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5 Day Berlin Itinerary

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If you are planning a trip to Berlin, you should know that there is a lot more to see here than just the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It’s a diverse city filled with world-class museums, beautiful squares to wander through, and …

Rakotzbrucke

Not Your Ordinary Berlin Day Trip: Rakotzbrücke, Gorlitz, and Bastei Bridge

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If you are visiting Berlin, there are numerous day trips you can take. Leipzig, Potsdam, and Dresden are all within driving distance. However, if you want to go off-the-beaten-path and see several very scenic places, you’ll love this Berlin day trip. In one day, you can visit the photogenic Rakotzbrücke, walk across the fairytale Bastei Bridge, visit pretty little Gorlitz, …

Bastion Bridge

Day Trip to the Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland

Julie Germany 4 Comments

The Bastei is one of Germany’s most unique landscapes. Giant pinnacles of sandstone rock tower over the Elbe River and the green countryside. Spanning these pinnacles is a stone bridge, dramatic in its appearance, as it connects these towers of rock and then seems to lead nowhere. We visited the Bastei on a day trip from Berlin, combining this site …

Gorlitz in Photos

17 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Gorlitz, Germany

Julie Germany, Poland 3 Comments

Germany is a country that appears on many travelers’ bucket lists. And why not? It has fairytale castles, beautiful Bavaria, Oktoberfest, and awesome cities. But have you ever heard of Gorlitz? We hadn’t. At least not until we planned a trip to Berlin. I “discovered” Gorlitz when I was searching for unique day trip ideas from Berlin. Colorful photos of …

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Rakotzbrücke: A Fairytale Bridge in Saxony, Germany

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Rakotzbrücke, also called the Devil’s Bridge, looks like something that belongs in a fairytale. This unique looking bridge is tucked away in a small park in Saxony, Germany. Getting here can be a challenge, since Rakotzbrücke is not located near any major city. However, if you combine a trip here with other nearby destinations, you can turn this visit into …

How to Visit Teufelsberg

Teufelsberg: Is This the Weirdest Spot to Visit in Berlin?

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If you are traveling to Berlin and want to see something weird, put Teufelsberg on your list. Teufelsberg is an abandoned listening station used during the Cold War that is now covered with graffiti. A visit here is eerie, historical, at times unnerving, and even beautiful. What is Teufelsberg? Teufelsberg is German for Devil’s Mountain. Nowadays, Teufelsberg refers not only …

How to Visit Neuschwanstein

How to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle Without the Crowds

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Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Germany’s most visited sites. This fairytale castle, which was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s castle, is located in Bavaria, Germany. People from around the world descend on Neuschwanstein between the peak season months of July and August. With the crowds of people come long lines. Nothing spoils a visit to Neuschwanstein more than spending precious hours …

Bavaria Itinerary

10 Day Bavaria Itinerary

Julie Austria, Germany, Itinerary 23 Comments

Bavaria is the southeast region of Germany, the land of fairytale castles, Oktoberfest, and lederhosen. With the Alps to the south and idyllic towns dotting its hillsides, Bavaria is a beautiful and romantic destination. View the Alps from Germany’s highest peak at Zugspitze, tour crazy King Ludwig II’s storybook castle Neuschwanstein, learn about WWII history in Munich and Berchtesgaden, and …

Visiting Zugspitze

Julie Austria, Germany 6 Comments

Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak (2962 meters), is located in southern Germany on its border with Austria. Visiting Zugspitze is a fantastic half day excursion which can easily be accomplished from both Austria and Germany.   How to Visit Zugspitze Austria or Germany? Since Zugspitze sits on the border between Austria and Germany, it can be accessed from both of these …

How We Spent One Week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Julie Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland 8 Comments

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a wonderful small town located in Bavaria, Germany, was our home base for one solid week.  Oh, how we loved it here! Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a great place from which to explore southern Germany.  It is located in the German Alps, just a few miles from the border with Austria, which we visited quite a bit.  With these mountains comes …

Overlooking Berchtesgaden

What do Cream Puffs, Hitler, and Salt Have in Common? Berchtesgaden, Germany.

Julie Germany 2 Comments

Berchtesgaden, Germany…a small corner in southern Germany, tucked away in the Alps, is surrounded on three sides by Austria. This is the land of wiener schnitzel, lederhosen, and beer. We spent three wonderful days here touring all of the big sites and taking a day trip just over the border to Salzburg, Austria. We traveled by train from Bolzano, Italy …