This is a sponsored post and California Globetrotter was invited by Bottle Stops as a guest on the wine tour, as well as a guest of me and all hotels in Mainz, but as always, all pictures are mine unless otherwise stated and all opinions are entirely my own! This post also contains affiliate links […]

In towns and cities all over the world, the city hall (Rathaus) is the focal point for residents and tourists alike. Whether it be the politics behind the city hall, simply as a meeting point or main attraction, they draw us in either their elegance. It functions as a seat of government, a place of of significant events within the city as well as a place to bring people together on daily basis. Each and every single one is unique, portray characteristics and symbolism of the town and you’ll never find the same one twice.

2016 was already an amazing year full of travels, an engagement and a marriage, and as if 2016 couldn’t possibly be topped, 2017 came in at a VERY close second with an epic honeymoon road trip through the Balkans, many day trips to adorable half-timbered towns, a Thanksgiving visitor and a plethora of  Christmas markets! […]

Along my travels, and having been lucky enough to live in two of these cities, I’ve come to learn which cities were almost entirely spared from the ravages of war or were only minimally destroyed. So I’ve gathered a list of cities and towns throughout Germany which were untouched and still offer that historic Medieval charm we all crave to see and feel. And while there are many destinations in Germany to visit which also survived, I have yet to visit all of them. 

If you’re looking for day trips from Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany, where the hustle and bustle of live can sometimes be overwhelming, you can escape to a fairy-tale town deep in the heart of the Taunus Valley lined with colorful half-timbered houses, winding cobbled-stoned streets and leaning buildings. As per usual, I was a’scrollin’ through Pinterest, when I stumbled upon this beauty and knew I had to visit!

I’m just gonna say this right now, and if you’re a regular reader, you already know what I’m about to say! … I’ve done it again! I’ve found more adorable, picturesque, quaint and charming half-timbered towns. And no, not just one, but 3!!! And if you’re a regular reader or at least follow me on Instagram, then you already know I am OBSESSED with these stupid pretty little towns that are straight out of a fairy tale book!

Let’s be honest. When you think about Germany, everyone pictures Germans wearing Lederhosen, drinking beer and eating bratwurst, magnificent fairy tale castles perched high above the towns people and beautiful landscapes. While this is partially true, there is certainly much much more to this wonderful country.

There are three types of dwellings most Germans reside in: Big cities like Berlin, Munich or Frankfurt, villages out in the countryside with endless fields of crops and then there’s half-timbered storybook towns that we imagine all of Germany must look like.

Along the picturesque, winding river of the Rhine, just an hour from Frankfurt, you’ll find the enjoyable historic town of Rüdesheim am Rhine surrounded by fields of vineyards, producing the region’s most famous wine, Riesling. This region of German has produced wine here since the time of the Romans and Rüdesheim am Rhein is the gateway to the Upper Middle Rhein Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come along with us as we explore the are via chair lifts with picturesque panoramic views and wine!

Frankfurt am Main certainly has a lot to offer for anyone looking for something. But when you’re short on time because you decided to make the most out of squeezing some sightseeing in in just a few hours before flying out of Munich, then you need to cut through hogwash and get right to the point. So here are my top 5 things to do in Frankfurt as quickly as possible while still enjoying the most the city has to offer!

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