Roman villa in Ahrweiler, Römervilla Sticky post

An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

It was a rainy day in Germany, so a visit to a Museum came to mind. Only 45 minutes from where I was staying is Ahrweiler in the North of the Rhineland. There, in 1980, construction workers discovered the remains of an ancient building at the foot of the so called “Silberberg” Continue reading An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

Leonhardifahrt, South Bavaria Sticky post

Leonhardifahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

The famous Leonhardifahrt or Leonhardiritt in South Bavaria is a solemn pilgrimage of horses and cattle in early November to honor the patron St. Leonhard. The magnificently decorated four wheeled horse drawn carriages, lead by a coachmen, come from near and far in the early hours and ride the streets and alleys of Bavarian towns. Continue reading Leonhardifahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

Tuebingen Sticky post

Tübingen has a Rainbow Row

After a short stop in Ulm to take some pictures, I continued driving to Tübingen which is a University town in the center of Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the Neckar river, around 30 kilometers south of Stuttgart. Old town landmarks include the Rathaus (City Hall) at the Marktplatz (Market Square) and the castle, Schloß Hohentübingen, now part of the University of Tübingen Continue reading Tübingen has a Rainbow Row

Blautopf, Blaubeuren Baden Württemberg

The Blautopf, “The Beautiful Lau”

On my route to Tübingen, I stopped in Ulm. There I met a man passing me on the sidewalk while I was strolling down to the Fischer Quarters. I asked him for the direction and we started talking about where he was from, the town Blaubeuren. He was telling me about the “Blautopf” in his hometown that has a deep blue color, which is best seen in good weather periods. It is a feature of the Karst Spring and one of the largest of its kind in Germany, 21 meters deep. Continue reading The Blautopf, “The Beautiful Lau”

Hotel du train, Munich Sticky post

The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

After arriving in Munich, I wanted to experience a hotel stay of a special kind. I took the public transportation to the Sendlinger Tor or Gate. From there I rolled my large suitcase to the Hotel du Train. I found this hotel fascinating after I read about it in a Munich online newspaper. To my amazement it has the theme of Agatha Christie’s Orient Express … Continue reading The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

Chamonix, France Sticky post

Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

The charming French town Chamonix initially rose to international fame in 1924 as the first host of the Winter Olympics. Located in the Haute-Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. By guest author Claudia Clark Continue reading Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

Prague, Prag

Prague and the remarkable Astronomical Clock

Prague is a beautiful old city in the Czech Republic. It was largely undamaged in World War II, so it’s full of original history and character. It was founded in the 9th century, but really grew in the 14th century when many of the current structures were built. It has the second oldest astronomical clock in the world Continue reading Prague and the remarkable Astronomical Clock

Salzburg, Austria Sticky post

Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we stopped for a couple days in the in the Salzburg area. Salzburg is located on the border with Germany at the foot of the Eastern Alps. A river name Salzach flows through the middle of the city. On the left bank is the old town, designated as a pedestrian zone, with buildings from the Middle Ages and Baroque Continue reading Three days in Salzburg, Austria