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by Katie F. Boltuch Contributing writer Usually, between the end of one school year and the start of the next, every student risks summer learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in reading and mathematical computation skills over the summer. For many, this statistic is worrisome. And now, during the difficulties in schooling due to Covid-19, the gap might be even bigger. But, rest at ease, there are two simple words that can help prevent the “summer slide:” enrichment and involvement. Regardless of whether you have the ability to travel or can only stay on your local base or post, there are plenty of ways to stimulate your children to keep those brains pumping. Challenge yourself this summer by deciding to enrich your children so they can return to school without losing their academic footing.

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Visit the zoo If you’re willing to drive an hour and a half, be sure to visit the Fasanerie Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Wiesbaden. Guests can see up to 50 types of animals and the gardens allow visitors to explore the exotic and indigenous plant life in the meadows, woods, and water. Entrance is FREE and open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Explore museums Who doesn’t love field trips? All of these options are within a 1- to 1.5-hour drive from the KMC area. There are almost too many to choose from! Located in Pirmasens, the Dynamikum science center offers nearly 160 exhibits for children to explore. The former shoe factory now focuses on education, particularly in the area of motion. The museum encourages visitors to experience its eight divisions of friction, impulse, energy, research of natural motion, aspects of biological mechanics, and the power of the mind. If you’ve already been to the Dynami­ kum, take a ride to Frankfurt for a visit at the EXPERIMINTA Science Center. With more than 120 experimental stations involving natural sciences, math, and information technology, children will be challenged to expand their minds.

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The science center offers more than 70 work­shops for children ranging in age from 5-7, 8-10, children with parents, as well as parents, grandparents and adults! Hours of operation vary throughout the week. For more information, visit www.experiminta.de.

the technology lover. The museum offers a wide range of exhibits. Wander Explore an original jumbo jet or walk through the Russian space shuttle BURAN. Visitors can also see vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Unique to Speyer, the IMAX Dome movie theater offers patrons a movie experience out of this world!

Open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and located about an hour east of the KMC area, the Speyer Technik Museum will excite

For more information, the IMAX schedule and museum information, visit www.speyer. technik-museum.de.

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With more than 4,500 animals and over 450 species, visitors will not be disappointed at Frankfurt Zoo. Throughout the year, the zoo offers a wide range of enrichment programs for visitors. Tours are offered for all ages, including through the aquarium and reptile house known as the Exotarium. Individual tours can also be arranged to see your favorite animals and get answers to any questions you may have. Hours of operation are every day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Check out www.zoo-frankfurt.de for upcoming events before you plan your trip.

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Need something a little sweeter? Take a trip to Pirmasens Wawi World of Chocolate to experience up close how handcrafted chocolate is made. After watching the chocolatier make delicious confections, be sure to visit the chocolate museum! For tour information visit: www.wawigroup.de

Have a future paleontologist on your hands? Natural history museums abound within a few hours of the KMC area. Take time to visit Gondwana – Das Praehistorium in Saarland. Visitors can see the largest worldwide dinosaur show! The museum also includes Dinowelt, a playground area with a fun obstacle course for toddlers and kids. Praehistorium’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day with the last admission at 4 p.m. For pricing information visit: www.gondwana-das-praehistorium.de

Also located in Frankfurt, Germany’s second largest natural history museum, Naturmuseum Senckenberg, offers the most comprehensive exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe including a dinosaur fossil with its scaled skin preserved! In addition to dinosaurs, the museum has an expansive collection of over 2,000 stuffed bird species. Offering regular evening lectures and tours, the museum is open 7 days a week. Hours of operation vary.

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How about a challenge to your logic and reasoning skills? The Fun Forest Abenteuer Park in Homburg is right up your alley. Covering two acres, this climbing park features easy and advanced climbing courses as well as a children’s course. When you’re ready for a break, take the zip line over the entire lake! Their newest addition, Pirate Island, is a course offering pure adrenaline with unique climbing elements and challenges. Non-climbers can enjoy a day on the water or take a stroll in the recreation area. Fun Forest is open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.funforest.de.

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The Wiesbaden Museum combines natural history with contemporary art and antique paintings. Using four themes, this museum displays exhibits through the use of color, shape, movement, and time. The museum is also home to objects, sculptures and paintings from the latter half of the 20th century. Open Tuesday through Sunday, hours of operation vary. Visit www.museum-wiesbaden.de/en

Take it outside Who says learning can’t be fun and good for your health? If you haven’t heard of Barefoot Park in Bad Sobernheim, keep reading! A favorite for kids of all ages, the barefoot path enables visitors to walk through clay, grass, sand, stones, and bark mulch. Not sure how this relates to learning? The visit teaches kids, and you, how to strengthen and build muscles and ligaments in your feet and arches. The walk promotes posture improvement as well as blood circulation. Guests can also walk through the Nahe River depending on river depth. Hours of operation are every day from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Looking for a place where you don’t have to utter the phrase, “don’t touch!”? Don’t miss out on a visit to the Kinder Museum in Frankfurt. Part of the Frankfurt Historical Museum, the Kinder Museum is specifically designed for children. Visitors play an active role by touching, testing, and trying things out on topics of local historical and cultural relevance. Children can learn basic principles and development of a craft in a variety of two-day workshops. They also offer bookings for

themed birthday parties. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit www. kindermuseum.frankfurt.de

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Family Fun at Luisenpark

When the temperatures rise, Luisenpark is a popular place for Mannheim visitors to picnic, play or just to kick back and relax.

Story and photos by Megan Finley Contributing writer If you are anything like myself, then you might feel a little giddy every time you look at the weekend weather forecast and see a glorious prediction of mild temperatures and sunshine. This weekend my family and I decided to plan a one day, no-frills excursion to Luisenpark, which is only 50 minutes away in Mannheim. Luisenpark has something to offer for every age. We were completely amused with the large-mouth fish following our gondola on the Kutzerweiher Lake forming a side channel of the old Neckar River within the park. Gondolas are pulled by an underwater rope, making a large loop

around the peaceful lake. Flamingos, pelicans, swans, ducks and fish are in abundance, creating a perfect home at Luisenpark. The park is a beautiful site for concerts, operas, musical shows and plays within its stage area, which contains 1,000 seats. Flower gardens are everywhere, and the park includes Chinese gardens, a Chinese tea house and restaurant. Many folks were enjoying a bite to eat and a drink at the outdoor tables, taking in the sun. We made ourselves comfortable in a gorgeous meadow area close to the playgrounds and model farm, which came complete with domestic animals. Do not forget to visit the bird aviaries, butterfly house, salt- and fresh water aquariums.

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Towering over Luisenpark at 205 meters is a communication tower complete with a rotating restaurant. After enjoying a picnic lunch and game of ball, we decided to walk the park’s well manicured paths to a beer garden for a quick ice cream before heading back to Kaiserslautern. Whether you are looking for the perfect picnic location or just searching for a change of scenery, the opportunities for outdoor enjoyment at Luisenpark are in great abundance. For more information, visit www. luisenpark.de.

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by Ronnie Juhans Contributing writer Biking from village to village in the areas surrounding the KMC and Baumholder can be challenging and a little frustrating during weekend and holiday traffic times when you have to share roadways with cars and trucks that zip around you to pass. Sometimes they get too close for comfort, especially when it is illegal to use sidewalks, and you are forced to concentrate on staying so close to the shoulder of the road without being able to bail off quickly onto grass, rocks and gravel if you are on a road bike. As a mountain biker who is able to ditch the pavement without damaging my tires and rims, I still do not enjoy biking along roadways for fear of that one distracted driver who could be texting, talking on the phone, eating, or fumbling around the vehicle for various other reasons. There are many options in the surrounding areas to enjoy rides that offer peace of mind, lack of views. With the following rides, you will feel safe alone or with the family, and have rest stops along the way that

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offer food and drink, or picnic areas along the route. One of my favorite bike adventures in the area is the Draisinentour. The Draisine is a railroad bike trolly that was used years ago to take workers along the tracks to inspect and repair them. This is a great option if you don’t want to pack up your bikes, deal with flat tires, chain breaks, and especially traffic. The trollies are equipped with seats for two peddlers in the front and two passengers in the back so that you can switch off. There is also a backpack and cooler area at the rear of the trolley. If you are doing a family tour, the recommended age for allowing the kids to peddle is 9 and above due to leg length. Otherwise, they can enjoy the ride while you do the work. The routes are from Altenglan to

Lauterecken (20 kilometers), or you can continue on to Staudernheim for a total of 40 kilometers. They are one-way routes that start and end at a train station with bus transportation at each point for your return trip. The routes start at different points on even and odd number days of the month. The even-day route includes Staudernheim-LautereckenAltenglan. The odd-day route includes Altenglan-LautereckenStaudernheim. Be sure to contact the tourist information office in Kusel to make your reservation; email Touristinformation@kv-kus.de. You will receive your confirmation via email as well as the bus schedules and prices to return back to your start point. Each route has stops along the way where you can remove the trolley from the tracks, take a break, have lunch or explore one of the villages. Locks are provided with the trolley. Opens daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices: Monday to Friday 36 euro per trolley.

Saturdays, Sundays, and German holidays 44 Euro per trolley. Please visit www.draisinentour. de before you start your trip for the most up-to-date information on hours and prices.

For those of you who prefer to take to the trails on your own or with your families, the following are a few great suggestions with no traffic, amazing views, and places to rest, picnic or stop at a local beer garden. These routes were also chosen because their starting points are either in or near the villages in which many KMC and Baumholder off-base/post residents live. All routes are clearly marked with the name as well as colorful symbols that can be easily spotted as you pedal through the villages. While riding keep in mind to check the signs along the way to stay on your route because many of them intersect with other routes at various points. Some of the routes have various surfaces such as dirt, gravel, and asphalt. They can also lead you

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Explore Germany’s National Parks by Ashley Dobson Contributing writer Germany has many fascinating cities to explore, but you are missing out on some of the country’s most awe-inspiring sights if you don’t venture out into the wild. There are 16 national parks in Germany, each one with its own distinctive identity and unique beauty. Whether hiking trails, discovering a new lake or following the path of a historical figure, Germany’s national parks offer a fun place to spend your summer weekends. All 16 parks are worth exploring during your time in Germany, but here’s our list of the five you should prioritize this summer. Eifel National Park Eifel National Park is the perfect choice for history buffs. The park encompasses a former World Berchtesgaden National Park Photo by Gaspar Janos / Shutterstock.com

War II training ground. Some parts of the park are not open to the public because of the Glasmine 43 mines that still exist near the dam of the Urft Reservoir. Even if you are feeling adventurous, the areas of the park that were sown with glass mines are fenced off and entering them is strictly forbidden. About 150 miles of paths are open to visitors. On these paths, you can see the park’s native animal and plant species. It is home to more 7,100 of them. The park also offers frequent, free guided tours with a trained ranger. Information about these tours, as well as other events, are available at the Eifel National Park Forestry Office. Eifel National Park makes for a perfect day trip. It is about a 2 1/2hour drive from Kaiserslautern. Black Forest National Park The towns in the Black Forest

area may be best known for cuckoo clocks and cake, but Black Forest National Park is full of its own treasures. The park stretches between Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt and provides views over the Rhine Valley and France. There are three suggested hiking paths inside the park: the Lynx path, the wilderness path and the Lotharpfad. The Lynx path allows you to see the forest from the perspective of the mighty cat. The wilderness path shows off the power of nature, and the Lotharpfad takes you through the path of the 1999 storm “Lothar.” This national park is also home to gorgeous waterfalls. You can take either a day trip or spend a weekend camping inside the park in a permitted area. The Black Forest National Park is about two hours and 45 minutes by car from Kaiserslautern. Kellerwald-Edersee National Park Photo by Manfred Ruckszio / Shutterstock.com

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Kellerwald-Edersee National Park Kellerwald-Edersee National Park is for true nature lovers. It is a Luzulo-beech forest. While there is small-animal life in this park, the trees are the highlight. There is even a walkway built up at the top of the trees, called the Baumkronenweg am Edersee, that allows you to experience the park from all angles. Kellerwald-Edersee National Park is about a three-hour drive from Kaiserslautern. Berchtesgaden National Park Berchtesgaden National Park is the only alpine national park in Germany, and the views are stunning. It is located in southeast Bavaria on the border with Austria and is dotted with gorgeous lakes and towering mountains. In the center of the park is the famous Lake Koenigssee, which features St. Bartholomew’s Church, a Roman Catholic pilgrimage church, at its shore. Many

visitors to the park are completing the pilgrimage of St. Bartholomew. Berchtesgaden is also home to two of Germany’s five glaciers. It is the perfect choice for hikers or photographers looking to capture some of the best views in the country. Berchtesgaden National Park is about a six-hour drive from Kaiserslautern. Jasmund National Park Jasmund National Park is a nature reserve near the Baltic Sea. It is famous for containing the largest chalk cliffs in Germany, known as the “Koenigsstuhl,” meaning “king’s chair” in German. It is the smallest national park in Germany but one of the most unique. It is home to many rare plants and animals. Bird watchers come from all over to try to spot some of the rare birds nesting in the area. Jasmund is a nine-hour drive from Kaiserslautern, but the views and the experience are worth it. Jasmund National Park Photo by ricok / Shutterstock.com


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Page 8 by Ruth Cuevas Contributing writer If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you’re probably either in heaven now that you live in Germany, or you’re intimidated. If you’re intimidated, don’t be. In fact, many of my friends say that riding in Germany feels much safer than riding in the USA because traffic feels more predictable. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want or that you don’t have to pay attention, but knowing that traffic rules aren’t as loose and carefree as other countries helps to relieve some of that additional pressure. If you’re on the other side of that line, your problem is probably more along the lines of where to go next? From Kaiserslautern, there are plenty of day trips. Johanniskreuz, located deep in the forest, about 25 minutes from Kaiserslautern city center, is a

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determined by the weather. To get to Johanniskreuz from Kaiserslautern, you can take B37 to B48 and you’ll run into it on B48. The roads are perfect-

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the hilly terrain, you’ll be tempted to look down. Play it safe and pull off at one of the many rest areas alongside the road. Johanniskreuz itself is not very large. The “hot spot” is the large parking lot for the Hotel Café Restaurant Johanniskreuz. There’s a small imbiss (fast food stop) where you can pick up a cup of coffee, a slice of cake, or a cold drink. They don’t have a fixed menu so you take what they’ve got. Insider tip: if they have the cheesecake, order that. I promise it’ll help make your trip unforgettable! An inherent part of motorcycle culture is taking pride in the machine you’re riding, no matter how young or old, scratched or shiny it may be. Riders on older bikes wax on about the reliability and character of their trusty ol’friend while riders on new bikes can’t help but show off some of the latest gadgets. Sometimes, you’ll see so many people crowding the lot that random drivers are tempted to stop and check out the makeshift roadside festival. A lot of riders from northern locations make Johanniskreuz a must on their route because of the ideal road conditions and the near perfect scenery. My fiancé and I have met riders from Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, and all over Germany. Riding motorcycles is about being present and enjoying the journey. If you’re looking for a destination point in the area, try Johanniskreuz. Don’t worry about the size of the crowd that will be there when you arrive. Just remind yourself that it’s about the journey, not the destination.

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Learn about history, the natural world, lots more while exploring

Mainz museums by Karl Weisel U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Most people who have spent any amount of time in the RheinMain region know Mainz as a famous party town — a university city known for its annual bout of carnival madness during the Fasching season. But what many may not know is that, as the capital of RheinlandPfalz, Mainz is also a museum showcase. Unlike its cousin across the Rhine River, Wiesbaden (Hessen’s state capital), which has a few museum collections but looks farther east and south to Frankfurt and Darmstadt for more extensive museums, Mainzers don’t have to travel to other cities in the state to find unique accumulations of everything from great works of art to a look at the history of shipbuilding. While Mainz’s museums may not all be located side-by-side along the river like many of those in Frankfurt on the Schaumainkai, many are within walking distance

of one another in the historic city. Mainz, like Frankfurt, suffered severely from Allied bombing during World War II. In February 1945 roughly 80 percent of the city center was blasted into oblivion — a historical fact that one can learn more about in the Landesmuseum Mainz. Landesmuseum Mainz Museum exhibits trace the importance of Mainz as a trade hub in the Middle Ages when traffic on the Main and Rhine rivers carried everything from wine to porcelain. Coins discovered all over the globe bearing markings from Mainz attest to the important role the town played in worldwide commerce before trading shifted farther east to Frankfurt as that city became a major market, banking and trade fair city. Other exhibits, including stone arches from Roman times, baroque sculptures and Byzantine coins trace the city’s evolution over thousands of years. But history is only a small part of the Mainz Landesmuseum. Artworks, art nouveau glassware

and other objects on display offer opportunities to delve deeper into the world of inspiration and creativity. Discover how the United States relied heavily on Europe for luxury glass up to the 20th century before Louis C. Tiffany began inviting European artisans to America to work in his factory. Young people will enjoy interactive computer terminals located throughout the museum that offer insights into exhibits and puzzles to solve, ranging from comparing two similar paintings for differences to assembling pieces of a well-known artwork. A special “Zeitraum” in the museum offers visitors young and old a hands-on learning opportunity. Children are also invited to celebrate their birthdays at the museum. For information on arranging birthdays or group tours, call 06131-2857-160. The Landesmuseum is located at Grosse Bleiche 49-51 in Mainz. Admission is €3 for adults, €2 for students and free for children 6 and under. A family ticket costs €6. Natural History Museum A five-minute walk from the Landesmuseum takes one to Mainz’s Natural History Museum. The collection contained there isn’t as big as, say, the one at the Smithsonian

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Museum in Washington, D.C., but Mainz’s museum still offers an intriguing look at the development of animal and plant life through the course of Earth’s history. From a model of a 150-million-year-old Archaeopteryx to wild animals one might find in a German farmer’s field today, visitors will find plenty to pique their interest. Stuffed birds in one room give visitors a better idea of the rich variety of animals that once roamed and still populate the skies in Germany. Other exhibits feature everything from ice age animals to fossilized remains. The Natural History Museum is located at Mitternacht/ Reichklarastrasse 1 in Mainz. Admission is €1.50 for adults, 50 euro cents for children and €3 for a family ticket.

Gutenberg Museum Interested in learning about the history of moveable type? Visit the Gutenberg Museum, located next to Mainz’s cathedral. While there, stop into the Cathedral and Diocesan Museum. Or visit the Museum of Roman Ships for a look at ancient watercraft. Another possibility is a visit to the RomanGerman Central Museum, located along the river on Adenaur Ufer. Stop by your local library for more travel information on Mainz or visit the official Mainz home page at www.mainz.de for a host of links and information about upcoming events and sights. Remember to check out each museum’s website for current hours and pricing during COVID-19.


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adults practice proper sun safety procedures. Put aside your excuses and put on the sunscreen, preferably one with a sun protection factor of at least 15 and both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B protection. Put it on at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun and apply generously. Be sure to take these additional precautions:

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it’s still an excellent site for relaxation.

The Nature Park of the Palatine Forest was created to protect the landscape for the leisure of the people in the surrounding cities, said Arno Weiss, the deputy director of the Naturpark Pfaelzerwald. The entire area is protected to maintain its diversity, uniqueness and beauty — and

History and mystery Wild tales abound to explain some of the strange landscapes found in the area. One of those tales is the story of the Devil’s Stone in Bad Duerkheim: In the Middle Ages, the devil was walking through the forest when he saw a group of monks working. He asked

the monks what they were building and the monks, seeing that it was the devil, lied to him. They told the devil that they were building a gasthaus. The devil thought that he could capture many souls in a gasthaus, with all the drinking and gambling — so he helped the monks. But the monks had built a cloister. The devil was angry and grabbed a huge stone to crush the cloister. At

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that time, the first bell rang out and surprised the devil, making him drop the giant rock. Now, when you walk through the forest you can see this huge stone alone in the middle of the forest. Find the romance and shoes? The Palatine Forest borders the vineyards of the German Wine Route. Along this route, you find towns and villages with their own romantic charm, appeal and wine culture.

The region around KaiserslauternSüd, Lambrecht, Elmstein, Tripstadt, Rodalben and WaldfischbachBurgalben is considered the center of the Palatine Forest. Take a visit to the city of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse and stroll through the old part of town and around the Stiftkirche. The market place is the center of the city and is surrounded by historic buildings, including the city hall. The Verbandsgemeinde Lambrecht should be called the “vital

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valley” because it is known for its recreational opportunities like climbing, hiking or bicycling. Just as in bygone days, you can ride a steam train through the Elmsteiner Valley and visit at least half a dozen old castles. Burg Spangenberg’s annual Knight Games/Medieval Festival in May is a famous event worth checking out. There are also many forest cottages that offer hikers and bicyclists good and hearty Palatine cooking. The region of Hauenstein is known for the Teufelstisch and for shoes. The Teufelstisch, or Devil’s Table, is one of the most bizarre rocks in the southwest Pfalz. Shaped by the weather, the rock looks like a colossal sandstone tabletop. Right underneath the Teufelstisch, children can let off steam in a large adventure playground. The shoe industry has greatly impacted Hauenstein over the past 100 years. Visit the German Shoe Museum, which brings to life the amazing times that affected the region (www.deutsches-schuhmuseum. de). Here you will find the original machinery once used to produce old shoes along with a historic timeline covering the past two centuries. You can also see a unique and oddly entertaining exhibit: used shoes from German celebrities such as Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Helmut Kohl or Luis Trenker. Of course, you can buy shoes in this region at every corner. After you buy some shoes, try them out on one of the region’s many hiking trails. Hiking the forest If you like to hike, the Pfalz is the place to be. There are 92 parking areas for hiking paths that cover more than 2,200 kilometers of beautiful territory. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the region, you can venture out with confidence: The signs are easy to understand and visible. You won’t need to take the contents of your fridge along for the hike because 45 cottages offer food and snacks along the way, as do 14 Friends of Nature cottages and 50 restaurants.

You can find maps for your next hiking trip in this region at pfaezerwald.de or in your local bookstore. Wild and Hiking Park Silz: More than 400 animals and 15 species call Wild Park Silz home. These animals are primarily native to the region and climate. The adventure playground and the petting zoo are two fun options for children. Visit www.wildpark-silz.de. Royal ruins There are more than 100 castle ruins on the land of the Pfaelzerwald. It was the center of the Holy Roman Empire in the Middle Ages. • Kaiserburg Trifels (Emperors’ Castle): The Kaiserburg was the favorite castle of Emperor Barbarossa; you can see it from a distance as it towers over the town of Annweiler. The castle was once a notorious state prison with

an equally infamous prisoner: the English King Richard Lionheart. For details, visit, www.trifelsland.de. • Burg Berwartstein: You’ll be hard-pressed to find an experience of the Middle Ages that’s as gripping as Burg Berwartstein. The tour of this castle, which uses candles at times, will lead you through torture chambers and secret passages. To get to the castle, you enter a vertical cave, which once made this castle almost impossible to conquer. Pay attention to the incredible architecture and sample some original hearty kitchen fare; visit the dark arms room to examine mighty weapons once used to defend this structure. For details, visit, www. burg-berwartstein.de. • Ore Mine St. Anna-Stollen: At St. Anna-Stollen, you can learn

all about ore mining by hand. Technical machinery, shafts and colorful ore ledges show how a mine operated. For details, visit www.northweiler.de/erzgrube. • Leisure in the Southwest Pfalz: The Südwestpfalz sits on the border of the French Alsace region and belongs to one of the most interesting and romantic regions of the Pfalz. The Palatine Forest is part of this vacation region. The other part is the fertile Sickinger Hoehe, which is a very old, traditional region dedicated to agriculture, as seen by the many billowing cornfields and windmills. • The Leininger Land: The Leiniger Land is in the north of

the county of Bad Duerkheim on the German Wine Road; forest, wine and castles are the best three nouns to describe this region. Here you will find beautiful hiking trails and former quarries that offer a unique recreational area with rare plants and animals. The cities of Wattenheim and Altleinigen feature an impressive castle. Gruenstadt is the center of the Leinigenland, which is the crossroads between the German Weinstrasse (B271) and the A6 Mannheim – Saarbrücken. For more information on the Nature Park Palatine Forest, visit www. pfaelzerwald.de.

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Germans love a good summer barbecue as much as Americans do. What they put on their plates doesn’t exactly resemble hot dogs, burgers and co. These recipes can easily be prepared in advance and modified for individual tastes without losing any of its traditional deliciousness for your next German BBQ.

Hessian potato salad

SIDE DISH Every German will tell you how you’re preparing your potato salad is wrong. It’s not personal. It’s regional. Using mayonnaise is a classic way to go but not summer-friendly so here’s the Hessian way: simple, hearty and safe to sit in the sun. Start to finish: 15 minutes (+30 to boil potatoes) Servings: 4 Photo by Alessio Orru / Shutterstock.com • 1kg potatoes (any waxy kind will do) • 1 cup vegetable or beef broth • 7 tablespoons vinegar • 1 onion • 1 tablespoon mustard (optional) • chives, parsley, salt, pepper Boil the potatoes (a day in advance, if possible) and store at room temperature. Sauté the finely chopped onions and bacon (if using bacon; see “Tip” below). Dissolve the mustard in broth; let cool. Thinly slice the potatoes. Fold the potatoes into the dressing mixture before adding onions, chives and parsley. Tip: My grandma serves it with crispy strips of bacon and cherry tomatoes on top.

Stuffed bell pepper

SIDE DISH A staple on German dinner tables that is often made in the oven but works perfectly on a grill as well. Try to look for symmetric bell peppers when shopping to make sure they don’t fall over. Photo by stockcreations / Shutterstock.com Start to finish: 15 minutes (+25 on grill) Servings: 6 • 3 bell peppers • 10 ounces feta cheese • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes • 4 ounces spring onions • 1 ounce chives • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • half a clove of garlic, crushed • salt, pepper, chili flakes • shredded cheese of choice Preheat grill to lowest flame. Cube feta, tomatoes, onions and put them in a bowl. Season with soy sauce, olive oil and spices. Mix well. Scoop out the washed and halved bell peppers’ insides. Stuff them and sprinkle cheese on top. Put on an aluminum tray and close the grill’s lid. Broil for 20-25 minutes. Check frequently. Tip: Add minced meat to use it as a main dish.

Arugula and pasta salad

SIDE DISH Pasta salad can probably be found at every single BBQ buffet in Germany. Why? Because it’s delicious, nutritious and quick to make. Experiment with different vegetables, meats, cheeses and more to find your personal favorite. Start to finish: 20 minutes (+10 to boil pasta) Servings: 6 • 10 ounces pasta • 10 ounces arugula (rocket leaves) • 20 cherry tomatoes • 15 dried tomatoes • 1.5 bell pepper • 3 ounces nuts or seeds of choice • 7 ounces soft goat’s cheese or feta cheese • 8 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 teaspoon mustard • 4 tablespoons honey • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil • salt, pepper, chili flakes, cumin, turmeric Boil the pasta according to package instructions and let cool. Dice the vegetables. Roast the nuts in a hot, oil-free pan. This only takes a few seconds, so don’t take your eyes off it. Mix the dressing (season to liking) and pour over the noodles and vegetables. Sprinkle cheese and seeds on top. Tip: Perfect to take on the go. Store it in a food container and off you go to picnics, parties, school or work.

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MAIN DISH Voilà, another easy dish that bursts with flavor, protein and vitamins. Children can help with the assembly and choose their favorite vegetables to make sure everyone is happy. Start to finish: 15 minutes (+ time on grill) Servings: 4 • 18 ounces chicken • 1 bell pepper • 10 mushrooms • 1 zucchini • 1 eggplant • 5 ounces cherry tomatoes • 5 tablespoons olive oil • salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, thyme, turmeric to taste • 15 kabob sticks

MAIN DISH The idea of turning sausages into a salad might just be the most German one yet. Yup, no green stuff, just sausage. This can serve as a main dish or sandwich topping. Popular sides include fried potatoes, fries and black bread. Start to finish: 20 minutes Servings: 4 • 9 ounces Bologna (preferably thinly sliced) • 7 ounces Gouda (or any other kind of hard cheese) • 1 medium sized onion • 5 pickled gherkins • 3 tablespoons vinegar • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil • salt and pepper to taste • optional: 1 tablespoon mustard, chives and radishes

Wash, dry and cube or slice the chicken and vegetables. Alternate between meat and vegetables when assembling your masterpiece on the sticks. Mix olive oil and spices in a bowl before coating the chicken. Grill on all sides until well done.

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The Rhine River offers a magical German experience with its breathtaking scenery, half-timbered houses, historic castles, dramatic hillsides and delicious wines. May to mid-October is the perfect time to explore the Rhine, as most places all but shut down during the winter months. Here are three stops along the Rhine River you will not want to miss. Saint Goar Just over an hour’s drive from Kaiserslautern, sightseers can explore Saint Goar, a Rhine River town first settled during Roman times. The town was named after Goar of Aquitaine, a young monk who came to live on the site around 530. Goar lived as a hermit in a cave on the Rhine, and worked as a missionary to the local people. Goar was famous for his great hospitality, particularly towards the boatmen on the Rhine. Over the years, many tales have been told about Goar of Aquitaine. After his death in 575, his resting place became a pilgrimage site, and the town was named after him. While in Saint Goar, sightseers can visit Rheinfels Castle, which dates back to 1245. In its prime, Rheinfels Castle covered five times its current area. It is the largest castle overlooking the Rhine. One of the most famous points near the town is the site of the Lorelei rock. The myth tells a story of a beautiful woman named Lore Lay who betrayed her sweetheart. She was accused of bewitching men and causing their deaths. Rather than sentence her to death, the bishop committed Lore Lay to a nunnery. Three knights accompanied Lore Lay on her journey to the nunnery. When they came to the rock, Lore Lay asked the knight’s permission to climb it and view the Rhine one more time. In doing so, she thought she saw her love in the Rhine and fell to her death. According to the legend, the rock echoes the sound of her name. Many believe Lore Lay distracts shipmen with her beauty and her singing, causing them to crash onto the rocks. Bacharach Just a little over an hour’s drive from Kaiserslautern, Bacharach

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offers historic streets, half-timbered houses, historic churches, great wine and Stahleck Castle. Many cozy street-side cafes offer local wines as well as delicious regional specialties, including Rhine goat and local game. After a yummy meal, families can enjoy a scenic hike along one of Bacharach’s many routes. No day excursion is complete in Germany without visiting a castle or two. Standing commandingly on a riverside crag is Stahleck Castle, a 12th-century fortification. During World War II, Stahleck became one of 27 “jugendburgen,” or “youth castles,” used for the indoctrination of teenagers and young adults. From 1940 to 1943, the castle served as a military hospital. In January 1943, the castle was used as an internment camp for German youth who exhibited disloyalty to the Nazi Party, some of whom were taken from Stahleck to concentration camps. From June 1943 until the following summer of 1944, Stahleck was used as a work and military training camp for Germans between the ages of 14 and 18 years. One of the most photographed historic half-timbered houses in the world is the Alte Haus in Bacharach. Built in 1368, the home is one of the best-preserved homes of its time in Germany. The house is located at Oberstrasse 61, 55422 Bacharach. Braubach An hour and a half north of Kaiserslautern, on the Rhine River, lies the charming village of Braubach. With more than 3,000 inhabitants, the town became especially famous for its location below the Marksburg, the only surviving castle on the Middle Rhine. Dating back to the 1200s, the Marksburg was used for protection rather than a residence for royalty. In the 19th century after the Holy Roman Empire was abolished by French emperor Napoleon, the castle was used as a prison and a home for disabled soldiers. Braubach is also the home of Saint Barbara Church, built directly on the city walls in the year 1276. The original tower and choir still stand today. With its half-timbered houses dating back to the 16th century and the majestic Marksburg castle, Braubach makes for the perfect day trip on the Rhine River.


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