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Münsterbrücke, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
I love the bicycle, and cycling is an activity I try to do in every single place that I visit. There is nothing like exploring a city on a bike, although in some places this can be a challenge. Zurich, Switzerland, has made it incredibly easy to...
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Limmatquai 118, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This trendy apero spot with outdoor tables overlooking the Limmat River also doubles as a serious coffeehouse (inside, the gleaming La Marzocco provides a hint). Friendly baristas in bowties and newsboy caps pull what many consider to be Zurich’s...
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8001 Zürich, Switzerland
The terrace at ETH Zurich—where Einstein was an alum—lords high above the city for catch-your-breath views beyond to the lake and the Alps. A number of trams will take you to the terrace, but the most fun way to get there is on the fire-engine red...
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Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
Paris has the Sacré-Coeur, on top of Montmartre, for catch-your-breath views of the city. Zurich’s answer: the terrace at ETH Zurich. Also known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and where Einstein was an alum, it lords high...
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Uetliberg, 8143 Zürich, Switzerland
While visiting Zurich, some friends took me to Üetliberg, which was, quite literally, a winter wonderland. Walking the trails amidst the beautiful icy trees was surreal. It was freezing, but we didn’t mind – the coffee awaiting us at the lodge at...
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Kloster Einsiedeln, 8840 Einsiedeln, Switzerland
The town of Einsiedeln, 35 minutes away from Zurich is an interesting stop on a day trip. The town is home to the Abbey of Eindsiedeln, a Benedictine monastery. In addition to its beautiful architecture, the abbey has its own stables, lumber mill,...
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9050 Appenzell District, Switzerland
Hiking from Appenzell to Wasserauen, the trail took me through parks, villages, and right through the farmlands of the locals. The day of my hike was overcast and foggy, but when we passed this cluster of farms the sun came out and lit up the...
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Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
I didn’t even realize that the Bernina Express scenic train journey was on the UNESCO World Heritage list until I arrived at the small northern Italian town of Tirano to start the trip. There are several different routes from which travelers may...
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Hohenems, Austria
The village of Schwarzenberg in Vorarlberg (Austria’s westernmost province), only has a population of 1,700. Yet, over time it has established itself as a great festival venue (next to Vienna and Salzburg) and hosts the Schubertiade. Surrounded by...
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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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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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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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Bavarian Alps, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Beautiful quaint village with wonderful restaurants and shopping.
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Wildenau 3A, 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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83646 Bad Tölz, Germany
Each year on November 6, the small Bavarian town of Bad Tölz celebrates Leonhardifahrt. The highlight is a grand procession of horse-drawn hand-painted carriages covered in flowers and carrying the town's women and children, who are elaborately...
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85221 Dachau, Germany
Dachau Concentration Camp is only 32 kilometres away from Munich and makes for an easy day trip. It is easily accessible by car and public transport. Visiting a Nazi Concentration Camp is not for the faint-hearted. Time stands still here. The...
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Bergstraße 2, 82346 Andechs, Germany
Andechs Monastery is Bavaria's oldest pilgrimage Church, attracting over 30,000 pilgrims each year. Fortunately, you don't have to be a pilgrim to reach it. You can just hop on a train from Munich. Then either take a bus, or a walk up the hill for...
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Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 München, Germany
Whether you are a BMW owner or a car lover, BMW plant tour is a must when visiting Munich. The whole tour last about 2 hours and you got to observe the actual process line of BMW. This amazing tour is such an eye opening experience for behind the...
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Odeonspl. 1, 80539 München, Germany
Odeonsplatz is a large square developed in the early 19th century. It is flanked by the Theatine Church, the Residenz and the Feldherrnhalle and several cafes, making it a perfect people-watching spot. In 1923, the square was the scene of the Beer...
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Karlspl., München, Germany
Karlsplatz, the city center nicknamed Stachus after a pub Beim Stachus, is home to local life and history, making it the perfect place to start exploring Munich. Around this central hub you'll find that farmers' markets, historical interest...
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Klosterpl., 92334 Berching, Germany
Kloster Plankstetten, a Benedictine monastery in central Bavaria, is known for its organic farm and fresh produce. A large herd of cattle grazes on open fields and in the apple orchards. A few smart cows discovered that food can come from above as...
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Philosophenweg, 69239 Neckarsteinach, Germany
On an accidental trip to Heidelberg, we found ourselves wandering around on our first morning in town. Walking along the bank of the Neckar opposite the old town, we spotted this steeply ascending path and decided we might as well give it a try...
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Heidelberg, Germany
If you're new in Heidelberg, do yourself a favor and walk along the far side of the Neckar first. From there, you'll be able to get the best views of the old city and Heidelbergschloß looming over it all. Plus, you get to cross the lovely...
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Hauptstraße 159, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
I know Heidelberg is on every tour route, and always teeming with tourists, but I never miss a chance to visit when I'm visiting family in Germany. I love the Altstadt, with its romantic nooks & crannies. I love the bridge on the Neckar, & walking...
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Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Castle is amazing. Besides being the setting of The Student Prince, it also boasts the world's biggest wine cask -- and one of the world's best views. There's nothing wrong with the pastry in Heidelberg, either.
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An der Burgenstraße, 91598 Colmberg, Germany
While traveling the Romantic Road in Southern Germany, to really get into the medieval experience, we stayed at Burg Castle Hotel in the town of Colmberg, only 30 minutes' drive from Rothenburg ODT. This castle is more than 1,000 years old. As...
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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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1 Rue des Unterlinden, 68000 Colmar, France
You'd be excused for thinking that this is a picture of Germany because it does have the traditional German style houses. It actually belonged to Germany for a brief time in history. It was taken from France in 1871 and was eventually given back...
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68150 Ribeauvillé, France
On a lovely weekend trip to Ribeauvillé, France, my fiancé and I took a sweaty hike up to the castles that overlook the town. First, we packed a picnic of baguette, bison sausage, cheese, and, of course, wine. Then we made our way through the...
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Gruyères, Switzerland
Could there be a more glorious setting for a cheese's origin? These pastures surrounding a hilltop village (Gruyères) crowned with a castle (the Château de Gruyères), happy Swiss cows grazing with views of the Alps all around,...
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Bözenegg 1, 5107 Schinznach-Dorf, Switzerland
You'll pass by farmland and vineyards as you drive the backroads to get to this cozy cabin-in-the-woods feeling restaurant. As soon as you walk in to the Röschti Farm, the audible crackle and the savory smell of potato pancakes welcomes you. This...
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Römerpl. 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
The waters of Baden-Baden have been known for their curative properties for centuries. The Caracalla baths were built in the 1980s, and updated in 2009. When my husband and I visited Baden-Baden recently, we found a wide spectrum of watery...
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Römerpl. 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
The Friedrichsbad sits close by the original Roman baths of Baden-Baden. When it opened in 1877, the spa was most modern bathing house in Europe. It is still the place to go in Baden-Baden, for a timeless spa experience. Leave your modesty in the...