Scharf München

Back in my most beloved city, München (Munich), the first thing I wanted was to visit the Viktualienmarkt. It is my tradition to buy strawberries here, as just a simple and sweet thing I look forward to. Viktualienmarkt is an open air market spanning several city blocks. Most cities have a farmers market but this tops anything…

Schloß Neuschwanstein and the Mad King

The Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles both sit high in the mountains over the village of Hohenschwangau in Southern Bavaria near the Austrian border. Neuschwanstein is also known by the rest of the world as the Disney Sleeping Beauty castle. Look familiar? Designed by and built for “Mad” King Ludwig II in the 1880s, the castle was…

Köln, Kölsch, und Können

First thing first in Köln (Cologne), you must visit the Kölner Dom Cathedral. Take the Bahn to the Hauptbahnhof and when you exit the station, it will not knock the breath right out of you. The Dom is a fine example of Gothic Architecture, and functions as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and…

Heidelberg, Schön War’s!

After a whirlwind week of road tripping from München to Bad Kötzting near the Czech Border, along the Alps to Schloß Neuschwanstein and back to München again, I was ready for a solo retreat to Heidelberg. Heidelberg’s official song “Ich Hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg Verloren” translates to “I lost my heart in Heidelberg” and was first recorded in…

Alles Gut in Bad Kötzting

My friend took me along for a road trip to Bad Kötzting, a city in Cham of Upper Bavaria near the border of the Czech Republic. It was dark already as we left München, but there was enough light from the moon, stars, and snow on the mountains to illuminate the landscape on the way.…