Montag, 18. Dezember 2017

Rüdesheim Christmas Market

A couple of days ago, we visited the Christmas Market in Rüdesheim, our first big outing as a family of four. It was a cold, gloomy day, but we still had a lot of fun - Rüdesheim is very beautiful:

Interesting, though kind of creepy was our visit to the Torture Museum. The use of bloody display dummies made the experience way to real for my taste ...

After the museum, we headed to the railway. Santa was there, too 😉

The railway took us to the huge Niederwalddenkmal monument, which was constructed to commemorate the founding of the German Empire in 1871.

After our round trip and some hot soup, we headed home, happy and completely exhausted ...

Mittwoch, 12. Juli 2017

Time to move on

Time to say goodbye to Rottenburg, a small town near Tübingen, where I spent almost ten years of my life being a student and a young mom. Next destination: WIESBADEN!

Sonntag, 4. Juni 2017

Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber... again!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a small town in Bavaria, has a spell on me - I have been here several times and keep coming back for more. Not sure why - maybe it´s the good mix of the authentic medieval atmosphere and the touristic attraction. I just love getting lost in the streets among all the American and Japanese tourists!

View from the medieval town wall:

View from the tower of the town hall:

Shopping for toys and Christmas decorations all year round:

The western town gate from the 12th century:

Amazing details everywhere: 

On the left side of this street (Klingengasse 15) is one of my favourite sushi restaurants of all times, LOUVRE.

And, of course, the kind of creepy but fascinating Medieval Crime and Justice Museum with a big selection of original torture instruments, like this ducking stool:

So, in my opinion, worth a visit - or two...

Sonntag, 30. Oktober 2016

All that pumpkins!

Nothing screams more fall to me than big orange pumpkins. So than I heard about the Ludwigsburg pumpkin festival, I just had to go - you can visit the festival until the 6th November, too.

Sonntag, 4. September 2016

Visiting Basel

First time in Switzerland! Basel was a great idea. First thing to see was the Minster. It has two cloisters, this is the small one: 

Just behind the building is a platform with a great view over the Rhine. Did you know people actually swim in here, despite the HUGE cargo ships passing by?

The colorful flags on the rope belong to one of the four Rhine ferry boats, which will bring you to the other side of the river for just a couple of francs.

Next stop is the middle bridge with its small chapel decorated by a bunch of locks by amorous couples. Do they know this place was used in the Middle Ages to execute unfaithful spouses? They were just thrown into the Rhine ...

Inner court of the City Hall:

My little son loved the fountain  made by the artist Jean Tinguely. He also enjoyed visiting the Museum Tinguely, which was a lot of fun for me also.

Very interessting was a visit to the Basel Paper Mill, which is a museum with workshops where you can create your own handmade paper and try out original stamping machines. We were stamping like there is no tomorrow!

Last but not least, the heraldic animal of Basel is a basilisk, a mythical mixture of a dragon, a snake and a rooster - a real rooster was condemned to death in the 15th century, because people believed that he (!) layed egg, which could contain an actual basilisk ... which was burned for safety reasons.