german christmas market

Touring Germany’s Top Christmas Markets

Visiting Europe over the holidays is a great way to get some insight into how different parts of the world celebrate Christmas. And, although several European countries celebrate the holidays to the hilt, a visit to Germany’s top Christmas markets is sure to bring it up one more notch! Donna has already told us about […]

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Cologne Cathedral

A Winter Walking Tour of Cologne, Germany

Updated 11.014.2019:  Pastel-colored buildings enhance the snowy scene when AmaWaterways Amacello pulls into her spot along the banks of the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany. Cologne in December can be snowy, as it is on our visit. But Alan and I aren’t going to let a little snow on the ground keep us from exploring […]

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Rheinstein castle in the Rhine Gorge

Winter on the Rhine

Updated 07.01.2016 On a foggy, sleety day, AmaWaterways Amacello winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks. Alan heads outside to take photos but returns quickly, unable to shield his lens from pelting sleet. Most Rhine River cruisers hope to view the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a […]

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Gothic cathedral rises above Schwerin, Germany

Do-It-Yourself Tips for a Schwerin Walking Tour

Do you enjoy city walking tours? My tips for a Schwerin walking tour are for you! And it’s easy to do on your own. Exploring Schwerin on foot A walkable European city with cobblestone streets, historic half-timbered buildings and a castle that sits in the middle of a lake—does this sound like a fairytale setting […]

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Saturday’s scene: into the Baltic Sea

The pier at Grand Hotel Heiligendamm stretches into the Baltic Sea during my rainy September visit. In good weather, the luxury resort in northern Germany provides seaside activities for families, couples and those looking to rejeuvenate in a world renowned spa. The resort’s classical white buildings are the backdrop for the natural beauty of the […]

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Saturday’s scene: the Rudesheim Christmas market

Updated 11.01.2015 The Rudesheim Christmas market more than met my expectations of a Christmas market scene in Germany. When Alan and I walked from the AmaWaterways Amacello into the small German village, we discovered a winter tableau worthy of the front cover of a Christmas card. After crossing some rail tracks near the pier, we […]

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Cycling the Hamptons of Germany

A cycling tour of Sylt, Germany represents one of the travel industry’s hottest new trends for boomers—active travel. Today, Jeanine Barone from  J The Travel Authority, writes about the charms of a Sylt cycling tour. Massive sand dunes rise and dip beside my bicycle path, their surface brushed with purple from the dense covering of […]

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Classical music in Berlin

Saturday’s scene: appreciating classical music in Berlin

Classical music is king when it comes to culture in Berlin. Did you know that the city has seven major symphony orchestras, three major opera houses and hundreds of  smaller performing groups? Berlin is a paradise for boomer travelers who are also music lovers. I took this photo during a chamber music concert at Charlottenburg Castle where […]

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The Wall by Yadegar Asisi

Remembering the Berlin Wall

Do you remember the Berlin Wall? I can still hear President John F. Kennedy saying, “Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner),” as he stood near the wall that imprisoned the citizens of East Berlin. His show of U.S. support for West Berlin threatened to catapult humankind into World War III. As I discovered […]

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