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St. Martin’s Day by Ann

 Text By Ann Rath   Have you lately noticed people in the area with lanterns, marching through your town or village and you were wondering what that was? Maybe you have heard of the traditional lantern parade called St. Martin which takes place every year at the beginning of November. We remember this altruistic Roman […]

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St. Nikolausbahn — i.e. Gillrath Christmas Train

UPDATE:  Tickets are already sold out or nearly gone for half the rides this year.  Check the dates and times online.  You can get your tickets at the Gillrath or Schwierwaldenrath stations or at several other locations listed on the Nikolausfahrt information page on the train website.   This annual train ride is very special […]

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Burg Satzvey,

Text and Photos by Rebecca Balkum Burg Satzvey, Germany; Christmas time A recommendation to experience a medieval Christmas is what first took us to Burg Satzvey, Germany.  This is a moated castle in the Nordrhine-Westfalia area, which dates back to 1396 and is internationally known for their jousting and medieval festivals, as well as offering […]

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Windmills on the German side

Windmill at Breberen “The tower windmill in Breberen is one of the most beautiful monuments of the region, restored as it is. To the left of the street between Breberen and Bocket. The hood of the mill, to which the wings are fastened, could originally be turned from the outside depending on wind direction, by […]

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Restuarant Tomasa – Monschau

Recommended by a Reader… Restuarant Tomasa(inside Hotel Horchem)Rurstrasse 14, Monschau 52156W: “We ate at the Restuarant Tomasa, which is in Hotel Horchem. The prices were good, service was great and the food even better. One of their specialties is a creamy mustard honey sauce which is served over a large schnitzel. They also make […]

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Bobsledding near Monschau

Reader Contribution… Hey all, we did a day trip to Monschau, but before hitting the village of Monschau, we drove to Rohren and for just a few euros, rode the bob sled down the mountain side. It was great fun, and the girls loved it. Very inexpensive, and all kids can ride. If they are […]

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Jabusch Hotel and Restaurant – Geilenkirchen

In the small Geilenkirchen market square just next to the fountain and in front of the old church is a nice little restaurant – the Jabusch. I don’t know anything about the hotel facilities, but I’ve been there several times for lunch now and it’s always delicious. I appreciate that they have a daily “schnell” […]

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Christmas Market – Aachen

Germany is known for it’s beautiful Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkts), but even beyond those borders, you can find some amazing markets enjoyable not only for shoppers, but for anyone wanting to absorb the ambiance and may be try something delicious to eat as well. I’ll give you some information on the Aachen and Cologne (Koln) markets […]

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Wildpark Gangelt

Wildpark Gangelt Schinvelder Str. 52538 MindergangeltTel: 02454-2459Web: Website has English translations on all its pages)Open: 0900-1900 every dayPrice: Adults — 6 E; Children ages 4-15 — 4 E Food: 1 Euro/bag to feed the animals. They also like chestnuts and acorns in the fall. To go, or not to go: Well, that depends on […]

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Beautiful location, delicious food, quiet atmosphere, tempting cakes… and, of course, a fabulous breakfast buffet. This is one of my favorite breakfast cafes and it’s only 10 minutes outside of Geilenkirchen. Go to the website and click on Speisen for meals and prices. Beecker Bauern und ErzaehlkaffeeZum Schlackenberg 3752511 Geilenkirchen-Beeck Tel: 02453-383875Web: Open Mon-Fri […]

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