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Christmas Markets Around the World You Must Visit

In many cities, the holiday season is marked by the opening of Christmas markets overflowing with tasty treats and darling handicrafts. We’re highlighting five fabulous Christmas markets around the world to keep your spirits bright and inspire future travels. Christkindlesmarkt in Nüremberg, Germany The Christkindlesmarkt in Nüremberg is one of the most popular and well-known Christmas markets in all […]

Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises ~ Ports and Excursions

Choosing a Viking River Cruise from their enticing itineraries is like choosing the only chocolate you’ll ever eat for the rest of your life. Dark chocolate or milk? Butter cream or caramel? Lyon & Provence, or Danube Waltz? Imperial Jewels of China, or Waterways of the Tsars in Russia? When Viking River Cruises invited me to sail […]

Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes when visiting this German city because there’s lots to eat and explore. 1. […]

Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]

Marksburg Castle with Viking River Cruises

Marksburg Castle was the most fascinating castle have ever visited, and I’ve visited quite a few. It’s not because it was the most opulent or important castle I’ve ever seen. (It was neither.) It’s because our Viking River Cruises tour guide gave such an intriguing glimpse into what life was like during the time of castles, […]

German Romance, Education and Debauchery in Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises

Rich with history, Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university, the ruins of a romantic Renaissance castle, and the world’s largest wine barrel. Intrigued? Come along to explore the romance, education and debauchery of Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises. Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg Castle, with its impressive red sandstone buildings and stately position above the River Neckar, evokes romantic […]

Exploring Germany’s Fabled Black Forest with Viking River Cruises

Land of cuckoo clocks, fruit elixirs, and its namesake hams and cakes—the Black Forest sounds like a place dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm for their fairy tales. Unlike Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood, though, the Black Forest is very real. Grab your crimson cape and a basket of goodies for […]

Center Parcs Park Bostalsee, Germany – A Family Focused Vacation Destination

My American family has fallen in love with Europe’s Center Parcs. In fact, if we let our three young boys plan every vacation, I’m pretty sure they would choose to visit nothing but Center Parcs for the rest of our time overseas. And why not? As far as I can tell, they’re the best thing […]

Staying at Hostels with Kids in Germany

When we told friends that our family was planning to stay in hostels throughout our five-day trip in Germany, it became clear that most people still associate hostels with youthful backpacking adventures, not family vacations. Hostelling isn’t just for college kids, though, as our family of five discovered firsthand while staying at two of Hostelling International‘s hostels […]

Northern European Christmas Market Recommendations from Mamas in the Know

Years ago my husband returned from a December work trip to Germany and brought with him wonderful stories about the country’s incredible Christmas markets filled with street vendors and warm, mulled wine served in little glass boots. He purchased several of these boots as well as German ornaments for our tanenbaum. Ever since then I have wondered […]

Munich with Kids: More than Beer and Pretzels

Ninety minutes after our flight touched down in Munich from LAX, my husband was downing a liter of beer at a picturesque beer garden. Meanwhile my children stuffed hunks of giant pretzel in their mouths and I gazed at swans floating in a nearby lake. This scene sums up our glorious week in Munich: green, easy, […]