Crazy Festivals, Fasching, and Castles in southern Germany

I just wrapped up my Answers.com articles for January. In Germany a huge festival is coming up in February called Fasching (or Carneval, Karneval, or Fastnacht depending on where you're at). It's essentially Germany's version of Carnival and easily rivals other large parties around the globe. The biggest party takes place in Cologne, and all around the country there are some fun and interesting traditions that take place. 

Unique German Festivals You've Never Heard Of

Popular Traditions at Germany's Karneval (Fasching)

The Largest Festivals In Stuttgart

Germany and castles, what a wonderful combination. We all know about the Cinderella castle, Neuschwanstein, but there are hundreds of other castles that are just as striking. Hohenzollern and Sigmaringen are two of them and some of my personal favorites in Germany.

Sigmaringen Castle, Hohenzollern's Sister Castle In Germany

Visit The Hohenzollern Castle In Germany

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The Grand Fireworks Show On New Year's In Germany (and a new video!)

The Grand Fireworks Show On New Year's In Germany (and a new video!)

And it was at the point that I thought my hair might be on fire that I realized being on a rooftop balcony with 30 other people setting off fireworks might not be the best idea. Oh wait, it was just one person that accidentally set off fireworks and it was toward us. That person was my husband! 

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Our Night Out At The Stuttgart Mini Christmas Market

Our Night Out At The Stuttgart Mini Christmas Market

What was that?! There's already a Christmas market up?! Yes, it's true. Christmas is in the air here in Stuttgart. A mini Christmas market opens in early November and then becomes part of the large Christmas market that opens the end of November and runs up until Christmas (usually the 23rd to 24th). We went last night and I brought my camera along to snag some night shots. I also took a few photos of the Schlossplatz area, where the market is held. There is a small ice rink, Christmas music, and of course gluhwein. 

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Stuttgart Spotlight: A Visit To Rubble Hill (Birkenkopf)

Stuttgart Spotlight: A Visit To Rubble Hill (Birkenkopf)

Rubble Hill is one of many hills in Germany that shares a unique characteristic; it is a hill that was built by rubble from World War II. Today Birkenkopf in Stuttgart is surrounded by forests and trails for walking and biking, and much of the rubble has been slowly covered up by greener pastures. There are still a lot of remnants that can be seen and the top of the hill has quite a few large slabs of stone piled up. 

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The International Beard and Moustache Championships in Germany

The International Beard and Moustache Championships in Germany

In case you didn't hear, last weekend was the International Beard and Moustache Championships. It's only held every other year and this year it happened to be in the town right next to us in Leinfelden. Opportunities like this don't come along that often, so we had to go and see what it was all about. I'd seen some photos online and it looked amazing, and once we arrived we were not disappointed! No wonder it's only every two years, some of those beards were ridiculously long and must take a while to grow out. The event attracted people from all over the world. There was even someone with an Alaskan flag there. Check out some of the photos below

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In Photos: Stuttgarter Weindorf (Stuttgart Wine Festival)

In Photos: Stuttgarter Weindorf (Stuttgart Wine Festival)

Here are some photos I took when we visited the Stuttgart Wine Festival the other day. Normally I take many many more but I didn't end up walking around too much when we went. We found a seat and planted ourselves there for a few hours to try the different wines.  

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A Visit to the Caves in the Swabian Alb

A Visit to the Caves in the Swabian Alb

We took a short 45 minute drive south to visit a cave in the Swabian Alb. This area, while in my backyard, is fairly new to me and I've been having a blast exploring it recently. We went to the Bad Urach waterfall the other weekend and since then I've been researching other areas with the Alb to hike around. I came across a few caves that are close by and within a short distance from one another. These are the Nebenhöhle, the Barenhöhle and the Falkensteiner cave. 

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The Best Burger In Stuttgart

The Best Burger In Stuttgart

We found it! Finally! It only took us two years but we finally found it! Juicy, cheesy, meaty, hand crafted deliciousness all in one beautiful bite after another. Needless to say it was an exciting meal. Yes it's true, we finally found a good burger in Stuttgart! It's called the (m)eatery and it just opened in downtown Stuttgart between Calwer Str. and Konig Str. The burgers come with your choice of bread, a horseradish mayo, and homemade fries. Mmmmmm!

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