FROM The man in the front seat / May 8, 2018

Sanssouci Park, Berlin

Sanssouci Park is a large park surrounding the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, near Berlin. The palace and park were built as a summer palace by Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia. Whilst the palace is impressive, it is renowned for its park, which include numerous temples and other decorations. When the palace was completed a terraced vineyard was added to complete the structure. It was then decided to add a Baroque flower garden and lawns, flowerbeds as well as including trees and hedges. To improve the design more than […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Oberammergau Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed by the villagers, from the Bavarian town of Oberammergau, since 1634. The play covers the final period in the life of Jesus, from his arrival in Jerusalem to his crucifixion, a period referred to Jesus’ Passion. Visitors come from all over the world, to see the play which up until 1790 was free. On average more than 500,000 people see the it each year, with the vast majority staying for 2 nights. History In the early 17thcentury, the village of Oberammergau in the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / December 1, 2016

Christmas markets – winter is coming

Any visit to Europe over the Christmas period will invariably run into one of the numerous Christmas Markets scattered throughout the continent. Although traditionally associated with the Germanic states, they can now be seen from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Christmas markets are street markets and normally run for the four weeks of Advent leading up until Christmas. Historically they date back to the late middle ages and traditionally come from areas that were associated with the Holy Roman Empire. at that time this included not only the German […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / September 21, 2015


Population 107,000 Without doubt one of the most picturesque towns in Germany with its wonderful location on the banks of the Moselle river. The town lies in a valley between vine-covered hills of red sandstone near the border with Luxembourg in the Moselle wine region and lays claim to being Germany’s oldest town. History The town was founded originally founded in the 4th century B.C. and was eventually overrun by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The city received the relics of St. Matthias and as a result it […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 1, 2014

Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberg)

With its incredible location 80m (270ft) up on the northern part of Königstuhl, Heidelberg castle simply dominates the skyline of the old town. A castle, sometimes two, have been located overlooking Heidelberg since 1214, the present structure however was begun at the end of 14th century, probably in 1396. The man who constructed it was Rupert III of Germany and at that time the castle was small, so small in fact that when Rupert was elevated to Emperor of Germany the castle couldn’t accommodate his now large entourage and had […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 3, 2014

Würzburg Residence (Würzburg)

Located in Würzburg in southern Germany, the Wúrzburg residence is considered one of the biggest palaces in Germany and decorated with incredible frescos by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. In 1981the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Prince-Bishop of Würzburg origianlly resideded in the Marenburg Fortress until Johann Phillip Franz von Schönborn moved the court to a simple palace that had been erected in between 1701-1704. In 1720 von Schönborn won a legal case that brought with it a generous settlement (600,000fl) and with it […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 29, 2013

Eagles Nest – Kehlsteinhaus (Salzburg)

When the Bavarian Nazi Party chairman, Martin Bormann, was looking for something to give Hitler for his fiftieth birthday , he remembered a comment Hitler made whilst walking through the Alps in the southern German state of Bavaria. Hitler pointed to the top of Mt. Kehlstein and said, “wouldn’t it be nice to have a house up there”. In 13 months Bormann had built a chalet on a ridge of Kehlstein at 1834m (6017ft) accessed by a panoramic road 6.5km (4mi), a brass elevator built into the mountain for the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 27, 2013


Anyone venturing into Austria or Germany from late April to the middle of June will be greeted in many place with signs advertising “Spargelzeit” or “Spargelsaison”. What this means is that Asparagus Season is upon us, unlike in the Southern Hemisphere however these asparagus are white not green. Although grown in numerous places, Baden-Wurttemberg, Hesse and Alsace are the most well known areas as white asparagus needs a specific combination of soil, temperature and rain to produce the perfect taste. Each year Germany grows more than 55,000 tonnes of the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 5, 2013

The Romantic Rhine

One of the most majestic waterways in Europe, the Rhine, stretching 1,232km (766mi) is known not only for its natural beauty but its spectacular castles and sweeping vineyards. The river is only navigable for 865km (540mi) as far a Rheinfelden in the Swiss Canton of Schaffhausen near the Swiss-German border. Between Bingen and Bonn the Section is known as the “Middle Rhine” passes through a gouge that is decorated with some 40 castles and since 2002 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as the “Romantic Rhine”. […]

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