Hotel Zum Ritter St Georg – A Knighted Hotel

Hotel Zum Ritter St Georg

ZUM RITTER ST GEORG IS ONE OF THE FEW PATRICIAN MANSIONS TO SURVIVE THE THIRTY YEARS WAR: One of the more interesting and historic hotel buildings in Heidelberg Old Town is the Hotel Zum Ritter St Georg at Hauptstrasse 178. Built by the Huguenot cloth merchant Charles Bélier in 1592, this gabled house is a […]

Heidelberg Tun – The World’s Largest Wine Barrel

Heidelberg Tun

THE HEIDELBERG TUN WAS BUILT TO STORE WINE THAT WAS COLLECTED AS TAXES: Out of sheer curiosity as to what the world’s largest wine barrel looks like, we check out the Heidelberg Tun, during our visit to Heidelberg Castle. Built from the trunks of 130 oak trees, the Heidelberg Tun is an enormous wine barrel, […]

Oktoberfest 2015 – Traditional Oktoberfest Beer Tents

Schottenhamel Oktoberfest Tent

SOME TRADITIONAL BEER TENTS AT MUNICH OKTOBERFEST: There are fourteen large beer tents at Oktoberfest, each one offering visitors to the world’s most famous beer festival a particular experience, taste sensation, and of course beer. During our last Oktoberfest visit, we called into a few of the Oktoberfest tents below to check out the scene […]

Schloss Hohenschwangau – Home to the Fairy-tale King

Schloss Hohenschwangau

SCHLOSS HOHENSCHWANGAU WAS THE CHILDHOOD RESIDENCE OF KING LUDWIG II: Most visitors come to Hohenschwangau to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II. However, set on top of a rugged hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau is another royal castle associated with Ludwig II. The bright yellow Schloss Hohenschwangau was where […]

Frankfurt Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) 2014

Frankfurt Christmas Market

Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt is one of the Oldest and Prettiest in Germany: The Frankfurt Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) is one of the oldest in Germany – it seems that there has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt since 1393. With its rich history and steeped in traditions, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge attraction for visitors […]

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt – Hamburg Christmas Market 2014

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt

Hamburg – the Christmas Capital of the North – Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt: Hamburg stakes its claim as the Christmas capital of the north.  This is because nowhere else in the north of Germany are there so many Christmas markets within such close proximity of each other. From the main train station to its neo-Renaissance town hall […]

Hotel Doctor Weinstube – A Bernkastel Hotel and Attraction

Bernkastel Doctor Weinstube

Hotel Doctor Weinstube – A Historical Hotel with an Unusual Name : For any Bernkastel visitor who is not familiar with the legend of the “Bernkasteler Doctor”, the Hotel Doctor Weinstube might seem like an odd kind of name for a hotel. The words ‘Doctor Weinstube’ are puzzling, but if you’re looking for a hotel […]

Komische Oper Berlin – A High Profile Berlin Opera House

Komische Oper

Komische Oper Berlin – One of the Highest-profile Opera Houses in the German-speaking World: The Komische Oper Berlin is one of the three opera houses in Berlin, the other two being the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  Located in the heart of Berlin, near the famous boulevard Unter den Linden, the […]

The Laeiszhalle – Home of Hamburg’s Classical Music Scene

Laeiszhalle-Musikhalle

Laeiszhalle – Home to Hamburg’s Classical Music Scene: As far as concert halls go, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle (previously known as the Musikhalle Hamburg) is relatively young. Inaugurated in June 1908, it was the largest and most modern concert hall in Germany at that time. Laeiszhalle was made possible through the generosity of Carl Heinrich Laeisz, one […]