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Wissembourg

Parent Category: MagazineCategory: TravelingPublished: Monday, 27 March 2017 12:32Written by Karin Stumph
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Located right on the French-German border is the picturesque town of Wissembourg. Wissembourg is only 45 miles away from Kaiserslautern or 75 miles away from Stuttgart.
Founded in the 7th century as an Abbey, the town had grown into a fortified city by the 13th century and is now a modern city with a rather big hospital complex and big wholesale places like the sparkling wine store.

The main street that takes you into the city will lead you along a beautiful drive along parts of the city’s outer walls and old watermills running into the many streams and canals that run through the town. There are plenty of dedicated parking spots in city center, and during the weekend parking may even be free, just check on the next ticket machine for prices and times.

Entering the old town is like getting out of a time machine; most of the buildings inside the city walls date back from the 11th to 17th centuries and are breathtaking. The charming old buildings with their crooked roofs and ancient timbers will take you back to a different place. Tucked in between the old houses are many side roads inviting you to explore.

The old town is built around many streams where little bridges and roads used to guide the horse carts and people to mills and storehouses.

The Abbey in the center of town should be on your “must see” places in Wissembourg and is absolutely stunning. Most of the old houses are outfitted with plaques that will tell you about the building in French, German and English. Many of them house stores and restaurants. For longer visits there are also several hotels located inside the city.

When we decided to visit Wissembourg last weekend, we actually were really lucky and came at an open shopping Sunday. When we hit town, we saw a little fair with rides and booths. Heading further into town I noticed that, to my delight, places like bakeries were stocked and selling wonderful treats. We strolled through the well visited streets and past busy bistros and cafes. One of the more impressive buildings is the Kugelhupf bakery; that we had to check out. Shelves of fresh croissants and pastries greeted us behind glass counters, and on the other side of the small sales area were glass counters with heaps of chocolates and pralines.

We also found a tiny antique shop that displayed some lovely old furniture and knick-knacks. The store also had several shelves with homemade soaps and scrubs.

Another place offered fresh cheeses, salami and wine. The aroma was overwhelming! We did lots of sampling and walked out of the store as proud owners of a large boar salami.

Most of the store owners did speak some English and German so it was not really an issue to communicate; people where friendly and made us feel very welcome.

If you head there during the week, be sure to check out the French grocery stores for some great food, or stop at the sparkling wine store “Caves de Wissembourg” to stock up for you next party. And instead of taking the car, they also have a train station; the walk to the old town is not too far.

We really enjoyed our day in Wissembourg and will be back for sure.

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Traveling to London on a Budget

Parent Category: MagazineCategory: TravelingPublished: Monday, 20 February 2017 12:45Written by Pia Barney
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As I've mentioned before, living in Germany makes traveling throughout Europe just a little bit easier and a lot more affordable. Ryanair almost always has cheap tickets to London Stansted from Frankfurt-Hahn or Baden-Baden, and neither of those airports are terribly far away from Stuttgart, Wiesbaden or Ramstein. Parking at the airport isn't super cheap, so it's always best to get a ride. However, since you probably saved a ton on the plane tickets, dishing out 50 Euro for parking (for a week) isn't all that bad. A friend of mine had an extra ticket to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last September, so I convinced my husband to let me plan a last minute, five day trip around the play (and on the cheap). The trip was a success, and so here are my tips for traveling to London this year!

First off, let me just say that you can find plane tickets to London for as low as 20 Euro round-trip if you go during the off season (Ryanair). The flight isn't terribly long either, and you can then catch a bus or a train into the city from London Stansted airport. I'd suggest buying your tickets for the bus or train online in advance, but it isn't too difficult to get them at the airport either. It's about a 45 minute trip. Personally, I'd recommend taking the train or the Stansted Express. Also, there is a money exchange at the airport that has a pretty good currency conversion rate. You can also use an ATM to withdraw British Pounds right away. 

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Schaffhausen

Parent Category: MagazineCategory: TravelingPublished: Monday, 13 February 2017 11:54Written by Uwe Warnack
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Schaffhausen is a beautiful city with a vault cellar right in the city center. Located right next to the train station starts the inner city of Schaffhausen. In addition to cusps, old buildings and their facades, the old facility Munot located right next to the Rhine Fall which offers a secret highlight.

The Rhine Fall isn't the only worth-while thing here. Schaffhausen itself is a very beautiful city with sights and some surprises! Cross one street directly from the train station and you're in the city center. Beautiful, well-preserved buildings, bay windows, and facades characterize the overall image of the city center. In addition to numerous shops, there are also a few restaurants, bars and cafes to unwind from the hustle and bustle.

Having arrived at the market square with its fountain, we leave the town center behind us and go to an old monastery where we can admire the freely-accessible courtyards. There you can enjoy the peace amongst the wealth of greenery and an herb garden. But don't stay too long - there's a great city to explore.

Situated on a hill is s the city's landmark, Munot. Dating back to the 16th century, it is a large, round building with a tower directly in the center of town. Nowadays it serves as a venue for theater performances and concerts. We now walk up the many steps through the vines, pass through the entrance gate and are overwhelmed. We would never have expected such a large vaulted cellar up here! Nine huge columns bear the vaulted cellar. Sunlight penetrates from above through the light shafts. The sight and the pleasant coolness in the summer lets us linger here longer. After a short breather, we head into the tower which includes the spiral-shaped path upwards without stairs. At the top is a large area with a small stage, seating, free drinking water from a tap, and even free toilets. All of this add to the magnificent view of Schaffhausen and the surrounding area.

We descend down the other side of the mountain. After crossing the castle moat and passing the Rosengarten to the right and a game trail to the left, we return to the city. At the train station, we finally take the bus and drive a few stops down to the Rhine Fall which should not be omitted!

Being limited on time, we realized Schaffhausen has so much to offer. A perfect starting point to experience Schaffhausen and the sights is the Arcona Living Hotel conveniently located right next to the train station.

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RHINE FALL SCHAFFHAUSEN

Parent Category: MagazineCategory: TravelingPublished: Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:56Written by Uwe Warnack
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Rhine Fall is a year-round, freely-accessible attraction; be sure to check opening hours, as they can change with the season.

Rhine Fall Schaffhausen opening hours and prices: http://www.rheinfall.ch/en

After the Rhine has left Lake Constance, it rushes through the heights of Schaffhausen with a loud noise and white spray over rugged rock faces down the edges. Platforms and ships transport delighted visitors by the masses to experience the largest waterfall in Europe.

How to Get There:

If you only visit is to Rhine fall, there is paid parking for you. But if you are already here, you should also visit Schaffhausen with its local sights and beautiful city center. If traveling into the city, we recommend to park right in the city right at the train station. The underground garage may cost more relative to where you are, but the Rhine Fall will only be minutes by bus or train. After a city stroll, you'll certainly be glad to have your car just around the corner - if only to drop off your shopping bags.

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CMT – Caravan- Motor und Tourism in Stuttgart 14.01.2017 till 22.01.2017

Parent Category: MagazineCategory: TravelingPublished: Monday, 16 January 2017 11:57Written by Uwe Warnack
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CMT, with more than 2,000 exhibitors, will be presenting holiday ideas, the most beautiful travel destinations from around the globe, and the largest novelty show for camping and caravanning. This is the right way to the start of the season,  and there will be a tourism entertainment program as well.  Special travel themes will be covered on their own during both weekends, topics include cycling, golf, wellness, cruise ships and culture.

A lot of newcomers ask themselves, what can I do during my free time here in Germany? What is there to do in my local area, and where can I spend my days off, my weekends, or go on vacation?  What are the most interessting things to do here in Germany? Well, 2 out of the 9 exhibition halls are designated to tourism here in Germany. Many of Germany's most famous cities and regions show their interesting travel destinations here—and there is something for everyone, like castles, monastaries, medieval cities, parks, and even wellness destinations. In one day you could discover many interesting future destinations. Most of the booths will also have information and programs  available to you in English.

Open Daily from 10:00 until 18:00.

Day pass

Adults older than 16  (incl. public transportation VVS)   online: 13,00 €

Reduced Day Pass

Students, Retirees, Handicapped, children 6 – 15 (incl. public transportation) online 10,00 €

Family Tickets

Max. 2 adults and their children up to the age of 15 (children under 6 are free) online 28,00 € (incl. public transportation VVS)

Tickets online: https://www.messeticketservice.de/shop/en/messe-karten.php?&m=748

A lot of newcomers are wondering what to do on our days off in in new sorroundings. What is there interesting to do on a day off, a weekend or even for a week of vacation. 2 of the 9 exhibion halls are designated to tourism in Germany. Cities and regions showing interesting travel destinations. There is something for everybody like castles, closterys, midevel cities. Parks and wellness destinations. One day can cover many interesting issues/destinations. Most of the booths have englsh information available.

Picture copyright Stuttgart Messe

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