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Five Days in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany with TRANSROMANICA

Five Days in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany with TRANSROMANICA I recently returned from a wonderful five-day trip through Saxony-Anhalt, Germany hosted by TRANSROMANICA. We toured the Romanesque sites in this region, which is located in central Germany, equidistant from Hamburg and Berlin and just north of Leipzig. The capital of the state is Magdeburg, a charming riverside …

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Be Enchanted by Germany’s Harz Mountains

Be enchanted by Germany’s Harz Mountains What first springs to mind when thinking about Germany’s fairytale landscapes of the Brothers Grimm may be the Black Forest. Think again and cast your eyes further North, to one of Germany’s  undervalued but extremely fascinating regions: the Harz mountains. In fact, many of the stories collected by the …

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Shopping in Berlin – A Local’s Guide

Shopping in Berlin: A Local’s Guide Style-wise, Berliners pride themselves on their idiosyncratic sense of liberality and urban cool. Fluid, individual and no-nonsense, a common Berlin ‘uniform’ is notorious for its embrace of anything black, shapeless and street-chic. However, you’d be foolish to think the city’s shopping options end there. Broad-minded and tolerant, there is …

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The Best German Christmas Markets

The Best German Christmas Markets – Germany in Winter German Christmas Markets are magical. I don’t know if it is the sweet smells of Glühwein and sugar-coated roast almonds, the delicious Bratwurst in a bun or the sparkling lights and festive decorations that have mesmerized me since childhood. Growing up in Germany, Christmas Markets are …

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1 Week Itinerary Germany – From Frankfurt to Munich

  1 Week Itinerary Germany Germany. Land of castles, Schnitzel, beer, the Black Forest, and oompah bands. For this article, we will focus on a 1 week itinerary Germany, including historic Heidelberg and parts of Bavaria from Baden Baden to magnificent Munich.   For this Germany itinerary, we will be arriving in Frankfurt and flying …

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Berlin off the Beaten Path – Not so Touristy Things to Do in Berlin

Berlin off the Beaten Path: The not so touristy things to do in Berlin In so many ways, there are really two Berlins: the Berlin you see, and the Berlin you don’t. The Berlin you see isn’t hard to navigate – WWII- and Wall-time relics litter the cobbled strands and half-completed boulevards of the central …

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Berlin Street Art – Funky & Historic

Berlin Street Art – A Stroll Through Berlin’s Gritty Street Art Scene Once described by the late David Bowie as the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine͟, Berlin is truly a melting pot of artistic, cultural and spiritual transformation. Having lived in Berlin for three years now, I can safely say that this still …

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(A Few of the) Best Restaurants in Heidelberg

Best Restaurants in Heidelberg   The further south you head in Germany, the better the cuisine gets – that is, if you‘re partial to delicious plates of traditional, authentic Germany fare. Across the (partially) fictional “Weißwurstäquator,” the plates get richer and fuller, and while the pork knuckle and sauerkraut fill is possibly best done in …

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Beautiful Bergmannkiez: A Glimpse into Pre-war Berlin

Have you ever heard of Bergmannkiez? When traveling through Germany, especially in Berlin and the north of the country, at some point you’ll come across the word ‘kiez’. Pronounced ‘keetz’, kiezes are these smaller locales. There are many kiezes in Berlin, but some stand out from the pack. When roaming through the western end of Berlin’s …

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