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It’s Christmas Year-Round in Germany’s Ore Mountains

It’s a balmy August afternoon, but to look at almost any shop window in the German town of Annaberg-Buchholz you’d be sure it was mid-December. Brightly painted nutcrackers march in rows, rosy-cheeked angels hold candles and jolly Santas hang from evergreen boughs. Little wooden elves are everywhere, making toys, baking cakes, wrapping presents; tiny angels […]

One City Six Ways: Stuttgart

The historic city of Stuttgart serves as the capital of Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg. Car enthusiasts know it as the home of the Porsche Museum and the Mercedes-Benz Museum, but you don’t have to be a motoring aficionado to enjoy this beautiful destination. Tip: Like many places in Germany, museums are closed on Mondays, so […]

Pilgrimage Tours Give Old-Time Religion New Light

Pilgrims aren’t just the folks who came over on the Mayflower in funny shoes and hats — no matter what your persuasion, holy journeys known as pilgrimages around the world are still the ultimate way to honor one’s heritage or just reflect on the intersection of history and spirituality. In Mexico, you can witness the […]

A Mid-Summer Weekend’s Dream for the Whole Family

More than 50 years after the Beatles built the foundation of their musical legacy in clubs of Hamburg, Germany, it remains an essential pilgrimage stop for music fans. However, like other major German cities, the city is packed with museums, historic sites and cultural spots tailor-made for visitors of all ages. And then there are statistics showing […]

Toying Around With the Family: World’s Toy Museums

Germany Those iconic images of Christmas market stalls with carols and snow softly falling aren’t all fantasy — Germany was world-renowned for toy-making until mass production came into play. Today you can admire the handiwork in several parts of the country, including Nuremberg, where the Toy Museum in the heart of Old Town features traditional […]

Easter Celebrations Around the World

Colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and Easter baskets — these are the foundation of many an Easter memory for those who grew up celebrating the holiday. While not every culture and country celebrates Easter, there are plenty of places around the world where you can enjoy the festivities even when you and your family […]