet and filled with superb architecture. Their Christmas Market is small, about 60 chalets, but so cute.
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Jahnstraße 13/1, 72213 Altensteig, Germany
When I think about Christmas markets I think FOOD! Christmas markets abound of food and the one in Altensteig, Germany is no different. What was different was the diversity. I did not expect this little market in the Black Forest to have food from...
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Gaisburgstraße 12C, 70182 Stuttgart, Germany
This is the 6th year we go to the Christmas Market in Stuttgart and still love it as much as I did when we went the first time. A must visit if you are visiting Germany during the winter holidays. There is a huge selection of traditional food and...
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Holzmarkt 7, 72070 Tübingen, Germany
The diverse and delicious range of delicately melting confections, handmade chocolate and the finest chocolate drinks are back at Germany's largest chocolate festival. ChocolART annually attracts over a quarter of a million visitors in the...
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Schlossstraße 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany
It was our first time to visit the Ludwigsburger Barock Weihnachtsmarkt - Ludwigsburg Christmas Market - and quickly fell in love with it. Less crowded comparing it with the other markets and full of lights, great food and crafts. It did not hurt...
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Rottendorfer Str. 28, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
The Christmas Market season is over in Germany and Würzburg was the last one for us this year. It's funny how every new market I see quickly becomes my new favorite. I felt the same about this one. Here, the tradition dates back to the early 19th...