Germany

Staying at the Generator Hostel in Hamburg

At the end of November, I spent one night at the Generator Hostel in Hamburg. Below I list the best and worst features of the hostel to help you make a decision whether or not to stay here. Okay, let’s do this… The good I’ll start with all the good stuff because first impressions are […]

A day trip from Amsterdam to the Düsseldorf Christmas markets

Düsseldorf is known for its Christmas markets, not only in Germany but also in Europe. Luckily for me, being based in Amsterdam means that Düsseldorf is only a couple of hours away. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Düsseldorf Christmas markets from Amsterdam. How to get there You can easily reach Düsseldorf […]

The Hamburg Christmas markets

Hamburg has no less than 12 Christmas markets spread throughout the city. I managed to visit seven of them in one evening. Below I share my favourite markets, the ones that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Hamburg during the festive season. Mönckebergbrunnen and Gerhart Hauptmann Platz These two markets are right next to each […]

The Christmas Markets of Bremen

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated with the fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm called ‘Town Musicians of Bremen’. The story is about four mistreated domestic animals (a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster) that decide to run away and become the town musicians of Bremen. My friends and I used to […]

The Rüdesheim am Rhein Christmas market

Rüdesheim am Rhein is a small village located on the banks of the Rhine River in western Germany. I only spent one night here en route to the Black Forrest, but it was enough time to enjoy the Christmas market. German Christmas markets are the best, and Rüdesheim am Rhein is no exception. The market Just […]

The Christmas market in Gengenbach

A feast of lights and colours, Christmas is a magical time in Europe. But no one does Christmas quite as well as the Germans. From big cities to small villages, you’re likely to find a Christmas market in every German town. Gengenbach is no exception. This small town is located on the western edge of […]

My best Winter Moment: Walking to All Saints Waterfalls

With Spring knocking at the door here in Amsterdam, I can’t help but take a look back at my best Winter moment. Without a doubt, that moment belongs to my walk in the snow to the All Saints Waterfalls in the Black Forest back in December. Waterfall. Snow. Black Forrest. Germany. Need I say more? […]

Staying at Hoteltraube Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley

The Rhine Valley is without a doubt one of the prettiest regions in Germany, and Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of the cutest towns on the river. It wasn’t difficult to find a great, affordable hotel room. Enter Hoteltraube Rüdesheim. Location The location of Hoteltraube Rüdesheim couldn’t be better. The hotel is located right in […]

Visiting the Alternative Wolf and Bear Park in the Black Forest

I travelled to the Black Forest with my family just before Christmas. The number one thing I wanted to do was visit the Alternative Wolf and Bear Park. This isn’t your average animal park or zoo. The park is a sanctuary that offers a better life for bears, wolves, and lynx that have been rescued […]

My Munich Photo Diary

I travelled to Munich in July. It was my second visit to the capital of Bavaria, and the city was just as beautiful as I remembered it. With Oktoberfest in full swing and thousands of people flocking to Munich, I thought I’d share my favourite photographs of the city. Just wander around or catch a […]

Postcards from Abroad: Neuschwanstein Castle

Fairytale castle alert…quite literary! Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany inspired the Sleeping Beauty Castles in Disneyland and Disneyland Hong Kong. It was originally constructed as a personal refuge and retreat for the reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Where to stay and getting there You can easily find accommodation in Fussen, a small town in the […]

A sobering visit to Dachau Memorial

Munich is the heart and soul of Bavaria and the home of Octoberfest. However, reminders of the terror caused by the Nazi regime can be found everywhere in and around the city. To delve deeper into the dark history of World War II, I joined a New Europe tour to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. […]