KMC Area

The Ultimate DIY Advent Calendar Guide

Christmas may still be a month away but as Michael Bublé slowly defrosts across the pond, it’s time to start planning one of the best parts about Christmas: Advent Calendars…. Read more

Hiking Wolfstein - Germany

A Tale of Two Castles

Wolfstein, the starting point or final stop of the Pfälzer Höhenweg hiking trail in the northern Palatinate, is a handsome small town with quite a few period buildings near the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

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3 Overnight Halloween Festivities in Germany

Germany, doesn’t celebrate Halloween in the same way America does. Although it’s not a national holiday that everyone gets deeply involved in, there is still amazing and spooky goings-on dotted… Read more

Augsburg

There’s a children’s show called “Die Augsburger Puppenkiste” (Augsburg’s puppet box) featuring entire worlds that could fit inside a single wooden box. So when I was offered to tag along… Read more

The view of Wolfstein from the hiking trail

Beautiful 1-Day Hike Near the KMC

Wolfstein is half an hour from the Military Community of Kaiserslautern, Ramstein and Landstuhl and home to one of the greatest one-day hikes in Germany.

17th Chestnut Fest in Annweiler am Trifels

Chestnut season is coming up! Thanks to a wide area of edible chestnut trees between the palatine forest and southern Weinstraße, everything in the Trifelsland region will be chestnut themed… Read more

Criminal Tea Room and Pub on Baker Street, Saarbrücken

Step back in time and into an English detective story at Baker Street Tea Room and Pub in Saarbrücken. Gorge yourself on their scones or a criminal dinner.

Fresh, Italian Deliacies at Otterberger Hof

Hotel & Restaurant Otterberger Hof in, well, Otterberg, offers creative, yet traditional, Italian delicacies and regional classics using only fresh, mainly local ingredients and no additives. Fresh fish, meat and… Read more

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.

A long weekend in Cornwall

Newquay is a town whose name, unless you’ve already happened to come across it on Ryanair’s list of cheapest destinations, you’ve most likely never heard of. That’s a great tragedy of… Read more

Wolfstein: A medieval gem near Kaiserslautern

Wolfstein is a small town near Kaiserslautern that’s great for a day trip. The popular hiking village also has some unique attractions.

Enchanting Almond Bloom Festivities

Learn about the Almond Bloom Festival at the German Wine Road in the Rhineland-Palatinate area.

Fischbach’s Copper Mine

Fischbach Copper Mine is less than an hour from KMC and offers unexpected fun for the entire family. Learn about the mining process and the life of a miner.

Many reasons to visit Speyer!

There are many reasons to visit Speyer including museums, sea life, hiking and biking, wine-tasting and of course great places to eat.

Keep your kids busy in the KMC area!

Are the kids driving you crazy?  Have you run out of ways to keep them busy?  Check out these kid friendly activities in and around the Kaiserslautern area. The City… Read more

Kirchheimbolanden – A Medieval Town

Kirchheimbolanden is a medieval town between Kaiserslautern and Mainz with some charming features and an interesting history.

Visit the OTHER Frankenstein Castle

While not exactly ripped from the pages of Mary Shelley, the Rhineland-Palatinate’s Frankenstein Castle and town are certainly worth a visit.

Trier – Germany’s Oldest City!

Make a day trip in Trier. Not only can you enjoy a nice meal, but you can also explore its 4th century Roman ruins of the Imperial Baths.

Discover Fascinating Freinsheim

Located near Kaiserslautern, Freinsheim is a fascinating place to visit. It has festivals, a ruined castle, an impressive Old Town, a toy museum and more.

Spring Brings Culinary Hike to Wolfstein

The village of Wolfstein recently held its 4th annual spring Kulinarische Wanderung (culinary hike). This culinary hike was the perfect way enjoy exercise, culinary delights and divine wine!

Freinsheim Blütenfest & Upcoming Events

The charming medieval town of Freinsheim recently held its annual Bloom Festival and hosts several other family festivals through the year.

7 Best Playgrounds in Ramstein & Kaiserslautern

A long list of the best playgrounds in the KMC. Check out this mom-approved list submitted by a member of the Military in Germany community!

Light Night Shopping in Bad Durkheim

At the end of February, Bad Durkheim lit up their town Centre for a street party, shopping and wine tastings.

Michelstadt Easter Market

Michelstadt Easter Market was the perfect way to ring in spring! It was not only fun and uplifting, but it could also thaw any inner winter chill that may have been lingering.

Wandering in Wallerfangen

Wallerfangen is a municipality in western Germany on the French border. Spending an afternoon here is a great way to embrace the local history.

Exploring Mettlach

Take a day trip to Mettlach, located in Saarland. The town is known for its porcelain, beautiful river views, interesting museums and fun shopping.

Kloster Eberbach International Easter Market

With spring coming soon, the 21st International Easter Market at the beautiful Kloster Eberbach Monastery was an ‘egg-cellent’ way to kick off the season!

The Fire and Wine Walk of Freinsheim

Celebrating the first wine festival of the season, the quaint town of Freinsheim offers a night with wine, food & fire in January!

A Medieval Town, Kirchheimbolanden

Kirchheimbolanden is a medieval town between Kaiserslautern and Mainz with some charming features and an interesting history.

The OTHER Frankenstein Castle

While not exactly ripped from the pages of Mary Shelley, the Rhineland-Palatinate’s Frankenstein Castle and town are certainly worth a visit.

Imperial Baths in Trier

Make a day trip in Trier. Not only can you enjoy a nice meal, but you can also explore its 4th century Roman ruins of the Imperial Baths.

Indoor Fun in Trier

Let your kids have fun at Trier’s indoor trampoline park Trampoline Trier! There are rides, bumper cars, slides, swings, ball pits, a tot-sized roller coaster, and of course, trampolines.

Der Pferdestall (Horse Stable) and Saloon

Der Pferdestall Stables and Saloon is a hidden gem. From horses and cows to ponies, mules, and llamas, children can delight in meeting and greeting most of Old McDonald’s favorites.

A Day Trip to the Valkenburg Caves at Christmas

A trip to Valkenburg Caves left me almost speechless, especially the creation at the Magic Sand. And this does not happen very often!

An Ostrich Farm in Germany

If you’re looking for a daytrip that offers something a little different, head to Straussenfarm Mhou for a closer look at these prehistoric birds as well as some exotic eats.

Koi Bad & Sauna in Homburg

Escape for an afternoon before slipping into the holiday rush, especially now that the days are short and chilly. Koi Bad & Sauna in Homburg offers the perfect solution!

Edenkoben Wine and Chestnut Market

Edenkoben, a quaint town on the Wine Trail, hosts an annual wine and chestnut market. There you can enjoy delectable treats infused with chestnuts and wine!

A Quick Ride on the Rhine

Take a quick ride on the Rhine River! Drive to Bacharach (a charming town), hop on a boat, and take in 45 minutes of beautiful views along the Rhine to St. Goar.

Bad Dürkheim 2015 in Review

I know,  I know…another wine fest! But, this isn’t just any wine fest. This is the Mother of all Wine Fests. This is to Wine what Oktoberfest is to Beer…. Read more

Delicious Chestnut Days in Trifelsland

Chestnut season is coming up! Thanks to a wide area of edible chestnut trees between the palatine forest and southern Weinstraße, everything in the Trifelsland region will be chestnut themed… Read more