Learn German with Rock Music of Falco

German Music, Learn German

Learn German with the music of Austrian pop rocker Falco!

Although pop singer Falco died more than two decades ago, his legacy lives on in today’s Austrian pop music scene. Bands like Wanda and Bilderbuch capture the late musician’s confident swagger, not to mention they serve up incredibly memorable tunes sung in a mix of the Austrian-German dialect. Many will know Falco for the worldwide hit “Rock Me Amadeus.” But who was Falco? This month, let’s explore the pop rock music of Austrian singer Falco and practice the German language.

Continue reading

1 Comment
Post by . Originally published May 18, 2020. Last updated April 25, 2020.

Best Day Trips from Munich in Germany and Austria

Travel

Munich is a great home base for exploring nearby Germany and Austria. Here are 20 of the best day trips from Munich!

With its location in the heart of Bavaria, Munich makes the perfect home base for exploring southern Germany and nearby Austria. And there really is so much to explore. Whether you’re looking for towns rich with history, adventures in the mountains and beautiful nature, visiting castles, there is something to appeal to everyone! With great transportation connections and lots of interesting sites within an hour to three hours by train, it’s a no brainer. Here are my picks of the best day trips from Munich!

Continue reading

9 Comments
Post by . Originally published January 19, 2020. Last updated February 23, 2020.

Exploring Austria’s Kufstein Fortress

Travel

Looking up at Kufstein Fortress in Austria.

Austria‘s Kufstein Fortress (or Festung Kufstein) in the country’s western state of Tyrol stands mightily on a hill overlooking the surrounding valley. Only about an hour south of Munich and just over the border into Austria, Kufstein is home to an historic fortress worth touring that houses a museum, prison and the world’s largest free-standing organ — that you can hear daily! What’s more, the town it calls home has a charming old city that will steal the heart of any tourist with its colorful buildings and narrow cobblestone streets.

Continue reading

5 Must See European Christmas Markets

Travel

philadelphia christmas market

Each month I try to highlight a Must See. Usually this means a city, location or museum that I have on my own travel bucket-list. This month I want to do things a little different. Visiting a true European Christmas Market is undeniably on my Must See list. But there’s so many! To select just one would be too difficult and not fair to all of the other wonderful ones. So instead this month’s Must See pulls together five Christmas Markets to put on your own Must See list.

Continue reading

German Music: Austria’s Granada

Learn German, German Music

The music of Austria's Granada is a great way to practice your German language skills!

There is a German language music revolution happening but it isn’t in Germany. Just south of the border in Austria, the pop bands performing music in the German language just keep coming. Graz based Granada are one of the newer bands in the Austrian music scene. The five-piece have only just released their self-titled debut album. Get in on the ground floor, so to speak. This month’s featured German language music recommendation is Granada!

Continue reading

Must See: Picturesque Hallstatt, Austria

Travel

hallstatt, austria

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, it might be difficult to convince the Austrian lake town of Hallstatt. A Chinese mining company built an exact copy of the town in Guangdong. But you really can’t blame the Chinese. Many consider the village to be the most beautiful town in the world. It’s easy to see why Hallstatt, Austria is this month’s featured location on My Must See List.

Continue reading

5 Comments
Post by . Originally published September 5, 2016. Last updated September 4, 2016.

Must See: Wurstelprater Amusement Park

Travel

wurstelprater in vienna, austria

Paris has temporary ferris wheels like the Roue de Paris and the Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde. The English capital has the London Eye, a fancy wheel that serves more as a moving observation tower than as a ride in an amusement park. But before either of these major cities had their ferris wheels, Vienna had theirs. The Austrian capital’s Wiener Riesenrad, or Viennese ferris wheel, stands as the star attraction of the Wurstelprater, a permanent amusement park that is a part of the Wiener Prater park. In fact, you will be very familiar with this particular ferris wheel if you’ve seen the 1949 film The Third Man with Orson Welles, as it serves as a particularly important location.

The ferris wheel is one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions. The Wurstelprater is a combination of history, whimsy and fun. The Wiener Riesenrad and the rest of the amusement attractions at Wurstelprater are this month’s addition to My Must See List.
Continue reading

Get Wet & Wild at Schloss Hellbrunn

Travel

A deer water fountain at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria.

On our first trip to Munich, Germany, my husband and I were lucky enough to take a day trip with some friends. The plan was to go to Salzburg, Austria and see the sights. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast and a bit rainy but we were up for whatever our friends thought was worth seeing. During the car ride, they kept telling us, with a chuckle, we were going to visit a very “interesting” castle. It’s very “funny,” they said. Uh, OK. What weren’t they telling us? The castle in question was Schloss Hellbrunn. And, boy, was it “interesting.”

Continue reading