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Carnival Costumes

Carnival is here… are you ready? Don’t be shy. Carnival has nothing to do with being conservative or staying in your comfort zone. The craziest costume, the better, so forget about wearing a baseball jersey and going as your favorite sports hero. That is not going to work. Have fun with it and pretend you’re […]

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Local Christmas Markets

Though the large markets are nice, sometimes the small local markets really make you feel more a part of the community and less of a tourist. This is where you’ll run into people that you know. Here are some of the smaller local market dates. If you find another one, let us all know! 30 […]

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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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St. Martin’s Day

St. Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier who led a simple life. He became Bishop, but didn’t want to, so at one point, according to legend, he hid out in a barn to escape the people who were looking for him to appoint him Bishop. A flock of geese made noise and gave away […]

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Dutch Octoberfest

For a different slant on the German Octoberfest, head across the border for some family fun. We attended the Oktoberfest in Sittard last year with the kids and had a fabulous time. It’s has all the rides of a traditional American carnival/state fair with all the food as well. The Sittard one is set in […]

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Burg Satzvey – Germany

Burg Satzvey is located about 45 minutes south east of Geilenkirchen. We found out about it through an Al Stewart website as many concerts are hosted there. It is also known for it’s various festivals, Renaissance fairs with jousting and traditional costumes, and the Christmas market. A beautiful old castle still lived in and run […]

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Costume Shop

For Carnival and Halloween, this place is costume shop is the biggest in the area. Many costume shops have seasonal hours, closing completely between Carnival and Halloween. Der karnevalswierts stays open all year. It’s worth going to just to see what they have. Parking is easy. There is parking right in front, or you can […]

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New Year’s Traditions in Germany

Dinner For One. If you haven’t lived in Germany since 1963, then you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but, this is a very unique German phenomenon. Dinner For One is a 15 minute comedy that two British actors did on stage in the early 1960’s. A German television producer filmed it for […]

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