Germany

Explore Germany, from the largest pumpkin festival in the world to the real-life Disney Castle

Downhill skiing at Skizentrum Sankt Andreasberg, Germany

Skizentrum Sankt Andreasberg, Skiing for Beginners

Lower Saxony may be pretty, but I gotta say - the mountains are mere mole hills.  Moving to central Germany from Switzerland is like having your parents replace your Halloween candy with broccoli - it's harder to enjoy the healthy stuff after feasting on a ste...
mongoose at the Berlin Zoo

Zoo Berlin, A Fantastic Attraction for Animal Fanatics

Zoos are something that always make me feel conflicted. While I hate seeing wild animals in captivity, especially if they seem agitated, I love animals. LOVE them! It's unusual for us to even visit more than one zoo in a year, but during our recent trip to Ber...

Two of the Best Christmas Markets in Berlin

Who doesn't love German Christmas markets?  Towards the end of November, they start popping up in towns across the country.  It seems no village is too small to host their own festive extravaganza.  In any given year, Berlin alone offers between 50 and 100 Chr...
Aegidienkirche in Hannover, Germany

So what’s the deal with Hannover?

Munich is known for its Oktoberfest.  Berlin has the Berlin Wall. Heidelberg is home to one of the prettiest castles in Germany.  But what's the deal with Hannover?  We live just an hour south, yet other than the fact that it's the local seat of government for...
Goaslar Christmas Market, Germany

Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to Europe's Christmas markets. The smaller villages in Germany offer fewer crowds and a more intimate festival experience. This couldn't be more true than in the town of Goslar just 75 km southeast of Hannov...
Historic buildings of Rammelsberg Mine in Goslas

Touring the Historic Rammelsberg Mine

Legend tells that in the year 968, a knight was out hunting deer in the forests of Rammelsberg, a peak in the Harz Mountains.  Stopping for a rest, he tied his horse to a tree.  Restless, the horse pawed at the ground, unearthing a rich vein of silver.  Thus b...

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, s...