Art is Alive and Weird in Berlin

I recently visited the beautiful, odd, and eclectic city of Berlin. Everywhere you turn there is something packed with history or something covered in graffiti. It has a very distinct personality–one of resilience and the bizarre. As you wander the streets, you get the feeling that many of the residents want to give the old,…

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The Highest Peak in Germany

Just south of the tiny German town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stands the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, at 9,718 feet above sea level. Zugspitze was most likely derived from the German word zugbahnen meaning avalanche paths. You can hike to the top or take a cable car. (I bet you can guess which one I did.) Once you’ve reached the peak,…

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Partnach Gorge

Near the sweet little town of Garmisch Partenkirchen lies the Partnach Gorge, carved by a mountain river. It’s over 2,000 feet long and up to 260 feet deep. A winding foot path leads you along the side of the rushing waters, through caves and carved rock. It’s the kind of overwhelming nature that makes you feel…

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Nuremberg

Nuremberg is a sweet little German town, surrounded by an old city gate and a few rivers. Perhaps I shouldn’t say little because it happens to be the second largest city in Bavaria, just after Munich. It dates back to the Middle Ages, 1050 to be exact. It’s been ravaged by the plague and home to…

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Munich Round II

Maybe you remember that I was in Munich for Oktoberfest. Well, I got to go back and spend a little more time in the beautiful city. Of course, I made my way to the original Hofbrauhaus. It dates back to the 16th century and smelled a bit of barf, understandably so. There are plenty of…

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The Home of a Mad King

Bavaria may be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been on planet earth. Driving the winding roads, awestruck by nature, you can’t help but feel like you’ve traveled back in time. (See a video of what that experience is like here.) We stayed a night in the ancient Roman city of Füssen, and it felt like one…

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and this is Frankfurt!

I ended up getting to spend a few more days in Frankfurt than I expected after my flight to Berlin was canceled. This city is amazing! So quaint and so contemporary at the same time. It’s the 5th largest city in Germany. I was honestly surprised by that, especially because Frankfurt is the major financial center…

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I got lunch and a parking ticket in Freiburg.

Freiburg is a sweet little German city. This medieval town at the edge of the Black Forest leads the way in Germany’s green movement. Take note of the strange gutters on the streets. They are not meant for sewage, but to cool the city down during the warm summer months, fight fires, and water the animals.…

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Cologne to Dortmund

Colonge is the 4th largest city in Germany and it was built atop Roman ruins. It’s located on either side of the Rhine River and is rather famous as the birthplace of Kolsch style beer. Cologne also boasts the most pubs per capita in the country. Lucky for us, it happened to be the first stop on…

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Prost!

I just got back from a whirlwind, 2 week trip around Germany (and a few other countries). As you should, when in Germany during the month of October, I went to Oktoberfest in Munich. It was awesome: giant tents, cram-packed with people dressed to the nines in their dirndls and lederhosen, binging on beer and…

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