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Germany’s National Parks: Hainich National Park

Germany’s National Parks: Hainich National Park

Even if you’ve only been in Germany for a short time, you probably know that forests are a big deal here. They are an essential part of German culture, representing a love of nature, a connection to a (far more heavily) forested past, and a desire for balance. Hainich National […]

March 15, 2024 ×

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Germany’s National Parks: Müritz National Park

Germany’s National Parks: Müritz National Park

Whether you’re from the coast or from somewhere inland, there’s something magical about water. Müritz National Park, which is located in the northeast German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, is definitely magical. Billed as the “land of a thousand lakes,” the park doesn’t disappoint. Water is everywhere, accessible, and beautiful. Plus, the […]

March 8, 2024 ×

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The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 8: Outer Hebrides

The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 8: Outer Hebrides

I first fell in love with the Outer Hebrides, or Hebs as I call them for no reason at all, during a class trip when I was 18 years old. Do you know how beautiful a piece of nature has to be to convince a social-media addicted, fresh-air-allergy-sufferer and overall […]

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Beethoven’s beautiful birthplace, Bonn

Beethoven’s beautiful birthplace, Bonn

Bonn is one of Germany’s oldest cities and the former capital of West Germany. There is a lot to do and plenty to see in this northwestern city, famously touted as the birthplace of Beethoven. Beethoven walking tour Bonn offers a unique opportunity to see Beethoven’s origins- and they’ve preserved […]

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The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 7: Scotland’s Castle Trail

The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 7: Scotland’s Castle Trail

We are nearing the end of my trip and heading for a less famous part of Scotland: the east. I had initially planned on seeing the wild north but my decision to explore the east coast instead was made in the hope of better weather. I had spent weeks in […]

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Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park

Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park

Located less than an hour from Kaiserslautern, Hunsrück-Hochwald Natio-nal Park is Germany’s newest national park. It is also one of its best. Established in 2015 with territory in both Saarland and Rheinland-Pfalz, the park offers sprawling vistas, fantastic hikes, large populations of wild animals, old growth beech forests and much […]

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The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 6: Scotland’s west coast

The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 6: Scotland’s west coast

We have, at last, arrived in Scotland. When I had initially planned my trip, I thought I was merely going to pass through England on my drive north but since we just spent 5 parts of this series in the south, you guessed correctly that it took me a while […]

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Five tips for improving your German at home

Five tips for improving your German at home

For Americans living in Germany, it can be all too easy to never learn German. If you speak English at work and English (or another non-German language) at home, you might think, “Why bother?” However, learning to speak German — even a little bit — is a golden opportunity. The […]

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The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 5: Hadrian’s Wall

The GREATest BRITAIN road trip, Part 5: Hadrian’s Wall

We continue north to Hadrian’s Wall. The former Roman frontier, and perhaps the most famous of them all, ‘protected’ the Roman empire for 300 years starting in AD 122 when the emperor Hadrian (no need to explain the wall’s name now, is there?) was reigning over it. The very popular […]

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Seven tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Germany

Seven tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Germany

Although Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated in one form or another, the essentials have evolved to be about the same in Germany as in the U.S. – namely, it’s a day to show how much you love your loved ones! Fortunately, you’re living in a country that can help […]

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