Tasting Nuremberg’s Red Beer (Rotbier)

Last updated November 11, 2017
Food, Travel

Get a taste of Nuremberg, Germany's Red Beer (Rotbier) at Hausbrauerei Altstadthof.

Nuremberg, Germany is a city with a rich history and lots of traditions. The city is in Franconia, the northern region of Bavaria. Big brother Munich is in the south and casts a shadow that’s hard to escape. While Munich might be thought of as the Beer Capital, Nuremberg has something to offer in that respect as well: Rotbier, or Red Beer.

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6 Fun Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

Last updated November 10, 2017
Travel

The waterfront in Hamburg, Germany.

There’s nothing better than being proved wrong on your preconceived notions. For me, case in point is Hamburg, Germany. Full of history, culture and an urban lifestyle, Hamburg is everything I didn’t know it is. My former German tutor had constantly told me how nice of a city it was and how I should visit. I always wanted to visit. It simply wasn’t a priority. So when, on our last trip to Germany, my husband and I decided to head north and meet up with friends, Hamburg seemed like the ideal spot.

Almost from the moment we arrived, Hamburg showed me what a modern, urban and young city it is with lots of things to see and do. Here are six fun things you need to do the next time you visit Hamburg, Germany!

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10 Munich Biergarten & Wirtshaus for Bavarian Food

Last updated September 30, 2017
Food, Travel

A giant pretzel, beer and Johanisbeer Shorle at Munich's Chinesischer Turm in Englischer Garten.

As soon as there is the slightest hint of warm or nice weather, Biergarten across Bavaria will start popping up. Those long wooden tables and large umbrellas will begin to be set up. But even in the colder months or bad weather you can always turn to your favorite Wirtshaus, or pub. Many of these restaurants serve local Bavarian food in addition to the friendly, joyful and fun atmosphere. I want to share some of my favorite Munich Biergarten and Wirtshaus. Plus I want to make sure you know all the ins and outs you’ll need to know for your next meal!

Here are 10 great Munich Biergarten and Wirtshaus for Bavarian food!

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6 Delicious Munich Bakeries & Pastry Shops

Last updated September 23, 2017
Food, Travel

Violetta cake at Maelu in Munich, Germany.

The Austrians might have invented the croissant, the French are considered masters of pastry and the Italians are the gods of gelato. But German baked goods shouldn’t be overlooked — or underestimated. And I’m not talking about bread. Well, not just bread. The Germans do cakes and pastries to make your mouth water. Munich, in particular, has some delicious specialties that you shouldn’t pass up. On your next visit to the Bavarian capital city check out these favorite Munich bakeries and pastry shops! They’ll have you saying “Mmm, lecker!”

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Palace to Park: Ultimate Guide to Nymphenburg Palace

Last updated November 6, 2017
Travel

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany.

For me, no visit to Munich would be complete without a visit to Schloss Nymphenburg, or Nymphenburg Palace. It’s a little different than the nearby royal buildings. At Munich’s Residenz you can spend days touring the riches of the Wittelsbachs. Neuschwanstein is a fan favorite that is world famous as a massive fairy tale castle. But Nymphenburg is a little different. It’s almost as if it’s a suburban park that just happens to have a spectacular palace.

Maybe you’re your interests lie with the royal connection. Maybe you just want to experience life like a local. Nymphenburg Palace and Park is a great way to spend a day.

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Save Money Traveling in Bavaria With These Simple Tips

Last updated September 4, 2017
Travel

Save money traveling in Bavaria, Germany with a few simple tips!

Whether you’re traveling to Bavaria for Oktoberfest, Neuschwanstein or to take a day trip to charming villages or refresh with an alpine getaway, get ready to give your wallet some serious attention. While Bavaria is the second wealthiest of the German federal states, there are things you can do to save yourself a little cash while traveling. From taking advantage of technology to money saving passes, I’m sharing my favorite tips for traveling a little smarter. Consider it a little extra money for a Biergarten visit! Here are my simple tricks to save money traveling in Bavaria.

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Stop & Smell the Roses at Munich Botanical Garden

Last updated September 13, 2017
Travel

Munich Botanical Garden through the grasses.

For some reason, despite always staying a few blocks from Munich‘s Schloss Nymphenburg I never made time to visit the Munich Botanical Garden. It’s only a short walk along a gravel path north of the palace park. Only a quiet wooded area separates them. The nearly 53 acre garden features a greenhouse of more than an acre. There’s so much to explore that you could get lost in a maze of rhododendrons. Well, “lost.” The Botanical Garden is so pleasant that you likely wouldn’t mind.

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Monumental Munich: Friedensengel & Maximilianeum

Last updated July 31, 2017
Travel

Friedensengel or Angel of Peace in Munich, Germany.

Some of Munich‘s most impressive charms can be enjoyed free of charge. Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt, Englischer Garten, Karlsplatz, Odeonsplatz — some of the most pleasant and notable spots in the city are available for everyone to enjoy. Mere blocks from that downtown area sit two impressive structures overlooking the Isar River: the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) and the Maximilianeum.

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Hotel Review: Hip & Modern Barceló Hamburg

Last updated September 8, 2017
Travel

The exterior of Hotel Barceló Hamburg.

In a big, busy city sometimes you can be lucky if you can hear your own thoughts. For travelers, it’s a fine line. You want to be in a convenient location, maybe experience some city life but still be able to relax, unwind. The
Barceló Hotel Hamburg
proves that you can be centrally located and still get away from the hustle and bustle — even if just for a moment.

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Chiemsee Daytrip: Herrenchiemsee & Fraueninsel

Last updated July 15, 2017
Travel

Majestic Versailles-inspired fountains from Herrenchiemsee.

King Ludwig II left quite the legacy. Only 40 years old when he died, he has earned nicknames like the Fairy King and Mad King Ludwig. He was known for being eccentric. He constructed massive palaces in Germany like Neuschwanstein, a beautiful but somewhat strange castle given its opera-themed concept. King Ludwig II also commissioned Herrenchiemsee, a new palace on an island in the Chiemsee, a lake known fondly as the “Bavarian Sea.”

I recently visited the Herrenchiemsee as well as the neighboring island, the Fraueninsel. The islands are almost thought of as a single entity but are staggeringly different. The Fraueninsel is a sleepy, small Bavarian town while the Herrenchiemsee is the site of royal opulence.

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