Category: Austria and Germany 2018


Tha last stop on our trip, and it was a good one. Our ultra-hip room at the Louis Hotel was perfectly situated right above the long-standing Viktualienmarkt, and just a short walk to a bustling Christmas market. Read More


The rain and cold made it a bit difficult to appreciate this city, parts of which have been rebuilt to pre-war conditions from the ruins of devastating carpet bombing that had destroyed 95% of the city by January, 1945. Read More


(Everything you see in today’s featured image is made of chocolate.)

Our busiest day was followed by a much-needed slow day. Kelly spent the morning trying to compensate for lost sleep pretty much every jetlagged day so far.

In the afternoon, we visited one of the most charming Christmas markets so far at the Thurn und Taxis Castle.
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We crossed the border between Austria and Germany and docked at one of our favorite towns along the Danube, picturesque Passau, which sits at the confluence of three rivers, the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube. This location is plagued by frequent major floods, the largest ever occurring in 2013, where flood levels reached over 20 feet in the lower parts of the town. Read More


Linz is an industrial city, although you might not know it. The Germans have done a great job dealing with the air and water pollution that normally accompanies steel production. You might not even notice the modern plant that occupies a huge part of the city. Read More


This was our second visit to the postcard-perfect Dürnstein. On our last trip, there was no time to climb up the hill to the castle ruins, but this time we decided to give it a try. It was steep and a bit treacherous on the snowy steps, but at each corner, the ever-improving view demanded that we march on. Read More


We had booked a smaller and MUCH cheaper room, but somehow, we got lucky. VERY lucky. our suite was insane. Completely over the top. Chandeliers everywhere (including the bathroom), heated floors, 16th century artwork on the walls, 20-foot ceilings, the full royal treatment. This is as close as we’ll ever get to staying in a room at Buckingham Palace. Read More