Germany Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

Romantic Rhine Travel: On and Off the Beaten Path

Rhine Valley

Through sunny days and fog, famous towns and little known ‘burgs, wine cellars and village vintner festivals, this was our time on the segment of the Rhine River known as the Romantic Rhine.Half-timbered homes sit as the foot of cobbled streets. Vineyard paths wind into the hills. And foggy moments as castles disappear and re-emerge on hilltops hint at history. … [Read more...]

Aachen and Cologne: Instagramming a European City Break

Cologne Cathedral

Upon a recent visit to the German Rhineland cities of Aachen and Cologne and the surrounding area, we realized there’s a lot to experience and unpack — that is, to comprehend the full picture of what we’d seen and how astonishingly complex history can be.From Roman beginnings, to medieval ascendency to industrial superiority, Germany’s Rhineland seems to have … [Read more...]

Aachen Cathedral: Just Look Up [360-Degree Panorama]

Aachen Cathedral

Some cathedrals -- with their fanciful gargoyles, detailed carvings and elaborate flourishes -- are best admired for their exterior. For others, it's all about appreciating what's inside.What makes Aachen Cathedral so special for me, despite the beauty of its imposing Gothic exterior, are the mystical elements within. … [Read more...]

Next Up: From Mines to Wines, Germany’s Rhineland

Rhine Valley

As we set off for Germany's Rhineland this weekend, I think back to an exchange I had with a tourist from Stuttgart the other night.“It’s been really fun visiting Berlin this week. It’s like traveling to a different country from Germany,” he said.We laughed. We understood. This is often what we tell people when they ask us how we like living in Germany. We've … [Read more...]

German Christmas Market in Augsburg Old Town [360-Degree Panorama]

augsburg

We edged toward the end of our road trip visit to friends and Christmas markets in the southern German regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Our stomachs were full from days of Christmas market comfort foods, "fest" foods like spätzle, bratwurst, schupfnudeln and maultaschen.We'd performed our research to determine which Christmas market served up the best … [Read more...]

Tempelhof: The Yin and Yang of an Abandoned Airfield

If you’ve ever known that pang of sadness on the longest day of the year or the faintest glimmer of hope on its shortest, this is for you. If you’ve ever pondered cycles and the tricks of the seasons, that too.It was early August heat wave. Audrey and I were returning home on bicycles from a late-afternoon-turned-evening gathering with friends, a craft brew and … [Read more...]

Exploring Berlin: Virtual Tour Week and a Giveaway

Berlin street art

This is about Berlin, chunky quotes, something new we're trying this week, and a few giveaways to tie it all together.Berlin. A city we love, a city we've chosen as a base. As we dig into Berlin and meet others who've done the same, we learn a little bit more about the city through them -- its layers of history, humanity, creativity, and culture.This week … [Read more...]

The Evolution of a Nomad (or, Why Berlin?)

Berlin street art

This is a story about life shaping…and a thank you to the people who have helped make it possible.A few days ago we returned to Berlin from a month in New Zealand. Something was different. Really different. Traveling for a month is not particularly unusual for us, but the fact that we had keys to an apartment, one where our names were on the buzzer, certainly … [Read more...]

Berlin: A Beginner’s Guide

Berlin TV Tower and Berlinerdom

Traveling to Berlin? Here's our Berlin brainstorming guide to give you some approaches and ideas to get started.We have found ourselves in Berlin this year for the third summer in a row. Berlin draws us in, like the school kid who may not be the best looking in the class but has the magnetic personality that everyone wants to be around.Berlin for us is a … [Read more...]

Berlin Food: Favorite Neighborhood Meals Under €10

Spaezle

In time for the ITB Berlin travel conference this week, we share some of our favorite Berlin restaurants and dishes that fall into the category of high value. The goal isn’t just to eat well and inexpensively, but to use Berlin food exploration as a compass to get out and enjoy the city's fabulous neighborhoods along the way. … [Read more...]