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Dachshund Museum Opens in Germany

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/24/2018, 7:30 PM

A museum containing more than 4,500 pieces of dachshund memorabilia—toys, artwork, ceramic figurines, photos, and more—has opened in the city of Passau in Germany's Bavarian region.  Owners Josef Küblbeck and Oliver Storz, who began amassing their horde of wiener dog kitsch 25 years ago, told the BBC that their brand-new Dackelmuseum has the largest collection of dachshund-themed objects on earth...

Beer Prices Going up at Munich's Oktoberfest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2017, 4:00 AM

The price for a stein of beer is going up at Munich's Oktoberfest this year. Scheduled for September 16 through October 3, the Bavarian festival famous for brews, sausages, lederhosen, and oompah bands will be charging €10.95 (US$12.44) for each liter of the beer made especially for the event.  That's €0.25 more than the cost in 2016 and a whopping €4.65 more than a single stein was go...

World's Tallest Church Being Eroded by Public Urinators

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Karle3 (Diskussion)/Wikimedia Commons) Germany's Ulm Minster, which holds the distinction of being the tallest church in the world, is being slowly but surely eroded by pee.  The Lutheran cathedral's custodians say that public urinators are leaving behind an acidic buildup that eats away at the stonework on the lower walls, causing lasting damage to a building that has sto...

Today's Eurail Pass: A Conversation on What Travelers Need to Know

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 4:30 PM

The Eurail Pass is not new, but it’s still not as well known among first-time travelers to Europe as it should be. The pass, which has a number of different iterations, allows vacationers to hop on and hop off European trains within a set number of days each month, for one reasonable rate. It allows those who wish to see a number of different destinations on the continent to do so in a conveni...

You Don’t Have to Leave North America To Have An Exotic Vacation: Meet Eeyou Istchee Baie James

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/24/2016, 12:15 PM

Eeyou Istchee Baie James—that’s not the name of the latest hip-hop star or a phrase in Norwegian. It’s an area right in North America that few have discovered…but those who have, can’t stop raving about. You see, Eeyou Istchee Baie James is a Canadian territory that’s the size of Germany, but with 0.04% the population. Boreal forest covers most of it, with its northern edges fading into t...

A Study Suggests That the Benefits of Educational Travel Are Far More Far-Reaching Than Most Realize

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2013, 5:15 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

Friday Finds: A Flotilla of Cruise Bargains, From River Cruise Savings to Two-For-One Deals on Deluxe Ocean-Going Vessels

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/27/2013, 9:15 PM

I'm not sure what they're, er, put in the water, but we're seeing a number of unusually good cruise deals this week. Here's a sampling: *Danube Sailings: Virgin Vacations is always a source of good bargains, but they've outdone themselves this week with a $500 off deal on selected Danube River Cruises . The key to getting the savings is using the secret code, which is: VNB38RC500. The disc...

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