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  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
    Guide to Bavaria Part 2: Fairytale Castles
    Europe is filled with castles, but none quite invoke the fairytale romance we all imagine as children than the spellbinding castles of Bavaria. Two castles stand out among all the world’s top castles: Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau...
  • Oktoberfest in Munich
    Guide to Bavaria Part 1: Munich
    Bavaria is iconic, friendly, flowing with great beer, and filled with incredible fairytale castles. A week in Bavaria will give you enough time to explore the dynamic city of Munich, then head south to one of Germany’s most picturesque...
  • Octoberfest Parade in New York City, September 2012
    Octoberfest: A Bavarian tradition that keeps on giving
    I was never much of a beer drinker, to say the least, which could be considered rather strange, taken that I've lived in Germany, love German culture and my parents just left USA for Germany.When I was 14 and living in Germany, I remember very...
  • Main drag in Mittenwald
    Experience a summer music festival in Mittenwald, Bavaria
    Mittenwald is one of those magical places that evolved to accommodate tourists by simply enhancing what was already there, rather than “Disneyfying” a relic of what once was. A two hour drive from Munich, this tiny Bavarian town sits...
  • Lake Tergernsee
    Travel snapshot: Lake Tegernsee
    Although much of German Bavaria is idyllic and picturesque, Lake Tegernsee is one of the most postcard-worthy destinations in the state. About 30 miles southeast of Munich, the lake is surrounded by the Alps, which are capped with snow much of the...
  • See the faces of modern life in old-world Munich
    See the faces of modern life in old-world Munich
    Like most Americans who visit Munich, or München, as the natives call it, I am always enchanted with its wide variety of architectural styles. From medieval to gothic to baroque to rococo and beyond, the skyline of this magnificent city is a...
  • The Simple Life
    The Simple Life
    Many of us travel out to the east end of Long Island to escape the rigors of daily life. Places like the Hamptons are appealing because of the calm and stress free atmosphere of their isolated communities.Still, you are probably only a short drive...
  • God's Igloo
    God's Igloo
    Visitors stand inside a 65 foot church made entirely of snow and ice slabs in southern Bavaria on January 14, 2012 in Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany, which is a mountain village close to the Czech border. Local enthusiasts built the church at the end...
  • Sleigh ride with Icicle Outfitters & Guides in Leavenworth, WA
    Leavenworth's Bavarian Ice Fest: Snowshoe races, chili, fireworks, smooshing
    Leavenworth in the winter is magical: snow in the mountains (and hopefully town), twinkling lights, and the annual Bavarian Ice Fest. This annual "play day," hosted by the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, is actually two days -- Saturday...
  • Andreas Keller restaurant
    Leavenworth Oktoberfest: Three weekends of beer, brats and Bavarian music
    Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is already underway. The beer steins started clinking on Sept. 17, 2011 and the 17-day festival runs through Oct. 3. But in Washington state's Bavarian village of Leavenworth, it's a three weekend event,...
  • Hiking Zugspitz - against all odds
    Hiking Zugspitz - against all odds
    This whole story started at a friend's birthday party. Over cocktails we were telling stories about prior trips and tours until at one point the idea was born: let's go on a hike to Zugspitz summit!Only two weeks later we were standing at...
  • Traveling through Bavaria
    One traveler's unique experience in Bavaria, Germany
    Being from Long Island, NY you probably have a tough guy attitude and “street smarts” that help you out in certain situations. If you’re like me, you trust no one and are always ready for the worst. Some may call it &ldquo...
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
    Iconic castle almost destroyed by Nazis during WWII
    If you are aNew Yorker who is interested inEuropean travel,I’m sure you’ve all seen a picture of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. Most of us know it as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle in Disney World...
  • German bratwurst
    Street food in Germany: stop and smell the sausages
    As a proud New Yorker, there is probably nothing more enjoyable than a good old fashion hot dog. I mean really, who doesn’t like a hot dog cooked to perfection on a grill during the summer months? Whether you begrudgingly spend $7.50 for a...
  • Castle Neuschwanstein
    Castle Neuschwanstein – fairy tale majesty in Germany’s Bavaria
    Rising boldly from the Bavarian Alps is one of the most spectacular castles in the world – Castle Neuschwanstein – a majestic fairy tale fortress for the “Fairy Tale King,” perched high in the mountainous terrain of the...