Germany Off The Beaten Path

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Germany Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Berlin

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    A park I always try to go to is Schlosspark Buch. It's north of Berlin on the edge of B-zone, if you go by S-Bahn S2. You can enter the park just outside the station and immediatly it's like you are in another world. Big old trees makes almost everything lie in a shadow. Ivy climbs on many trees, small streams and a few ponds with ducks. It's a...

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  • Dachau and Dachau Concentration camp

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    On a cold December morning we took the train to Dachau, small boring german town 20km NW of Munich. I guess noone would ever know about this old medieval town if it wasn’t the area where the Nazis built the infamous Dachau concentration camp in 1933 (the first one actually, and used as a prototype for many others that follow). Konzentrationslager...

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  • Outside Hamburg

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    Hamburg is the major city in the north of Germany but there are plenty of other interesting places to visit in this region. Try Bremen, Lubeck or Kiel which are all within easy reach by bus or train. Northern Germany has similar features to that of the Netherlands with its canals.

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  • Kaiserswerth

    Düsseldorf Off The Beaten Path

    This old stretcher is quite different to those we know by watching 'Emergency Room' on TV. It was used in 1850 in Diakonissenanstalt Kaiserswerth on the Rhine. I wonder about the cover on top. Was it used in general or only for expired / passed away Patients? I found this stretcher in the entrance of the nursing directorate / PDL...

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  • Zoos and Parks

    Frankfurt am Main Off The Beaten Path

    If you are into Parks, you can go to the Palmengarten and spent the day walking through beautiful gardens. I went in summer and there were lots of flowers and a nice atmosphere to walk, read and relax. Also you can check in their website if they have any activity, when I went by there was a Jazz concert to enjoy!!!

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  • Around Stuttgart

    Stuttgart Off The Beaten Path

    hallo, i live in Germany for a half year and i've been in most of the places in Baden Wurtemberg by now. And i take all my friends who come here just for a weekend to Esslingen. Esslingen is a small town very close to Stuttgart and has it all- the beatiful old city with a Rathaus, a castle on the hill, from where you can see all the area, small...

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  • Schloss Pillnitz

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    I do hope you have time to visit the largest castle complex in Europe built in the Baroque style of Chinoiserie. This is a Chinese form of art and is found inside and outside the Palace. The buildings and the gardens have a Chinese influence too! Elector Augustus the Strong bought the property in 1706 as a gift for his love, "Countess Cosel" then...

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  • Hidden Architectural Gems

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    From my room I had a perfect view of the area north of old town that was developed in the late 19th century. In the centre of this area is the Nordplatz, a beautiful square which is dominated by St. Michaelis church. The church was built 1901 - 05 in a mix of historic styles. Since it was November when I visited I couldn't go inside but the church...

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  • Bingen

    Mainz Off The Beaten Path

    Bingen is about 1 hr by train from Mainz. Easily accessible from Bahnhof . Recommended to visit the town as the best way to understand the lower rhine culture is to visit the towns outside of the cities. Nice friendly people there. Great view of the Rhine and some ruins including the castle in the middle of the town.

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  • Expo Memories

    Hannover Off The Beaten Path

    Mongolia represented itself with a Jurt village. These are big round tents. I entered one and found a photographer and a rack full of Mongolian clothes. There was nobody around save the photographer and a few other Mongolians. I paid 5 DM and got into a costume to be photographed. My friends came in after me and decided to do the same. By the...

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  • Museums

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    There is no particular connection between the Ramones and Berlin, so no apparent reason for there to be a museum dedicated to them here, and no particular reason maybe to visit it, unless you are either a big fan of the band or of quirky museums founded on the passion of an individual. We rather like the latter, and Chris in particular likes the...

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  • Starnberger See - Lake Starnberg

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    Both are close to each other and have some unique sites around the lakes. They are about 25 miles SW of Munich and a lot of locals go her eon weekends. There are a number of little towns/villages around the lakes, and also one museum of note; the Buckheim, which is contemporary art for its art sake. Andechs Monastery was a big disappointment in...

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  • Blankenese

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    Blankenese is a small village in the outskirts of Hamburg and it is well known for lovely villas facing the river Elbe. Rich and wealthy people build their regular residence or summerhouses there. You may get to Blanenese easily by S1 and may walk downhill from the train-station to the river Elbe, where you will see the most beautiful villas along...

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  • Outside Düsseldorf

    Düsseldorf Off The Beaten Path

    Mettmann is a small town in the "Bergisches Land". It's the town I work in and I normally just see the same spots here ("our" villa and the local supermarket) but there's also a lovely Market Square with a big church surrounded by cute slate buildings here. The name Mettmann is a bit funny actually as the translation would be "Mince Meat Man"....

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  • Skyscrapers

    Frankfurt am Main Off The Beaten Path

    Here's part of the Frankfurt skyline from an unusual vantage point, namely from the Emser Bridge going over and through the grounds of the Frankfurt Trade Fair. Since an airplane has recently flown past, it looks as though the Messeturm is a huge pencil that has just drawn a long white line across the sky. Other tall buildings from left to right:...

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  • Outside Stuttgart

    Stuttgart Off The Beaten Path

    We could see this big thing on top of a hill that looked like a castle or fortress. So we decided to drive up there. It's a big fortress with a beer garden inside. There are events there all the time. There was a bird exhibit and live music when we were there. It's quite the walk up to it so be ready for that. Great view too.There's a fancy...

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  • Saxonian Switzerland

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    This is a wonderful side trip to see something not usually found in Germany. The rock formations are about 600 feet above the Elbe river and formed over one million years ago resulting in jagged rocks with erosion in between them. For 200 years this has been a drawing attraction and the first bridge built in 1824 to traverse across a gap, and later...

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  • Castles Around Leipzig

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    Possibly the most famous German castle outside Germany, but virtually unknown inside Germany, Colditz Castle holds a special place in my childhood. Colditz is famous for being the ultimate German Prison Camp, a place that housed the most experienced and expert escapees in the Allied army imprisoned in Germany. The Nazis boasted that the prison was...

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  • Citadel

    Mainz Off The Beaten Path

    On the Jakobsberg, a hill just behind the south station and the Theatrum Mogontiacensium, there is a large baroque citadel from the year 1660. Inside the citadel there are several buildings which now house city offices. The outer walls are quite overgrown with trees and bushes in places, but you can still walk around on them. In May 2004 a...

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  • Things to do

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Berlin has the reputation of being a dense metropolis, conspiring an uneasy blend of former Soviet 'syeriy' (grey - "monotony") & western modernism... It came as a personal revelation then, to find what an open, airy, major city it actually is, especially considering, my arrival was in the much maligned, eastern sector... The most pleasant surprise...

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  • Schloss Neuschwanstein

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    There are probably hundreds of tips posted for Neuschwanstein Castle. Hopefully, I can add some value and insight to your visit. The castle is not located in Munich. It is about a 2 hour drive southwest of Munich. It is worth while to make the drive. This was the castle used as a model to make the castle for the original Disneyland castle in...

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  • Museums

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    I have not been in this museum yet, but I found an article about this interesting car-museum, that shows mainly prototypes of Porsche and also a few other cars and most of them you will hardly ever see in any other carmuseum. I will certainly visit it next time in Hamburg ! This museum is not very far from the train-station and quite close to the...

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  • Schloss Benrath

    Düsseldorf Off The Beaten Path

    We did it as kids in the afternoon, adult-visitors do the same. The Ballet-school is in the big main-building of the Orangerie. The other door leads you to the public librairy if you want to warm up and read some intern. magazine and newspapers. This site is the place of the previous castle (16th, 17th century). The dark building was the horse's...

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  • Main River

    Frankfurt am Main Off The Beaten Path

    Every Saturday from 8-14 is along the Main Riverside at "Museumsufer" Frankfurt's biggest flea market, where you can everything. It's very international flair from Turkey to Russia you find dealers and customers here! Plan 1-2 hours for a visit here!

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  • Cars and Car Museums

    Stuttgart Off The Beaten Path

    You absolutely have to visit the DAIMLER museum. You can watch Mercedes Benz cars from 1875 until now. This museum is located in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, next to the headquarter of DAIMLER. There are also many factories located next to the museum, where motors and other parts are produced. Headphones in different languages are available.

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  • Meißen

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    This is a very nice place to come and visit, possibly during the off season to avoid all those pesky tourists gawking around and tour buses dropping off their flock. Many shops are around to buy gifts, and porcelain is the main theme, of course. Be careful to watch prices of porcelain in that some shops charge maybe 50% more than another. In the...

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  • Parks

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    Leipzig’s largest cemetery is located in the southeast of the city behind Völkerschlachtdenkmal. It was planned in 1886 and the huge park-like cemetery has lots of old trees, graves of famous Leipzigers and old tombstones. The chapels and crematory in the centre form an impressive neo-Romanesque complex.

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  • Excavation Sites

    Mainz Off The Beaten Path

    As you can see, the excavation site begins right next to the platform of track 4, where an InterCity Express is going through (without stopping, of course). There is only a wire fence separating the platform from the excavation site. The site isn't exactly open to the public, but that's no problem since you can see into it through the fence from...

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  • Treptower Park

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    Treptower Park is an awesome experience just for the russian memorial. what a lot of people miss is the fantastic afternoon that can be had by the river on a Saturday afternoon. As you enter the park from the S-Bahn station, continue straight on and take your first left towards the river (not the first left leading to the tourist cruise boats). You...

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  • Public baths

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    Almost in front of Deutsches Museum there is a juwel to be discovered by turist. Whoever has been in Budapest will remember the wonderful public baths in there: Such one is Müllersche Volksbad. The history sais there was a man from Munich who became very rich while in USA, at the beginning of the 20. Century. As he died his hometown Munich...

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  • Around St. Pauli and the port

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    In the port of Hamburg you may see and visit one of the largest non-atomic-submarines in the world : the Soviet spy-submarine U-434 ! In times of the cold war it was impossible to even see such submarines from a big distance, nowadays they are sold to the former enemies... You will find this submarine at Versmannstrasse 23C Hafencity, Baakenhafen -...

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  • Food and Drink

    Düsseldorf Off The Beaten Path

    It seemed like everyone who came this way was heading for the ice cream shop. As we stood outside eating our tubs we'd take bets on who was gonna go into the shop and who was gonna pass by. Most people went in, even joggers, so it was easy money. These two girls had that look in their eyes - it was a dead cert they were gonna go in for ice creams....

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  • TV Tower

    Stuttgart Off The Beaten Path

    Visiting the TV tower you can sit comfortably in the cafe drinking coffee and enjoying the view. It is really an event to take the elevator up to the observation platform and then go down to the cafe. I enjoyed the breathtaking views from the tower!

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  • Moritzburg

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    This is a hunting lodge built between 1542 and 1546 for Duke of Moritz of Saxony. There are four round towers for symmetry, and inside is baroque style, and very elegant with gold and glitter all over. A chapel was added in 1661, and later other additions came by the residents who lived here as heirs until 1945 being the last ones to occupy. The...

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  • Swimming / Rowing / Boating / Water...

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    When the sun is shining you have to make a trip by gondola. It looks like in Venice, Italy! Channels flow along the EXPO 2000-area, parks and forests. Also possible to discover Leipzig by rawboat or canoe.

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  • Wiesbaden

    Mainz Off The Beaten Path

    when you're in Mainz, don't forget to visit Wiesbaden, the capital of the state of Hessen, as well which lies just on the other side of the Rhine. In my opinion Wiesbaden is even much nicer than Mainz. What you can see in the picture is the so-called: 'Staatstheater'

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  • River Spree, Wannsee and Havel Lakes

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    IMPORTANT: Berlin's Higher Administrative Court has ruled on April 3, 2009 that the FIRST PART of the walk (pic 1) IS PRIVATE. Residents will no longer grant the general public access to the lake! This is a 6.5 km or 4-mile-walk formerly used by GDR border police along Griebnitzsee to Potsdam (main/central station). The walk can easily be...

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  • Englischer Garten

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    The Japanese Tea House in the Englischer Garden is a real off the beaten track find. We were wandering around after our stop at the beer garden and pretty much stumbled upon it. Upon reading the sign, we realized that there was going to be a tea ceremony shortly, so we decided to stick around. The ceremony which was part participation (we got to...

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  • On the outskirts

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    In the old centre of Bergedorf you may see many old halftimbered houses and also that beautiful half-timbered church. Unfortunately the church is not open to the public, but it looks great already from outside. Opposite of that church you will see an old inn, also with a beautiful and ornate facade. A bit outside of the city-centre of Bergedorf...

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  • Medienhafen (Media Port)

    Düsseldorf Off The Beaten Path

    At night there's a clock at the side of the Rhine tower. Have a look in the evening and try to figure out how it works. I understood it but I'm not telling you - it's more fun to find out yourself! Little hint: This picture was taken at 6.49 p.m., 14 seconds before 6:50 p.m.!

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  • Ludwigsburg Palace

    Stuttgart Off The Beaten Path

    Ludwigsburg Palace in Ludwigsburg is one of Europe's largest baroque residences and is found in Ludwigsburg just north of Stuttgart. The Palace was built by Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg and he originally intended to only restore a hunting lodge that burnt down but by the time he died the buildings had become the most grandiose of all German...

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  • Water sports

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    The Cospuden Lake is an old lignite mine filled with water. Since June 2000 it has become a place for summer activities. The northern side offers a sand beach on which you can brown your skin, play volleyball, soccer and so on. The lake is up to 60m (200ft) deep and has very clear water. You can also sail or paddle on it. Bus services operate...

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  • History - World War II

    Berlin Off The Beaten Path

    During my last trip to Berlin I decided to find a house where Maria von Maltzan lived during WWII. The present residents of the house at 11 Detmolder Strasse didn't want the commemorative plaque to be put on their building, so it was placed in front of it. Maria von Maltzan was a fascinating person, life-long rebel and heroine, whose life was...

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  • Locations in the Alps

    Munich Off The Beaten Path

    Just past Ettal is a magnificent lake called the Eibsee. Even from the pictures taken on this cloudy day, you can see that the views are tremendous. In 1994, you could pull over at any number of free parking places. It is my understanding that, while the parking places are still there, they're no longer free.

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  • Speicherstadt

    Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

    Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg... Miniature wonderland Hamburg... Adress: im Kultur & Gewerbespeicher / Speicherstadt Kehrwieder 2 Block D, 20457 Hamburg Description: If you are interested in miniature railways and special effects, then the "Miniatur Wunderland" is a must for you. I am going on to translate the hompage for you during the next...

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