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 Ruins of Heidelberg Castle

Mark Twain wrote about Heidelberg, “I have never enjoyed a view which had such a serene and satisfying charm about it as this one gives” in his book A Tramp Abroad and it still rings true. In the heart of Germany, Heidelberg rests over the Odenwald mountains divided in two by the Neckar River. Germany’s…

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.

Viktualienmarkt (A Veritable Smörgåsbord)

I started my tradition of buying strawberries at the Viktualienmarkt the very first time I went to Munich. Traveling overseas can leave you in desperate need of grounding and this simple ritual helps me shift from hectic to feeling at home.  Viktualienmarkt is an open air market spanning almost 250,000 square feet around several city…

Allein in the Allianz Arena

There is something wonderful about visiting a place that holds so much intense energy and excitement, whether you are a sports fan or not. We low-key took a self-guided tour inside the Allianz Arena, home of the famous FC Bayern München football team, and strangely there was not a single other person inside the stadium.…