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 […]

Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt: Cologne Harbour Christmas Market 2014

Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt

Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt – Cologne’s New Harbour Christmas Market: A relatively new Christmas market on the Cologne scene is the Kölner Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt (Cologne Harbour Christmas Market) held at the delectable Cologne Chocolate Museum. As the name implies, the Cologne Harbour Christmas Market is held in a picturesque harbour setting overlooking the Rhine, giving a maritime flavour […]

The Master Draught (Der Meistertrunk) – A Rothenburg Festival

Rothenburg Town Councillors Tavern

The Master Draught Legend Tells of How Rothenburg was Saved From Destruction: One of the highlight festivals in Rothenburg is The Master Draught Festival or Festspiel Der Meistertrunk. Every year since 1881, the citizens of Rothenburg have been celebrating Der Meistertrunk a historical festival based on a legend of how the brave Mayor Nusch saved […]

A Walk Along Rothenburg’s Medieval Fortress Wall

Rothenburg Wall

The Rothenburg Wall Provides a Vantage Point From Which to See the Town: It was wet and dreary when we arrived in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but luckily for us, surrounding this medieval town is a fortress wall with a covered walkway. Rothenburg was a fortified city and its very well preserved 14th century city […]

Visiting the Roderturm – Rothernburg’s Wall Tower

Rothenburg Wall Walk

The Roderturm Provides Fabulous Aerial Views of the Old Town : A charming part of the skyline of Rothenburg are the towers (turm) that form a part of the city’s fortress walls and gateways.  There are several towers along the city wall and its interesting to see that they are all quite different.  Rothernburg Turm […]