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 […]

Lübeck Weihnachtsmarkt – 2014 Lübeck Christmas Markets

Lübeck Christmas Market

Within the Historic Old Town of Lübeck are Nine Christmas Markets: With its historical attractions and medieval atmosphere, Lübeck exudes charm at any time of the year. But at Christmas time, this “Queen of the Hanseatic League” is more than charming. Decked out in Christmas lights, stars and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, Lübeck has some nine […]

Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt – Nuremberg Christmas Market 2014

Nuremberg Christmas Market

The Nuremberg Christmas Market is Known as the “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”: With over two million visitors every year, the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt can easily claim to be one of the more popular Christmas markets in Germany.  In the medieval setting of the old town of Nuremberg, visitors can shop for all kinds of Christmas […]

Christkindlmarkt – Munich Christmas Market 2014

Munich-Christmas-Markets

Munich’s Christkindlmarkt is the Oldest in the Bavarian Capital: When it comes to Christmas markets, Munich has plenty of choices for the visitor.  There are over 20 Christmas markets in the Bavarian capital, but the main Christkindlmarkt and the oldest in the city is held at the historical Marienplatz each year. Marienplatz Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz is […]

Dresden Striezelmarkt 2014 – Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market

Dresden Christmas Market

Dresden Striezelmarkt is the Largest in Dresden: There are many Christmas markets in Dresden, but the largest of them all is the Dresden Striezelmarkt. The Dresden Striezelmarkt is also Germany’s oldest Christmas market and 2014 marks the 580th anniversary of the Dresden Striezelmarkt. It’s very exciting for us as we’ll actually be there. The Dresden Striezelmarkt […]

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 […]