Category Archives: 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

Local slopes to try this snow season

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Alps offer plenty of wonderful ski and snowboard regions and perfect slopes for everyone who loves the great outdoors and enjoys a good ride. Home to more than 120 ski areas, Bavaria offers something for everyone, and there…

December 8th, 2016 News, Travel

5 easy ways Single Soldiers can get out, explore this month

By Jesse Lopez, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The holiday season has officially begun in Germany, and your dose of winter cheer is just a short ride away.   Experiencing a bit of cabin or barracks fever? Expand your footprint. Break out of the routine. Explore…

December 1st, 2016 News, Travel

Falkenberg Castle: 1000 years of emotional history

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tons of castles are scattered across Germany, but the Falkenberg Castle is unique. With stones constructions over 1,000 years old, the castle is designed to withstand attacks.   This massive example of architecture is just a half hour ride from Grafenwoehr. Over the decades it has been…

November 30th, 2016 Travel

Bathe in beer in the Czech Republic

  By Molly Hayden, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   CHODOVA PLANA, Czech Republic — While German culture is bathed in mores of beer, their neighbors to the east have taken it one step further — by literally bathing themselves in beer.   Tucked away in the Bohemian town of Chodova…

October 12th, 2016 Travel

Athens: A modern day glimpse at ancient history

  ATHENS, Greece — Influences of American and European culture as we know it started centuries ago with toga-clad Greeks as they meddled in mathematics, dabbled in democracy and flirted with philosophy, creating an unprecedented civilization.   Advances to the technological age could not have happened without our neighbors to…

September 26th, 2016 Travel

Mallorca: Chill out and tap into the collective mood of nonchalance

  Mallorca, about the size of Rhode Island, is the largest island in the Balearic archipelago situated off the east coast of Spain, graced with warm Mediterranean sunshine and tempered by cool ocean breezes. Its landscape — ranging from limestone caves to gnarled moonscape all the way back to white…

July 18th, 2016 Travel

Prague a city of architecture and epicurean delight

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you haven’t been drawn into the bustling city of Prague yet, get ready to be mesmerized by the elaborate architecture.   Although the city can be touristy at times, it still maintains its charm and romantic appearance. With architecture that varies…

May 3rd, 2016 Travel

Day trip to Dinkelsbuehl

  By Alexis Tucker,   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An overlooked, history-lover’s treasure, Dinkelsbuehl is a medieval town charmed by stories of the past and a day-trip for those of us in the Bavarian footprint.   Surrender of Swedish troops after interference of children in the Thirty Years War is among…

March 30th, 2016 Travel

Hangin’ loose in Ischgl

    ISCHGL, Austria — Here, we are all party animals. Fueled by local brew and inspired by mountain-shaking music, table dancing, the thin air and, oh yeah, the best skiing in all of Europe, we pound our chests and howl at the moon.   This is the melting pot…

March 22nd, 2016 Travel