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Making Violins in Switzerland

Making Violins in Switzerland

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The wood. The history. The craft. Creating violin makers in Brienz, Switzerland. By Marilyn Heimburger The beautiful lakeside town of Brienz, Switzerland has long been known for its woodcarving tradition. The forests surrounding Lake Brienz have for centuries provided the raw materials with which Switzerland’s only wood carving school, founded in Brienz in 1884, continues […]

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Tracks Above the Clouds—The Brienz Rothorn Railway

Tracks Above the Clouds—The Brienz Rothorn Railway

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Steam trains have chugged along this picturesque route since 1892. By Don Heimburger Taking a train trip into the clouds won’t be so bad I thought, as I looked around the brightly-colored brown and yellow wooden rail station in Brienz, Switzerland, where patches of morning mist were starting to disappear. I rationalized by the time […]

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Furth— A Dragon’s Tale

Furth— A Dragon’s Tale

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year a tale about an epic battle between St. George and a dragon takes the stage and transforms this Bavarian town. By Marlene Fanta Shyer For 351 days of the year, a walk through Furth im Wald reveals a typical tranquil Bavarian scene as its nine thousand inhabitants go about the business of their […]

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“German Iowa and the Global Midwest” Exhibit

“German Iowa and the Global Midwest” Exhibit

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa will be hosting the University of Iowa Mobile Museum! Admission to the Mobile Museum is FREE while regular admission rates apply to the Center. Come learn about German immigration to Iowa and their impact on our state. One […]

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Destination Germany: Top 100 Attractions

Destination Germany: Top 100 Attractions

| October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

International visitors have selected their TOP 100 favorite attractions for 2016 Miniature Wonderland Hamburg tops the list of the 100 most popular attractions for international visitors to Germany. Heidelberg Castle and Old Quarter are in second place and Europa-Park in Rust, last year’s winner, takes third. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has been asking […]

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The Castle Road in SouthWest Germany Boasts Fabulous Fortresses and Palaces

The Castle Road in SouthWest Germany Boasts Fabulous Fortresses and Palaces

| October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Winding its way from Mannheim to Prague, the Castle Road links more than 90 formidable castles and splendid residences as one of the most well-known travel routes in Germany. In the portion of the road in SouthWest Germany, you will encounter world-renowned destinations including the baroque palace of Mannheim, the famous Heidelberg Castle, the Schwetzingen […]

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Delicious Regional Varieties Mark SouthWest Germany’s Two Scenic Wine Roads along with Charming Villages, Museums and Wine-Making Stops

Delicious Regional Varieties Mark SouthWest Germany’s Two Scenic Wine Roads along with Charming Villages, Museums and Wine-Making Stops

| October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The two wine regions in the state of Baden-Württemberg, or SouthWest Germany, are a pleasant surprise for travelers who may associate Germany with beer instead of wine. The wine history in SouthWest Germany dates back to the Roman times and the two large wine regions, Baden and Württemberg, are known for tasty staples, such as […]

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See Switzerland in One Hour!

See Switzerland in One Hour!

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

  You only have one hour to see Switzerland? Swissminiatur makes it possible. The family-run park near Lugano reproduced a miniature version of our country. It features 1:25 scale models of the 120 most famous buildings and monuments and a 11680-feet (3560-m) mini railway network. 18 trains wind their way on tracks, crossing bridges and […]

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Discover Your German Roots…In Bremerhaven

Discover Your German Roots…In Bremerhaven

| October 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

According to the 2000 Census, over 51 million Americans claim German heritage. A great way for visitors to trace their roots is offered at the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven, one of the most sophisticated interactive museums of its kind. The exhibition enables visitors to relive some of the journeys taken by more than seven […]

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36th Annual Maeystown Oktoberfest Set for Sunday, October 9

36th Annual Maeystown Oktoberfest Set for Sunday, October 9

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, October 9, the historic village of Maeystown, IL (pop. 157) will host its 36th annual Oktoberfest featuring arts, crafts, antiques and food from 9-4 on the grounds of the 1859 rock mill and museum. More than 60 arts, crafts, antique booths and food stands will be featured. Arts and crafts will include woodcarving, […]

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