Erfurt: The Medieval Heart of Germany

St. Mary's and carnival in Erfurt

The DB train from southern Augsburg to Erfurt was a pleasant ride through pastures, farms and idyllic villages. Erfurt is known as the green heart of Germany because it’s in the center of  Germany’s Thuringian Forest. Erfurt was also famous for its woad plant. The woad was used to create a unique blue dye in high demand during the Middle Ages—a demand […]

Historic Rostock and Warnemünde, Germany

Warnemünde Old Harbor

From the moment you step through the Duke of Mecklenburg’s old royal gate, you’re transported back almost 800 years, to a time when Rostock, Germany was the shipping capital of the world. Yes, WWII took a toll on the Baroque-style buildings of the city’s New Market Square, but they were restored in 1952. The history […]

Visiting Europe’s Christmas Markets on a Viking River Cruise

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I’ve always heard that the European Christmas markets are spectacular but to be honest, I’d never had a strong desire to see them since I’m more of a warm weather kind of guy. I’d rather visit Europe in the spring, summer or autumn and save my winter travel for places like the South Pacific or […]

11 Reasons to Go on a European River Cruise

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River cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, so recently, I decided it was time for me to put away my prejudices (ie: river cruising is only for older people) and check it out for myself. I went on two European river cruises in the past six months: the first was […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Passau, Germany

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DAY 1: Passau, Germany Sunday We flew into Munich, then met a Viking guide outside of baggage claim and boarded the transfer bus with other passengers to our ship in Passau. The ride takes just under two hours and most people slept. Cabins aren’t ready until around 3pm so plan your flights accordingly. We arrived […]

Historic Potsdam, Germany: Parks, Palaces, Pedaling, and Pils

Meierei brewery

By Highroad Cam with GeorgieJet From Augsburg, GeorgieJet and I continued along our Historic Highlights of Germany tour with a three-hour Deutsche Bahn train ride from Rostock (on the Baltic Sea) to Berlin, where we changed trains and arrived in Potsdam 20 minutes later. Potsdam, the capital of the Brandenburg State, is not actually part […]

A Saxony Surprise in New York

The St. Thomas Boys Choir cheering up New York

*This is a sponsored post This is how many lucky passers-by seemed to feel back on November 12, the night featured in the video above, when the St. Thomas Boys Choir—the 800-year-old musical legends from Leipzig, in Saxony—put on a surprise “pop up” concert in the middle of Times Square. For ten minutes, the 42 […]

Augsburg, Germany: History Off the Beaten Path

Cam and his beer

Augsburg, Germany was established by the Romans in 15 BC and has astounding history. Using Historic Highlights of Germany, I was able to connect with a guide, a Romantikhotel, and an itinerary that made this city come alive. Getting there The Lufthansa flight was outstanding—even in coach! The 747 was clean and comfortable and had friendly attendants, […]