KMC Area

Hidden Gems near Cocheren, France

Spend the afternoon hiking a wooden area near the German and French border and discover ancient hidden gems.

Dumont Fruchteria in Saarbrücken

For that novelty or special gift, stop by Saarbrücken’s Dumont Fruchteria. This darling store is filled to the brim with every variety of seasonal chutneys, relishes, jellies, beverages, oils and seasonings.

Living History in the Black Forest

The living history farmstead Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtbauernhof warrants a visit! The over 400 year old open-museum is interactive and fun for all.

Gran Canaria: one quick flight away

Learn about Gran Canaria, Spain and how to save money while exploring this gorgeous, friendly island.

Girls’ Week Out at the French Riviera

It’s important to take a precious girl trip! Women breakaway from your daily routine and hectic schedule for a cherished vacation with your girlfriend.

Beer and liquor World in Darmstadt

Getränkemarkt Maruhn in Darmstadt prides itself in having specialty selections of beverages from around the world. Pick up your next beer, wine and more.

Discover Imperial Town, Bad Wimpfen

Bad Wimpfen is a charming medieval village along the Castles Road between Mannheim and Prague. Rich in history, come discover its many treasures.

Herd of sheep on the Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland

Hiking the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland

A detailed itinerary for hiking the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland from Diana Dargen, an Air Force spouse based in Germany.

German Autobahn

What is so Great About the German Autobahn?

Ever since the first stretch of the German Autobahn was completed in the 1920s, it has been regarded as the perfect road for every car.

Neunkirchen Zoo — An experience for the whole family

No more than 30 minutes away from the KMC, snow leopards bound over rocks, Asian elephants lazily congregate in groups and giraffes enjoy snacks picked from tall trees. Neunkirchen Zoo… Read more

Weekend fun on a shoestring

Europe can be expensive! While it’s nice to be able to travel and the KMC area is conveniently located within four hours of more than half a dozen countries and… Read more

Dog-friendly hiking in the KMC

If you are new to the KMC and have your dog(s) with you, depending on where you live you may not have a chance to let your dog run loose,… Read more

Romance on a budget

No one disputes the plain fact that relationships are hard, especially when there are children involved. Day-to-day life becomes a series of logistical challenges, where one of you is asking… Read more

Off the beaten path – Day trips to some of Germany’s hidden gems — Part 2

Read part 1 here You’ve likely been to the Champs-élysées in Paris or seen the cathedrals at Strasbourg and Cologne. You’ve surely been able to stand up close, beside Big… Read more

Cut Your Own Flowers (Blumen zum Selbstschneiden)

Have you seen a “Blumen Selbst Schneiden” sign along the roads? This means you can stop and cut your own fresh flowers. The prices are quite economical too!

Off the beaten path — Day trips to some of Germany’s hidden gems (part 1)

You’ve likely been to the Champs-élysées in Paris or seen the cathedrals at Strasbourg and Cologne. You’ve surely been able to stand up close, beside Big Ben in London and… Read more

Long Time no Sea?

When planning a trip to the beach, you’re probably looking at Italy, France and Spain for your Vitamin D fix but forgetting all about the beauty that’s waiting on Germany’s… Read more

Your Guide to German Bakeries

A variety of different breads, rolls, cookies, pastries or cakes are offered daily in German bakeries. Let us help you navigate the bakeries of Germany!

Schlossberg Caves

Schlossberghöhlen Homburg, Europe’s Biggest Sandstone Cave

The Schlossberg Caves in Homburg is a super place to visit. It is the perfect little excursion for the whole family.

Follow the German Timber-frame Road — Part 2

Click here for part 1 Celle: Returning to the Timber-Frame Road, to the west of Quedlinburg and south of Stade, is the village of Celle. Celle has the largest collection of… Read more

A newbie guide to food and fun in the KMC

One of the most difficult aspects of moving to a new area, especially an entirely new country and continent, is figuring out the “usual” or “favorite” spots. The places that… Read more

Discover the Black Forest in a Porsche 911

Cover photo by ER_09 / Shutterstock.com Stretching from the spa town of Baden-Baden in the north, all the way down to the Swiss border in the south, the landscapes of the… Read more

A Floral Paradise at Keukenhof

Keukenhof is the international window of the Dutch tulip blossom. Around 7 million bulbs are planted every year and grow up to become magical fields of colorful blooms. Thousands of… Read more

Follow the German timber-frame road (part 1)

For many a road-tripper, traveling through Germany evokes images of storybook villages surrounded by lush forests, castles perched high on mountaintops, or mysterious Roman or Celtic artifacts in unsuspecting locations…. Read more

Olive Oil Festival ~ Zell im Zellertal

There is no shortage of festivals in Germany and they have two common themes-food and drinks. The Olive Festival in the town of Zellertal was no different.

Spring Festivals 2018

Spring is upon us with exciting festivities in tow. Though spring festivals may be sneakily disguised as Weinfest, Stadtfest, Frühlingsfest, Frühlingsmesse and other blossoming terms, we have uncovered their true… Read more

Street Food Markets — moving feasts you don’t want to miss

Food trucks are among the hottest trends in the restaurant industry. You could take it a step further to say they’ve moved beyond trendy and are now just as much… Read more

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Caramel Apple Tarts

This tasty caramel apple tarts recipe tastes like mini apple pies. It is fast, tasty and simple to make. Great for parties and backyard barbeques.

Unplug in Mehlinger Heide

Head to Mehlingen Heath to take a break from the everyday grind. The heath is an oasis of pure nature that offers many footpaths, facets of vegetation, animals and more.

Celebrate Almond Blossom Season along the German Wine Route

Take a drive down the picturesque German Wine Road. This beautiful route includes colorful almond blossoms, festivals, culinary delights, wines and more.

Don’t Miss the Almond Blossom Festival in Gimmeldingen

Make your way to beautiful town Gimmeldingen for an annual Almond Blossom Festival. This event includes crown princesses, live music and much more.

Strasbourg

Family-Friendly City Break in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the perfect city to spend a fun weekend with your family. Families sightseeing can be very different. While adults want to experience the culture and try new food… Read more

Pika Pika’s “Hot Stuff” and Chili Perks

Chilis are healthy and entirely natural flavor enhancers that are often underappreciated on this side of the world despite their oustanding heakth benefits and helpfulness in the kitchen. There are… Read more

Party Fiesta

Europe’s leading source for party items and costumes is coming to K-Town! Party Fiesta is opening a store at Marktstraße 37 in Kaiserslautern on March 1, which will offer 3.300 sq… Read more

German spas: A how-to guide

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a place you could go for some pampering? Guess what?! There is! Bonus: many are close to the KMC area. Regardless of how… Read more

Germany Becomes Part of the Worldwide Parkrun Movement

Germany was the 19th country to join the Parkrun movement in December 2017, with now nearly 300 people walking, running and volunteering at weekly parkruns in Berlin, Osnabrück, Frankfurt, Leipzig,… Read more

Need an Adventure? How About Kili?

“Time to get up,” was the soft but forceful sound my tent mate and I heard at 11:30 p.m. That’s right, 11:30 p.m. That was just six hours after being… Read more

Let’s Go To The Mall

Some people consider shopping. In fact, more and more people are purchasing gifts online to avoid the crowds and emotional reactions. According to a 2017 eMarketer Report, Ecommerce (online shopping)… Read more

Sailing in Germany and Abroad

Coming from the Mediterranean sea with 250+ days of sunshine a year and a coastline of 8,000 miles, I assumed my sailing days were over when I moved to Germany…. Read more

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See Homburg in Saarland

Homburg lies on the banks of the River Erbach, and it is an ancient market town, having received its first charter in 1330.