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History

Mühlhausen

From its status as an important port of trade to its connection with Thomas Müntzer and the German Peasants’ War, this city in the heart of Germany is worth a visit. By Phyllis Meras   It’s a 1,000-year-old Thuringian city that, nowadays, tends t... Read More...

Potsdam Through the Ages

From the beauty of Sanssouci to the Cold War history of Glienicke Bridge, Potsdam offers an enticing side-trip option when in Berlin. By Wibke Carter   Potsdam, the fabled retreat of the Prussian kings, is for many travelers to Berlin a popular d... Read More...

In the Footsteps of the Vikings

The Vikings—they emerged in the North as a terrifying new threat to impact upon the peace and prosperity of 8th century Europe. But what was the motive behind their raids: a lust for violence, poverty or even wealth? By Alevtina Altenhof   Long a... Read More...

The Wonders of Wismar

Sea air, a rich and storied history and the unique and beautiful architecture of this Hanseatic city make it a true German treasure. By Leah Larkin Wismar is often used by filmmakers. It’s no surprise. When walking through this picturesque town it seems ... Read More...

Waldsee: Courageously Learning from History

Preserving an identity in light of the horrors of WWII through education and a vow to never forget. By Daniel S. Hamilton “The coolest language school in the world.” That’s how Germany’s popular television show Galileo describes Waldsee, the oldest and l... Read More...

The Magic of Schwäbisch Gmünd

Explore the land of crusader kings, Catholic defiance, gold and silver. By Peter Vogt It was 29 September of the year 1168, and much of the small southwest German town of Gmünd (named for the confluence of the Rems with tributary streams) lined the muddy... Read More...

Karl Marx at 200

Looking back at the man who contemplated the root causes of poverty and how class struggle shapes societies. By Robert A. Selig Social historians often characterize the 18th century as the age of poor people, beggars and petty criminals, nevertheless, th... Read More...

Swiss National Day in New Glarus, Wisconsin

Colorful trachten, flag throwing, alpenhorns and choirs converge to celebrate in “America’s Little Switzerland.” By Don Heimburger It’s a day Swiss-Americans look forward to all year. It’s always a day of food, fun, singing and dancing, and also a solemn... Read More...