GERMANY

 

... coming soon.

 

Read my posts about The Romantic Road & Neuschwanstein Castle for my travel posts.

 

A LOCAL RECOMMENDS...

Chiming in from the hills of Germany is Casey Cote. She live in Weisbaden, where her husband is stationed. Instead of hiding out on the base and melting in the military life, they hit the road and have made the most of their time overseas. Lucky us, because she has some great information to share. Read her blog, We Took The Road Less Traveled for more travel advice.

 

 

ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

 

STAY

HISTORIK HOTEL GOTISCHES HAUS GARNI: Quintessentially German (half-timbered walls, colorful flower boxes, the whole German nine yards) just inside the medieval walls of the old town and steps from the market square. Great European breakfast, too!

 

DO

 NIGHT WATCHMAN TOUR: 8pm every evening.

TOWN WALLS: Walk the old town walls. It's a mile, but worth it.

SCHNEEBALLEN: Try a famous Schneeballen at a local bakery- fried strips of dough formed into a ball and coated with powdered sugar to look like a schneeball.... or "snowball."

 

DO 

Take the gondola up & view the alps atop the Zugspitze, Germany's highest point---enjoy a Hefeweizen at the mountaintop biergarten!

BOATING: Paddle boat on Lake Eibsee just below the Zugspitze---beautiful Alpine views!

PARTNACH GORGE: Rent bikes and ride to the Partnach Gorge and wander through the gorge. Don't miss the old Olympic ski jump along the way!

NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE + LINDERHOF PALACE: Take a day trip out to Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace. Don't forget to view Neuschwanstein from the Marion Bridge! 

 

STAY

HOSTEL 2962: Situated just around the corner from the train station, this hostel is affordable, has great views, and a lovely European breakfast.

 

 

RHEINGAU REGION

 

DO

RUDESHEIM: Stop in Rüdesheim for a visit to the wine museum, take a cable car ride to the Niderwald Monument for beautiful Rhine River views, and wander the vineyards just above the town. Make sure to wine taste at a few of the local wineries in town.

SCHLOSS JOHANNISBERG: Visit Scholoss Johannisberg for a wine tasting and lunch at their vineyard cafe overlooking the river.

KASPER HERKE WEINGUT: Enjoy a sunset wine tasting and tour at Kaspar Herke Weingut in Oestrich-Winkle.

RHEIN AFLAME: Experience the Rhein Aflame, one of Germany's most fantastic floating light shows and firework displays (summer/fall event dates).

KD RHINE RIVER CRUISE: Rhine River Cruise with KD Rhine...sip wine while the Rhine castles pass you by! 

 

EAT

WINZERKELLER:  Winzerkeller in Rüdesheim,try the Riesling soup and the famous Rüdesheimer Kaffee mit Asbach- coffee with delicious local brandy.

 

 

WIESBADEN

 

DO

WIESBADEN RHEINGAU WINE FESTIVAL: If you find yourself near Frankfurt during early August, don't miss this 10 day wine festival!

NEROBERGBAHN FUNICULAR: Take the Nerobergbahn (funicular railway) up to the Russian Church and experience beautiful views of the city.

IDSTEINER BRAUHAUS: Day trip out to Idstein for lunch at the Idsteiner Brauhaus and a stroll along its quaint streets.

FRANKFURT: Take a 20 minute train ride  into Frankfurt for an easy day trip! Don't miss the Romerplatz and views from the Main Tower.

 

EAT

WEBERS WIKINGER: German & Viking cuisine. Try the turkey escalope with garlic sauce, it's to die for.

CAFE MALDANER: Tasty coffee and cakes just off the Marktplatz. A lovely brunch as well!

RISTORANTE COMEBACK: Ttake a stroll down Wiesbaden's Italian Alley and dine al fresco on their Truffle Ravioli, delicious cheese board, or their tasty Spaghetti Aglio e Olio.

AURUM MEDITERRANEAN: Also found on Italian Alley, best Parmesan soup in town.

EIS CAFE RIALTO: Want a sweet treat in the summertime? Best gelato on the Marktplatz! Try the nutella & kokonuess- out of this world!