Taking the kids to Germany’s famous Christmas markets
Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Taking the kids to Germany’s famous Christmas markets

Germany has the most holiday markets in Europe, drawing tourists from around the world, though you’ll also find them a popular holiday tradition in neighboring Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia.

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Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans
Salzburg is celebrating Mozart’s 260th birthday (Jan 27) and the 175th anniversary of the Mozart Orchestra Salzburg

Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans

I think this picturesque city would be a good place to base yourself for several days or a week, though it can get crowded as the city of 150,000 welcomes more than 1.5 million tourists a year

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Rained out in Austria? No chance
Durstein, Austria

Rained out in Austria? No chance

We’re about an hour northwest of Vienna—a great place for a respite after city touring, The entire area is famous for its abbeys, churches, castles, picturesque villages and hiking and cycling. The best part—It’s not at all crowded!

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Taking the Kids on a River Cruise
Our 7-foot tour guide Martin Ides in Nuremberg

Taking the Kids on a River Cruise

Welcome to river cruising, family style. If you think river cruising is just for seniors, think again. Uniworld, which has been named by CruiseCritic.com as the “best overall river line,” is tripling its family itineraries in 2016

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Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen
One of the annual Nazi political rallies in Nuremberg in the 1930s

Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen

As I kept thinking about all of those architectural monstrosities that we saw on our tour of Nuremberg, I reminded myself of that photo I saw in Berlin of the Nazis crouching in fear at war's end. How the mighty have fallen, I thought.

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In Nuremberg, Germany: a fortress castle, a toy museum and a huge Christmas market
"Prune People" for sale at Nuremberg Christmas Market

In Nuremberg, Germany: a fortress castle, a toy museum and a huge Christmas market

Nuremberg has long been a center of toy making and this museum is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. More than a dozen local toy manufacturers developed model railways and Nuremberg’s toymakers were known for coming up with new ways to make toys move.

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On a GPS scavenger hunt in Bamberg, Germany’s Christmas market
Local school kids head straight to the candy seller at the Bamberg Christmas market

On a GPS scavenger hunt in Bamberg, Germany’s Christmas market

Uniworld Cruises has arranged a special way to see the picturesque city of Bamberg for the families on board—a GPS scavenger hunt organized by the company City Hunters that does such tours in cities across Germany.

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On Germany River Cruise – exploring Wurzburg and Rothenburg
Unwired Cruises guide Charles Conard with the kids in Wurzburg

On Germany River Cruise – exploring Wurzburg and Rothenburg

We’re in Wurzburg in Bavaria, the third day on our Uniworld Cruises family trip in the middle of Germany in a city that was nearly all destroyed by British bombers during allied bombing in 1945.

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What’s in Your Waffle? Day 2 on our Christmas Market River Cruise in Germany
Bavarian sausage rally for lunch on Uniworld River Queen

What’s in Your Waffle? Day 2 on our Christmas Market River Cruise in Germany

The 16 kids aboard Uniworld River Cruise’s special Family Christmas Market sailing in Germany are all members of the clean plate club by the time they are done cooking with Chef Peter Tarnok and Senior Pastry Chef Ciprian Ghiluescu. In fact, most of them have seconds… Lorelei George, 8, licks her plate.

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