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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…  

The Untours Guide to Germany’s Romantic Road

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October 27, 2021 by Untours Staff

Leading into the heart of medieval Germany, the Romantic Road winds its way from Wรผrzburg through Rothenburg, and continues southward into the Alps. A ride along the Romantic Road is a trip into the past, revealing countless magical scenes evocative of fairy tales and myth. It is easy to understand why this is a highlight…  

Just in from Bavaria: The 2021 German Castle Untour Report

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September 21, 2021 by Andrea Szyper

Our Castle Untour in Bavaria is a unique program, where guests stay in comfortably furnished apartments in a medieval castle. They are hosted by the baron and his wife, and generally treated regally. Manfred and Lilo reported missing their guests when travel was shut down. (They are photographed below.) So they were delighted to host…  

Sketching the Castle: Memories of Bavaria

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May 24, 2021 by Special Guest

As we dig through some of our archives, we occasionally unearth a gem or two. We recently found these beautiful sketches and watercolors, created by Untourist Kenneth Gantz on an Untour to Bavaria a few years ago. He shared them with us and his host Manfred on the Castle Untour in Germany, where he stayed…  

King Ludwig’s Castles

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June 11, 2020 by Untours Staff

When one thinks of Bavaria, it is often the castles of King Ludwig II, which come to mind. Fabulous, daring, extravagant, (the skeptic says pointless and tacky), the castles have taken hold in a Bavarian landscape that would now seem naked without them. It was these castles which earned Ludwig the monikers โ€œDream Kingโ€ and…  

Advent and the Glow of German Christmas Markets

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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…  

Mainz, the “Second Rome” & Perfect German Rhine Day Trip

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June 5, 2019 by Untours Staff

Easily reached from our German Rhine Untour, the historic and lively town of Mainz is a favorite day trip. Guests find it interesting and easy to navigate in a day. This capital city on the Rhine offers numerous historically significant attractions. Foremost among its important buildings is the 1,000-year-old Dom, an impressive cathedral built in…  

St. Goar, in the Heart of the Middle Rhine

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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…  

The 10 Most Romantic Places in Europe

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February 6, 2018 by Andrea Szyper

There’s nothing like travel to stoke romance. The sights and sounds and smells and tastes of new places can stir your passion for living, and sharing those thrills with another is a perfect way to build your relationship. UnTours are made for love, giving you space to spread out in an apartment, autonomy to do…