Category Archives: Travel

2017 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

By Johanna Lohwasser   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While the seasons change and leaves start to fall, imagine Medieval castles illuminated by Christmas lights and small stalls offering everything from traditional food, candy and drinks to handmade local tree decorations, candles and hand-crafted wooden toys like vintage merry-go-rounds.   Germany is…

November 21st, 2017 Travel

What to do when bad weather hits Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Inclement weather brought on by the autumn and winter months can deliver a blow to Bavaria and the surrounding area, affecting your decision to travel.   Garrison officials and street cleaning crews at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck will do everything…

November 6th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News, Travel

Take your accidental trip to Lisbon now

  LISBON — Europe has a charming way of dropping you off in places you least expect. At least this was my experience when visiting a friend in Hamburg who bought me tickets to Lisbon while I was napping. Two things to note: true friendship comes in many forms and…

October 27th, 2017 Travel

German roadside assistance: Understanding ADAC

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — ADAC is an automobile club in Germany that provides roadside assistance to its members, and during warmer months the club opens a booth at the garrison here to provide newcomers with information.   For the past several years, Thomas Ullrich, the ADAC adviser to the military,…

September 19th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Discover a beautiful nature trail just outside of Vilseck

  VILSECK, Germany — Tucked away in the woods between Freihung and Vilseck is a family hiking gem called the Beaver Nature Trail, or Biberlehrpfad.   This 1.8 mile long trail is a mix of gravel road and hiking path, leading you through verdant forests, open fields and wetlands before…

July 18th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Travel

Brazil in the middle of Europe

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For 51 weekends of the year, visitors to the small Franconian city of Coburg find what they might expect: a charming market square, an 800-year-old fortress, and a gigantic historic palace, all surrounded by deep green forest.   But that 52nd weekend, visitors find something very…

July 7th, 2017 Travel

Top 3 places to see around London

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — London is a must-see for many world travelers. Apart from its beautiful architecture, history, museums and entertainment, however, London also has other equally interesting sites a short drive away.   If you are planning a trip, consider adding these three nearby sites to your itinerary.  …

February 23rd, 2017 Travel

BCSC president’s top 24 travel sites in Europe

  It’s the “hidden gems,” Jan Meert said — referring to lesser known travel sites off the beaten tourist path — that can really make the European living experience so much richer.   Meert became the president of Bavaria Community and Spouses Club, an organization open to the whole Bavarian…

February 22nd, 2017 Travel

6 easy-to-follow tips for traveling with children

Hello there travelers.   I want to talk about something I didn’t think I would ever be able to do alone: travel with my two and a half year-old son. Every parent knows how difficult that age can be. But I did it! On a budget, too.   Living in…

January 23rd, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, Travel

Trip to Athens, Greece: 5 pros and cons

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One of the most wonderful places you will ever visit — if only for the temples and nothing else — is Athens.   I have always wanted to go, since I was little, for many reasons. The Olympic Games were held there. Plus, I am a…

January 5th, 2017 Travel