Travel Dreams Come True: NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

There are places you dream about visiting, but when you go there, they fail to live up to the hype. There are places that in real life turn out just as postcard-perfect as you want them to be. And then, once in a great while, you encounter one of those really rare things – a…

OBERAMMERGAU DRIVE-BY

Oberammergau is a prime example of why you should really take your time in the Bavarian Alps. This whimsical Bavarian town (population: 5,000) is famous for three things: air painting, wood carvings and 400-year old Passion Play. It’s also the most popular pit stop on the Bavarian Castles tours. Let’s dispense with the main trifecta of…

LINDERHOF PALACE – Bavaria’s Miniature Versailles

There are three things you learn about King Ludwig II of Bavaria on the Bavarian Alps Royal Castles tour: 1-he died under suspicious circumstances; 2-he was either crazy, eccentric or gay; 3-he was really into the French court, peacocks and country life. The one thing you learn about Ludwig when you actually get to Linderhof,…

BAVARIAN ALPS or How Travel Dreams Are Made

I’m not a mountains person, but as soon as I saw the idyllic, bucolic landscape of the Bavarian Alps from the window of my tour bus, it was love at first sight. All I could think was “I can’t believe God has made something so beautiful.” Give me a minute, I think I might have…

BEING BAVARIAN IN MUNICH

The first thing that struck me in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, was how insanely crowded it was. The second – that the locals were wearing Tyrolean hats, unironically. We all know what a traditional/stereotypical German get-up looks like, right? Lederhosen and all? And I’m going to guess that most of us associate it with…

TREASURE-HUNTING IN ROTHENBURG

One of the best ways to spend a day in Rothenburg is shopping. I don’t even like shopping, yet Rothenburg is just so charming, welcoming and relaxed, that it imbues with joy even one of the most stressful and tedious [for me] activities. Tiny Rothenburg is a GREAT shopping destination. But you won’t find Prada or…

ROTHENBURG, the Most German of German Towns

Do you remember how I thought that Tallinn was the most whimsical place ever? Well, Tallinn has nothing on Rothenburg, which should be in the running for the title of “Real Life Town That Looks the Most like It Just Dropped Out of a Disney Fairy Tale.” Rothenburg ob der Tauber (which means “Red fortress…

MY FIVE-HOUR GERMAN FLING

It was a quickie, but MAN was it satisfying! Find more salacious details in my guest essay over at Eff It, I’m On Holiday.  I hopped off in Marienplatz, the city’s gorgeous Gothic central square, wandered the adjacent streets taking photos of porcelain-rendered gingerbread houses and pork-rendered sausages, and finally parked my tired bottom at a huge beerhouse,…