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Berlin for History Buffs

Berlin for History Buffs

GDR Trabants on the streets of Berlin When you’re traveling around Europe, you have a lot of choices in terms of historical sites to see. It seems like, everywhere you look, there is a beautiful ancient cathedral or grand historic parliament. You could overdose on all of …

How a Broomstick Can Lead to Food and Wine in Germany

How a Broomstick Can Lead to Food and Wine in Germany

As a tourist to Germany it’s not likely that you will find yourself invited into a local’s house. Germans are famously  reserved at first, but if you keep your eye out for a broomstick over a door, consider it your …

Voluntourism: Giving Back without Breaking the Bank

Voluntourism: Giving Back without Breaking the Bank

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Volunteers at a historic renovation project in Germany

Sure, we’d all love to quit our jobs, run off to some unpronounceable locale and join the Peace Corps. But what if you can’t quit your job or commit to a 27-month …

Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

Europe is known for having an extensive and impressive array of Christmas markets, but the seasonal merriment doesn’t have to stop there. In springtime, when flowers, trees and hibernating critters begin to come out of winter hiding, new markets also …

5 Charming Christmas Markets in Germany

5 Charming Christmas Markets in Germany

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The medieval theme of Esslingen Christmas Market will delight visitors.

Germany has hundreds of Christmas markets – Munich alone has twenty four. Contrary to what many visitors believe, the most charming Christmas markets in Germany are not always the well …

The Mother of All Parties – the Oktoberfest

The Mother of All Parties – the Oktoberfest

I KNEW I’d had too much to drink when everyone in the room began to look attractive — all 5,000 of them.

That tall, blond Germanic look can quiver my heart even when it’s perfectly sober. Yet perhaps sinking a …

Train Travel in Central Europe

Train Travel in Central Europe

Photo by Flickr user theowl84Ah, to be sitting on a train, the rolling, green European countryside whisking steadily past your window as you sip on a cold beer. Train travel is easily one of the most romantic modes of transportation, offering the chance to …

Three Charming Villages in South West Germany

Three Charming Villages in South West Germany

Some of the most charming villages in Germany look like they came straight out of a storybook, with their half timber houses, walled cities, and look out towers.  Put on your walking shoes, as they are best explored on foot, …

Legends and Rhine River Castles

Legends and Rhine River Castles

Stone turrets and towers keep an eye on everything in every direction. Vine covered slopes so steep it’s hard to believe people walk between the rows. Narrow villages line the banks of the winding river. You can almost see the …

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