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Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria built this Italian villa style country estate on 600 acres west of Munich for his wife, the Italian princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, to celebrate the birth of their son and...

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BMW World and the BMW Museum, Munich, Germany

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

Anyone who has admired BMW’s innovative roadsters and design (and who hasn’t?) will want to tour the BMW Museum’s 43,000 square feet and nine decades of automobiles, motorcycles, and engines, past and future. It’s...

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The glockenspiel at Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

Marienplatz, was renamed for the Virgin Mary in hopes of protection from the cholera epidemic. Maximilian I had its food stalls moved to nearby Viktualienmarkt in 1807, and medieval jousting, tournaments and...

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The best of Munich in 48 hours

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

While a visit to the capital of Bavaria is not complete without sausages, pretzels, beer and some oom-pah music, Munich is much more than its celebrated beer halls, beer gardens and even the world-renowned...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen: a peak experience even in the rain

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a sport and resort town in the Bavarian Alps, is just over the Austrian border and fifty-four miles from Munich.  It is surrounded by mountains and is one of Germany’s most popular vacation...

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Top attractions in Austria: Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Daniel Swarovski was born in Bohemia to a family with a small glass cutting factory. He invented a machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewelry stones and chose Wattens, then a village of 500 inhabitants, for...

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Maximilian I lives on in Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

The architecture and narrow streets of Innsbruck’s Old Town are reminiscent of fairy tales.  The landmark “Goldenes Dachl”, the Golden Roof, is its hub, a symbol of Innsbruck, and a legacy of its political and...

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Grassmayr Bell Foundry and Museum, Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

Innsbruck is the capital of Tirol, one of Austria’s nine states. This city renowned for its alpine scenery and recreation was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games and 201 inaugural Winter Youth...

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Top attractions in Austria: Ambras Castle, Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

Ambras Castle is high on a hill above the Innsbruck. This Renaissance castle built by Archduke Ferdinand II for the woman he secretly married, Philippine Welser, is filled with art and armor, curiosities, rare and...

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