This week’s Photo Friday is a picture of a Christmas tree inside Heidelberg Castle in Germany, one of the stops on my recent Viking cruise down the Rhine
Christmas Tree at Heidelberg Castle

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is FESTIVE. I’ve recently returned from a Christmas Market cruise on the Rhine, traveling on the Viking Aegir. I’ll be writing a review of the ship for the website Onboard – one of my […]


Dinner in the Dark, in Berlin

by Natalie on June 18, 2012

Have you ever considered dining in the dark? Guest writer Natalie Pompilio checks out Unsicht, a blind dining experience, in Berlin.
Unsicht Bar in Berlin

By Natalie Pompilio, contributing writer Most people like to see what they’re eating, especially in today’s world of fantastical plate presentation. But that’s not an option at Berlin’s Unsicht-Bar, where diners sit in complete darkness, are served by blind or visually impaired wait staff, and the three or four course meal being presented is largely […]


This week’s travel photo: A chocolate sculpture from the famous German chocolate shop, Fassbender & Rausch, in Berlin.
German chocolate sculpture

This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is CHOCOLATE. Don shot this chocolate sculpture of the Brandenburg Gate when we were in Berlin in 2010. We were walking down the Charlottestrasse near our hotel, the Sofitel, when we came across chocolate nirvana. Fassbender […]


Photo Friday: Schloss Rochlitz

by Chris on May 6, 2011

This week’s Photo Friday: Schloss Rochlitz in Saxony. Plus a bonus photo of mummified rats!
Schloss Rochlitz medieval castles, Saxony, Germany

The theme for this week’s Photo Friday is castles. We toured three medieval castles in a day last year on our trip to Germany. Above is Schloss Rochlitz, notable for its dark history. Once a royal residence for Saxon princes, Rochlitz also served as prison, a Third Reich stronghold and, under the East German government, even […]

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Berlin: Third Reich sites

by Chris on December 1, 2010

A Berlin Nazi tour of places associated with the Third Reich and Hitler in Berlin, including the site of Hitler’s bunker, Nazi architecture on Wilhelmstrasse and Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum
Brandenberg Gate, Third Reich tour, Berlin, Germany

Here’s the thing: As much as I enjoyed our recent trip to Berlin, I’m not sure I’d rank it as a top romantic destination. There’s just too much depressing recent history. Sure, we could have concentrated on the city’s modern art and design scene, opting to spend our time at the city’s clubs and restaurants. […]


What to do in Leipzig? Lots. With an outstanding new Bach museum, a Porsche plant, and (best for us) a strong connection to Faust, there’s more to this former East German city than you’d imagine.
Leipzig, Germany

I didn’t expect too much from Leipzig when we arrived for the second portion of the SATW convention. After all, Dresden had been such a delight – and we had very little time to see it all. And while Leipzig has some cool historic buildings, such as the Altes Rathaus (town hall) above, they are […]


Berlin has two museums that focus on the Berlin Wall (die Mauern): The Topography of Terror and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. We visit both and review.
Topography of Terror, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

After viewing the colorful murals of the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery, we tackled the task of visiting two of the city’s museums dedicated to die Mauern: The Topography of Terror and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. The Topography of Terror consists of two parts. The open air portion of information panels, interviews and photos stretches […]


How much will you pay for hotel luxury? For me, the price limit is around $250 per night. Luckily, we found Berlin up for the challenge with several properties that offered quality with affordability.
View from Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany

I am a hotel whore. No, not that kind of hotel whore. But in my years on the road, I’ve noticed that there are two types of travelers. Some people don’t care where they lay their heads, preferring to spend all of their time and money on activities, food and souvenirs. And others want to […]

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A day visiting best medieval castles in Saxony, Germany, including the well-preserved Burg Kriebstein, the gloomy Schloss Rochlitz, and Schloss Colditz, a former Nazi prison for Allied officers.
Burg Kriebstein, medieval castle, Saxony, Germany

The German state of Saxony, tucked away in the southeast near the Czech border, may not have the country’s most famous castles (that honor probably belongs to Bavaria’s Schloss Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s faux castles). But the seat of various powerful kingdoms, electorates and duchies has left the region with more than its […]


Berlin’s don’t-miss historic site has to be the East Side Gallery, a series of murals and graffiti painted on a remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall.
East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the Berlin Wall, which divided East and West Germany during the Cold War, has fallen. Which means that there’s a whole generation out there that doesn’t remember the city split into two by the dreaded Mauern, or the Wall. But the Wall is so integral […]