Candied Almonds at the Frankfurt Christmas Market

Before I moved here, I didn’t associate Christmas or even Germany with candied nuts, but I do now. Amongst all of the Gluhwein and sausage stands at a Christmas market, there are always a number of candy stands. You can usually identify them by the bunches of heart shaped cookies with writing on them hanging…

Munich From Above : Climbing the Peters Tower

The center of old Munich is dominated by big things. The most well known is probably the Rathaus with its rows of pointy spires and Glockenspiel, but there are others in the area. One at least that you can climb is St Peter’s Basilica and its tower. Also called Old Peter, the church is nestled…

A Day in Munich’s Viktualienmarkt

I love German cities, how the touristy bits are often right around from the markets. Oh and I love markets. So when we wandered into the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, I was happy to explore. It is a big place and has a number of sections, though the rough categories fall into meat, fresh foods and…

Climbing Freiburg Cathedral : Freiburg from Above

I like looking at cities from above. There is always a high spot to survey the land, either a tower or hill. In Freiburg, although there is castle hill with a wonderful view, there is also the tower of the Cathedral. 265 steps brings you to the top of the single red sandstone tower with…

Hamburg from above

So many cities in Europe have a tall place to look down at the city from. Hence the from-above series on GroundedTraveler. This post is Hamburg. To get these views, you need to go to the top of the tower at St. Michel’s church. Often you need the TV Towers, but increasingly we are encountering…

Wandering Hamburg’s Speicherstadt

Hamburg is a port city from one end to the other. The Speicherstadt, storage-city, is an area of town composed of towering brick warehouses in lines between canals. The area has been renovated in recent memory to have bars and entertainment options, but the old feel of the area remains. Quick History The Speicherstadt was…

Climbing the Reichstag Building

The Reichstag Building in Berlin is the seat of the German Parliamentary group and one of the more recognizable buildings in the city. It is right around the corner from the Brandenburger Tor and once sat just barely on the western side of the dividing wall. An old facade conceals a modern center. The building…

Greenhouses at the Berlin Botanical Garden

I really like Victorian era greenhouses. Not necessarily the plants, although they can be neat, but mostly the architecture of the buildings. The Victorian age saw a lot of the European countries sending out explorers with an interest in the world and a home population craving for them to bring it back. The late 1800’s…