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Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Somehow the holiday season snuck up on us this year.  It’s probably partly because Thanksgiving – our festive American predecessor to Christmas – comes and goes without fanfare in Germany.  Plus we don’t shop much and aren’t buying Christmas gifts this year, so we  haven’t been down into the Goettingen city center for months Continue reading Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Ludwigsburg, Home of the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival

In the US, our infatuation with pumpkins at Halloween borders on the religious.  Long gone are the days when carving pumpkins was just for kids!  For us, October typically involves a carriage ride to the nearest farmer’s pumpkin patch, picking the perfect pumpkin for carving, and hosting a rockin’ party to turn our newly acquired Continue reading Ludwigsburg, Home of the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival

Königstein Fortress: Come For the Views, Stay for the Concert

The hilltop ramparts of Königstein Fortress are so large and impregnable, it’s said that no enemy has ever dared attack.  Founded during the 13th century in what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia, the site sprawls across a 240-meter tall plateau.  A man-made wall built on the existing sandstone cliffs stretches for nearly two Continue reading Königstein Fortress: Come For the Views, Stay for the Concert

Camping at Ferdinands Homestay

Camping in Germany can feel a bit like a peculiar affair to an outsider.  For us while we lived in the US, it involved no more planning than throwing our camping gear, kayaks, and dog into the truck and heading up into any number of mountain ranges – the Cascades, Siskiyous, Olympics, or Wallowas.  For a change of Continue reading Camping at Ferdinands Homestay

Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Germany has over 20,000 castles. If that seems a bit crazy to you, you’re not alone!  While we won’t be able to visit all of them, we definitely have a list of ones we’d like to see while in Germany.  For some time, one of them has been Löwenburg Castle, or Lion’s Castle – sometimes also referred to as Schloss Wilhelmshöhe.  Perched Continue reading Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

We’re on a roll!  In one weekend, we visited a castle and two national parks in Germany.  After hiking on Sunday at Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, we spent the better part of my birthday exploring Wartburg Castle before heading north toward Hainich National Park.  Just 8 km from the castle as a crow flies, the distance by car is Continue reading Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Regardless of where we happen to be living or what the weather may be like, June always marks the beginning of summer in my mind.  That means the start of a season filled with hiking, camping, kayaking, and the outdoors in any form we can find it.  As we enter our first summer in Germany, it means a chance to visit some of the Continue reading Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Kayaking the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve

Travis and I spent the entire winter looking forward to our first kayaking trip in Germany.  Every weekend in April brought rainy weather that cancelled our plans before the sun finally appeared in full force in May.  Dusting off our paddling gear and hefting our Orus out of their storage boxes, we loaded up the VW for a weekend of Continue reading Kayaking the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve

A Stroll Around Kiessee, “Gravel Lake”

As the grey months of winter dragged by in central Germany, our Oru kayaks remained boxed and ready in the guest bedroom, waiting anxiously for spring.  With some help from a few Google searches and informative emails from different departments of Germany’s tourism board, I’ve compiled a growing list of promising Continue reading A Stroll Around Kiessee, “Gravel Lake”

Saxon Switzerland National Park

If you browse to a map of Germany and zoom in on its central eastern border, you’ll see a small dark green patch.  This region is Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of Germany’s 16 national parks.  Straddling the German/Czech border, the park is almost evenly divided between the two countries with about 90 square Continue reading Saxon Switzerland National Park