These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany


These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany

 

Every year millions of tourists flock to big cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But for anyone seeking something a little more picturesque and authentic, here are 15 of the most romantic towns and small cities in Germany.

By: Anja Samy/The Local Germany

 

1. Bamberg (nearest city – Nuremberg)

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Like Rome, this small and enchanting city is  built on seven hills and its historic architecture earned it a listing as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site Aside from a huge number of medieval half-timbered houses, some of the most beautiful buildings include the late Romanesque/early gothic  Imperial Cathedral, St Michael’s Monastery and Alterburg Castle.   But what Bamberg is most famous for is its unique old town hall, situated in the middle of a bridge.

The Regnitz river splits in the center of the city creating the “Island District”  which has a pedestrian zone full of boutique shops and restaurants. You can even take a romantic gondola ride along the waterways past the former fishing settlement, known as ‘Little Venice’. After that, why not sample some of the region’s famous smoked beer at one of Bamberg’s many breweries. Finally, for a panoramic view of the area, you can’t beat the terrace at Altenburg Castle, which sits on the highest hill in the city.

2. Monschau (nearest city – Aachen)

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This picturesque medieval town with a winding river, overlooked by a castle, is ideal for a romantic trip. Monschau is a great destination any time of the year. In the summer all the restaurants have outdoor seating along the cobbled streets and every August Monschau holds an open-air music festival ,while in winter the town is home to an idyllic Christmas market .

Situated next to the Eifel National Park  on the border to Belgium, Monschau is the perfect place for nature lovers, with a large number of hiking trails around the nearby hills. The town is also home to a glassworks , which holds daily demonstrations and has an adjoining market space complete with an indoor stream.

3. Meissen (nearest city – Dresden)

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Meissen, situated on the Elbe river, is first and foremost the birthplace of European porcelain  and the items manufactured there are distinguished by two crossed blue swords. But even those who aren’t interested in the renowned Meissen ‘white gold’ will not be short of things to do.

The town is the oldest in Saxony and is considered by some to resemble Prague due to its red roofs. The gothic cathedral and adjoining 16th century castle dominate the skyline and give impressive views of the Elbe valley. Sachsen is the easternmost wine growing region in Germany, and Meissen produces mostly whites which tend to be on the dryer side. Aside from their September wine festival, throughout the year the town also hosts several art, music and culture festivals.

4. Heidelberg (nearest city – Mannheim)

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Heidelberg survived the Second World War unscathed, meaning that its rich architectural history was kept intact, including its iconic castle ruins on the hill above, which are visible from all over the city. Heidelberg is also known as the centre of German 18th century Romanticism  as many influential writers such as Clemens Brentano resided there. The Altstadt is full of baroque charm and hosts a magical Christmas market with its own little forest.

Another icon of Heidelberg is the arched bridge which crosses the Neckar river. Down by the river at the Neckarwiese, you can rent boats or simply enjoy a drink with a view of the vineyards lining the valley. For a spectacular view of the area, take a romantic walk up the Philosophers Weg.  You could also take a ride on the Bergbahn, meaning ‘mountain train’, up to the Molenkur,  a small Schloss which is the perfect starting point for hikes around the area.

5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber (nearest city – Nuremberg)

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the star attraction of the famous Romantic Road , a route which passes through some of the most beautiful towns in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. It can get pretty busy, with almost 2.5 million vistors a year , but it’s not hard to see why. The mediveal walled town is truly something out of a fairytale.

Not only did the town inspire imagery in the Disney animation Pinocchio , it was also the filming location  for a very short scene involving Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and setting for the town of  Vulgaria in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Aside from the romantic cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings, one of the main draws is the year-round Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop , known as the Weihnachtsdorf, meaning ‘Christmas village’.

6. Dinkelsbuehl (nearest cities – Stuttgart and Nuremberg)

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Dinkelsbühl is a Romantic Road walled city but comes with the added benefit of being slightly less touristy than other similar towns in Bavaria. Built in the 8th century and surrounded by a few fortified walls, it is essentially Rothenburg’s little sister.

The town has an interesting history as it accepted both Catholics and Protestants during the reformation. Good ways to spend your day in Dinkelsbühl include visiting the shops and cafes around the Weinmarkt  or admiring the town’s quaint architecture.

7.  Lindau (nearest cities – Stuttgart and Munich)

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Lindau is a city on the banks of the Bodensee, the largest lake in Germany. Situated on the border between Germany and Austria, the town has spectacular views of the surrounding Alps across the aquamarine waters.

While much of the city is situated on the mainland, the Hintere Insel, meaning ‘back island’, is a unique and almost completely isolated district. In the summer it is the perfect location for swimming, paddleboarding and boat trips, and in the winter it is an incredibly beautiful place to visit, especially when there’s snow on the many red rooves of the town and (if you’re lucky) part of the lake freezes.

8. Trier (nearest cities – Frankfurt and Bonn)

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Trier is the oldest city in Germany, having celebrated its 2,025th birthday in 2009 and is, therefore, a great romantic destination for history buffs. This incredible history can be seen in the large number of Roman and medieval structures which still stand there today, and Trier is naturally a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town is known as the “Rome of the North”  and sites to see include the Roman gate, the imperial baths, the amphitheater and the 4th-century basilica, all of which are within easy walking distance of the center.

Trier is situated not far from Luxembourg, on the Moselle river. Not only does it have a rich Roman history but the town is also home to Germany’s oldest gothic church and happens to be the birthplace of Karl Mark  whose childhood house is open to visitors as a memorial museam.

9. Cochem (closest city – Bonn)

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Also situated on the Mosel river is Cochem. The town is overlooked by a majestic 11th-century castle which towers 100m above the river and is open to visitors daily.

It is the perfect stop on a river cruise and the town is surrounded by greenery, with forests, hills and, of course, vineyards. The area is known for the “queen of the white vines,” Riesling , and visitors to the area can even take a guided hike through the vineyards, stopping for breaks and wine tasting.

10. Quedlinburg (nearest city – Hannover)

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Quedlinburg is a tiny town north of the Harz mountains and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Undamaged by war, the renaissance town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with cobbled streets, red roofs and half-timbered houses. In 2019 the town celebrates 1,100 years since King Heinrich I was crowned the first King of Germany as a single entity in 919 A.D – Heinrich was buried in Quedlinburg.

The town has a unique political history ,as it was a semi-independent state ruled by aristocratic women for 800 years until Napoleon invaded. The Abesses resided in the impressive Burgberg, meaning ‘castle mountain’, situated on the limestone hill above the town.

11. Goslar (nearest city – Hannover)

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Also located in the foothills of the Harz mountains, Goslar is a great base for exploring the Harz national park. The town was officially founded in 922AD, but is thought to have been settled since pre-Roman times. Goslar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it’s historic mine, town gates and Imperial Palace.

Thanks to deposits of silver and copper ore at the Rammelberg mine near the town, it was one of the wealthiest trade hubs in the Middle Ages. The main square, which is home to a beautiful Christmas market, has a unique striped cobblestone design radiating from the center.

12. Görlitz (nearest city – Dresden)

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Recently named the best filming location in Europe, Germany’s most eastern city, Grand Budapest Hotel , were shot across various locations in the city, as well as world-renowned films such as ‘The Reader’, ‘Monuments Men’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’.

The city is home to around 3,500 monuments spanning 500 years from renaissance to art nouveau. It is split by the Lusitzer Niesse river into a German district and a Polish district, called Zgorzelec. This mix of cultures alongside the rich history makes it a fascinating city to wander through.

13. Baden Baden (nearest city – Stuttgart)

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Germany’s most fashionable spa town is the perfect place for a romantic weekend. The town is located in the Black Forrest national park it’s a great base for hikers and nature lovers. But the main draw is, of course, the many thermal spas. These are fed by the natural mineral springs around the area which supposedly possess healing properties.

Once you’ve had your fill of the spa, head into the town to wander around the belle epoque style buildings, shop in some boutiques and visit the galleries and museums on the art and culture mile.

14. Lübeck (nearest city – Hamburg)

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Lübeck is a hidden jewel in the north of the country. Situated on the Baltic Sea coast it was the Capital of the Hanseatic League from the 12th to the 17th century. It was heavily bombed during the war but much of the unique architecture survived or was reconstructed, earning it a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Lübeck’s Altstadt  is characterised by impressive brink gothic  buildings, church spires and city gates. Aside from its architecture, Lübeck also prides itself on its martzipan , and you can enjoy a large number of products based on this sweet treat in cafes, sweet shops and bakeries around the city.

15. Freiburg (nearest city- Stuttgart)

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Freiburg is one of Germany’s warmest and sunniest cities, getting on average 1,700 hours of sunshine a year. It lies close to the French and Swiss borders on the edge of the Black Forest and the Altstadt is full of pretty gabled houses. The city became prosperous due to silver mining  and is also home to one Germany oldest universities,

For an excellent view of the city, a good place to sit is the beer garden on the Schlossberg  Around the city, you’re likely to stumble across streams known as  ‘Bachle ‘which run through the streets, but luckily if you do fall in one, they are not usually more than a foot wide and a few centimeters deep. The city’s sunny weather makes it a great place to visit year round, as in summer Freiburg hosts a wine festival  and in the winter there is, of course, a lovely Christmas market.

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Nasty, just Nasty!


I’m hungry,”El Paso 306 miles”, a comfy bed is six hours awaits me in this border town.  This is the desert.   Oh look, another tumbleweed.  I don’t want to stop, I just wanna go to bed.   My food options off the Interstate, was  fried, fried and fried.  I chose a familiar chain, the girl on the speaker was a bit huffy.    Ahead of me is a light blue Ford F-150, the occupants are having a very animated conversation.

Money was exchanged, drinks and bags were passed.  The brake lights went off and then abruptly came on,  more animation.  A problem with the fries, the man was handing them back and was waived off by a large girl with a black Mohawk.  The F-150 pulled away.  I rolled my window down, the winds of Montezuma rushed through the window of the drive through into my car, caused my head to recoil.  The stinky air from the restaurant is now contaminating my car.  I turn off the AC and roll down all the windows.

The girl with the Mohawk, said 7.41.  I handed her 10.    The girl was dirty.!  She wasn’t in uniform, she was wearing  blue striped overalls, and a shirt that someone from a auto repair shop might wear.    There were a collection of stain on the overalls. When she reached for the money. I could see her mails, they were filthy .  What the fuck?  Who would buy anything here?  Oh I would!  I just gave her money, when I should have just kept driving from the moment she opened that filthy ass window.

In my mind, I said to myself, the big girl wont be handling the food.   Then another girl appeared,  they were sharing a laugh.  The other girl sneezed and wiped her nose on her sleeve and then wiped her nose again on the front of her hand.   OMG Fucking Gross!

My drink, ,followed by the food through the window.  Oh my gawd, the air coming through the window smells soooo bad!!! .    The two girls are disgusting AND I’m starving!   I’m slowly driving through the parking lot, saying to myself, well the heat will kill the germs. (My mother used to say that)      But I cant do it.  For a brief moment, I considered taking it back, but what I am I going to say.  Y’all nasty!  I want my money back!     I didn’t  want to risk reaching into my bag and pulling out a fry, so I dumped every thing in a nearby bin.

Back on the Interstate, windows down.  Still  Starving, another drive through.  Nope, not gonna do it.   I park my car.  I step into the restaurant. and wait for the smell.  So far so good.  A few people are ahead of me..   I peer into the kitchen, every one is clean,  floor is clean, counters clean.  A young kid takes my order,  nails clean, uniform stain free.

Can I have bacon on my burger?

CityFella

merry STUPID christmas (self inflected wounds)


 

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Its 2018, another year filled with stupid adults who shouldn’t leave their homes without professional supervision.

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Despite all the warnings, every year shoppers fill the cars with gifts and return to the mall to shop.  Once their shopping is completed they return to an empty car with a broken window.   At an Sacramento area mall yesterday.  The victim thought the security camera would protect their belongings.  His wife, wants the mall to replace the items since the crime happen on their property.   Many of the victims will not take responsibility for their stupidly. These crimes will happen in all the best neighborhoods, shopping malls, hotels, parking garages and airports this weekend. With Common Sense missing in action.

Stupid on Parade 

Why brave the crowds at the malls, when people make it so easy for thieves to simply break a window. Everyone at their (the thieves) home will be genuinely surprised at Christmas.

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They broke into my car?  I was just gone a minute!  Yes, I left my purse on the front seat, but I locked the door.  I’m not totally stupid! 

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I think we packed everything, my Camera his meds.  Were so excited we haven’t seen our children in months.   Everything is packed and on the porch so we’ll be ready in the morning.

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I left my car running, I always do  I was just running into the store for some cigs.  Someone just took my car!!!   Its Fucking Christmas, who does that? 

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“This is Ridiculous” (all these people)

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We missed out flight. It wasn’t my fault, NOT ONE PERSON would let our family go ahead of them! 

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We told the hotel,we would arrive at 8:07 where are they?

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Do you mind, if I go in front of you?

I only have two items…….

My family are on their way and I have no food at home….

I have a fear of crowds……

My elderly parents are in the car…………

I just can’t wait in this crazy ass long line….

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There is room over there, to the right, My RIGHT DAMMIT!!!  

This is Crazy, all these people!  

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Be smart this Christmas

CityFella

Italy: Beautiful seaside towns where tourists don’t tread


Santa Cesarea Terme on Puglia’s Adriatic coast boasts great beaches, explorable sea caves and naturally occurring hot springs.

        The seaside town of Sperlonga in south Lazio has been the getaway of choice for those in the know since antiquity. It’s easy to see why.

The resort of Stintino in northern Sardinia is an enchanting old fishing village home to some of the island’s best sandy beaches.

Termoli on Molise’s beautiful Adriatic coast is practically unknown outside Italy and a great place to go to avoid tourists!

Facing the Tyrrhenian Sea on the coast of Calabria the town of Tropea boasts, sun, sea, sand and everybody’s favourite spicy sausage – ‘Nduja!

The colorful town of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Ligurian riviera is the perfect place to spend a few peaceful days.

The stunning town of Bordighera on the Ligurian coast is where the Maritime Alps plunge into the sea.
The picture-postcard town of Cefalù in Sicily is home to unique Arab-Norman architecture, azzure waters and golden beaches.
The resting place of Renaissance master Caravaggio, Porto Ercole, on the southern coast of Tuscany offers secluded beaches and pristine waters.
The little-known town of Numana on the Adriatic coast of Marche is perfect for those seeking sea air and tranquility.
From The Local/Italy

Sacramento to LA for $15 bucks? Say Hello to the FlixBus


Bus Wars? 

A few years ago an Bus alternative to Greyhound entered the Sacramento market,  Megabus with fares as low as $1.00 to Reno and San Francisco.   The San Francisco leg is extremely popular.  Giving Sacramentians a lower cost option for communters to the city.        Last January, the company discontinued its Reno-Sparks route.

 

A new player is entering the market. German-based bus carrier FlixBus announced new destinations in California on Thursday, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Oakland and San Jose.

 

Trips from Sacramento to Los Angeles are as low as $14.99. Some are $19.99. Trips the other way are at $19.99. Trips to San Francisco are just $4.99.   They offer a route from L.A to Vegas for $7.00.   Unlike,Megabus Flexbus will offer snacks on some of it’s routes.

Update: Fares for Thursday and Friday are closer to $40.

FlixBus, which began in Germany, expanded to the United States in May of this year and plans to a major player in Transpotation in United States.  They plan to open in Stockton, Modesto, Merced  Fresno.and Reno.

Buses are coming back, But think Amazon.  No brick and morter stations.  Booking and paying online.  Book in advance and save?  There  prices are much lower on average than Greyhound and considerabley lower than the train.   They offer Free WiFi and charging stations.    Millennials seem to be the primary customer base .

The buses will be a true low cost alterative to the airlines.  Megabus makes one stop between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.  Traveltime between Northern Cailfornia and Southern Cailfornia will be six to seven hours compared to a one hour flight.    However once you factor, arrival time, security, travel time to the central city. (if your renting a car at LAX add an additional hour) the time difference is four hours.

I’ve expericed the MegaBus and loved it

From New Orleans to Austin Texas

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2012/09/29/southern-travels-lovin-da-megabus-new-orleans-to-austin/

Nyc to Provience Rhode Island

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2014/11/30/megabus-in-pictures-new-york-city/

http://www.flixbus.com

https://us.megabus.com/

They say what’s old become new again and Buses are back!

 

CityFella

 

How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after seeing Paris,Texas


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How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm After they‘ve seen Paree was a popular song after World War 1.

With a many of the soldiers living in rural areas there was a concern that some wouldn’t want to return to life on the farm after seeing Paris.

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One hundred miles northeast of Dallas lies Paris Texas, a small city of 25,000. It was once a major Railroad Hub with seven rail companies .

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In 97, Kevin Heubusch book “The New Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities”, he said Paris was the best small town in Texas.

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The city has quite a history. It was destroyed by fire several times.(that’s more than once👀)

It has a very contentious history with its black community.

St. Paul Baptist Church – Founded in 1867 by former slave Elijah Barnes, it was among independent black Baptist congregations which freedmen quickly set up after the Civil War. Most of them left the Southern Baptist Convention, creating their own associations. This is registered at the state and federal level as the second-oldest African-American Baptist church in the state.

There are many local attractions in around Paris. If your visiting the Dallas area , Paris might a good one day trip. And at the end of the day you CAN SAY, (wait for it)

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve been to Paris.

CityFella

$49 to Denver or Las Vegas “Frontier Airlines Returns to Sacramento International”


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Killer Diller Low Airfares are coming to Sacramentio

After a five year absence Frontier Airlines is returning to Sacramento International August 1.   With four week daily flights to Denver and Las Vegas beginning August 12th.

When Frontier left Sacramento, they were a discount Airline, similar to Southwest.

What is returning is a different airline an “Ultra Discount Carrier”  their fares are almost much lower than Southwest. The trade off is. Everything thing else is extra and they can add up quickly. Bring any backpack or carry on is $30. If you don’t prepay there could be a five to ten dollar surcharge. In fact you may find surcharges on anything isn’t paid for in advance.

Learning Curve

Most people aren’t prepared for Spirit or Frontier. That’s why they along with Allegiant have the most customers complaints of nearly all the  other Airlines. Prepare yourself for non reclining hard seats. With small tray tables. If you over 5 10 Its gonna be tight. If you are a wide body. It could be complete agony as the seats are smaller. Frontier is bare bones. Its gonna be crowded and uncomfortable. However if you pack light and prepare yourself for angry co passengers. The low, low, low fares might be worth it.  I know someone who flys Frontier exclusively.  She understands the culture and takes advantage of the airlines super low prices.      

This was my expericece in 2016 Click the Link Below for the full story.

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/05/04/11-day-3300-mile-super-road-trip/

Frontier is based in Denver, from Denver you can fly nearly anywhere in the country.

$49.00 to Denver or Las Vegas?  Sacramento says hello!

CityFella