Quick Trips

The town of Bitche’s main claim to fame is its 800-year-old Citadel, a massive hilltop fortress that dominates the town once regarded as one of Europe’s most powerful military strongholds.

Historic 16th-century architecture surrounds Pilsner Urquell brewery

You may know Pilsen in the Czech Republic as the birthplace of light, golden pils beer and the home of the Pilsner Urquell brewery, but there are other things to do in this town than just drink a good brew.

‘Stumbling stones’ embedded in European sidewalks remind passersby of victims of Nazi regime

The next time you’re in Kaiserslautern, look down at the sidewalks. Embedded in them are scores of small brass plaques that memorialize the millions of victims of the Nazi regime.

Visitors to Hanau’s Wildpark Alte Fasanerie mingle with the wildlife

What’s the difference between a zoo and a wildpark?

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Museum in Mainz is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and movable type

Just a 20-minute drive from Clay Kaserne in Germany, in the heart of Mainz’s old town sits the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and the movable type printing press that he invented around 1440.


Search for the faces in the trees at Steckeschlaarfer gorge

Like something out of “Game of Thrones,” the faces carved in the trees at Steckeschlaafer gorge bring the forest to life — although I didn’t see any of them crying blood.

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Innsbruck, founded by a Holy Roman Emperor, has something for everyone

The Austrian town of Innsbruck is about a four-hour drive from Aviano and is surrounded by the majestic Alps and all they have to offer.

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