On our first visit to Dusseldorf ten years ago, we felt like it was a city we could see ourselves living in. When we returned home from the US, we looked into study and work abroad programs, to see if it would be possible to move permanently to Europe. It took us a while to finally get there, b three years after our move to Luxembourg, we returned to Dusseldorf for a long weekend to celebrate Erin's birthday just as the Christmas markets and holiday festivities began. Dusseldorf is very walkable, with a pleasant blend of natural parks and lakes within the city, but it also has a gritty element to it similar to Brussels.
We hopped on a quick, 45 minute flight to Berlin just a few days after our Isle of Skye adventure in Scotland. Despite living in Lux just 15 minutes from the border of Germany, we had yet to visit Berlin. To us, Berlin seemed like a city with a great weight to it, where the dark history might be palpable. Berlin is a city of duality. East and West. Royal palaces and seedy underground. Both gritty and grand. How do you explore a place without truly celebrating it? We flew north to find out.
After the whirlwind of travel we've been on lately, we decided to take the month of July to explore our immediate surroundings in the Netherlands, France and Germany. Fortunately, because Luxembourg is centrally located within Europe, these countries are just a scenic road trip away.
We spent the post-Holland tulip weekend recovering in warm, sunny Munich. Munich boasts pretty cathedrals and attractive architecture, but the most striking aspect of Munich is the ease of living. Its public transportation system runs like clockwork. There is a variety of ethnic food choices. Munich's parks are sprawling and spectacular. Everywhere you walk you can see people lounging and enjoying the weather.
Since moving to Luxembourg in January, we've devoted so much time to exploring neighboring European destinations that we've neglected our new home city. This weekend, we decided to delve into Luxembourg and its historic surroundings.
This weekend we decided to take a drive to Baden Baden, a small spa town in Southern Germany's Black Forest. Baden Baden is famous for its natural hot springs and has been a spa destination since Roman times. We made the 3 hour drive Friday evening and walked around town once we arrived, checking out the famous casino, Roman bath ruins, cobblestone streets and various German beer gardens.
We woke up before sunrise still jet-lagged from our overnight flight from Bangkok to Paris. We were browsing on Instagram and Davey noticed an amazing castle picture from one of the travel bloggers he follows. We looked it up and were shocked to discover that it was only 90 minutes away. So on the spur of the moment we decided to take our first road trip to Germany to check it out.
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