January 18, 2018

Tidbits from the Historic Highlights of Germany!

Germany is one of my favorite countries to visit so it was with great excitement that I set out on a whirlwind 6 city tour of Germany!  Every trip to Germany is exciting but this one was especially so since I was going to explore cities and regions I have never been to including 3 in former East Germany.

Map of my German trip

by David Liuzzo on Wikimedia

As the wonderful Deutche Bahn trains carried me far and wide, I was amazed by the green beautiful scenery passing by my eyes.  The rolling landscape is full of green meadows, dense forests, farmland and the ever present church steeple!  Even as I neared the Baltic coast the landscape was still rolling just not quite as high.

German Countryside from Train

German Countryside from Train

Today I’m sharing a few interesting tidbits I learned as I explored these historic highlights of Germany!

Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam Germany

Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam Germany

In Freiburg I enjoyed a guided tour by the monk, Berthold Schwarz, who invented Black Powder during medieval times in the very same city!

During a tour of Mainz my guide told me that Germany has a population of about 83 million people and is roughly the same size as the state of Montana, which only has a population of about 1 million people.  Interestingly, I’ve never thought of Germany being that crammed full!

Erfurt was the first city I visited that was once part of East Germany. While wandering the medieval streets I was struck by the number of pregnant women I saw (they were seriously everywhere!).  Matthias, my guide, said it was true and felt it was due to the fact that people are finally feeling they have a future!

Beautiful Potsdam was where I discovered that President Truman first learned the tests on the atomic bomb were successful at the beginning of the Potsdam Conference and approved the order to drop the bombs while still at the conference held at Cecilienhof Palace.

Dostoyevsky Bust Wiesbaden Germany

Dostoyevsky Bust Wiesbaden Germany

I really enjoyed the funny dry sense of humor my guide in Rostock possessed and had to chuckle when he explained that Rostock was once part of the German Democratic Republic of which they were neither Democratic nor really a Republic.  Times have definitely changed here!

My last stop was Wiesbaden which has been a town attracting the rich and famous for decades.  Originally drawn to Wiesbaden by its spa, the casino helped keep the rich entertained.  In fact, the casino in Wiesbaden is where Fjodor Dostoyevsky lost his fortune and subsequently became the inspiration for his novel, The Gambler.

During the next few weeks I’ll tell you more about the amazing cities I’ve visited and hopefully inspire YOU to explore some of Germany that is off the normal tourist path!



Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at all the local tourist offices that made it all happen!  To learn more about Germany off the Beaten Path, please visit the Historic Highlights of Germany website.

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  2. AATravel says:

    It seems you had a wonderful trip…and yes Germany is underrated by many travelers, quite a pity.

  3. Audrey says:

    I love exploring the German countryside! I’ve done it on 2 occasions and the scenery is stunning – mostly because of the castles that dot the land! 😀
    Audrey recently posted..Damyang Bamboo Forest in Jeollanam-do, Korea

  4. It’s great to hear that you had a great trip. I can’t wait to read more about it and see all those pictures. They have such interesting history. Your Germany posts keep pushing me to seriously consider that summer trip.
    Mary @ The World Is A Book recently posted..Climbing Copenhagen’s Church of Our Saviour Spire

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I highly recommend Germany to anyone! There is so much to do and see. I think Germany is an underrated travel destination.

  5. Leigh says:

    It really was a whirlwind trip. The only city of the six you visited that I’ve seen was Freiburg. And mostly I remember the kindness of strangers in that city. I’ll look forward to hearing more. And I agree it’s hard to imagine putting another 82 million people into Montana.
    Leigh recently posted..16 Outstanding Fall Adventures & Activities in Canada

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It was a whirlwind! This was no vacation but it was fun seeing and learning about all the wonderful places I visited.

  6. Wonderful tour my friend! What history in all of Germany and the Eastern cities sound fascinating! Looking forward to everyone of your posts! And keep those pics coming too. ; )
    Jeff Titelius recently posted..A Visit to the Village of Zermatt and the Matterhorn in Switzerland

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Aw Jeff, it was a wonderful trip. I have tons of pictures to share. Just need time to get through them all 🙂

  7. Laurel says:

    It sounds like you’ve had an amazing trip and I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey and your experiences.
    Laurel recently posted..Adventure Travel in Mallorca

  8. icoSnap says:

    Hi Debbie! Nice to see your awesome blog about Europe especially this post about Germany. Germany has so many wonderful scenic views that just takes your breath away … My favorite is in Rudesheim. By the way I’m Jam — and I have also added you on my favorite links 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Germany does have a lot of scenic places and they do take my breath away. Love Rudesheim. . a lovely city sitting along the Rhine!

  9. I may have become speed blind to German attractions after too may hours spent on the Autobahn. Thanks for making me stop and wonder:)
    Italian Notes recently posted..Grape harvest in Puglia

  10. Michael says:

    I never tire of saying that Germany is under-rated when it comes to great sites to visit. It’s perhaps not as sexy as London or Paris, but it can offer a variety of scenery and landscapes. And I’m glad you got to discover that yourself.
    Michael recently posted..Climbing Up The Villarrica Volcano In Pucon Chile

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I have to completely agree with you Michael. I really don’t understand why more people (especially from the US) don’t visit more of Germany. It is a real jewel!


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