I like to explore history, including the Roman Empire and their expansion thousands of years ago in Germany. While doing research, I discovered there were two big Roman settlements, one in Trier, and further north at the Rhine, the city of Cologne. You can still find some remnants of stone houses, roads and gates that have stood there 2000 years ago. Continue reading Cologne was a thriving Roman city 2000 years ago
The history goes back to almost 400 years ago. The bubonic plague (black death) raged in many parts of Europe and did not stop at Oberammergau. To put an end to the misery, the people of Oberammergau decided to take a vow. Continue reading Oberammergau, famously known for its Passion Plays since 1634
The Linderhof Palace follows the “Pleasure Palace” type, which originated in France in the 18th century and was soon built in palace gardens across Europe. The splendid furnishings are a mixture of the French, but also the Bavarian Rococo. This Palace, which resulted from a long period of construction and renovation, is the only larger castle King Ludwig II experienced complete while still alive. Ludwig was a loner and created his own empire with the Linderhof Castle, his palace all for himself. Continue reading The Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig ll
A large part of Marburg has many half-timbered homes that have been lovingly renovated and is today again showing its historical charm. My stroll through the picturesque alleys started at the Market square, whose striking Rathaus or town hall in late Gothic style was completed in 1527. I took a pause and shot some pictures of this magnificent building while waiting for the City Trolley Train. Continue reading Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes
I sat down at an Italian Eiscafé at the Fisherman’s Quarter in Ulm. I had an excellent view to the „Crooked House“ or in German “Schiefes Haus” while eating an Cherry Amaretto ice cream. Besides this precarious building, I visited the Ulm Cathedral that has the highest church tower in world Continue reading A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm
An unusual sight indeed, and that in Germany! The mild climate makes it possible that you will see little Parrots/Parakeets sitting on trees in Northern Rhineland. On the Königsallee in Düsseldorf, for example, the “Halsbandsittich” or Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) has now become a part of everyday life. Continue reading A strange sight, Parakeets make their home in German trees!
Decorating an “Osterbrunnen” is a German tradition of sprucing up public fountains with garlands and painted eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Upper Franconia (Fränkische Schweiz) but also has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter Continue reading “Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia
The beautiful and historic Fachwerk of Bernkastel-Kues invited us to take a relaxed stroll through the cobblestone streets and alleys. The city offers many shops, and restaurants that looked inviting enough to sit down, relax and eat, enjoy a Zwiebelkuchen. Continue reading Bernkastel-Kues in the heart of the Middle Moselle