Five Hot Summer Days in Berlin

By Saul Schwartz Follow in the footsteps of America-based Saul Schwartz and his family as they learn what the capital of Germany has to offer. From free walking tours to a day in the museums, Saul suggests an exhaustive itinerary of Berlin’s finest attractions. Whether you want to dig deeper into the Jewish legacy of…

Hidden Beneath the Seats – Père Dominique’s tale

The History and Mysteries of Europe’s Misericords Part I by Dave Douglas Davis A couple of hours after sunset on the evening of January 29, 1497 a light frost settled over the fields outlying Villefranche-de-Rouergue. By the time Père Dominique arose from the wooden platform that served as his bed a little before two in…

Happy Birthday Bicycle!

At the rate technology advances these days, it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the fact, that an analog device such as the bicycle is only 200 years old. Today. Draisine June 12th 1817, the German Karl von Drais rode the world’s first bike from his home in Mannheim to Schwetzingen 7 kilometres away and back…

Heidelberg – a romantic intellectual

Heidelberg is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and will spellbind you from the moment you drive towards it from the other side of the Neckar river. Located in southwest Germany in the region of Baden-Württemberg, this charming city is surrounded by steep hills and stunning nature, underscored by a winding river…

Cosy Christmas in the Harz of Germany

Close your eyes. Imagine yourself standing on cobblestones in a medieval city centre, where half timbered houses look like a gingerbread cottage from a fairy-tale, gently illuminated and with a sprinkle of snow on top. Bonfires light up the faces of smiling people and carousels swirl the kiddies round and round, while their family get…

Hitler’s secret wine cellar found

A secret cellar at a castle in Germany revealed a number of rare champagnes and cognac. The secret cellar was discovered while renovating the Castle Moritzburg, around 150 km from Berlin. It was restaurant-owner Silvio Stelzer who found the basement in the castle’s park. He took over the castle in Saxony in 2007, but didn’t find…

Bicentennial birthday wishes for a Berlin garden

The Gliencke Park in Potsdam, southeast of Berlin is not one, many tourists have heard of. But the park is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site, and makes up the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin together with Sanssouci, the New Garden, Pfaueninsel and Babelsberg Park. 2016 is an important year for the Gliencke Park, as it celebrates…

Top 3 Christmas Markets in Berlin

It’s the time of year to warm yourself with some Glühwein and snack your way through these Winter Wonderlands, that the Germans master so well: the Christmas markets! I think I’ve counted 46 Christmas markets, that’s going on in Berlin this Christmas, which means, you have loads to choose from! Many markets are purely for…

Lübeck – Christmas capital of the north

We are in the middle of the time when the day turns dark and winter has set in. All over the world, people fight back the murky darkness with Christmas lights, candles and torches. Winter blues is overcome with merrymaking, Christmas carolling and punch. In Germany, especially, they mix all the above thing together –…

Moselle for hikers

The Moselle region is a world-class hiking area, with excellent signposting, stunning views, steep vineyards to climbs, varied thematic trails, culinary encounters and hiking-friendly lodgings. Those who seek a sporty challenge and likes to climb, will feel right at home in this region together with the leisurely hiker and families with children. And it doesn’t…