Author: Timothy Muhlenbeck

Medieval castle neighboring the Hohenfels Training Area

VELBURG, Germany — Numerous castle ruins are scattered across Germany, and Burgruine Velburg is extremely accessible from USAG Bavaria. Being that this historical site is located only 15 kilometers from the Hohenfels Training Area, it offers community members the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and learn about German culture.  …

March 12th, 2021 News, Travel

Hiking through the countryside to the Teufelstein

VILSECK, Germany — While COVID-19 is a frustrating obstacle that keeps community members from exploring many wonderous things that Germany has to offer, there are still some hidden gems in the local area that can be explored safely. One of these gems is the Teufelstein Loop, also known as the…

February 11th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Three Kings’ Day marks the end of Christmas

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Three Kings’ Day, otherwise known as Dreikoenigstag or Epiphany Day, is observed on Jan. 6 annually. This holiday marks both the end of Christmas and the start of the new year. Since it is recognized as a public holiday in Bavaria, expect stores to be closed.  …

January 5th, 2021 Holiday, News

Movie ideas to help inspire Christmas spirit

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Christmas is just days away, and with tighter COVID-19 restrictions imposed until Jan. 10, 2021, most traditional holiday activities are not being observed this year. However, one safe activity that you can always enjoy, either alone or with family, is a Christmas themed movie.   Christmas movies…

December 22nd, 2020 Holiday, News

Amberg: A city full of rich history

AMBERG, Germany — Located only 30 minutes from Vilseck is the beautiful city of Amberg. It is full of rich history and locations ripe for exploration.   City tours are usually conducted by the Tourist-Information Center, but they are currently not available due to COVID-19. Instead, visit many of the…

December 2nd, 2020 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

Fang-tastic movie ideas for a Halloween at the house

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With Halloween just days away and traditional door-to-door festivities cancelled due to COVID-19, one of the alternatives deemed low risk by the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) includes enjoying a Halloween themed movie night with your family. If you are struggling for ideas, listed below are…

October 29th, 2020 Holiday, News

Soldiers take part in spooktacular pumpkin carving contest

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program hosted a first-time event of pumpkin carving and painting at the Bavaria Arts and Crafts Center, last Friday on Oct. 16, 2020. Participating Soldiers carved and painted pumpkins, while wearing masks, sanitizing hands and working at properly distanced workstations.…

October 22nd, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, Holiday, News

German traditions similar to Halloween

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween is gaining popularity in Germany, with many local nationals celebrating it in the same fashion as those living in the United States. But before Halloween, Germans long celebrated a similar holiday in April, called Hexennacht.   Halloween was introduced to Germany in the 1990s, according to…

October 16th, 2020 Holiday, News, Things You Didn't Know

Safe alternatives to trick-or-treating

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers many guidelines for consideration to ensure an enjoyable Halloween this year, despite COVID-19. By replacing traditional close contact Halloween celebrations with physical distanced alternatives, the CDC states that the risk of spreading COVID-19 through communities is lowered.  …

October 1st, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News