Category Archives: Travel


Ghostly encounters transpire close to Grafenwoehr

FREIHUNG, Germany — Whether it’s the boogeyman, Freddy Krueger or monsters under the bed, we all have something that makes the hair on the back of our neck stand up. Maybe it’s that moment when you see something out of the corner of your eye, turn and it’s gone; or…

October 28th, 2015 News, Travel

Backcountry bliss in Germany

BERCHTESGADEN, Germany — We were a baker’s dozen; a motley crew of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr civilian employees determined to tame the Alps.   For four days, we hiked, crawled, stumbled and traversed our way through the lush and sometimes stark scenery of Southern Germany, fueled solely by determination and…

October 22nd, 2015 Travel

Exploring Dinkelsbuehl

  DINKELSBUEHL, Germany — Bavaria has more than its share of quaint and colorful towns, but one of the most charming has to be Dinkelsbuehl. Situated between the Romantic Road and the Germany Holiday Route, this picturesque village offers tourists an authentic glimpse into Germany’s past.   Surrounded by a…

October 9th, 2015 Travel

Dining like a local is as easy as eins, zwei, drei

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dining in Deutschland can be a rich and cultural experience and feasting on traditional Bavarian cuisine while sampling the local brew can enhance that experience. Eating like a local is one thing, but learning how to dine like a local can take some getting used to. Learn…

September 3rd, 2015 Travel

Bavaria: The perfect place for peacefully pedaling

By Charlie Stadtlander, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs   SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The valleys rise up around you green and fertile. A castle looms, perched on a hill like a bird of prey that eyes you as you wind your way along the curve of the river. There are no cars…

August 18th, 2015 Travel

Camping in Croatia: Land of Winnetou

ŠIBENIK, Croatia — Ask any German who Winnetou was and you’re bound to get a smile.   The fictional character Winnetou was a Native American hero based on the books by Karl May, one of Germany’s bestselling authors. Later, in the 1960s, the character was played by French actor Pierre…

August 10th, 2015 Travel

Brazil in the middle of 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 different: the color and…

July 9th, 2015 Travel

Pilgrim’s progress: Finding Vonnegut in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany — If you’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” let me sum it up for you in three words — “So it goes.”   The story loosely reconstructs Vonnegut’s time as a World War II prisoner of war — with an emphasis on the word “loosely.”  …

July 2nd, 2015 Travel