The elegant silhouette of Neuschwanstein Castle rises gracefully above the mist of the Bavarian woods. A symbol of extravagant taste and refined sophistication. A royal palace that will forever be tied to the alluring and controversial figure of Ludwig II, the so-called ‘Mad King’  who built it.  What makes the history of Neuschwanstein interesting is the mystery that surrounds the short and odd existence of its, Read More

If it wasn’t for the glorious and world renowned Neuschwanstein  just a stone-throw away, the Hohenschwangau Castle might have never achieved its fame. Schloss Hohenschwangau, as the Germans call it, is best known as the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was built by King Maximilian II, Ludwig’s father, on the ruins of the Fortress Schwanstein.   The, Read More

This week’s photo features the Old City (Altstadt) Dresden at night. For many centuries Dresden was the royal residence for the kings of Saxony. Throughout its tumultuous history the city continued to be a major center of art, classical music, science and culture. Although the city had no military significance during the Second World War it, Read More

      Have you ever been invited at the Prussian King’s court? Well, we have. It happened while we were in Berlin. Our visit at the summer residence of the Prussian kings started with a tour of the Palace, followed by sumptuous dinner and a musical soirée in the Great Orangery. And what, Read More

       Last year, while we were in Dresden, I stumbled upon a picture of  a funny building with a big giraffe on it. It was the Kunsthofpassage. I tried to find out more about this curious spot, but the information at hand was scarce and very conflicting: some called it a “masterpiece”, others “a, Read More

         I didn’t know what to expect in Dresden’s Neustadt when I set off for my city tour that morning. My feet were badly damaged after three consecutive days of walking in a tight pair of shoes, but I was determined to make the most out of my time, even if that, Read More

      Dresden has much to boast about when it comes to tourist attractions, but the truth is that you don’t need a lot of time to explore it. The city is compact enough to be covered in 4-5 days, depending on how in-depth you want to visit the sites. There are many fabulous museums,, Read More

       Dresden was definitely not on my bucket list, but sometimes travel plans can change for superficial reasons. We were making arrangements for a trip to Germany last September and wanted to visit Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. My husband is a big fan of Bach and everything that concerns the composer’s life and, Read More

Königstein - The Fortress of the Saxon Switzerland

       If you took time visit the Bastei Rocks, you will find yourself in close proximity to the small town of Königstein. Atop the table hill bearing the same name, lays Festung Königstein, Germany’s largest fortress. Towering majestically over the Elbe Valley and the Saxon Switzerland landscape and rising 240 meters above the river, the, Read More