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5 Day Berlin Itinerary: The Perfect Itinerary for Your First Visit

Julie Germany 15 Comments

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 …

Berlin Things to do

The Big List of Things to do in Berlin

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Before traveling to Berlin, a fellow traveler told us that Berlin was the “least German city” in Germany. That had us scratching our heads, wondering what he meant. Until we got to Berlin. Berlin is not like the cities of Munich, Nuremberg, or Hamburg. Berlin is grittier, edgier, and has more of the urban vibe you get in cities like …

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

Julie Germany, Poland 4 Comments

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, …

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Rakotzbrücke: A Fairytale Bridge in Saxony, Germany

Julie Germany 5 Comments

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 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 & Road Trip Guide

Julie Austria, Germany, Itinerary 52 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 …

A Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, Germany

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Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the Nazi concentration camps. It is located near Munich, Germany. A visit here is an incredibly moving experience and a valuable history lesson. Here are some things you should know while planning your visit.  History of Dachau Concentration Camp Dachau was the Nazi’s first concentration camp and was the only concentration camp to …

Garmisch

How We Spent One Week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Julie Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland 26 Comments

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a wonderful small town located in Bavaria, Germany, was our home base for one solid week. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we frequently day tripped to Austria, Liechtenstein, and other destinations in Bavaria. 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 …

Overlooking Berchtesgaden

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

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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 …