Central Europe

Visiting Austria’s Christmas Markets

by Pam Mandel on October 18, 2011

Christmas Market, Linz, Austria

There’s something undeniably special about wandering the streets of Vienna under twinkling lights. You can eye the traditional ornaments — straw or painted glass — while warming your hands and your belly on a mug of mulled wine. There are music quartets and stands selling bratwurst and the bite of snow in the air. Bundled […]


Dusseldorf: The Longest Bar in the World

by Rita Cook on August 23, 2011

Bolkerstrasse the longest bar dusseldorf

Many cities have monikers to be proud of, but Dusseldorf residents are especially proud of their designation:  The Longest Bar in the World.  After all, in Germany beer is the equivalent of drinking wine in France or tea in Asia. The Longest Bar is actually a designation given to Altstadt, a section of the city’s […]


Exploring Prague Castle in the Czech Republic

by Rita Cook on August 19, 2011

Prague Castle in Czech Republic

The only way to really explore Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic is to take a deep breath and dig in.  There are more than a dozen options of things to see within the castle walls.  After all, it is an 1100-year-old landmark so there’s a lot of history inside.  Got a day? Pick your favorite […]


Budapest’s Little Secret

by Rita Cook on August 15, 2011

Budapest Hungary

Budapest, Hungary has often been compared to the likes of Prague and Vienna, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, Budapest shines brighter than both of those.  A trip to Hungary means a trip to one of the many thermal hot springs that date back hundreds of years and a chance to take in some pretty […]

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Transylvania: A Walk in Dracula’s Shadow

by Rita Cook on August 11, 2011

Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania

It’s easy to conjure up images of Dracula during the cool months surrounding Halloween, but did you know it’s easy to get to know Bram Stoker’s Dracula anytime of the year when you visit Romania.  With an aura of mystery surrounding the country’s Transylvania region, locals swear the spooky feel of the area is because […]

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Beyond Schnitzel: Traditional Austrian Food

by Pam Mandel on August 9, 2011

Austria cuisine

There’s no arguing with a good schnitzel. Done right, it’s crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and oh so satisfying. In a concession to those that prefer to avoid pork or veal, many Austrian restaurants will also serve up a turkey schnitzel.  If it’s properly prepared, it shares those same perfect schnitzel qualities […]


Berlin Off the Beaten Path

by Jessica Colley on August 2, 2011

It is easy to be fascinated by the many historic attractions in the center of Berlin. No trip to the city would be complete with laying eyes on the Brandenburg Gate, climbing to the top of the dome in the Reichstag, enjoying one of the many festivals, or witnessing the incredible Holocaust Memorial. Yet Berlin […]


Are You Interested in Vampire Tourism?

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 13, 2011

Bran Castle in Romania home to Dracula

It seems that everywhere you turn there is a vampire.  A burgeoning interest in vampire literature and film, from the Twilight saga, which has been made into a movie series as well, the Sookie Stackhouse series that is also on television as True Blood, and any number of vampire romances, it seems like vampire tourism […]


A Year of Festivals in Berlin

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 30, 2011

Brandenburg Gate Berlin

Each year, Berlin offers a growing list of festivals, parades, celebrations, and annual cultural highlights that make it a wonderful destination for travelers wanting to experience the country’s local flavor.  Whether you’re looking for historical sites and museum events, cultural events and musical performances, or something a little quirky, you’ll find plenty of activities all […]