Germany for me is many things, but especially castles and Christmas.

 

Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne, or Köln, is one of Germany's most popular cities for travelers. Located in picturesque Rhineland, Cologne is beautiful at any time of year, but it's decked out to the nines at Christmastime. Cologne Christmas Market is comprised of seven markets and welcomes...

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Christmastime in Heidelberg, Germany

Christmastime in Heidelberg is magical. You've got a medieval castle as a backdrop to one on the prettiest markets in Germany. It can get crowded, but somehow it feels intimate and cozy. Heidelberg Castle You can't go to Heidelberg and not visit the Castle. It's...

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Avalon Rhine River Cruise

An Avalon Rhine River Cruise is a great way to see several destinations in one trip. You go from place to place in the comfort of your floating hotel without ever having to re-pack or schlep baggage. Your room goes where you go. This was my first experience river...

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Rudesheim Christmas Market

Located in the Rhine River Valley, Rüdesheim, aka Rüdesheim am Rheine, is classic Germany famous for medieval castles, terraced vineyards, timbered architecture, gothic churches, and of course, the Rudesheim Christmas Market. It's a beautiful part of the country and...

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Nuremberg Christmas Market: Christkindlesmarkt

The Nuremberg Christmas Market, aka Christkindlesmarkt, is perhaps the most famous and largest in the world. Located in Nuremberg's Old Town, in the central square called Hauptmarkt, the Christkindlesmarkt starts November 27 and ends Christmas Eve. Christkind,...

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Albrecht Dürer Stube, Nuremberg

Nuremberg's superstar, at least one of them, is the Renaissance master artist Albrecht Dürer. I happen to love his work (especially the Rhinoceros) and was thrilled to visit his actual house. Right around the corner from the house is the quirky restaurant, Albrecht...

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Nuremberg Christmas Ambiance

Christmas is a big deal in Nuremberg. The city hosts one of the world's largest Christmas Markets and is famous for that. But I want to show you what the Nuremberg Christmas ambience is like around town as well. Lighted Christmas trees, wreathes, Christkind, and the...

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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich

During Christmastime, the first thing you see as you walk into the lobby at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich is a gorgeous Christmas tree dripping with Swarovski crystals and framed from above by a stained glass window that glows like a halo.  ...

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Tollwood Christmas Market Munich: Heads up Vegetarians!

The most interesting Christmas Market I have ever been to has got to be the Tollwood Winter-festival in Munich, Germany. And I think they probably consider it more of a Winterfest than "Christmas Market" as to be inclusive. Tollwood represents "the joy of living,...

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Nuremberg Organic Brewery: Hausbrauerei Altstadthof

Have you ever tasted warm spiced beer? If not, you are in for a treat at the Nuremberg organic brewery, Hausbrauerei Altstadthof. This is the first certified organic brewery in Germany. History Founded in 1984, Hausbrauerei Altstadthof is committed to preserving...

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