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Exploring Bremen: A charming and affordable city that you can see in one day

One of Germany’s 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bremen is a handsome city filled with impressive architecture, a spectacular old town, playful public art, Brother Grimm folklore and plenty of budget attractions along the way. Best of all, it is possible to visit Bremen’s top highlights in just one day. And with bus fares as » Read more

Germany to Prague: Under-the-radar travel options and finding special fares

Germany to Prague: Under-the-radar travel options and finding special fares

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) may be the obvious choice for many international train journeys to and from Germany, but that is certainly not the case when it comes to traveling between Germany and the Czech Republic. You’ll see DB carriages on the night train from Prague to Zürich, but that’s an exception. DB » Read more

Germany with a twist: The Sorbian communities of Eastern Saxony

Germany with a twist: The Sorbian communities of Eastern Saxony

When travelers head out from Berlin to the southeast, driving towards the Czech border, there comes the moment when they are often surprised to discover place names that are unequivocally Slavic in character. And they may be even more surprised, if they take time to explore small villages of the region, to hear that the » Read more

Unpacking Weimar: A small German city that leaves a big impression

Unpacking Weimar: A small German city that leaves a big impression

Some small towns make a great mark on the imagination. Think Versailles, Potsdam, Guernica or Srebrenica. One major peace treaty or one awful atrocity inscribes the name of a place into European psychogeography. And thus it is with Weimar, a city of only modest proportions in the Ilm Valley in the German State of Thuringia. » Read more

Riding the budget bus lines in Germany with fares from €5

Riding the budget bus lines in Germany with fares from €5

When Germany relaxed its laws preventing competition with train lines last year, numerous long-distance bus companies sprung up to fill in a gap which has perplexed budget travelers in the country for years. Traditional transportation companies are creating new routes, but even the post office and a national supermarket chain are getting into the bus » Read more

Celebrating UNESCO World Heritage in Germany

Celebrating UNESCO World Heritage in Germany

Germany has a clear tourism agenda for 2014. And that’s to prove to the wider world that it’s a fully compliant member of UNESCO’s World Heritage Program. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has just launched a wonderfully informative dedicated website devoted to the country’s 38 entries on the UNESCO List. And it’s a mark » Read more

Exploring Leipzig’s Bach Museum, Rathaus and musical trail

Exploring Leipzig’s Bach Museum, Rathaus and musical trail

In previous posts this month, Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner looked at Leipzig’s Festival of Lights (October 9), the memorial in Leipzig to the 1813 Battle of the Nations (in their 16 October article) and last week at Leipzig’s rich classical music tradition. Here they conclude their Leipzig series with a review of some of » Read more

Exploring Leipzig’s rich musical heritage

Exploring Leipzig’s rich musical heritage

Philanthropy is not merely an American virtue. The history of the city of Leipzig in eastern Germany shows how an enlightened mercantile class can support a strong musical tradition. Bach in Leipzig Subscription concerts were a feature of the Leipzig cultural scene as early as the 1740s. Even then, the city had great musical assets, » Read more

200 years on, Leipzig recalls the Battle of Nations

200 years on, Leipzig recalls the Battle of Nations

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries, who last week wrote about Leipzig for EuroCheapo, return to the city in eastern Germany with the second of four reports. Leipzig was not the best place to be 200 years ago this week. From October 16-19, 1813, European history was shaped in the meadows just south of the city. » Read more

Living History: Leipzig’s Festival of Lights on October 9

Living History: Leipzig’s Festival of Lights on October 9

Make a date for this time next year. But, even this year, October 9 is surely the most memorable evening of the year in Leipzig. The East German city catapulted to international prominence in October 1989 as its citizens agitated for political and social renewal in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Horst Sindermann, one-time member » Read more

UNESCO World Heritage in Eastern Germany

UNESCO World Heritage in Eastern Germany

Dresden is no rising star in UNESCO’s headquarters on the place de Fontenoy in Paris. Dresden certainly created quite a stir when it defied UNESCO and world opinion by building a new bridge over the River Elbe. The bridge cut through the heart of a designated World Heritage site, casting a shadow over the reputation » Read more

Bauhaus Aesthetics: Modernism in Dessau, Germany

Bauhaus Aesthetics: Modernism in Dessau, Germany

We have all been affected by Bauhaus. The distinctive school of art, architecture and design developed in Germany after World War I. This essentially modernist movement thrived in the liberal pieties of the period. But those pieties were ruthlessly quashed by the Nazis, who drove many of the Bauhaus leaders into exile. That cruel expedient » Read more

Torgau: A taste of small-town Germany

Torgau: A taste of small-town Germany

Last month we sung the praises of small towns on the River Elbe, and it was our enthusiasm for that river which last weekend drew us to Torgau. Bypassed by freeways and main rail routes, Torgau catches the flavors of small-town Germany. It is laid-back, unpretentious and inexpensive. Reforming zeal Torgau is a place that » Read more

Book Review: A very Rough Guide to Germany

Book Review: A very Rough Guide to Germany

Yep, we had a hunch we might be making a mistake when we did it. One should never throw away old guidebooks. But our bookshelves were indeed getting too full, and the office manager somehow had a point when, having taken a long hard look at our workspace, she moved straight to the point: “I » Read more

Kassel’s dOCUMENTA Exhibition: Get your modern art fix through Sept. 16

Kassel’s dOCUMENTA Exhibition: Get your modern art fix through Sept. 16

Once every five years, the greats of the modern art world are invited to participate in dOCUMENTA, an international exhibition lasting 100 days in the German city of Kassel. The city lives and breathes the art, exploiting every nook, cranny, old warehouse, public park, train station, and museum to present over 100 works of sculpture, » Read more

Exploring the Elbe: The Town of Meissen

Exploring the Elbe: The Town of Meissen

With a length from source to sea of over 1,000 kilometers, the Elbe is one of Europe’s great rivers. And in Dresden and Hamburg, the River Elbe boasts two showcase cities that are in the premier league of destinations for travelers to Europe. Smaller is Better Yet to really catch the flavor of Elbe landscapes » Read more

Mittenwald Means Music: Exploring the Bavarian Alps

Mittenwald Means Music: Exploring the Bavarian Alps

Germany is not blessed with much of the Alps, and most of the country’s small Alpine towns live well from tourism. They are not, it has to be said, our favorite spots. Bad Reichenau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen are more resorts than real mountain communities. Oberstdorf has sold its soul to skiing, and Füssen is overcrowded with » Read more

Germany: Exploring Leipzig in the autumn

Germany: Exploring Leipzig in the autumn

Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner take the seasonal pulse in Leipzig: “Berlin with a shade more flair” is how our Leipzig friend describes her home town. This magnificent city, overshadowed in Saxony by Dresden and too close (some say) to Berlin to really pull the crowds, is a place to visit in fall. For hundreds » Read more

Germany: Steaming through the Harz Mountains

Germany: Steaming through the Harz Mountains

Compared to the Pyrenees and the Alps, the Harz Mountains are no more than a ripple in the flatlands of northern Germany. But they are a welcome relief to those who find little appeal in the two-dimensional landscapes that mainly prevail in this part of Europe. The Harz region is easily accessible from Hamburg or » Read more

Flensburg: Fjords, courtyards and more

Flensburg: Fjords, courtyards and more

The border between Germany and Denmark has fluctuated hither and thither over the years, reflecting the fact that the cultural divide between Danes and Germans is too diffuse to be adequately reflected as a precise line on a map. Nowadays, the border tracks across the Jutland Peninsula, dividing Schleswig in two. This is flattish country » Read more

4 budget tips for Cheapos in Leipzig

4 budget tips for Cheapos in Leipzig

By C.H. Kwak— Just over an hour away from Berlin by train, Leipzig makes for a great day trip. Whether you’re a classical music fan or a history buff, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a day (or, preferably, more). Here are some tips to help you have a good time on a budget » Read more

Baltic Briefing: The Island of Rügen

Baltic Briefing: The Island of Rügen

Cast your eye over the map of the Baltic Sea and you’ll find a galaxy of islands that tempt the visitor. Of the nine countries that fringe the Baltic, only Lithuania and Latvia do not have populated offshore islands. In total over half a million Europeans live on islands in the Baltic region, with four » Read more

Turkey Reflections from Germany

Turkey Reflections from Germany

American Thanksgiving goes largely unnoticed in Europe, so turkeys across the continent are reprieved for another few weeks. But late November brings its own culinary specialities to market stalls and dinner tables across the continent. Germany engages in a frenzy of goose eating at this time of year. Goose is ushered in on November 11 by » Read more

Germany: Ashes, Diamonds, It’s All Relative

If they can be pressed into diamonds, ashes are a girl’s best friend. A 19-year old German woman wanted to have her father’s ashes pressed into a synthetic diamond, but Wiesbaden district courts ruled against her Tuesday in favor of her grandmother. (She hates me. She’s always hated me.) The court heard the daughter of » Read more

Baden-Württemberg’s New Web Site

Baden-Württemberg’s New Web Site

The southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg just launched an overhauled tourism Web site. We’re pleased. Geography-obsessed smartypants will already know that several significant tourist destinations and major cities are within the boundaries of the state. These include Baden-Baden, Freiburg, Friedrichshafen (so pretty—see above), Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Ulm. We were especially happy to see the » Read more