As we’ve said countless times, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. So what’s the best way to get to know the hearts of those around the world, whom you visit when you go to a new place? Food. Since we’re in Germany this week on The Wanderlist, we put together a list of the most delectable dishes these Germans have to offer. Get ready to say danke schön because you’re going to love each and every one of them! Wurst Easily one of the most traditional dishes, it’s pretty much the German version of a hot dog. A German sausage is perfect for travelers, on the go, who need a hearty snack. Douse it in some delicious spicy mustard, and you will have a salty and delicious treat. ​​SMLXL Weiner Schnitzel Technically the national dish of their Austrian neighbors, Germans still consider this one of their most popular dishes. A thinly cut and then pan fried cut of veal. Typically served with some type of salad, whether it be lettuce, potato or cucumber, this delicious dish isn’t one to miss on your next trip to Deutschland. ​​SMLXL Apfelstrudel In case you don’t speak German, that’s apple strudel to you and its simply DELICIOUS. Perfect for all the sweet tooths out there, this delicate pastry is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. ​​SMLXL Eintopf Germany is beautiful all year long, but the winter months can get brutal at times. What’s the best way to warm yourself up during these long and cold… View Post

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1. Neuschwainstein Castle (Bavaria) ​​SMLXL This magnificent “fairytale” castle rests atop a hill, offering visitors incredible picturesque views of the Bavarian Alps and surrounding areas. And who wouldn’t want to tour the grand castle that inspired Disney’s Magic Kingdom? Fun fact: Neuschwainstein is the most photographed site in Germany! 2. Lake Konigssee (Bavaria) ​​SMLXL Embark on a journey through the emerald green waters of this stunning natural Alpine Lake. Experience the echo of the surrounding rock walls of the Bavarian Alps, on an electric boat tour, as your guide stops and plays a trumpet to demonstrate this famous feat. Your journey in Berchtesgaden National Park also offers incredible hiking opportunities and a chance to see the renowned St. Bartholomew pilgrimage church. 3. Rügen Island (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) ​​SMLXL When you think of Germany, we’re sure beaches definitely aren’t the first thing that come to mind. But all the more reason to visit Rugen, Germany’s largest island. Perfect for a weekend trip or a full blown holiday, Rugen has luxurious seaside resorts and large white sandy beaches. Experience life on the Baltic Sea and admire the famous Konigsstuhl “King’s Chair” chalk cliffs. 4. Oktoberfest (Munich) ​​SMLXL “Eat, DRINK, and be merry…” You can’t go to Germany without experiencing Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world! Indulge in authentic Bavarian beer and food as you join thousands of people in beautifully decorated and captivatingly unique tents. Oktoberfest is synonymous with beer in our minds, but you’ll also be able to enjoy amusement… View Post

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It’s an important part of traveling…getting the perfect picture. And France is no exception when it comes to amazing photo ops! We came up with the list of pictures we have checked off our Wanderlist, as well as the ones we need to capture when we go back! What’s on yours? Finger on the Louvre …so pointy! ​​SMLXL Amazed picture looking up at the Eiffel Tower …it’s JUST. SO. TALL. Grossed out when trying escargot picture …am I supposed to look happy eating snails? Attaching a love lock on the Pont des Amoureux …although this may have to be secretive now that it’s illegal ​​SMLXL Looking royal at Versailles …I think I need bigger hair to pull this off? Looking like a snow bunny in the Alps …I’m smiling, but I may die on this mountain! Looking up at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris …and wondering if Quasimodo can see you. ​​SMLXL Eating a croissant …so delicious, I may never go home! A beach pic in Nice …with the caption “Nice is nice.” ​​SMLXL On a boat in the Seine sailing through Paris …I can feel the romance, and smell the river… Outside the Moulin Rouge (in side too…) …What happens in the Moulin Rouge, stays in the Moulin Rouge. Sipping Moet in Champagne …poppin’ bubbly with the big dogs! ​​SMLXL Walking along the footpath with Mont Saint-Michel in the distance …or walking home to your new castle? Wearing a beret …and making it work? Staring at a window filled with colorful macarons… View Post

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With one of the biggest film festivals in the world being held here each year, you didn’t think we would leave out our favorite films, set in France,this week, did you? Every year in May, all the beautiful people flock to the city of Cannes along the French Riviera and the glitz and glam is too much to handle! However, Cannes is not the only mecca for movies in this amazing European nation. We decided to put together a list of our favorite films set in France, that capture all the romance,  history and thrill this country has to offer! La Vie En Rose Ironically, this is the only film actually spoken in French on our list. This Oscar winner for Best Actress, Marion Cotillard, made the list not just because of it’s roots, but because it’s one of C’s favorite movies (Disclaimer: if you haven’t seen it, DO IT!). La Vie En Rose is the tragic story of Édith Piaf, a beautiful singer in the early 1900s, and the trial and tribulations of her life. You’ll recognize some of the music, and even enjoy those you don’t know, and may not even understand. ​​SLXLM Aristocats Even cartoons deserve a shoutout on this list. One of the old Disney classics, this film’s character’s have French names (Toulouse, Marie, etc.) and takes place in the capital city of Paris. They have to find their way back home through the shady streets of Paris, filled with alley cats and other hooligans, but this feel good film is great for the… View Post

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Champagne is not just a product in France, but a way of life! Unbeknownst to many people across the world, champagne is only from the specific region in France from which it is named after. Many people confuse it with just sparkling white wine in general, which the French claim is l’impossible! We decided to dive into life in this northern region just 100 miles east of the twinkling lights of Paris, and get a taste for all that Champagne has to offer! ​​SMLXL Founded in 1065, it’s a historic province that boasts both military and historical significance. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site just a short few days ago this July, it tops our list of places to visit when we make our next trip to France! Let’s start with the province itself… Located in the northeast of France, its biggest city lies in it’s former capital of Reims. A bustling metropolis, almost four times the size of the present capital, when visiting here, you must see the 13th century cathedral that stands so beautiful. Though it was severely damaged in World War I, it has since been restored and is a top tourist attraction when visiting this beautiful French city. ​​SMLXL Photo by Wikipedia User-Traveler100 Though it’s not necessarily a top tourist destination, due to it being so rural, Champagne does remain a top choice for French homeowners to invest in another property. Many Parisians and other French citizens choose this region for holiday homes, as a way to escape… View Post

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