The East German City of Gorlitz offers old world charm and movie magic. Once forgotten by the world, the city has been re-discovered by film-makers and is the backdrop for films like Inglourious Basterds and The Reader and an abandoned department store became the primary setting for The Grand Hotel Budapest.
Located over seven hills like another famous city, this Bavarian town is nicknamed the "Franconian Rome". Picture perfect around every corner, Bamberg has one of Europe's largest intact old town centers and is officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its early medieval plan, winding narrow streets and half-timbered architecture are the holy grail of fairytale Germany and an ideal destination for spring.
Erin embarked on the expat adventure to Berlin in 2007, sure that within a year she would have had enough of German life and be ready to settle down in Seattle. Seven years later, she is still in Berlin and sharing her expertise on eating, drinking and traveling her way through Germany.
More about her experience can be found on the bio page and be sure to check out the first 10 posts on life in Germany:
Best Free Museums in Berlin - Berlin is well-known as a budget location, rich in history. But visiting all of Berlin's prestigious collections can rack up quite a tab. However, there is room within the crowded listings of museums in Berlin for some of the most unusual, relatively unknown and free museum sites.
Where to go for St. Patrick's Day in Germany - It may seem odd to celebrate Ireland's national holiday in Germany, but just like in the USA, there are plenty of people with Irish heritage, Irish expats or people simply looking to party in green. No matter where you are in Germany, you can find celebrations on March 17th.
Guide to German Photo Booths - In hipster hang-outs, dark street corners and well-traveled avenues, photo booths are quietly making a comeback. A complete guide on where to find and how to use German Photoautomats.
Strong Beer Season in Munich - Oktoberfest is the most well-known beer festival in Munich, Germany, and possibly the world, but it is far from the only beer festival. Described as the "insider's Oktoberfest", locals shake off their winter hibernation with Starkbiers (strong, dark beers) fit for fasting monks during Lent.
Kreuzberg's Markthalle IX - A German market hall is serving the best international food in Berlin. Go for Street Food Thursdays, local produce or a beer at Heidenpeter's.
Guide to the Spreewald - Even though Berlin is a very green city, many people feel the need to simply get out into nature in the summer. The UNESCO protected Spreewald forest is a perfect day-trip destination and offers a fairytale world of outdoor activities and places to eat.
The Best Biergartens in Dresden - A guide to the best beer gardens in Dresden, Germany. An overview of the beer, food and family-friendly drinking culture.
Guide to Berlin Street Food - The best, most common cheap bites in Berlin and where to find them. From sausage to kabob to chicken - I am recommending my favorite street foods.
Stay tuned for more posts on Germany Travel every month!
Attention fashionistas: Supermodels, designers, and paparazzi flock to Berlin during the Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which takes place from January 14-16 this year and promises many A - list sightings.
Fashion shows, parties, and receptions turn the city into a catwalk, proving that Germany's capital of cool can hold its own among international fashion cities like Milan, Paris, or New York. Along with big-name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein, the Berlin Fashion Week is especially famous for its young up-and-coming designers and the stars of tomorrow.
Models, Actors, Musicians - if you are star-struck in Berlin, find out more about the favorite hangouts of international celebs in Berlin: Where Celebrities Like to Party in Berlin
What's on in Germany in January? Bundle up if you travel to Germany this month - temperatures are freezing right now, but you'll be rewarded with low rates, fewer crowds, and some great German events and festivals. Here is what's happening in Germany in January, from sports and glamour, to fashion, and food.
More Events in Germany in 2014
If your New Year's resolution is to work out more, you can start right way: Take part in the Berlin New Year's Run (2.5 mile long), which starts at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and leads you past many famous Berlin sights. No reservations required, kids are welcome, and donations are appreciated.
(Photo by René Erhardt)
If you spend the turn of the year in Berlin, make this night a memorable one and welcome 2014 at the buzzing New Year's Eve Party at the Brandenburg Gate. The German capital throws one of the biggest open-air parties in the world; with more than a million people swinging into the New Year, the Berlin party even tops the festivities of New York and London.
So shake off the old year and celebrate Silvester German style under the stars, with music, dancing, laser shows, and spectacular fireworks. You can celebrate all night long - the Berlin New Year's Eve Party lasts until the wee hours of the next morning
Another great (and very relaxed) New Year's Eve celebration is taking place on every German street, in every German city; join the locals who spill into the streets at midnight, bring some champagne, join the countdown, and wish a Guter Rutsch. Marvel at the many fireworks in the night sky, or shoot of your own rockets - you can buy fireworks in every German supermarket.
(Photo by http://silvester-berlin.de)
We are curious - how do you spend your New Year´s Eve in Germany? Do you celebrate at a New Year's Eve open-air event? Dance the night away in a club? Go to a restaurant, a glitzy gala or a concert? There are many great ways to welcome the New Year - Please share your favorite one with us here.
(Photo by http://silvester-berlin.de)
Tomorrow is the big day, or better, the big evening in Germany: The highlight of the holiday season is Holy Eve on December 24th. German Children usually don't get to see the illuminated Christmas tree until tomorrow evening (parents secretly decorate the tree with ornaments and lights, often on the afternoon of the 24th). Presents are exchanged, and many people visit a Christmas mass. A traditional German Christmas dinner is "Weihnachtsgans", goose, often served with dumplings and red cabbage.
December 25th and 26th are both federal holidays; shops and offices are closed, and families concentrate on the most important things in life; visiting friends, relaxing, watching a Christmas movie, and eating hearty food.
I wish you all "Frohe Weihnachten" - merry Christmas!
Are you spending Christmas in Germany? Let us know how you are celebrating. Please leave a comment in the section below.
It's high time to get my Christmas shopping done, and I am planning a shopping spree this weekend, which will hopefully turn out to be a treat in itself: The founders of one of Berlin's hippest flea markets are organizing a Christmas Market called Neukölln Flowmarket, where international designers offer arts, crafts, vintage, fashion and jewellery. The market is indoors, there will be Djs and live acts, and of course many food stands with waffles, cookies, and hot Glühwein. See you there?
- When: December 14 and 15, 2013
- Where: Umspannwerk, Kreuzberg, Ohlauerstr. 43, 10999 Berlin
- Admission: 3 Euros (including welcome gift)
Holidays in Berlin