January 18, 2018

I’m Off to Explore Historic Germany!

I’m not indecisive but I have a hard time naming my favorite European travel destination, it just feels wrong to all the other wonderful places I’ve visited.  But if pressed, I would name Germany as my favorite destination in Europe and by that I would actually mean Bavaria.

Even though I’m bewitched with Bavaria, I’ve been feeling the need (and desire) to spread my wings and discover more of  Germany.  Now I’m being given the chance to explore more of the Historic Highlights of Germany!

Beginning Thursday morning, I’ll be spending 12 days criss crossing Germany.  Once again I’ll be using the very efficient German rail system to get me north, south, east and west in this Central European country.  Get ready for a fast paced trip in the land of my fore-fathers!

Freiburg Minster Germany

Freiburg Minster by Joachim Messerschmidt Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus

First off will be a wonderful excursion in the heart of a German wine region and the gateway to the Black Forest, Freiburg. Known as the sunniest and warmest city in Germany, Freiburg also boasts a lovely medieval center, inviting cafes and taverns and a varied history that is all wrapped up in a laid back atmosphere!

Mainz Town Hall Germany

Mainz Town Hall by Rainer Kiedrowski Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus

After exploring Freiburg, I’ll be whisked by Deutsche Bahn up to Mainz who sits alongside the lovely Rhine river.  I’ve been to Mainz before but there is much more to this city than I previously explored including Chagall blue stained glass windows, a Gutenberg printing press, Roman ruins and wine!

Erfurt Cathedral & St Severus Church Erfurt Germany

Erfurt Cathedral & St Severus Church by Toma Babovic Thuringer Tourismus

Then I’ll be going east to Erfurt where Martin Luther studied and lived.  This city of towers and spires has enough churches to be called “The Rome of Thuringia.”  Erfurt is home to one of the best preserved medieval Old Towns around and Europe’s longest inhabited bridge!

Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

Sanssouci Palace Potsdam by Torsten Kruger Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus

Continuing east, my next stop will be Potsdam.  You know how much I love palaces and castles; well Potsdam is home to some of the most beautiful and famous castles and palaces!  Add in the amazing history and I am excited to visit this city!

Old Quarter Rostock Germany

Old Quarter Rostock by Joachim Messerschmidt

Next, I’ll be zipping up north to the Baltic Coast where I’ll spend time exploring Rostock!  Ever since I wrote “Off the Beaten Path in Rostock Germany” I have wanted to see the unique brick architecture and now I’ll get to!  I’ve never been to the northern coast of Germany so one of my goals is putting my tootsies in the Baltic!

Wiesbaden Fountain Germany

Wiesbaden Fountain by Torsten Druger Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus

The last leg of my trip takes me south to Wiesbaden where I’ll spend my last few days.  As I mentioned in “Wiesbaden- Worth A Second Look?I’ve spent a short amount of time here but now I will get that second look!  So I’m looking forward to wandering this elegant spa town enjoying its architecture, museums, shopping, and Viennese style cafes.  Maybe there will also be more wine in my future 🙂

Keep reading, as I’ll be sharing all my adventures with you all!  Follow along using the #exploregermany hashtag or watch our Facebook page!

By the way, I’m not cheating on you Bavaria, just seeing more of your wonderful country.  I’m sure I’ll be back but for now I’m off to explore different corners.  I hope you understand. .  .


Let me know any “must sees” I shouldn’t miss while in Germany!


Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to all the sponsors!


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  7. I just caught up to this post, Debbie – what a great trip! I’m a little surprised you didn’t get to visit Weimar, which is a really short trip from Erfurt. However, I’m sure you collected a few more places to visit for your next trip to Germany! 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Hi Henry! This was a fantastic trip. I would have loved to explore the region of each city I visited but I was on a study tour with Historic Highlights of Germany and stayed with the cities they represent! You’re right, I will visit again 🙂

  8. Laurel says:

    I’m soooo excited for you Debbie, although I wish you were still coming to Bavaria. I would highly recommend Maulbronn, for a couple of hours. It’s my favorite town in Germany and is near Stuttgart. I also love the Ludwigsburg (also near Stuttgart) Castle Tour – it’s my favorite one in Germany. Looking forward to following you along on your adventures.
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  9. This sounds like quite a journey, Debbie. Any chance you’ll get to visit the area your forefathers are from?
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  10. Penny Sadler says:

    I have not been to Germany yet but as a young girl I had fantasies about the Black Forest. After reading your blog, I must go. Wonderful writing and site.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Oh those childhood fantasies! I’m only going to Freiburg on this trip but I would love to come back to explore the entire region.

  11. Heike says:

    That sounds fantastic. Hope you’ll have a beautiful time here in Germany!

    Don’t forget to visit “The Dutch Quarter” (http://www.potsdam.de/cms/beitrag/10000968/34055/) when you’re in Potsdam, this is really a nice and historical place. You can take there a nice walk, have good coffee and/or shop a little bit…

    When you arrives in Rostock, you should make a short detour to Warnemuende (http://www.rostock.de/warnemuende/) its only 12 km away from the center of Rostock and there you’re direkt at the see – but beware there of the seegulls they’re very cheeky. 🙂

    And perhaps, if you can spend more time in Germany don’t miss Dresden (http://www.dresden.de/dtg/en/sightseeing.php) and/or Berlin…

    Hopefully I don’t “attacks” you with all my travel tips… 🙂

    But anyway – I kow you will have a really nice time here and for the next 2 weeks you will have perfect travel weather too…

    So enjoy your trip and I can’t wait of your stories and photos of your tour!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks for this information Heike! I don’t mind tips at all, in fact, you could keep them coming 🙂 I am planning on visiting the Dutch Quarter in Potsdam and Warnemeunde too! Wish I could stay long enough to enjoy Dresden. I have wanted to visit this city for a very long time. Love the porcelain from Dresden!

  12. What a wonderful itinerary! I can’t wait to read your posts on this trip. I’m particulary intrigued with Potsdam and seeing all those castles. I wish I can tag along with you too. Have a safe and fun trip! Enjoy all the wine 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Mary! I’m really looking forward to Potsdam too. I’ve never been to this part of Germany so it will be a true adventure 🙂

  13. Andrea says:

    Have fun! Sounds like an amazing trip!
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  14. Me too!
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  15. Wow, sounds like a gorgeous itinerary. Wish we can tag along with you. Can’t wait to hear more about it. Enjoy the journey.
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  16. Gorgeous….so many places in Europe left to explore…Enjoy Germany!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks DJ! There are a lot of places to explore in Europe. I am always finding new destinations I want to visit!

  17. Leigh says:

    Doesn’t this sound like an amazing trip – and to cover off so much of the country in 12 days will be an accomplishment. May you enjoy every minute of it. Congrats are in order on the opportunity you’ve earned too.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Leigh. It is a lot of ground to cover. I know it will be fast paced but a wonderful introduction to new parts of Germany!

  18. What a fabulous itinerary. I love Germany and can’t wait to visit again. I haven’t been to any of the places you mentioned, so I’ll be eager to read your reports.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It is quite an itinerary! I’ll be covering a lot of territory and visiting places that are new to be too.

  19. Jeff Titelius says:

    Oh I want to go with you!!! What a journey that lies ahead of you my friend! I can’t wait for all of your updates and photographs!!! Have fun and I’ll be watching you closely!!!


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