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Monday Links and Travel Update – Wartburg Edition


The last week has been a busy one for me. I was given a 2-week rail pass by and so I’m in the middle of a trip through Germany trying to make the most of it. I began in Amsterdam on Friday and have been on the move ever since. A big change of pace from spending two weeks in LA and one week in London.

My goal is to try and visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region as I can in the time allotted for the rail pass. In the last four days I’ve visited 5 sites: Canals of Amsterdam, the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht, Cologne Cathedral, Augustusburg Palace and the Wartburg Castle. The next few days have me visiting another seven more in Weimar, Dresden, Wittenberg, Potsdam and Berlin.

Despite having been in Germany several times, I haven’t traveled very extensively here. The Cologne Cathedral was the first UNESCO site I’ve visited in the country, and they have one of the highest totals in the world: 33. For all practical purposes, Germany is a new country for me to explore. It has given me a good opportunity to brush up on my German as well. It is the only language I studied in high school.

After that I’m back to the UK to visit Wales, Northern England, the Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland.


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  1. Elin Waagen says:

    How lucky to get a chance to travel in November’s low ebb of tourist activity – even with fewer daylight hours and more miserable weather. :-)

  2. Nolan says:

    This sounds like such a great journey. I’m now enviously looking at pictures of some of the World Heritage Sites. I once rode a train where the conductor kept on saying over the intercom “yabba-dabba-doo.” I hope your conductors are as entertaining, and that they don’t make you propel the train with foot power. Best of luck in your travels!

  3. Chris says:

    I am writing from Italy now, here the weather is good but is getting quite cold; I suppose the next week will be very cold in Germany but November will be a good month for your pictures as autumn will offer you so many “new” colors for nice photos.

  4. Your traveling through Thuringia, where I am from :) It makes me happy to see that you’re exploring that part of Germany, not many people make it to the East, and I have yet to hear of another travel blogger who visited the Wartburg!!

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