Take the road less traveled on your next family trip to Germany. Explore some of the beautiful country’s more unique destinations, uncovering some rich history and folklore along the way.
Bring the famous story’s setting to life for you and the kids on a trip to Mühltal, Germany. In Mühltal reside the ruins of Castle Frankenstein, once inhabited by Johann Konrad Dippel in the late 1600s. The goings-on within Castle Frankenstein are believed to have inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as Dippel was known to be an eccentric scientist experimenting with human and animal cadavers in the 18th century.
The castle still stands with two towers intact and welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, chapel and restaurant. Add depth to the kids’ English homework and visit over winter break getting the full effect of the snow-covered architecture.
The incredible architecture of the Rakotzbrücke, also known as the Devil’s Bridge in Kromlau, Germany, is a sight to see. Commissioned in the 19th century by a knight in the town, the bridge was built with local stones in a high, delicate arch, forming the shape of a circle in the reflection in the water below. Explore Kromlauer Park with the family and take in the incredible natural beauty and lush green forests. Any historians in the family will enjoy the unique history of the bridge and the folklore surrounding its construction.
Rock climbers and hikers may know of The Bastei in Lohmen, Germany, but the average tourist may not. The Felsenburg Neurathen was built in the 11th century and for three centuries dominated the land until it burned down in 1484. All that remains now are the incredible natural stone towers and a stone bridge — built in the 1800s to accommodate visitors. The incredible natural views are unlike most in the country and actually account for Germany’s first landscape photography focal point. Snap a family picture with the rolling countryside in the background, or use the ancient architecture as your own unique backdrop.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Engaging children in a family road trip can be a challenge, so parents often concentrate on keeping backseat passengers amused with games and activities. These focus their attention inside the car instead of on the places you travel.