Alles Gut in the Town of Bad Kötzting

Bad Kötzting is a city in Cham of Upper Bavaria, Germany near the border of the Czech Republic. After an extremely short visit, this town remains elusive in my memory. It was dark already as we left München, but there was just enough light from the moon, stars, and snow on the mountains to illuminate…

The Beasts of Odeonsplatz

One particularly foggy night in München required Adolf Hitler to take the train home instead of a car. It was November 1939, and an anti-Nazi activist named George Elser had planted a bomb. Hitler was giving a speech that night but it was abruptly cut short in order for him to catch the train. He left just minutes before the bomb went off.

The Mad King & Schloß Neuschwanstein

Both Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles 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…