Road Trips

Round, orange and good for the soul: German pumpkin fests

The American love affair with pumpkins is well documented. On the other side of the Atlantic, autumn is the season in which decorative gourds pop to life all across the… Read more

Taking a Car Ferry to (or from) Sicily is a Surprisingly Enjoyable Way to Travel

Story and photos by Kat Nickola So you want to visit Sicily? Of course you do! Roman ruins, crumbling Greek temples, good food, sunny beaches, vibrant cities, boating on the… Read more

Discover The Great Glenway - Scotland

Hike along Scotland’s Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way runs from the edge of Loch Linnhe to the Inverness, cutting a trail through some of the Scottish Highland’s most impressive scenery.

International Delights at the Whisky Museum in Kirn

The castle and guard house, which house the Whisky Museum, are landmarks of the town of Kirn.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The Four Most Famous Road Trip Routes in Germany

Germany is arguably one of the best countries for a road trip. Discover the four most famous routes in the country. Most start or end on your doorstep.

Take a Day Trip to the Historic Town of Ottweiler

Take a day trip to the medieval town Ottweiler. Take a stroll down the winding streets, marvel the half-timbered buildings, visit museums, enjoy a nice meal and more.

History, Culture, and Sun in the South of France

Nîmes, located in the south of France, is famous for many reasons. The light is wonderful, which is why French impressionists gravitated toward the area. The weather is lovely, as… Read more

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

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

St. Martin – Picturesque little Village on the Wine Road

Located on the Wine Road, St. Martin is nested in the hills and surrounded by vineyards. It is the ideal paradise to visit for its beauty, wine, food, shopping and more.

The Five Best Outdoor Breaks in Europe

For those seeking an outdoor adventure of a lifetime, here are five of the best outdoor breaks Europe has to offer!

Witness the Eruption of a Water Geyser

Witness the eruption of a water geyser in Wallenborn. In the area you can also enjoy a picnic or purchase items made from honey at a shop and bee aviary.

Bad Ems

Germany’s most scenic spots

Germany has its share of romantic spots. Couples can picnic next beautiful lakes or stay in a hotel nestled in the countryside with striking mountain views.

Traveling in the time of COVID-19

Featured image by Jose Carlos Cerdeno Remember last February, when COVID-19 was a little flu in other parts of the world? Ah yes, good old times. Remember making plans for… Read more

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

Wolfstein: A Historic Hike 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.

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: Rothenburg

One of the classic (perhaps THE classic) German day trip destinations is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. You’ve probably seen pictures in guidebooks or on websites: half-timbered buildings, cobblestone streets, impossible… 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

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

Mainz is easy to enjoy. It is filled with classic architecture, including towering stone spires and half-timbered buildings. The Rhine River chugs past, acting as a beating heart for a… Read more

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

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

Koblenz combines two features that are fundamental to Germany: history and beauty. This is a city, after all, that was founded by the Romans, and that celebrated 2,000 years of… Read more

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

In many ways, Jossgrund is similar to most any little village in Germany. It’s small, tidy, tranquil and prosperous. You’ll find red roofs, a church steeple, a gasthaus. You can… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Idar-Oberstein

September 28, 2020 Something about Idar-Oberstein feels almost mythical. During the journey there, shadows and light dance through trees while two-lane roads wind through valleys and forests. When you arrive… Read more

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

September 22, 2020 Heidelberg is obvious and surprising all at the same time – which is one of the best combinations that travelers can hope for. Once you hit the… Read more

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle opposite Neuschwanstein

Conveniently found in the foot of the Alps, Hohenschwangau Castle is undoubtedly one of the best strategically placed castles of all time.

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Gartenschau Kaiserslautern

There is much to be said for activating your imagination somewhere beyond your office, home, or home office. Sometimes all it takes is one little – or very large –… Read more

Bamberg

Neuschwanstein Castle and The King of Kitsch

Corona update: the castles are open, masks are mandatory. Admission only with a guided tour- available in English or German so make sure to plan ahead. I have lived in… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: Frankfurt am Main

September 7, 2020 Frankfurt can be tough to pin down. At first glance, It isn’t as easily graspable as some of Germany’s other large cities. It’s not Berlin, which is… Read more

Explore Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps

Berchtesgaden is located in the German Alps near the border of Austria. Home to the Berchtesgaden National Park, the third largest mountain in Germany and a glacial lake, you can find a ton of outdoor activities to keep the whole family busy all week or weekend long.

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

August 31, 2020 In its way, Elmstein is as quintessentially German as Neuschwanstein Castle or the Brandenburg Gate. But you won’t find it on any Top 10 lists. Which is… Read more

Can’t-Miss German Day Trips A-Z: (Bad) Dürkheim

August 18, 2020 If you’re searching for something good, you’ll find it by traveling to Bad Dürkheim. “Bad,” however, might not mean what you think it means. For English speakers,… Read more

Road trip along the Rhine River

For centuries, artists, poets and writers have been drawn to the small villages along the banks of the Rhine River as a source of tranquility and inspiration.