Category Archives: Travel

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

2020 Christmas Markets near USAG Bavaria

EDITORS NOTE: This article will be updated as soon as USAG Bavaria receives more information about approved Christmas markets in the area. Please note that if local governments approve local Christmas markets, they may look different this year due to COVID-19. By Johanna Lohwasser     GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — While…

August 3rd, 2020 Holiday, News, Travel

Understanding fog lights in Germany

  USAG Bavaria Safety Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Thick patches of fog often roll through Bavaria, particularly around Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels.   According to Army in Europe Regulation 190-1 — the regulation on driver and vehicle requirements in Germany — foglights are not required. But if foglights are…

January 28th, 2020 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Local spouse starts Bavaria travel vlog

  By Sterling Schuyler   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Daniel “DT” Taylor is taking advantage of local Bavaria travel – and he wants to help you do it, too.   When DT’s wife Emily received a job offer with Netzaberg Middle School in 2014, the Taylors uprooted their lives from the…

November 18th, 2019 News, Travel

2019 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.  …

October 29th, 2019 Travel

Parkstein’s natural history draws visitors to learn about volcanoes, geology

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Much of the region around Grafenwoehr has beautiful rolling hills, making way to quaint villages, vast agricultural fields and dense forests.   Just northeast of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, however, is the extinct volcano of Parkstein, jutting out…

October 24th, 2019 Environmental, 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…

October 22nd, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News, Travel

Road closure, delayed traffic to Garmisch-Partenkirchen October to December

  GARMISCH, Germany — Travelers to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding area should plan for additional travel time between Oct. 8 to Dec. 6, 2019.   The B2 coming into Garmisch from Eschenlohe (end of A95 Autobahn from/to Munich) will completely close from Oct. 8 to 12. This will require anyone…

September 24th, 2019 News, Travel

Everything you need to know about winter tires in Germany

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Warm weather is giving way to cold, which means you should prepare your vehicle now for winter.   One important thing to know before you hit the road in winter is that Germany has different tire requirements than the United States.   European winter tires…

September 21st, 2019 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Adult air travelers need REAL ID-compliant ID by Oct. 2020 to fly within U.S.

  Transportation Security Administration news release   Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.   Military IDs and DOD dependent ID cards are acceptable forms of ID.  …

September 16th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel