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Ombachseefest

Ohmbachseefest set for mid-July

by Thomas Warner, Contributing writer

When the constant cold weather sets in Germany around early November, it will perhaps be memories of this year’s Ohmbachseefest that carry people through to the next warm season.

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Vaihingen beach party

by Megan Finley, Contributing writer

Interested in making a trip to the beach this summer on a small budget and only a couple hours drive away? Vaihingen, Germany, might be the place for you! Every summer, Vaihingen transforms its quaint marketplace into a sandy beach retreat

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Stefan Rohrer's "Yellow Arrow", Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

A day in K-town: a guide to experience K-town in a different way

Story and photos by Christine Herzer, Contributing writer

Julia Cameron, the bestselling author of ‘The Artist Way’ defines an ‘Artist Date’ as a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests us: a way to spend quality time with our inner creative self while leaving phones, laptops and our social agendas unattended. We’re extending this concept to include the whole family.

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Through the grapevine

by Amie LaSalvia Contributing writer

It’s no big secret that Germany is known for its great beers, but not many people know that Germany has some amazing wines and host a lot of great wine festivals that go on during the summertime. If you are a wine lover or just wanting to explore and check out some great festivals here are a few that would be great for you.

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When the temperatures rise, Luisenpark is a popular place for Mannheim visitors to picnic, play or just to kick back and relax.

Family fun at Luisenpark

Story and photos by Megan Finley Contributing writer

If you are anything like myself, then you might feel a little giddy every time you look at the weekend weather forecast and see a glorious prediction of mild temperatures and sunshine. This weekend my family and I decided to plan a one day, no-frills excursion only 50 minutes away to Luisenpark, Mannheim.

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Copenhagen express: an inside look at Copenhagen, Denmark

by Mannie Daly Rheinland-Pfalz Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Intern

My third trip with Army Outdoor Recreation was to Copenhagen, Denmark on the Copenhagen Express. Between Copenhagen’s waterways and beautiful colored buildings, I suggest anyone and everyone put Denmark on their list of must-see places.

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Visitors listen to singer Phil Collins and Genesis during an open-air concert at Neuleininger Burgsommer.

The notes of nature: outdoor summer concerts

by Krystal White, Contributing writer

During winter, there are days where our thoughts are bombarded with notions of spending long hours outdoors, simply relaxing. We imagine ourselves leisurely enjoying a stroll through a park, sitting a few hours with friends in a cafe, sitting by the edge of water and occasionally jumping in to escape the summer heat.

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Farm stays all over Europe offer many options from horseback riding, hiking or relaxing in the great outdoors.

Bauernhof: life on the farm

by Megan Finley Contributing writer

Looking for an easy, stress-free, authentic holiday experience? Farm holidays at a Bauernhof located in Germany and across Europe are great for cyclists, hikers, sports and recreation enthusiasts, or for those just looking to take in a peaceful landscape. Farm holidays offer relaxation, recreation and interesting activities for all ages.

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Garmisch

Exploring Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Story and photos by Amie LaSalvia Contributing writer

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a beautiful place to visit, located right at the foot of the Alps. Garmisch and Partenkirchen used to be two separate places, but were merged for the 1936 Winter Olympics. It may be a five-hour drive from Ramstein, but it is definitely worth the drive with places to stop and stretch your legs along the way as you admire the beautiful scenery.

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The Middle Mosel's jaw-dropping beauty always entertains the eye.

Pedal paradise: biking the Mosel River

Story and photos by Krystal White, Contributing writer

We learn many things as children that become a habit once we are adults. Only some of these things make you feel as alive and free as riding your bike. Once we are grown-up, our cars often become a symbol of personal independence and freedom. It is easy to forget how powerful riding a bike can feel. Peddling your way through nature, the speed of life is achieved through a gratifying combination of endurance, terrain and mechanics.

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