Germans Represent A Huge Slice of the American Population

October 9 It’s time to break out the bratwurst as the United States celebrates German-American Day on Oct. 6. Commemorating the founding of Germantown, Pa. in 1683, the holiday celebrates America’s largest ancestry group, with 49 million people claiming part or full German heritage. As President Barack Obama proclaimed a few years ago on this […]

The Little Chapel at Ersheim, Germany

October 8 We love taking our guests to out of the way places where they can experience something truly unique. The historic church at Ersheim on the banks of the Neckar River just outside of Hirschhorn is one of those places. It had been years since we last visited this very old church, first mentioned […]

Watching the Barges Pass Through the Locks in Hirschhorn

October 6 One of the 27 locks on the Neckar River, which flows into the Rhein near Mannheim, is located just below the castle hotel of Hirschhorn. We stayed two nights there and from our rooms could watch barges pass through the locks below. Before we left the area, we took time to watch a […]

Welcome New Arrivals

October 4 Jim and Denise started planning their 30th-anniversary celebration trip to Europe back in February. Jim found us by doing a search on Google and now, eight months later, they are in Germany enjoying the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of Germany on Day 1 of their 19-day trip through the southern half of […]

Wine Tasting on the Mosel River of Germany

October 3 The Day of German Unity is October 3rd and it seems as if on this gorgeous early autumn day everyone is touring around the Mosel River Valley. Including four Americans from Texas and one from Minnesota. We spent our final day of this tour visiting the medieval Burg Eltz, nestled in its protective […]

A Day in the Black Forest

September 30 from a visit on September 29 We traveled the other day from lakeside Meersburg to Hirschhorn on the Neckar River, passing on the way through the green heart of the Black Forest. We stopped for a walk along Germany’s Highest Waterfall at Triberg, had Black Forest cake (of course!) and a beer for […]

Linderhof Castle, King Ludwig’s So-Called Hunting Lodge

September 30 from a visit on September 28 Bavaria’s last real ruling monarch, King Ludwig II, left behind many IOUs and debts from his wild building program. He built three castles, two of which were never completed. He wrote out huge IOUs, was declared crazy, put into a hospital and was a short time later […]

A Walk Around Salzburg Part One

September 25 Salzburg, Austria happens to be one of the prettiest small cities on our Southern Germany and Austria itinerary. Called the ‘Rome of the North,’ Salzburg, founded by the Romans, may have lost its Forum but in its place are magnificent statues, fountains, more than one horse bath and 37 churches and one synagogue. […]