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Christmas Stars: An Appreciation and How-To


December 22, 2021 by Cathrinbaumbach

Have you ever wondered about the reasoning behind some of our holiday decorations? Why do we use red and green colors, or candy canes? Why do we adorn gifts with a bow? While some of these may seem arbitrary, most of them actually have a special meaning. Take stars. The Christmas star symbolizes the star…  

Inverness in Photos, Postcard from the Scottish Highlands


June 16, 2021 by Cathrinbaumbach

Inverness and nearby Ardersier are our UnTours hometowns in the Scottish Highlands, a welcoming home base for a truly incredible region of natural beauty. I had the pleasure of staying in Inverness a few years ago when we first set up the program.     Home to some 47,000 people and known as the capital of the Highlands,…  

Advent and the Glow of German Christmas Markets

Castle Food and Drink Germany Rhine

December 18, 2019 by Cathrinbaumbach

Advent is a much-beloved season in Germany, celebrated in church and in private homes. Every child has an advent calendar, either store-bought or homemade, and filled by the parents with candy, coins, and small toys. Lighting a candle on the advent wreath each Sunday afternoon is a ritual celebrated in many families, usually accompanied by…  

St. Goar, in the Heart of the Middle Rhine

Castle Cruises Germany Rhine

February 11, 2019 by Cathrinbaumbach

Anyone who has taken a Rhine River cruise has drifted through the picturesque base of our German Rhine Untour. Our home villages are set among the castle-studded Middle Rhine, one of the most memorable parts of the route. You will pass one of our favorite UnTours hometowns, a fairy tale-looking village on the river that…  

Scotland for Free: The Best of Scotland for Nill

Museums Nature Scotland

June 29, 2018 by Cathrinbaumbach

You’ll pay nothing to visit many of Scotland’s top attractions. Plenty of them are free to enter, and there’s an array of free events and experiences to enjoy too. Many of them are within easy reach of our UnTours in Central Scotland and the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh The National Museum of Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden…  

Vienna’s 5 Best Coffeehouses

Austria Coffee & Cafes Vienna

January 9, 2018 by Cathrinbaumbach

Vienna is legendary for its excellent coffee and cafés. Austrian coffee houses are something of an institution and a traditional meeting place. A café or Kaffeehaus is the best place to relax, read the newspaper, and enjoy the good things in life. Here you are alone with your thoughts and you can watch Vienna pass…  

Toasting Vienna: A Guide to Austrian Wines

Austria Salzburg Vienna Wine

October 9, 2017 by Cathrinbaumbach

Though it is not well known for its viticulture, Austria produces excellent white wines and increasing good red ones. Vienna itself is a wine-growing region, surrounded by vineyards which supply the Heurige (see below) in the city and the outskirts with young local wines.    The most popular and wine in Austria is fruity, food-friendly…  

10 Reasons to Take Kids to Germany

Castle Family travel Germany Rhine

October 25, 2016 by Cathrinbaumbach

There are lots of reasons to take your kids to Germany. I recently traveled to Germany with my daughter. This was a special trip, connecting with her and connecting her with my homeland and her grandparents. But even if you do not have a personal connection like I do, Germany is a perfect destination for…