Category Archives: Germany travel

New offerings from Tours International for 2017

In addition to the terrific tours of Europe for military, historical, literary and garden buffs, take a look at these new listings. Click on the Tours Int’l link under HOT LINKS! to the right for a complete catalog. Some tours, … Continue reading

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Rooms and their views – summer 2014

While I try to sort out all the fotos and stories from my summer trip, I figured I’d post something slightly out of the ordinary from my usual stuff… these are the views from some of the rooms I called … Continue reading

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Magpie update – August / September 2014

In many ways, summer is possibly my least favorite season. Sure, there is no snow to shovel and late sunsets mean more time to be out and about. But, especially in terms of travel, summer is when I’m most likely … Continue reading

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craft beermaking growing in Germany

From France 24. The craft beer trend so well-established in the US has come to Germany. This could require some essential on-site research in the near future!

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tolls on foreign cars possible on German roads

From Deutsche Welle. There’s a possibility that foreign cars will be singled out to pay tolls on German roads by 2015. I assume rental cars will get caught in that net, but we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t … Continue reading

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Reenacting Napoleonic battles

From Deutsche Welle. The Napoleonic Battle of Leipzig, aka the Battle of Nations, was fought again 200 years after the first go-round. It was the bloodiest battle prior to WWI, with almost one-sixth of those fighting being killed. Although this battle … Continue reading

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The first keg is tapped for 2013 Oktoberfest in Munich

From Deutsche Welle. Oktoberfest 2013 has officially opened with the tapping of the first keg. Prost!

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More rights for airline passengers flying on European carriers; snow still making a mess

From Deutsche Welle. The EU is expanding air passenger rights when delayed and flying on European carriers. Interesting that this comes at  time when snow is wreaking such havoc at Frankfurt airport. More communication, food and water, as well as … Continue reading

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The bars of Dusseldorf

From London Independent. A review of some of the most fun bars in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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Germany’s UNESCO Sites

From Deutsche Welle. An interactive map of Germany’s 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Just in case you were looking for an excuse to visit Germany sometime soon. I’ve only been to one, Cologne Cathedral and, oddly, it’s also the only … Continue reading

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My visit to Munich’s Oktoberfest

Like many people, I’ve wanted to visit Oktoberfest for a long time. This year I got my chance. After arriving in Salzburg, Austria at 5am on the night train from Slovenia, I shoved my luggage into a locker, bought a … Continue reading

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Nefertiti in Berlin now thru April 2013

From France 24. Berlin celebrates centenary of discovery of Nefertiti bust.

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Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich – coming soon

Uh-oh! While researching trains between Croatia and Germany, I came across the Munich Oktoberfest website. The dates overlap the days when I hope to be in Germany. This could turn out to be a dangerous trip for some unexpected reasons! Time … Continue reading

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More travel tips for Germany

From Deutsche Welle… Tips for getting around Germany  trains, planes, cars and bikes Favorite foods, tips on tipping and other customs German holidays Social p’s and q’s, recycling, etc.

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Travel ideas if you’re thinking of Germany

From Deutsche Welle… Visit Potsdam What to see in the Upper Rhine Valley.

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UNESCO World Heritage news

The following are all from Deutsche Welle newsmail. There are 936 UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world. At the annual UNESCO conference in St Petersburg, Russia, there are 33 new applications. The designation is not permanent, however; it can … Continue reading

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A look at Leipzig’s Museum of Musical Instruments

From Deutsche Welle. Musical instruments in a Leipzig museum may not be familiar if they’re no longer in use.

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documenta art fair open in Germany

From Deutsche Welle. Kassel’s every-five-years contemporary art fair opens for 100 days.

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Napoleon’s English letter goes to auction; a look at Berlin’s Museum Island

From France 24. Napoleon began learning and writing English while imprisoned on St Helena. A letter from this time has been auctioned for a honkin’ load of money. From Deutsche Welle. Berlin’s Museum Island with five top museums clustered together … Continue reading

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Old and new on display in Germany

Jewelry, mosaics, glass and sculpture abound at the Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne. The Documenta art fair opens in Kassel in June and runs for 100 days.

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Art exhibition in Dresden for Raphael’s Madonna

You’ll recognize the cherubs, if nothing else. It’s 500 years since Raphael painted his Madonna and Dresden is celebrating thru August 26th.  From Deutsche Welle.

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More pub and beer news – a new category for TravelMagpie

Beer and wellies at the Muddy Duck. From Oxford Mail. From Deutsche Welle. Berliners are coming back to beer.

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Should graffiti be preserved? Leipzig is wrestling with the answer

Leipzig’s view of graffiti as art. From Deutsche Welle.

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Seeing the Cotswolds without a car and a new Rolling Stones museum

A bus-train travel promotion for discovering the Cotswolds without a car. From Oxford Mail. A Rolling Stones museum opens in Germany. From France 24.

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Spring events in Netherlands and Germany

From Dutch News. Upcoming events in Netherlands for festivals, exhibits, concerts and more. From Deutsche Welle. May’s calendar of events in Germany.

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Crystal from Bohemia and singing butchers from Cologne

Handmade and gorgeous, Bohemian crystal  has been a favored choice for more than 100 years. Unlike other crystal, it uses no lead.  From Prague Post. A different sort of musical choir – singing butchers in Cologne. From Deutsche Welle.  

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Another nifty German word – Klinkenputzen

A German word that’s almost as cute as schmutzfink! Courtesy of Deutsche Welle.

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roundup of European news for early April

From Deutsche Welle – what’s up with Berlin and bears? From London Independent – 48 hours in Trier, Germany or how about Milan?

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the annual Beethoven festival in Bonn

Mark your calendar for Beethovenfest 2012 in Bonn, Germany. From Deutsche Welle.

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a look at the last (4) of Berlin’s food halls

From Deutsche Welle – Berliners love their food halls (Markthallen) but, of the original 14, only 4 are still around.  

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