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German City Series: the Lake Constance Towns

Germany's Lake Constance Towns | Friedrichshafen • Konstanz • Lindau • Mainau Island • Meersburg • Uhldingen-Mühlhofen

On the southern border of Germany you will find Lake Constance, also called Bodensee. It borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria and is the largest drinking water storage in Europe. More than 20 different municipalities extract the water of Lake Constance, which supplies about four million people with drinking water.

It has been on our must-see list for quite a while and even after spending 4 days there, we still feel that there is much more to see and explore. This month we will show you our highlights from our recent trip.

Upcoming Posts Featuring Lake Constance:
• History • Meersburg Castle is one of Germany’s oldest castles with more than 30 rooms to explore. Right next to it is the summer residence Neues Schloss with perfect views of shimmering Lake Constance
• Landmark • The seaside resort town of Lindau is so charming we spent all day there.
• Architecture • The architecture in the stunning cathedral of Konstanz, Muenster Unserer Lieben Frau.
• Museum • We go up in the air at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, and later explore early settlements at the Pile Dwelling Museum in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen.
• Nature • We take the ferry over to Mainau Island, also called the island of flowers. A must-see if you are going to Lake Constance.

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German City Series: Stuttgart & Ludwigsburg

Introduction to this month's city feature: Stuttgart, Germany and neighboring Ludwigsburg

This month we will take a look at two cities within close proximity of each other: Stuttgart with its automobile history and Ludwigsburg, home to Dukes and Duchesses for many years. The word Stuttgart comes from their long history of breeding cavalry horses, with the Old German name Stuotengarten, which was an estate for horse-breeding (english: stud yard). Stuttgart actually derives from Stud Yard and to this day the coat of arms shows a horse.

Stuttgart, Germany Coat of Arms

Just 7 miles north of Stuttgart lies the town of Ludwigsburg, named after Duke Eberhard Ludwig, who built the Versailles-inspired Residenzschloss (Ludwigsburg Palace) in the center of town. While Versailles in France has over 700 rooms, there are “only” 450 rooms in the Ludwigsburg palace. Not bad for a baroque home!

Upcoming Posts Featuring Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg

• Relax • The Wilhelma Zoo gives you the peace and serenity you need after a full day of sightseeing
• Culture • Modern Art in an even more modern building at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

For the fairy tale fans:
• A Baroque Dream • Let’s take a look at some of the glitzy 450 rooms of Ludwigsburg Palace
• Hunting Heaven • Where to go during the hot summer days or day-long hunting sessions? Over to Schloss Favorite!
• Daydream Away • We surely did in the stunning gardens of Bluehendes Barock

Car geeks will love this town:
• History Throwback • We walk through the history of the first automobile and the history of Germany combined at the Mercedes-Benz Museum
• Road Trip • We actually spend a whole day with Porsche, visiting the museum, factory and taking a Porsche out for a drive through the back roads of Stuttgart

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German City Series: Trier

Trier, Germany • Inside Porta Nigra the former Roman city gate
Next to the Moselle River lies Trier, Germany’s oldest city. It was founded as a Roman colony in 16 B.C. and to this day you can still see numerous Roman ruins throughout the city. Trier was even called “The Second Rome” by Roman emperors, and this month we will show you why they loved this city so much.

Upcoming Posts Featuring Trier
• History • Let's get clean first: We will take you to the Imperial Roman Baths, a state-of-the-art spa built over 1600 years ago
• Birds' Eye View • Atop the Black Gate (Porta Nigra), you can enjoy the views of Trier and we tell you why the gate is black
• Museum • Weapons, jewelry and many coins: We take a look at the Rhineland Museum
• City Market • Exploring the Main Market of Trier, the Roman downtown
• Castle •
33 generations in one castle: We drive over to Burg Eltz, just an hour outside of Trier

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German City Series: Büdingen

Monthly Featured German City: Medieval Gate in Büdingen | Buedingen

A small town with about 20,000 inhabitants, a city wall and half-timbered houses...

Sounds like many other German towns, what makes Büdingen special?

Albert Einstein probably pondered that question when he visited the castle museum incognito in 1952. Büdingen is a very well-preserved medieval town with its church being built in the year 700, right in the middle of a swamp valley. This month we will go into depth about the history and folklore of Büdingen, and share our favorite parts of the town from our own experiences.

Upcoming Posts Featuring Büdingen

• MuseumTake a step back with us to the 1950’s Germany

• Fairy TaleFind out more about the Frog Story and how the people of Büdingen got their nickname “Frääsch”“Frääsch”

• LandmarkThe Jerusalem Gate is the only town gate of Büdingen that survived the signs of time

• HistoryWe venture inside the Castle of Büdingen.

• ArchitectureTake a walk around the Old town to fall in love with Büdingen

Bonus Resource

Watch Take a drone flight over Büdingen

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