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A Weekend in Wiesbaden


Calling it a “whirlwind trip” doesn’t really do justice to the unbelievable circumstances I found myself in just this past weekend; if anything, we came storming through Europe more like a tornado, touching down only long enough to buzz about busy Christmas markets near Wiesbaden. Forcibly removing myself from piles of work waiting at home, it was a welcome respite from endless homework and writing assignments. There may or may not have been one ridiculous, borderline outrageous impulse-buy that made the following photos possible, but can I tell you? After working relentlessly all year, it was worth it to totally spoil myself for the holidays.

The following are some of my favorite shots, snapped in Wiesbaden, Luxembourg, and the nearby surrounding areas.

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

25 thoughts on “A Weekend in Wiesbaden

  1. Wow! What fun. The top photo reminds me of when I was in Beziers in the south of France a couple years ago but Luxembourg sounds wonderful! I hope you sampled some of those chestnuts (a cheaper holiday treat for yourself)

  2. Dude, that’s wonderful! What took you to Germany for just a weekend? Congratulations on the fancy gift that you bought yourself. It’s justified because you put it to very good use (just in case you were feeling guilty) :) Good luck with your assignments!

    • Whew, thank you, I did kind of badly about such a crazy purchase, and at the last minute, too.

      We went because my dad is over in Germany for the time being, so we had him guide us around a bit, and then took him back home with us for the holidays. A good deal for everyone, I think. :)

  3. So jealous!! I really miss Germany this time of year.

  4. Looks like you managed to pack a lot into a short trip :) Congrats on your new acquisition – I’m jealous!

  5. OMG … how do you deal with the jet-lag with such a short trip??

    At any rate, what fun to read about your adventures. And you totally deserve that “impulse buy” …. you know it is going to be put to good use in your studies and work!!

    • I must admit, I was perpetually falling asleep midday for the whole week following the trip… But it actually wasn’t so bad, all things considered! I do use a light box in the winter to manage my SAD, and I hear that’s supposed to help correct your internal clock, too.

  6. Looks like a super fun trip! Beautiful photos! and if you use it for work, it’s not a splurge, it’s a business expense. :-)

  7. I’ve always wanted to go to Germany during this time of year! Have a great time there and a safe trip back.

  8. You totally deserve it and the pictures are gorgeous!

  9. Crazy insane whirlwind trip?!?!? AWESOME. Love these photos!

  10. Lucky you! I have been to Germany this time of the year and their Christmas markets are so fantastic!

  11. This sounds so wonderful. I love short trips. They are so refreshing.

  12. Even a very short trip to Germany is wonderful this time of the year…the Christmas markets are not to be missed.

  13. Sometimes we all need to blasted out of our work-a-day rut and you did it with such style. When I read your last post about your trip I was hoping you’d post about the culinary scene for vegetarians in Germany. My friends are always inviting me there but I’ve always declined thinking that I’d probably starve.

    • I will admit, the eating situation was a bit rough at times because we spent a lot of time on the move (not knowing where we’d end up or being able to scout out restaurants in advance) or stuck in Christmas markets (where the primary edible was some sort of wurst on a bun) but it’s definitely doable. The farmer’s market was wonderful, and I was able to stock up on tons of fresh fruits and veggies to munch on. A surprising number of people do know excellent English, so in most cases they’ll have an idea of what you want if you ask for specific things- Try to modify existing dishes, like asking for a bean salad but without cheese, etc. Japanese food is a good bet most of the time, where you can find tofu. No, I can’t say you’ll be able to have much traditional German fare as a vegan, but you won’t starve at all. Just pack backup protein bars to be safe!

  14. How wonderful to be able to travel- love the pics! Thanks for sharing them.

  15. Really lovely photos, Hannah! That first one of the tree-lined walkway is beautiful…it looks enchanted, actually. Hope you had a wonderful trip!

  16. I love Germany, and I miss it so:) I love your pictures:) I also want to let you know that I’ve selected you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find out about why I selected you and what you need to do in my link below.
    Have a great day:)

  17. Beautiful photos! I love the cabbage and the windmill ones.

  18. Oh Hannah! I’m so, so glad your plans came through and you did go to Germany after all, even if just for a whirlwind trip! Hurrah, hurrah! Now, next time you celebrate your hardwork and awesomeness with a trip to Australia, yes? Yes?

    (I hope you know I’ll never stop pestering you about this until you come ;) )

    • Oh I know, and was waiting for you to chime in here so I’m happy that you didn’t miss a beat. ;) It’s quite nice to feel so wanted! I actually will suggest Australia as a possible future trip… It’s way outside my realm of experience, but I know that at least my sister was there for a few days and loved it, so I can easily convince her to join my team and gang up on the parents. You’ll be the first one to know if there’s a remote possibility at any point, even before the grandparents!

  19. Wow! That sounds so incredibly awesome. Good for you!

  20. How wonderful to visit your dad, and then dad-nap him home for the holidays! Enjoy you family time together, it is indeed precious. Love to you…

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