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…

Jeder Einmal in Berlin

Berlin is the city that makes my heart skip a beat. The buildings and streets define and narrate my lifelong obsession with my ancestral home (Germany) and its history like an interactive storybook. First, Berlin was the cultural center of the Weimar Republic era (between WWI and WWII) when the painters, filmmakers, musicians, architects, scientists,…

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.

Köln, Kölsch, und Können

Köln (Cologne) lies in Western Germany near the Dutch-Belgian border. It is the fourth largest and most populated city in Germany, and number one in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. First thing first in Köln, you must visit the Kölner Dom Cathedral. Take the Bahn to the Hauptbahnhof and when you exit the station, it will not…

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.…

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…