Amberg’s Magnificent St. Georg Church

The magnificent rococo church of St. Georg is one of the oldest churches in Bavarian Amberg, Germany. It was built as a Gothic church in 1359. Later, it was taken over by the Jesuits and then in the 18th century, redecorated in the rococo style with the bright colors and stucco work of Johann Baptist […]

The Black Forest Goes Solar

Farms all through the low mountains of the Black Forest in southwestern Germany are installing solar panels to help cut down on their energy costs. The average homeowner gets about 30% of the cost back from the government. After seven years, the average homeowner has paid for the rest of the system and then can […]

Weitersweiler Secrets Revealed, Why Bury Our Dead In Dreisen?

Gini and Bill Packwood had a question for the mayor of Standenbuehl when we sat down with him in his dining room one sunny day recently. It’s sort of an odd question, but it would make perfect sense to a family historian. “Mr. Mayor. Our ancestors lived in Standenbuehl. They went to church in Weitersweiler, […]

Castles, Country Inns and Historic Guesthouses of Germany

Micro-Group Tour (Limit 10 people) Now booking for August Now taking reservations for our adventure with 13 days in the heart of Deutschland including Heidelberg, the Odenwald Forest, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Romantic Road, Schwangau and King Ludwig’s Castles, Meersburg and the Rhein and Mosel River Valleys. Cost is from 4,800 to 5,400 Euro […]

Undiscovered Germany Tour – Now Available for August

Explore Germany’s little-known areas, hamlets and country lanes on this exclusive, slow-paced tour for the Dog Days of Summer. Now available for last-minute booking for August only. Castles, Country Inns and Historic Guesthouses of Germany Micro-Group Tour No more than five persons Day 1: Arrival at Frankfurt Intl. Airport. We drive an hour to the […]

The Rhein Valley of Germany in October

The vines are starting to turn red and yellow along the beautiful section of the Rhein between Bingen and St. Goar. We stopped to take in the views as we left Bacharach on our way to Heidelberg on October 4.

Eppingen, Germany is a Half-timbered Town with "Pfiff!"

We spent a couple of nights in Paula’s ancestral town of Eppingen, not far from Heilbronn and Sinsheim in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Eppingen is well-known in this area for its wealth of beautifully-preserved half-timbered houses. Some are huge, such as the “Baummisches Haus,” dating from 1562 and now a lovely small hotel and cellar restaurant with extensive […]

Praise for Genealogist Georg Grüneberg Specializing in Brandenburg

From Dena Ward, who hired Georg Grüneberg to do research for her in Brandenburg, Germany. Herr Grüneberg did work for Dena and her sister Grace in advance of our visit to the area in October, 2008. He has since done much more work, and Dena’s comments of August 23 are: I just wanted to let […]