This time we visit the Bavarian Forest, the cities of Offenburg and Hanover and the Eiffel region
The Bavarian Forest is central Europe's largest contiguous forest landscape. Known as a region for nature lovers and hiking fans, the area also has much to offer and discover during winters. Our trip begins on the Grosser Arber. At almost 1500 meters above sea level, it's the Bavarian Forest's highest peak.
National park ranger Tobias Rankl shows us his favorite spots: a primeval forest, a fir tree over 400 years old and a historic inn.
Carnival merrymaking hits high gear on a Thursday in Baden-Württemberg. It launches an avalanche of parades, fools' courts and fatty foods. Even the name of the Thursday in question, "schmotzig," means fatty in local dialect. Try the fried crullers. While the Rhineland's comparable Weiberfastnacht emerged in the 19th century, the Baden-Württemberg tradition goes all the way back to medieval times.
The nuclear bomb shelter of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia lies hidden in a forest, near the remote Eifel village of Kall. The entrance is disguised as a harmless-looking garage door. It was kept top secret for almost 50 years. Now vacationers can visit the bunker. Its heavy doors are opened for tours every Saturday.
Jeremy Rupp comes from Washington. During his stay in Germany as part of a fellowship, he checked out Hanover.