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Christmas Markets part 3 - 2017 - Germany

Munich

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Cities and Castles

Our final destination on our tour of Germany was the large metro and capital of Bavaria, Munich. It has so much history and tourist attraction options, it's tough to summarize what your options are. This is the second time I've spent 3 or 4 days in Munich and mostly saw all new stuff this time and still haven't run out of things to check out. This time included a couple day trips a little further outside the main city center.

We went north to check out the Dachau concentration camp memorial site. Another day we headed south to check out some of the most well known German castles and their local small villages.

Highly recommend:

  • Marienplatz
  • Christmas markets
  • Dachau memorial
  • Linderhof castle
  • Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles
  • Theresenweise / Oktoberfest grounds

Other sites to check out:

  • 1972 Olympic site
  • Nymphenburg palace
  • BMW museum
  • Royal Residence & theater
  • Hofbrauhaus and other brew pubs
  • several local churches, universities, museums, markets, and parks

Trip Map

Pictures

Munich Christmas markets
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Bavaria countryside & Oberammergau Passion Play site (only happens once every 10 years since the 15th century)
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Linderhof castle
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Hohenschwangau castle
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Neuschwanstein castle
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Videos

The Hofbrauhaus beer hall

Linderhof castle

Neuschwanstein castle

Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 19:43 Archived in Germany Tagged markets beer nature hiking travel germany christmas castle festival europe munich 2017 Comments (0)

Christmas Markets part 2 - 2017 - Germany

Stuttgart and Heidelberg 2017

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Castles and Cars

We spent a few days checking out the main towns of Heidelberg and Stuttgart. Heidelberg is a cozy little university focused town, but is also know for it's picturesque castle. Stuttgart is a larger metro that is the birthplace of the automobile (Daimler, Mayback, Benz, and Porsche) and has a few lesser known castles of it's own.

Highly recommend:

  • Heidelberg castle
  • Heidelberg Christmas markets
  • Stuttgart Christmas markets
  • Stuttgart Königstraße (King's Street) pedestrian area

Other sites to check out:

  • Philosophers Walk
  • Heidelberg old bridge
  • Stuttgart new and old castles
  • Mercedes Benz museum
  • Porsche museum

Trip Map

Pictures

Heidelberg markets and some food you can get there:
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Heidelberg castle, views from across the valley and by the old bridge:
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Heidelberg castle up close:
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Stuttgart Mercedes musuem, from the original modal to older cars to new expensive cars and fast racing styles:
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Videos

Running down some stairs across the river from the town and castle:

Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 19:18 Archived in Germany Tagged markets nature travel germany christmas festival europe 2017 Comments (0)

Christmas Markets part 1 - 2017 - Germany

Saarbrucken and Mannheim, Germany

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German country tour

In one day, and a couple hours worth of train rides, we left Luxembourg and checked out a few cities in the south western part of Germany: Saarbrucken and Mannheim. Saarbrucken is the capital of the smallest German state, Saarland, and within shouting distance of the French border. Mannheim is the "city of squares" in Germany, since it's main city center area is set up in grid pattern. Each block has a number and letter designation (like R4) and their address is based on that since there are no street names.
The people were friendly and sites were interesting. However, we didn't find anything that would be considered Must-See, knowing that we did rush through both areas in a day.

other sites to check out:

  • Saarbrucken castle, church, and gardens
  • St Johanner Market
  • Mannheim Wochenmarkt
  • Planken pedestrian mall

Trip Map

Pictures

Saarbrucken castle and church
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Saarbrucken modern art museum display
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Mannheim palace
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips
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MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
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MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 19:16 Archived in Germany Tagged art trains markets travel germany christmas festival europe 2017 Comments (0)

Christmas Markets 2017 - Luxembourgh

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 2017

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the Grand Duchy

Luxembourg is the world's only remaining grand duchy ... just meaning that the ruler is royalty with the title of Grand Duke. It's the 7th smallest country in Europe, and 28th smallest overall. It's quite the blend of French, German, and Belgian culture. Luxembourg City is one of 3 official capitals of the European Union.
We decided to check it out as part of our German Christmas markets tour in 2017. The main reason being that I found really cheap flights going there instead of the main German airports, but it's less than an hour bus ride to the border. It also allowed us some time to get over any jet lag and relax a few days before the crazy German markets tour. We were pleasantly surprised, and they have incorporated their own markets (like much of central Europe now).

Highly recommend:

  • Bock Casemates (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Place Guillaume II square
  • Christmas markets

Other sites to check out:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Grand Ducal Palace (only open for tours a few weeks in the summer)
  • Villa Vauban & the Municipal park

Trip Map

Pictures

A panoramic view across the Alzette river and valley.
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One of several Luxembourg City christmas markets
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A decorated tree in the markets.
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The decorated cathedral of Notre Dame (Lux version).
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The UNESCO site of the Bock casemates.
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A panoramic view across the Alzette river and valley.
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Videos

Our ride up a glass elevator:

Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 12:22 Archived in Luxembourg Tagged markets travel christmas festival wine europe luxembourg 2017 Comments (0)

Democrat-Lincoln-Cameron-Bross 2017 - Colorado USA

Four 14ers in a day

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overview

For those up to the challenge, this is the easiest way to get multiple 14er peaks in one day. Once you make the steep climb up to one of them, then it's just a matter of partially dropping down and climbing back up via the saddles between the peaks, instead of going all the way back down and back up each time. I had previously gone up to the peak of Mt Democrat a few weeks earlier.

These were the first, second, third, and fourth 14ers I hiked. I completed this task on July 22nd, 2017. I started around 6 am and finished around 10am. I ran whatever parts I could.

Recommend:

  • There's a camping site at the trailhead to camp overnight before the climb
  • Be sure to have an off road vehicle with high clearance for the drive up to the trailhead
  • Eat and drink plenty on the way

Trip Map

Pictures

See this and all the 14er hike pictures on the Facebook Murk Travels photos page - 14ers album.

Trailhead:
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Mt Democrat:
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Mt Lincoln:
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Mt Cameron and Democrat:
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Mt Bross
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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 13:56 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado sunrise denver 14er 2017 Comments (0)

Europe 2017 - Belgium

the great European chocolate hunt

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Europe 2017

A continuation of pictures from the spring trip to Europe.
See the previous article for more info and pictures from the Netherlands .

map

pictures

All travel and events albums on Facebook : Murk Travels albums
Belgium Album
Netherlands album

Belgium sites:

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
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Posted by MurkTravels 13:25 Archived in Belgium Tagged europe belgium 2017 murktravels Comments (0)

Europe 2017 - Netherlands

the great European flower hunt

semi-overcast 70 °F
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Europe 2017

Decided to explore around western Europe. The trip lined up with a friend also traveling away from that same region. So I got to house sit for a few weeks in The Hague, Netherlands. I took the time to visit some other close cities too.

The Hague is an absolutely incredible city. There are plenty of personal and public transit options (big trains, light rail, bus, bike, walk) to get around easy. The city is home to several buildings and museums related to world peace. Somewhat related, it's home to the world court that handles disputes between international countries. You can walk through parks, go out to the beach community, or explore the main metro area that has a range of old castles, new age buildings, and all the hippest coffee shops. I grabbed some local delicious food, both at a farmers market as well as with fast food and the cities finest restaurants.

For some day trips, I checked out Antwerp and Brussels in neighboring Belgium. Antwerp has an incredible train station with gold everywhere. The local shops are known for their jewelry and chocolates. Brussels has Grand Place, Delirium, mini-Europe, the Atomium, and lots of cool architecture.

Another trip was farther north into the Netherlands to check out Leiden. It's a smaller city with a castle and city square where locals hang out. But the big attraction in the spring is the surrounding farms and the Keukenhof gardens to see the tulips blooming. Also checked out the main metro cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

These two little countries are an amazing region of Europe, and one of my favorites.
Continue to the next article for the Belgium pictures.

map

pictures

All travel and events albums on Facebook : Murk Travels albums
Belgium Album
Netherlands album

Netherland sites
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 13:19 Archived in Netherlands Tagged museums chocolate beer history netherlands europe belgium 2017 murktravels Comments (0)

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