• Kobern Gondorf: The Storybook Town You've Never Heard Of
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    Kobern-Gondorf: The Storybook Town You’ve Never Heard Of

    One of my favorite restaurants is this beautiful place in a sleepy town called Kobern-Gondorf on the Mosel River. My husband and I have started going there for special occasions (wedding anniversaries, visitors from Texas, etc.), but we never spent any time in the actual town itself. And then a few months ago, as I was driving home from work, some construction on the main Mosel road detoured me through this very town, and I accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in their Marktplatz. I couldn’t believe how pretty the center of this town was! From the main roads it looks like there really isn’t anything there to…

  • Mini Beach Vacay at the Rursee
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    Mini Beach Vacay at the Rursee

    “When the weather is nice, Germany is awesome.” My husband heard this not too long ago while watching Silas Nacita on YouTube, and he quotes that statement all the time. Personally, I think even when the weather is crappy, Germany is still beautiful, but you can definitely do more on sunny days. We recently had an especially sunshine-y few days, and something about it just felt like beach weather. It made you want to lay on the sand and look out at sparkling water. Rheinland-Palatinate is not particularly close to any beaches, though. Ostend, Belgium is probably the closest, but that’s a 3.5 hour drive, and we just didn’t feel like…

  • Three Gorgeous Mosel Towns that Aren't Bernkastel
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    Three Gorgeous Mosel Towns that Aren’t Bernkastel

    When you think about cute little towns and cities along the Mosel River, most people’s minds probably go straight to Bernkastel-Kues. I mean, it is gorgeous, but it’s also extremely well-known. And what happens when you combine one of the most romantic regions in Germany with a famous city? Yep – you get masses and masses of tourists. Luckily, there are dozens of adorable towns and cities along the Mosel that are just as gorgeous, if not even more so, than Bernkastel. And while I could write about almost every single one of them, these three are my personal favorites. Piesport Piesport is a small village with less than 3,000…

  • The Deepest Beer Cellar in the World
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    How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Vulkan Brauerei

    It’s no secret that Germany is the land of beer; although, they are neither the world’s largest consumer nor producer of beer as many people might assume. (False German stereotype #1 = officially squashed!) But they do take their beer very seriously, and I think that’s where a lot of the associations between Germans and beer come from. I think breweries especially take a lot of pride in their work and their creations. Here in the Eifel, most people know the Bitburger brewery, but there are actually a number of other – smaller – regional breweries that can be found in the Eifel. One of those breweries, Vulkan Brauerei, even…

  • The Best Little Antique Store in the Eifel
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    The Best Little Antique Store in the Eifel

    Okay, guys. Raise your hand if you’re totally obsessed with Antiques Roadshow.  It’s an interesting paradox, isn’t it? A TV show that you would only expect your grandma to watch that is somehow utterly fascinating. I’m a huge fan of Antiques Roadshow and not ashamed at all to admit that I spent many Saturday afternoons binge-watching back in Texas. So, where am I going with this? Well, what if I told you that there is an equally fascinating German show that has a very real, very special connection to the Eifel? Ah, now I’ve got your attention! Allow Me to Introduce Eifel Antik If you’re like me and love programs like Antiques Roadshow,…

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    Monreal: One of the Eifel’s Best-Kept Secrets

    In the heart of the Eifel lies the most enchanting little village. Replete with all of the makings of a fairy tale, this tiny hamlet is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. A Real-Life Storybook Not too long ago, I found myself in the middle of a conversation with several Germans who are big fans of the Eifel region. Some of them lived there, too, but most of them actually didn’t. For them, the Eifel was their most beloved vacation spot. Of course, the Eifel is bigger than you might realize, and so I found that they all had different preferences for the specific parts of the Eifel that they…

  • Spending the day in Beilstein on the Moselle
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    Top 10 Things to do in Beilstein

    It’s no secret that Germany’s Moselle area is one of the most romantic places in all of Europe. It just has a magical, fairy-tale charm to it that bewitches people and draws them in. Nowhere else can you find such a breathtaking combination of castles, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, rolling hills, and gorgeous river views. And while there are dozens of adorable villages worthy of a day trip, only one bears the nicknames “The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” and “The Mini-Rothenberg.” The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle I can only describe Beilstein as something out of a movie. A Disney movie to be exact. Which is why it’s so surprising…

  • An Eifel Bucket List or 10 Things to do Around Spangdahlem
    Castles,  Day Trips,  Food & Fun,  Hiking

    The Ultimate Eifel Bucket List

    For the past year, I’ve been teaching at a university here in Germany. It has been amazing in so many ways, and it’s been really interesting to experience all of the differences between German and American higher education – seriously, you have no idea how different they are! But, what I’ve always enjoyed the most about teaching is getting to know the students. I recently had a rather *cough* enlightening conversation with a student who is originally from Berlin. We talked about cultural differences, struggles with learning the two languages, and how both of us ended up so far from home, and then this student asked me what part of Germany I…

  • Things to Do in Vianden Luxembourg
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    What to Do in Vianden, Luxembourg

    Everything to See & Do in Vianden Although the picturesque village of Vianden is one of the main tourist attractions in the country, Luxembourg itself is often overlooked by travelers. And that makes Vianden a special place. It’s a tourist attraction that’s also a hidden gem. It’s hands-down one of the prettiest villages in Luxembourg. It has everything – cobblestone streets, ornate houses, a fairytale castle, and a direct connection to one of the most famous authors in history. If you have the chance to spend time in Vianden but choose to skip it, you’re really missing out! How to Get to Vianden To get to Vianden, you basically have…

  • Experience Trier like a local
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    16 Things to do in Trier

    Trier is my all-time favorite city in Germany. It’s beautiful, it’s charming, and it’s friendly. I know a lot of people plan day-trips into this historical city, but once they see the highlights, they don’t often go back. The Porta Nigra, Basilika, Kaiserthermen, Dom, and Roman Ampitheater are definitely worth visiting, and I would recommend anyone who hasn’t been to Trier before to go to these sites. But, I get it, they’re not exactly things that you would want to visit over and over again. Like I said, I love Trier, and I spend at least two weekends out of every month there. So, here is my list of things…