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Category Archives: Germany

Exploring Bavaria- The Best Places to Visit on a Trip to Bavaria, Germany

Perhaps no other region we visited during our 5 weeks in Europe had a more romantic atmosphere than Bavaria in Germany. From fairy-tale castles, idyllic villages, and unspoilt countryside, there were plenty of lovely places to visit in Bavaria during our honeymoon. In addition to Bavaria’s more romantic locations, the state is also home to...

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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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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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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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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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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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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour- Remembering the Past

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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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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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 folk festival. It’s a celebration with historic roots,...

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Neuschwanstein Castle- The Theatrical Creation of “Mad” King Ludwig

This is Part Two of our series on Bavaria’s fairy tale 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...

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Hohenschwangau Castle- Childhood Home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria

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

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Photo of the Week: Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge

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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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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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. About Rothenburg ob der Tauber Rothenburg is named in part after its location on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Rothenburg ob der Tauber means...

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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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