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3 Charming German Towns for Culture Lovers Part 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
By October 7, 2013
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Step Back in Time in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is pure storybook Germany. This city is a maze of winding cobblestone streets filled with crooked half-timbered buildings that look like they’ve been plucked right out of a fairytale. Encircled by old town walls made of stone, the city still retains its distinct medieval feel. There are old clock towers, fancy wrought iron signs, and flower pots spilling with blooms.

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One of many life-sized nutcrackers in town.

The Romantic Road

Although Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small town, it’s far from off the tourist radar. This is due in part to its strategic location along the Romantische Straße, or “Romantic Road,” a title created by travel agents to describe the 220 mile stretch of highway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, which is filled with quintessential German towns and castles. Formerly a trade route in medieval times, the Romantic Road now serves as a principal tourist artery though Southern Germany.

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Entrance to the old city.

3 Charming German Towns for Culture Lovers Part 2: Bacharach
By September 30, 2013
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Chapel of Werner.

Slow Down and Taste the Wine in Bacharach: Germany’s Rhine Valley Hideaway

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Germany produces some of the best white wines in the world. The Middle Rhine Valley is a storybook paradise of crumbling castles and vineyards clinging to cliffs peppered with small towns. The best way to see the Rhine Valley is either by train, boat, or bike—all routes that hug the river for spectacular views. Out of the small towns that line the Middle Rhine Valley, Bacharach is our top pick for an overnight stay.

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Medieval Bacharach

With the city taking its name from Bacchus, the God of wine, Bacharach has long been a trading center for wine. During the Middle Ages the rocky bottleneck in the Rhine River near Bacharach wasn’t navigable to big ships, so wine had to be transported on small boats to be loaded onto big ships in Bacharach’s harbor. Needless to say, the town prospered. These days big ships pass right by Bacharach without stopping, but it’s the tourist boats that now flood this quiet town. Outside tourist season, Bacharach is peaceful and sleepy, the perfect place to wander among half-timbered leaning buildings.

3 Charming German Towns for Culture Lovers Part 1: Würzburg
By September 23, 2013
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Fortress Marienberg.

When people plan a trip to Germany, most head for Berlin. Hightail it to Munich. Fly into Frankfurt. Head for picturesque Heidelberg. All good options…but Germany is also brimming with small towns that are perfect for slowing down, soaking up the history of a place, discovering lesser visited art treasures, and simply enjoying the finer things in life—by which I mean food and wine, of course. The following series of articles will highlight 3 dynamic cities to add to your next Germany travel itinerary.

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Delve into Art in the Franconian Wine City of Würzburg

Würzburg is known for great wine and great art. Located in Franconian wine country, Würzburg is filled with wine bars and a skyline dominated by rolling vineyards. Here wine lovers will find everything from vineyard hikes to wine festivals and plenty of wineries and cellars to visit for wine tastings.

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Sculpture on Mainbrücke (Old Bridge).

Munich in Photos
By September 9, 2013
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New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus).

Here’s a collection of photos from our time in Munich. Read our full Munich City Guide here and learn more about Bavaria here. Alternatively, browse all our Germany articles here. Enjoy!

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Throne room in the Munich Residenz.

A Week in Bavaria Part 2: A Pair of Fairytale Castles
By September 3, 2013
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Neuschwanstein Castle.

Europe is filled with castles, but none quite invoke the fairytale romance we all imagine as children than the spellbinding castles of Bavaria. Two castles stand out among all the world’s top castles: Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle.

Castle #1: Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau is perched above Swan Lake, and was the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria, and is all original, decorated with scenes from medieval legends and poetry, the walls reading like giant storybooks. Translating roughly to “castle of the village of the swan,” this beautiful castle should be visited first before you set your eyes on nearby Neuschwanstein Castle, which is even more impressive.

A Week in Bavaria Part 1: Munich
By August 27, 2013
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Inside a Bavarian beer hall.

Bavaria is my absolute favorite part of Germany. It’s iconic, friendly,  flowing with great beer, and filled with incredible fairytale castles. A week in Bavaria will give you enough time to explore the dynamic city of Munich, then head south to one of Germany’s most picturesque regions for some castle hopping.

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Munich city skyline in winter.

Munich City Guide

Munich is a beautiful city, filled with history and culture. Although Munich is quite a big city with a population close to 1.5 million, it still manages to retain a bit of a small town vibe. The city brims with festive beer halls, some of the country’s best shopping, and feels like the friendliest place in Germany. It’s got imperial palaces, crown jewels, modern art, and grand pedestrian boulevards. Munich is a true cultural powerhouse, with enough sights to easily fill a few days.

Concrete Art in Würzburg, Germany
By August 15, 2013
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Richard Paul Lohse, Switzerland.

Würzburg is known for great wine and great art. Located in Franconian wine country, this mid-size German city in northern Bavaria is home to one of the most comprehensive and intriguing collections of Concrete Art in the world, housed at the Museum Kulturspeicher.

Dresden: Germany’s Saxon Capital of Art and Culture
By July 3, 2013
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Dresden, Germany has reinvented itself over the years. In the past, the name Dresden may have conjured up memories of war—specifically the firebombing that took place here during World War II. Some locals refer to the bombings as the “deconstruction” of Dresden, which seems appropriate since Dresden has gracefully “reconstructed” itself back to its former splendor, painstakingly piecing itself back together over time based on historical documentation and detailed photographs.

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Dresden, Germany in Photos
By June 28, 2013
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Regal architecture.

Dresden is a beautiful city. Black sandstone angels and figurines stand tall upon the roofs of buildings, alongside golden sculptures, and elegant glass domed ceilings. Boasting an old town brimming with regal baroque architecture, and museums filled with priceless treasures, this capital of Saxony makes a unique stop halfway along the Berlin-Prague route. What I love most about Dresden are all the embellishments and ornate details that pop out of the woodwork everywhere you turn. Just have a look for yourself:

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Modern design in Dresden’s Neustadt (new town).
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Sandstone sculptures abound in Dresden.

The Adlon: A Fairytale Hotel Stay in Berlin
By June 6, 2013
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As far as Berlin hotels go, you can’t get dreamier than five-star Hotel Adlon Kempinski, one of Berlin’s classiest and most luxurious hotels. This hotel will have you feeling like royalty from the minute you step past the top-hat clad doorman and are handed that first welcome glass of bubbling Prosecco. The Adlon has a long and iconic history of wowing guests, and is practically a sightseeing stop on its own.

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A room with a view—of the Brandenburg Gate, that is.

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