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February 28, 2019

Germany: Munich, Oktoberfest

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Inside the Bräurosl tent, which serves Hacker-Pschorr beer.

I’ve long wanted to attend Oktoberfest but could never arrange the time. Finally in 2018 there was an opportunity. A visit to Munich during Oktoberfest both fit into our travel schedule and we started looking early enough to be able to find a hotel room for two humans and one canine for three nights during the festival. (more…)

February 27, 2019

Germany: Linderhof Palace


Linderhoff Palace

Linderhof Palace or in German Schloss Linderhof is the smallest of the three palaces built by “Mad King” Ludwig II of Bavaria. Ludwig’s other palace building projects included Herrenchiemsee, built to resemble Versailles, and the fanciful and more famous ferry-tale castle Neuschwanstein. At the time of Ludwig’s mysterious death Linderhof Palace had just been completed. It is the only one of the king’s castle building projects that he lived to see completed. (more…)

February 21, 2019

Germany: Wieskirche


Wieskirche

About 30 minutes by car from Fussen Germany is the Pilgrimage Church of Wies or in German, Wieskirche. Wieskirche stands in the rolling verdant pastures at the foot of the snow-capped German Alps. It’s a pretty church in an idyllic location. (more…)

Germany: Fussen


A surviving picture of Neuschwanstein

Fussen Germany is the tourist base for exploring two of Mad King Ludwig’s castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The castles, particularly the fanciful Neuschwanstein said to have been an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, have been featured in numerous international travel shows. And it shows. When we visited in September, the later part of the tourist season, the area was full of tourists. (more…)

February 18, 2019

Germany: Lindau (Bodensee)

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Lindau Germany

Due to circumstances not entirely within our control, 2018 turned out to be for us a year for European road journeys. In September we hit the highways for our fourth and final road long trip of the year. From our base in Saint Jean de Losne France we headed east. Our first stop was Lindau. (more…)

January 10, 2019

Switzerland: Stein am Rhein and the Swiss-German Border


Stein am Rhein

The Rhine River and its connected large lakes loosely define the border between Switzerland and Germany. The border here matters for trade. Unlike much of Europe, the countries of Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not part of the Eurozone. Though Switzerland is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement meaning travelers can pass freely across the border without immigration checks, goods don’t pass without import/export restrictions and tariffs. (more…)

December 6, 2018

Germany: Völklingen Ironworks


A walkway crosses over the Urban Art exhibit at Völklingen Ironworks.

In 1986, after more than 100 years and millions of tons of pig iron processed, the Völklingen Ironworks in the Saarland region of Germany was closed. The plant was quickly protected by a preservation order. Eight years later Völklingen Ironworks was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today the Völklinger Hütte is open to the public as a museum. It is the only example, in the whole of Western Europe and North America, of an integrated ironworks that was built and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries that has remained intact. (more…)

December 5, 2018

Germany: Trier


The Prince-Elector’s Palace in Trier

Near the vineyard-covered red sandstone hills of the Mosel Valley is the city of Trier. Trier is located at the extreme edge of west-central Germany. It’s close to the border; Luxembourg is only a few miles away. Usually we come to wine country for the wine. But in this case it is history that brought is to the region. (more…)

December 3, 2018

Germany: Aachen


The town hall or rathaus in Aachen Germany

Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany. The historic commune is located near the German borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, roughly 61 kilometers to the south and west of Cologne. It is possible to visit Aachen as a day trip from a base in Cologne but we decided to stay in the town for two nights. There’s much to see in the area and in the city. (more…)

November 30, 2018

Germany: Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex


Shaft 12 at the Zollverein Coal Mine

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is a large decommissioned coal mining complex in the Ruhr Valley, Germany’s industrial heartland. It is located near the city of Essen in western Germany about 60 kilometers from the Netherlands. Guided tours allow visitors to see the inner workings of the old coal mine; the associated Ruhr Museum is open for independent visits. (more…)

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