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Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Our last day in Berlin, we took my husband’s mom to the Eastside Gallery. She’s an artist, so we figured she’d love the murals painted on old sections of the Berlin Wall. It’s another way Berliners have turned ugly history into something positive.

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Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

During the Cold War, people in West Berlin drew graffiti on their side of the wall, and when the wall came down, artists joined together to create an international memorial for freedom by painting murals on remaining parts of the wall. The Eastside Gallery is one of the world’s largest open air galleries, but it’s had its share of problems. Just this year a developer for luxury apartments destroyed part of the wall to begin construction despite protests, and every year the wall is further damaged by weather and vandalism.

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Auf dem Berch! (A German Beer Festival)

by Kimberley Davidson

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Photo courtesy Kimberley Davidson

Even though Oktoberfest has worldwide recognition, every town in Germany pretty much has their own own beer or wine festival. In Erlangen, the Bergkirchweih (Berg for short or Berch in Franconian), is an outdoor event that lasts for about two weeks.

If the weather is nice, it’s great to spend the evening outside, drinking beer and dancing on tables. That’s right. Conservative, standing and waiting for the green light to cross at 2 a.m., law-abiding, yelling at you for not following the rules Germans. All up on the benches, dancing to Schlager music and American oldies that my parents jam to… surfing USA… inside outside USA… (breaks into old school dance while singing song out loud).

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Disney’s Inspiration: Neuschwanstein Castle

by Kimberley Davidson

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Photo courtesy Kimberley Davidson

Have you ever heard of Neuschwanstein Castle aka the Sleeping Beauty castle? This lovely castle, approximately 1.5 hours south of Munich is arguably the most famous castle in Germany. It was also Walt Disney’s inspiration for creating Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I was eagerly awaiting this trip, especially with all the hype surrounding the castle.

We decided to go in the winter to avoid the crowds and sweltering heat, and thought it would be more picturesque. The only thing to remember is that Mary’s bridge is closed during the winter because it’s too dangerous. We saw people making their way past the sign and crossing the bridge, but I don’t regret missing this opportunity. Overall, going in the winter was the right decision. The fresh layer of snow added a romantic back up to the two castles. Did I not mention there’s another castle within walking distance?

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Take a Look: Day at the Berliner Dom

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

A while back we got a four-day weekend. Since it was our last four day during our time in Europe, we wondered how we should spend it. Somewhere exotic? Somewhere warm? Somewhere crazy?

And finally we just looked at each other and just knew. Let’s go to Berlin.

We had a fabulous weekend in Berlin, full of things I always meant to do but never actually did.

Top of the list? The Berliner Dom!

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Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

It was chilly, but we bundled up and headed over to the Berliner Dom to check it off our list.

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Germany on a Shoe String: Travel Tips

by Ailie Hansen

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Photo copyright dpa

What is the best way to travel? It’s something most people ask themselves before going away, then again some people don’t. Speaking from experience blindly pointing your finger at a map and getting someone else to organise everything also works well. There is even a website called “German Wings Blind Booking”, that will give you an inexpensive ticket to a magical surprise destination; this too is brilliant.

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Stolperstein: History on the Pavement

by Shannon Miller

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Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

I remember the first time I saw a Stolperstein, or “Stumble Stone” during my first trip to Berlin. As my German friend led me around the city on a chilly tour of the sights, he stopped in front of this small brass square and explained its significance. A sober reminder of dark days in human history.

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Stolperstein is the name given to these small memorials to victims of the Holocaust. While most of them commemorate Jewish victims, they can really be for anyone victimized by the Nazis–gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists, etc. Though most of the stones record the person’s date and place of death, we did see a few that noted they survived the Holocaust. Some had only question marks after the name.

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Take a Look: Meet Regensburg

by Shannon Miller

Since a visiting friend had never been to Europe before, I thought we’d start her off with Regensburg. It’s beautiful, it’s smallish, and it’s very walkable. It was a great day :)  You can read more about Shannon’s adventures in Germany and beyond on Beginnings in Bayern.

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I just love getting lost in this city. Everything is so pretty!

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