Category Archives: Germany

Photo of the Week: Cologne Cathedral’s North Portal

Cologne Cathedral is a fine example of German Gothic architecture, famous for its extravagant architectural details. The exterior of Cologne Cathedral is heavily decorated with stone statues and delicate tracery. Every steep gable, flying buttress and lofty spire has some sort of artistic element competing for your attention. What caught my eye the most though…

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A Walk Around Munich- Photo Series

Of all the cities we visited during our 5 weeks in Europe, Munich had some of the most fascinating stories. We took part in two different themed walking tours- one was a general tour of the Old Town and the other was all about Hitler and the Third Reich. It was incredibly interesting to learn…

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  • Frank - Great photos! You actually got inside the Hofbrauhaus? I’ve wanted to get in there twice and both times there were huge lines and we just kind of said “screw it”. Looks like a good time.

    Frank (bbqboy)April 19, 2016 – 2:28 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - There was no line to get in, odd considering it was Oktoberfest. We must have been there early in the day. It’s not really my scene so we just walked in, used the washroom and walked out.April 19, 2016 – 4:08 pmReplyCancel

Visiting the Würzburg Residence

Nearing the end of our European honeymoon, we decided to make a stop in Würzburg, Germany specifically to see the city’s World Heritage-listed palace. The Würzburg Residence is widely considered to be one of the most important Baroque palaces in Europe. As the former residence of the Würzburg prince-bishops, its design is over-the-top luxurious, exactly…

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  • Frank - Beautiful photos, especially love the last one.
    We were in Wurzburg just a week ago and unfortunately all we saw was the front of the palace – we had been walking all day and were tired…and honestly a lot less wonderful seeing gardens in the winter.
    But we were so impressed by Wurzburg that we’ll be back this summer and will make sure to see the residence.
    Frank (bbqboy)March 5, 2016 – 1:13 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much, Frank! Yeah, I bet the gardens are nothing special in the winter, unfortunately. The residence is worth visiting just to see how over-the-top some of the rooms are!March 7, 2016 – 5:20 pmReplyCancel

Discovering Regensburg- A Walk Through the Old Town

When I was researching Regensburg as a possible destination for our European honeymoon, I kept seeing it referred to as “Germany’s best-preserved medieval town”. Hmm…now that’s a lot to live up to. Somewhat skeptical, but still intrigued, I added Regensburg onto our itinerary. I went to Regensburg expecting to be transported back to another time…

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  • Linda Bibb - We recently returned from a 15-day river cruise that included a stop in Regensburg. Your article brought back so many wonderful memories from our visit. It’s such a cool city!

    An interesting piece of history, those wrought iron signs. The design always showed what the shop was selling because long ago most citizens couldn’t read.July 5, 2015 – 10:32 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Linda! I’m glad I could bring back some happy memories! Thanks for the info about the signs. Now I’m wondering what the shop with the creepy looking head on its sign was selling!July 8, 2015 – 12:16 amReplyCancel

  • Sara @ Simply Sara Travel - Wow, Regensburg is gorgeous! I especially loved some of your photos towards the end of the post with the river. I wanted to get there last December – I’d heard about the town, and that it has some lovely Christmas markets, but I didn’t make it there. Next time I’m in Bavaria I must go! That sausage kitchen sounds so interesting and incredible that it has been around for so long!July 7, 2015 – 3:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much, Sara! It’s too bad you didn’t make it to Regensburg. I bet it would be lovely at Christmas time! I’ve never been to Europe in the winter but I would love to check out the Christmas markets one day.July 8, 2015 – 12:13 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Love Regensburg! Went there a few years ago and have been meaning to go back.
    Frank (bbqboy)March 19, 2016 – 6:07 amReplyCancel

Bavaria’s Wieskirche- A Harmony of Landscape and Architecture

On our way from Füssen to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, we decided to take a short detour off Germany’s Romantic Road to visit the Wieskirche, an important pilgrimage church and UNESCO World Heritage Site. A pretty country lane led us to the small hamlet of Wies. As we walked from our car to the church,…

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  • Sara @ Simply Sara Travel - Wow, what a church! It reminds me a lot of the Ettal Abbey – I visited it last December and it’s a similar style (and seemingly nearby Wieskirche). I kind of love the dramatic, over-the-top design – it certainly makes an impression when you enter!June 15, 2015 – 8:11 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: An Old Town Square in Füssen, Germany

Füssen is the ending point (or starting point, in our case) for one of Germany’s most famous drives- the Romantic Road. It’s a picturesque town with colourful architecture, charming old town squares and even a hilltop castle. Füssen is not only beautiful, it has a lengthy history dating back to Roman times. Interestingly, it was…

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Photo of the Week: Above the Clouds in Hohenschwangau

I took this photo early in the morning when we were racing up the hill to Neuschwanstein Castle. We were on a mission to get there before the fog rose and completely covered the castle, which was the case the day before. I didn’t stop long to admire the view, just quickly took this picture…

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Photo of the Week: Pilgrimage Church of St. Coloman

Standing alone in the middle of a green meadow near Schwangau, Germany, is the pretty little Pilgrimage Church of St. Coloman. The church was named after an Irish pilgrim who, en-route to the Holy Land, is said to have rested and grazed his cattle here. St. Coloman is now honoured as the patron saint of…

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Germany in Black and White- Photo Series

Every so often, I like to do a collection of travel photos in black and white. This ongoing series of mine started when I did a post of Rome in Black and White and then continued with Paris in Black and White. I wasn’t sure if black and white would look good on Germany, since…

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  • Dennis Kopp - Wow Rhonda, those are really nice impressions of Germany and they even look good in black and white! Thanks for daring to remove the color from the buildings and thank you even more for reminding me to see more of my own country… :)December 23, 2014 – 11:59 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Some great photos. One of our favorite countries!
    Frank (bbqboy)December 25, 2014 – 5:51 amReplyCancel

Remembering the Past: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial

For the most part, travel is about having fun- exploring beautiful places, enjoying new foods and meeting new people. But travel can, and sometimes should be, so much more than that. Our visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial was one of those times. We knew it was not going to be a fun day….

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  • Debbie Kelly - Ops, I was able to finally see the great pictures you shared with us. thanks again.November 19, 2014 – 1:07 amReplyCancel

The Romantic Ruins of Heidelberg Castle

Situated on the slopes of Königstuhl Hill, Heidelberg Castle stands majestically over the historic Old Town below. This sandstone palace, well revered throughout history for its beauty, now exists in partial disrepair. A collection of roughed-up buildings remain, each at one time an extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture. The palace’s romantic location on a forested…

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  • Mari - I just stumbled across your blog and gotta say it’s just lovely! The pictures are amazing! And Heidelberg just ended up into my must see-list.October 4, 2015 – 3:34 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much for your kind comment, Mari! Glad I could add to your must-see list!October 4, 2015 – 5:52 pmReplyCancel

Oktoberfest- History, Traditions and Tips for Attending

The energy in Munich during Oktoberfest is palpable- everyone is buzzing with excitement. Carnival rides, traditional food, music and of course, beer, attract millions of people from all over the world eager to experience this famous festival. Oktoberfest is so much more than just the world’s largest public festival. It’s a celebration with historic roots,…

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  • Krista - Very helpful tips! I’m going for the first time this year. Made a couple notes from this post!September 16, 2014 – 1:16 amReplyCancel

  • Jenn Turnbull - Interesting about the history of the event. Seems like there’s something for everyone there with the cultural events/costumes, even if you don’t love beer. Food sounds awesome too (minus the gingerbread- yikes!).September 23, 2014 – 8:58 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, there really is something for everyone, which was perfect for me since I’m not a beer drinker. I wouldn’t eat the gingerbread again, but the roasted peanuts were so delicious!September 24, 2014 – 10:27 pmReplyCancel

Bavaria’s Fairytale Castles: Part Two- Neuschwanstein Castle

This is Part Two of our series on Bavaria’s fairytale castles. In Part One, we explored the small resort village of Hohenschwangau then toured Hohenschwangau Castle and its beautiful courtyard. Next, we take a look at Bavaria’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein Castle One of the world’s most iconic palaces, Neuschwanstein Castle has captivated well…

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  • Jeff Titelius - A very nice finish to your Bavarian castle report! That first picture took my breath away! I have never seen the castle more beautifully photographed before. Magnificent! What a shame they don’t allow photography inside but I guess there’s a lot of artwork that they need to preserve. Nonetheless, loved your exterior shots!!May 26, 2014 – 5:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much! That’s my all time favourite photo I’ve ever taken. It took two visits and a lot of patience waiting for the fog and light to be just right.May 27, 2014 – 11:08 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa Goodmurphy - That first photo is absolutely stunning! I have wanted to visit Neuschwanstein Castle forever – your post has made me want to go even more!May 27, 2014 – 1:41 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Lisa. I hope you get to visit one day! It’s such a beautiful part of Germany.May 27, 2014 – 1:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica (Barcelona Blonde) - Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I love your photograph of the castle through the archway.May 27, 2014 – 1:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie @ The World on my Necklace - It is a beautiful castle. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go inside as the wait was something crazy like 6 hours when we were there and we didn’t have the time but wandering around the outside and surrounds was great.May 27, 2014 – 7:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That’s too bad. I was worried about the lineups so that’s why I booked our ticket way in advance. We only had one day to spend there so I wanted to make sure we were able to tour the castles. But, just seeing it from the outside is pretty amazing too!May 27, 2014 – 9:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Admittedly Neuschwanstein does look even better than the other castle. What a great place for a honeymoon, even with the fog. The first shot looks really amazing, too bad only that the king could never enjoy his completed creation…May 29, 2014 – 2:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Diana Xie - Oh my gosh, the first picture is breathtaking! You’ve done the Castle justice! Also love the waterfall one. June 1, 2014 – 3:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Tam @ Travelling Book Junkie - We had to postpone our recent trip to Bavaria due to bad weather – camping in thunderstorms didn’t appeal – so Neuschwanstein is still on our list of must visit places.

    Your pictures are beautiful and I will definitely be noting the top tip about booking ahead of time to save queuing! :)June 5, 2014 – 11:58 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Aww, that’s too bad. Camping in the rain is not fun! I hope you’re able to plan another trip and get some nice weather next time!June 5, 2014 – 3:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Thank you for sharing your beautiful images. I feel like 35 minutes wouldn’t be enough to see if properly. Do they allow you to wander around after the tour?June 9, 2014 – 9:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You’re welcome! Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to wander freely inside the castle. It is a very quick tour and the group is quite large, so it can be hard to hear the guide. I thought it was still worth it to go inside though.June 9, 2014 – 9:42 pmReplyCancel

  • wesley - WOW this castle looks amazing.June 10, 2014 – 10:19 amReplyCancel

  • lily - hi,
    that first picture is AMAZING!!!
    also saw your post on hallestat and austria, thanks for sharing!!
    can i ask which hotel you stayed at in hallestaat and what camera do you use?? what kind of lens do you use for all the scenic pictures??

    keep it up!!!August 18, 2014 – 4:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! In Hallstatt, we stayed at Seehotel Gruner Baum which is right between the lake and the main square.

      If you want to check out my camera gear, I have an amazon widget on the sidebar of my site that features most of the equipment I use. I’ve also included a little description about what type of shots I use the lenses for. Hope this helps!August 20, 2014 – 10:39 amReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Beautiful! The photos are so good! The first one is like the first page of a fairytale story. I just want to grab them and hang them on my living room walls. Keep up the good work..you make people happy with your posts and pictures.October 5, 2014 – 6:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Vanessa. I love that first picture as well. It’s my most favourite of all the photos I’ve ever taken. One day I’m going to get it blown up nice and big for our wall.October 5, 2014 – 9:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I just had to check out this post because of your part 1. Bavaria castle is really a view to behold. I’m glad that you are able to take pictures from the inside.March 25, 2015 – 11:35 pmReplyCancel

Bavaria’s Fairytale Castles: Part One- Hohenschwangau Castle

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles are well known for their fairytale-like appearance, but it’s their surreal location in Bavaria, Germany, that markedly enhances their beauty. These two castles, one the childhood residence King Ludwig II, the other his extravagant creation, are perched on the hills in Schwangau, overlooking peaceful Alpsee Lake and the small resort village…

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  • Jeff Titelius - I have written many an article about these fascinating castles and their histories but sadly, I have never been there in person. However, your article really brings the castle to life and is full of great tips for traveling there. Now, it’s on to your coverage of Neuschwanstein! Thanks for the wonderful tour!May 26, 2014 – 5:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Rhonda, hat really does look like a stunning location for castles, especially in the misty weather! Unfortunately I have never been to the area and I didn’t even know that there was a second castle so close to Neuschwanstein. Visiting both castles seems to be worth it already for the views alone. Too bad you couldn’t take any photos inside, it would have been nice to get an impression of the interior as well…May 28, 2014 – 3:47 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Not being able to take photos in some places is a huge pet peeve of mine. I consider my photographs to be my “souvenirs”, so I get a little bummed out when I can’t take pictures, especially when it’s a place as beautiful and unique as these castles. You’re right, this is a perfect location for castles and the fog adds some mystery and romance to the setting.May 28, 2014 – 7:23 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Nice photos (as always) Rhonda. I actually wasn’t a big fan of Neushwanstein – just found it too touristy and the interior too fantastical. There’s a reason they called Ludwig crazy :) Maybe being unimpressed also had something to do with the weather, was cold and raining non stop. Judging by many photos I’ve seen, part of the attraction with Neushwanstein are the incredible views from the Marienbruck.
    If there’s one tip I would have for anyone visiting that area: visit Reutte right across the border in Austria. Only 20 minutes away by bus and you’ll see some impressive ruins and great scenery.
    Frank (bbqboy)May 29, 2014 – 12:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - Thanks for the tips. That castle is majestic. So beautiful. I wonder how it feels to live in something like that.March 25, 2015 – 10:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Suzy - What a wonderful post and beautiful photos about two of my favourite castles. We lived a couple of hours away from here for six years and whenever we had company come and stay with us, guess where we had to take them? Needless to say we’ve been here countless times but I really love it and never get tired of it. Thanks for taking me down memory lane!July 14, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Cologne Cathedral, Germany

We only visited Cologne very briefly, stopping in for about four hours on our way from Bruges to Nuremberg. We came specifically to see the ambitious Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, I wasn’t overly impressed with the cathedral itself. We were in Strasbourg a few days earlier, and the cathedral there blew my…

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Bamberg, Germany- A Bavarian Treasure

Germany definitely has no shortage of endearing, lovable medieval towns and Bamberg is no exception. Barely touched in World War II (only 4.6% destroyed), Bamberg offers authentic beauty and charm. I was shocked that this World Heritage Site was not mentioned in our guidebook. Luckily, I didn’t rely heavily on that silly book when planning…

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  • Frank - Always love photos of German towns. Glad you mention Regensburg – a place not too many people write about and one of our favorite places in Germany.
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    • Rhonda Krause - I couldn’t get over how picturesque and clean Germany was! I especially loved the medieval towns and never got tired of visiting them. Regensburg was definitely a highlight for us too. I loved all the big clocks around town!December 29, 2013 – 11:53 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - When we first moved to Europe, we were content with just walking around old towns. But over the last two years we’re realized exactly how we like to travel. We like to be active and doing something. Just walking around is boring to us. I’m glad to hear we’re not the only ones that sort of tire of just walking around. We’d probably be happy to visit a town like this for a Christmas Market.February 3, 2014 – 12:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Anna - It’s a lovely city indeed! And although I’ve been to the area twice, didn’t get the chance to visit! I love Nuremberg and Regensburg! I visited Rothenburg in my first ever trip abroad! I was 5 at the time and I vaguely remember it!December 16, 2014 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That’s awesome that you can still remember your first trip from when you were five! My first trip abroad wasn’t until I was in the eleventh grade. It’s too bad you didn’t get a chance to visit Bamberg. I’d love to go back to the area and spend more time in Nuremberg. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it like I did!December 17, 2014 – 9:16 amReplyCancel

  • Jeff Titelius - Positively enchanting and loved your beautiful photography too!! I will be in Germany next September with Viking Cruises but unfortunately Bamberg is not on my itinerary. So I hope to make it back someday to explore this beautiful village!December 22, 2014 – 5:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Too bad you won’t be stopping in Bamberg. But I’m sure you’ll be visiting many other beautiful places along the way! I really loved Germany!December 27, 2014 – 9:09 amReplyCancel

Nuremberg Castle- Guide and Photo Tour

Nuremberg, out of all the places we visited during our five weeks in Europe, surprised me the most. It was a place I hadn’t done much research on, for some strange reason. When I decided to stop in Nuremberg it was mainly because it was a convenient location for making a day trip to Bamberg,…

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  • Frank - Great post. I was last in Nuremberg 20 years ago but we’re planning on going for a visit next summer. What I remember most about the city is that there was a lot of dark stones on the buildings which made the city look almost forbidding – a contrast to places like Rotherburg ob der tauber which look like they popped out of a Hansel & Gretel book. I also remember the great little sausages that are a specialty in the area as well as the fantastic Franken wines.
    Good job, look forward to seeing the city again.
    Frank (bbqboy)December 21, 2013 – 1:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Love your photos of Nuremberg! We were just there for the Christkindlmarkt and definitely enjoyed the city. I’d love to go back when we’re not focused on all the Christmas market goodness.January 29, 2014 – 10:46 amReplyCancel

Rothenburg, Germany- An Enchanting Medieval Town

Our favourite stop along Germany’s “Romantic Road” was Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Historic, enchanting and unchanged throughout the centuries, Rothenburg just might be the most beautiful medieval town in Germany. Rothenburg is named in part after its location on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Rothenburg ob der Tauber means “Red fortress above the Tauber”…

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  • Shobha George - I so want to go to Rothenburg! Their Christmas market is supposed to have extra special ambience because of all the medieval architecture.December 16, 2013 – 6:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - What a quaint town! The night watchman’s tour sounds really different and interesting. I love hearing little personal WWII stories about different areas but this one is one of the best I’ve heard!December 18, 2013 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We loved the Night Watchman’s tour and kept fighting our way to the front of the group like a bunch of excited little kids! My mind usually starts to wander during tours, but not this one. The guide was so engaging and told such interesting stories, like that WWII one.December 18, 2013 – 11:29 amReplyCancel

  • Marsha - I loved this little town and you’re right, I wish I had stayed overnight instead of taking a one day tour. I really enjoyed the Medieval Crime Museum (basically a museum of medieval torture devices – fantastic)! I wish I had taken the night watchman’s tour; that sounds fun! Next time I suppose….but great post, love the pictures. They bring back great memories!December 19, 2013 – 1:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Glad I could bring back some good memories for you! For such a small little place, there sure is a lot to see and do! We never made it to the Crime Museum, but it sounds interesting. We saw some torture devices in Regensburg and it made me thankful we live in a gentler age!December 19, 2013 – 2:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Jdomb's Travels - We visited Rothenburg and their Christmas market last month. What a gorgeous little town! And isn’t the Christmas Store incredible? I just had to have a nutcracker as a souvenir. January 28, 2014 – 11:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly - This is probably my favourite place in the whole of Germany; you feel like you have stepped into a little fairy tale!
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    • Rhonda Krause - Very true! I felt like I had gone back in time, especially when we were walking on the old town wall. It’s such a cute place!March 12, 2014 – 6:53 amReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Thank you for sharing those great photos Rhonda! The whole town looks simply like a museum and the night watchman’s tour sounds really amazing. Luckily most of Rothenburg’s beautiful historic buildings could be preserved through the negotiations and probably a lot of lives as well. What a great town and what a great story… :)May 5, 2014 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You’re welcome. Thank YOU for reading my post! Rothenburg is definitely a fabulous town. I think I would even say it was my favourite place in Germany!May 5, 2014 – 9:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Myriam J Long Garcia - a lot memories…wow Rothenburg,number,Bavaria,Bamberg …3 years live there was amazing esperienceAugust 27, 2014 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Elina Bystritskaya - I’m so torn while planning my vacation to Germany this summer. I want to see Rothenburg (as well as any other highly recommended small Bavarian towns), Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, and Dresden. What other small town should I see on the way from Frankfurt or on the way to Salzburg?March 11, 2016 – 5:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Lovely pictures. I am likely to travel there in a couple of weeks but wanted to ask you how long did you stay to cover all of the above places that you’ve written about? I am toying with 2 nights but not sure if it should be longer.

    Am still trying to figure what is a safe/pretty area to stay in. Something that’s not too far from the some of the must-see places you’ve recommended esp. the Plonlein. This is so I can sneak out in the early hours to shoot when its crowd free and come back late too w/o a bother. Totally looking forward.February 19, 2017 – 7:17 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is the theatrical creation of King Ludwig II, also known as “mad” Ludwig. He ordered it to be built in 1869 on a craggy hill in Hohenschwangau, Germany, using his own personal fortune to pay for the project. Unfortunately, King Ludwig died mysteriously at Lake Starnberg in 1886 before the castle’s completion. Neuschwanstein…

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  • Jennifer - We’re talking about finally going to Neuschwanstein in just a few weeks. I really want to see the castle, though don’t have much of an interest in touring the inside.March 18, 2014 – 4:17 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Wurzburg Residence, Germany

The Wurzburg Residence is one of the largest and most magnificent Baroque palaces in Germany. It was built between 1720-1744 under the patronage of the Prince-Bishops of Schonborn. The interior is impressive, although somewhat kitschy by today’s standards, and has been restored since being heavily damaged in World War II.  As usual, when visiting a…

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