Germany’s Picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Town hall in Picturesque Rothenburg

A few towns and castles in Germany vie for the title of Most Suitable Setting for a Fantasy Novel, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber just might take the crown with its combination of working fairy-tale  homes, alive-yet-dormant fortifications and its location on the hillside overlooking a wildflower-bespeckled valley and the sparkling Tauber River. When I was a kid, I took two trips here with my ... Read Full Article

Garmisch Partenkirchen on the Romantic Road

  I went to Garmisch Partenkirchen the first time with my father, a soldier in the US Army, and we spent a week wandering around the old market square of Partenkirchen and gazing up at the snowy peaks beyond Garmisch. The small, alpine twin-city on the romantic road in Germany was merged for the 1936 Olympics and after that one event, people from all over Continental Europe showed up to ... Read Full Article