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Liz & Bill Glen


This spring we visited Germany for four weeks. We spent a week in the Schwartzwald (the Black Forest), two weeks in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse where the above photo was taken, which is also near the area where Liz’s ancestors immigrated from in the 1750s. Finally, we spent one week in Weinheim an der Bergstrasse on the east side of the Rhine.

We love visiting Germany. We’ve visited the country several times already and plan to keep returning. We find everything has such quality and high standards. From the time you sit down at a restaurant table, you feel you are special and that it is important to your server that you have the best meal and dining experience they can provide. Everyone goes out of their way to serve you well and the food is always incredible. Along with the wonderful dining, how enjoyable is it to absorb the wonderful old architecture and to see buildings that were long established before Canada was even discovered!!



When visiting a new place the first thing we do is find a local bakery or café and enjoy trying out their cakes and other desserts! Germany has many traditional foods that people at home enjoy, like sausages, schnitzel, and sauerkraut. But there are also dishes like flammkucken, maultaschen, leberknödel, and leberkäse which are all very satisfying after a good hike!


Germany has a long tradition of being a hard working country. One thing we do notice is that when people relax, they really enjoy themselves. Locals love the outdoors and they like to do outdoor activities and have fun in multi-generational families. This trip we walked for 11 kms to a small café up in the hills. We expected to be on our own, instead the place was packed with families of walkers as well as older people like ourselves. In the café, we sat at long tables with the locals. Everyone was very kind and talked to us as well as each other.


Germany has also kept many traditions that have been handed down through centuries. For example, at Easter all the town wells were decorated with garlands of Easter eggs, flowers, greenery, etc. to celebrate the beginning of spring and new life. We plan to spend some time in Spain in the future, but we expect Germany will be part of any trip across the Atlantic!


We love visiting Germany. We’ve visited the country several times already and plan to keep returning. We find everything has such quality and high standards.