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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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

Neuschwanstein Castle is Part Two of a two part series about Bavaria’s fairy tale castles. In Part One, we explored the village of Hohenschwangau then toured Hohenschwangau Castle. Neuschwanstein Castle One of the world’s most iconic palaces, Neuschwanstein Castle has captivated well over 61 million visitors with its romantic, storybook appearance and tales of madness...

Hohenschwangau Castle- Childhood Home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Hohenschwangau Castle is Part One of a two part series about Bavaria’s fairy tale castles. In Part Two we will visit Neuschwanstein Castle. The Fairytale Castles in Hohenschwangau 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...

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...

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. We were so charmed during our one day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber that we wish we had stayed longer. To help you make the...

Photo of the Week: Autumn at 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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