Newbie Tips

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Zweibrücken

Zweibrücken makes for an excellent day trip. Located a few kilometers from the French border, the city is rich with natural beauty, history and a very interesting mélange of sightseeing… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Your Hometown

If you talk to those who have traveled the world and checked off bucket list items like champions, you’ll often hear a common theme: they’ve never explored the places they… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Xtra Special Winter Outdoors Edition

Whether you love winter or simply endure it until spring arrives, one thing is true: getting outside and active is important for your health during the long, dark months. Fortunately,… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Worms

Worms makes an excellent destination for a day trip. It is packed with outstanding architecture, pedestrian zones and green space. It is steeped in history, too. As one of Germany’s… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Volksmarching

Volksmarching is an ideal activity for the COVID era. Founded as a non-competitive sport in Germany in the 1960’s, volksmarching (or “wandering,” as it is also called) is essentially a… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Ulm

As far as day trips go, Ulm packs a serious punch. It’s a large city, with plenty to do. Located on the banks of the Danube River, it offers history,… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Trier

Trier is a beautiful, history-rich city with origins that are shrouded in mystery. One legend holds that it was founded by an exiled Assyrian prince 1,300 years before the birth… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Schönau

Schönau almost seems like Shangri-la. Every twisting road that leads to the little village deep in the Pfalz forest leads you further and further into what feels like a forgotten… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Quarantine Edition

These are strange days, especially for Americans living in Europe. After all, one of the benefits of being here is that travel is so easy. So many world-famous cultures, countries,… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Pforzheim

Pforzheim embodies so much that is good about Germany. With more than 100,000 people, it’s large enough to offer something for every traveler, and small enough that navigating it doesn’t… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Oppenheim

Oppenheim is a place of wine and water, a small town on the banks of the Rhine where the circle of life is very much present. It is a place… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Niederhausen

A trip to Niederhausen is good for your body and your soul. This small wine village on the banks of the Nahe River is off the beaten path, and yet… Read more

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Dress (like the Germans) to Impress

Time to don a Dirndl or Lederhosen and party like a German. Follow our guide to traditional dress and you won’t go too far wrong…

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Landau

During an era in which access to great outdoor settings has become a critical travel criterion, Landau is almost the perfect destination. The large town in the heart of the… Read more

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming. Now you live in the country of efficiency, you might as well go native and start planning your winter preparations now.

A Brief Guide to German Beers

There are 5000 different types of German beer which are made by more than 1300 breweries. So it might take you some time to sample them all!

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Bavaria ABC: Need-To-Know Words for Life in Bavaria

You’ve been meaning to add new words to your German vocabulary, want to get to know key parts of Bavarian culture or you’re simply looking to learn some fun facts… Read more

Welcome to Ansbach!

Welcome to the rococo city Ansbach, an urban municipality in the Franconian region of Germany’s largest state, Bavaria, only 24 miles from picturesque Nürnberg (Nuremberg). A rich and well-documented history… Read more

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Welcome to Bavaria: Tips and Trips

Welcome to Bavaria! Germany’s biggest state boasts beautiful sceneries, quaint towns, delicious food and fantastic outdoor activities year-round. Below, you will find a list of attractions from museums and golf courses to hikes, castles and castle… 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!

Keeping in touch with Grandparents

Keeping in Touch with Grandma and Grandpa

Keep in touch with Grandparents when you are far away.

Why Your New Year’s Resolution Should Be Travelling By Yourself

featured image by Alex Yuzhakov ‘I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.’ -Mark… Read more

German Christmas Traditions

Cover photo by Still for Style / Shutterstock.com Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or some other popular winter celebration, ‘tis the season for celebrating. If you think Americans are… Read more

Free college for Americans?

Did you know that Americans can study at a German university in English and for free? Find out how…

How to Shop Local

Buying locally grown food in a foreign country can be a daunting task. Germany is an environmentally-conscious country that hosts farmers’ markets daily. This article provides tips and preparation for shopping local, especially in the Stuttgart area.

Discover Europe with your dog

Pet-friendly Europeans invite dogs into many places that might surprise Americans stationed here. Learn more about taking Fido on the road during your next trip.

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Things to Know about Swimming Pools & Lakes in Germany

With the weather finally starting to warm up, Germany’s many public pools and lakes are open for business. Here are a few of the rules and etiquette that can help you make the most of your time cooling off.

Blend in while Traveling Abroad

Cecelia Curtis shows us how to blend in while we travel to get a true European experience, stay safe and prevent cultural misunderstandings.

Lovely Little Towns on the Outskirts of Stuttgart

Lovely small towns on the outskirts of Stuttgart have a lot American families including various festivals, great shopping low prices, hiking and biking, and much more.

St. Martins Day in Germany

November 11th is a special day around the world – mainly for commemorating those who were lost in battle whilst bravely defending our freedoms. When Americans and Britons are observing… Read more

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.

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!

First Aid Kits for Kids

Family Traveling 101: First Aid Kit for Children

There are many things that are put on a list when planning a trip, especially with children. Don’t forget your a first aid kit.

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

Everything You Need to Know about Carnival in Germany

Get an understanding of Fasching, one of Germany’s oldest and largest celebration. Kicking off very soon, get involved and have fun at this utterly bonkers event!

Tips for Booking a Cheap Ryanair Flight

Being a thrifty traveler, I always price out different planes, trains and automobiles. Most of the time you just can’t beat the price of a Ryanair flight. If you are willing to… Read more

German Wine Labels

Reading Wine Labels in Germany

Here are a few tips to help you decipher German wine labels. Living in central Germany puts you right in the middle of some of the best vineyards in the world. It would be a shame not to learn something about German wine during your stay.

Edelweiss Lodge and Resort Experience in Garmisch, Germany

Here is Part 1 of our trip to Garmisch and #edelweissresort. What an amazing experience! Thanks to Kyle from Alpine Adventures for showing us around and setting up the perfect side… Read more

How To Be Successful Bilingual Parents

Tips for Bilingual Parents

Encourage your child to have linguistic skills and help them get in touch with their heritage.

Five Spectacular Day Trips from Kaiserslautern

Since PCS season is in full swing, I thought it might be helpful for those of you just arriving in Germany to begin exploring with some simple day trips.