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  • “German for beginners” …. or, funny German proverbs


    Germany has quite an obsession for its little sayings, phrases and proverbs. You may be learning German already or have a basic knowledge of the language, but all the sudden you are complete at loss in a conversation, because your conversation partner starts talking about an elephant in a porcelain store or a gifted horse… like what in the hell???

  • “Zum Brückle” a nice Restaurant near Kelley Barracks


    For someone like me who has lived in the Stuttgart area for over 20 years it is possible to miss out on some great local restaurants.

    Last Sunday, my family and I visited a restaurant that we’ve always known about, driven passed, but never stopped to have a meal.

  • 15th International Fireworks Festival, “Flaming Stars,” August 18 – 20, 2017


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    Firework madness!

    Germany may not be known for huge firework celebrations, like the 4th of July parties back in America,

  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Driving on the Autobahn

    Germany`s Transportation Innovation

    If there`s one thing Germany is famous for, it`s the autobahn. Started in 1929, it now spans more than 12,950 km or 8,047 miles across the country, even crossing into Belgium, The

  • 6 Things You Need to Know Before Eating Out In Germany

    6 Things You Need to Know Before Eating Out In GermanyGermany has a great food culture, I mean German food is amazing, so you don't want to miss out and while the concept for most restaurants is basically the same (sit down and have a meal) there are a few cultural

  • A crazy day at Disneyland Paris


    You may call us crazy, but last month we decided to take our kids to Disneyland in Paris. I do have to add, our kids are 19 and 15, but they had been bugging to going back to Disney for years now. So what do good parents do? You eventually give in, sit

  • A Sea of Flowers


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    Keukenhof has to be one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands during springtime. It is one of the

  • A very special anniversary


    This year Stuttgart’s beloved jeweler Ruth Sellack is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of opening her store front in the Eberhardstrasse in Stuttgart. While it was just a short move distance-wise, the team was finally able to

  • Advent time is Christmas market time in Germany


    The official start to the Christmas season here in Germany has to be the lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath, which is usually also the time that most of the big Christmas markets open up. The Christmas markets have to be one of the most anticipated

  • American BBQ and Root Beer float in Stuttgart at TC BBQ

    American BBQ and Root Beer

    I like to say I am a person of food and culture. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled most of my life and have had amazing experiences with different people. My love for food came from the basic need of wanting to eat something good.

    I attended culinary school in

  • Autumn crafts


    Germans love doing arts and crafts, especially during times of transition, like in the spring or fall. Families will often flock to the forests and fields on nice, sunny fall days, in order to gather supplies and ideas for their projects. Then on the gloomier, rainy

  • Bad Wimpfen and Burg Guttenberg - A lovely day trip


    Bad Wimpfen and Burg Guttenberg are located in the beautiful Neckar Plain about an hour by car from Stuttgart or 1,5 hours from Kaiserslautern. Take the first exit on the highway A6 going towards Mannheim, the exit Neckarsulm and then head toward Mosbach. But beware – there

  • Barefoot Parks


    If you like the outdoors and want to treat your family to a natural, down to earth experience, these parks may just be the thing for you. Barefoot parks or dedicated barefoot trails are set up mainly for barefoot walking and playing. These open parks provide families the

  • Better safe than sorry


    Germans love their insurance, and insurance is offered for virtually everything. While most policies or plans don’t really make sense for Americans that are temporarily stationed here, others really do. Time has shown over and over that,

  • Black Forest cake


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    For sweet tooth under us, we added a recipe for the one and only, the world famous Black Forest cake. Authentic with a little dash of cherry spirit and beautiful

  • Caterpillar invasion


    You may have seen them on the news, or even out when you are walking around town or the woods. I am talking about caterpillars, oak processionary caterpillars in particular.

  • Chillis Mexican Restaurant y Bar

    Chillis Mexican Restaurant y BarThis Mexican-American restaurant is located on the second floor of the Schwabengalerie—offering you delicious food, fine quality beverages, a variety of desserts, and a relaxing atmosphere, both inside and out. To top it off, it comes with professional, fast, and friendly

  • Christmas Markets


    During the 4 weeks of Advent (roughly four weeks prior to Christmas) the Christmas Markets – Weihnachtsmärkte - open their doors.

    They originated in German-speaking part of Europe & in the Eastern regions of France in the Late Middle

  • CMT – Caravan- Motor und Tourism in Stuttgart 14.01.2017 till 22.01.2017

    CMT, with more than 2,000 exhibitors, will be presenting holiday ideas, the most beautiful travel destinations from around the globe, and the largest novelty show for camping and caravanning. This is the right way to the start of the season,  and there will be a tourism entertainment program as well.  Special

  • Cora, and the benefits of living right next to France

    One of the great things about living in Europe is that you can travel from country to country in a matter of hours. Borders are open to the most parts, and while there are sporadic border checks, you are pretty free to transport bought goods for personal consumption.

  • Die Bundesgartenschau – The National Garden Show


    Every year a different German city has the honor of hosting the national garden show. This year the task has fallen upon Heilbronn. Each city designs and sets-up a huge public garden with their hometown’s touch. Those

  • Do you like steaks?


    We tested Stuttgarts steak restaurants for you. The same question keeps popping up on the Facebook pages and groups, “Where do they serve great steaks?” We checked out 3 restaurants and really would like to recommend you one of them.

  • Do you like Wellness? - Time to have a good time in one of Stuttgart’s sauna worlds!


    It is cold outside, it is getting dark earlier and everybody wants to have a warm place to relax. In the area of Stuttgart there are lots of great opportunities to spend a nice time in a sauna world.

  • Dogs in Germany. What you need to know…

    Germany is actually a very pet friendly country; you'll see pets in Germany everywhere, the outdoor barn cat, the dog on the train or bus, in the car, at the mall, or the park, and even in many restaurants (where you can often find the waiter will bring your dog a water bowl as well).  If you're lucky you might even see someone

  • Easter fun on the Stuttgarter Wasen

    The Stuttgart spring fest starts with a 4 day weekend into its 79th year. This year it is opening right in time to celebrate the end of fasting on the Saturday before Easter. Old and young visitors can look forward to 3 eventful weeks in the capital of

  • Europa Park - Theme Park & Resort


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    Germany's Largest Seasonal Theme Park with over 14 roller coasters, water rides, and a number of exciting theatrical shows! Experience the sights, sounds,

  • Filderkraut Party!!


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    It is well known that Germany celebrates all kinds of harvests, the

  • Geeking out at the Stuttgart Comic Con


    The Stuttgart Messe is opening its doors to the Comic fans again. Today and tomorrow (June 29th and 30th) it’s all about comics, movies, cosplay and everything that comes along with the kingdom of nerds. Hang out

  • Geocaching, the world’s largest treasure hunt


    There are so many different ways to explore the outdoors or the historic cities in Germany. If you like riddles and treasure hunts, then becoming part of the geocaching community might be just the thing for you.

  • Germany’s beaches


    Surprised? Yes, even Germany has beaches. I know it’s a well-hidden secret. Since most Americans are kind of concentrated in the center and south of Germany, the North is often left out. But that’s just where the oceans

  • Gorilla Lady Tuana gives birth to an adorable baby


    Almost 3 years after the last birth in the Gorilla group, this year’s addition brings their number to 12. On January 11th, 2018 animal caretakers where thrilled to discover the, so far unknown gender, gorilla infant.

  • Halloween in Germany and its Roots


    Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in human history, the roots of which are buried deep in the traditional Gaelic Festival of Samhain. Originally Halloween was more of a Fall Harvest celebration, as the year of the Celts ended on October 31st . The summer was over,

  • Haunted Germany


    Today most Germans are usually not very superstitious, black cats, broken mirrors, or Friday the 13th doesn’t faze them anymore. Nevertheless, Germany is a place where you often feel, time standing still. Town centers can take you back to the middle ages and dark

  • Heating your German home


    It´s that time of the year again, it is getting chilly outside, and the heaters are slowly being turned on. Every year the German-American Facebook groups and pages are then slammed with posts about “the walls  suddenly turning moldy” or “the heater making ‚off‘

  • Homemade onion cake


    With the end of the summer comes the end of light eating, yes!! Feel free to cheer! Out with the salads, light fruity cakes and grilled meat and in with thick gravy’s, hearty meats and layered creamy cakes. Fall is the time where food is plentiful, celebrated and fruit is

  • Horb’s Knight Games


    One of Germans favorite past times during the warm summer months has to be visiting medieval markets.

    Many of the old city centers are transformed into something from times long past. Cities like Horb offer trips right into the busy

  • Hotel "Bell Rock" at the Europa Park


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    Entering the parking area of the New England style hotel “Bell Rock” at the Europa Park was like entering a different era, especially once we parked and



    The hotel in the center of Schaffhausen can be reached quickly, possibly without having to pay a toll fee. We drove directly into the underground parking garage leading straight to the reception. Not surprisingly, parking is an additional charge, as the

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  • Ice cream? Or maybe a beer, please…


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    As soon as the sun starts warming things up, the snow begins to melt and it starts staying lighter out longer, Germany awakes from its

  • It’s Horb time!!


    Hear ye, Hear ye!!

    In just one month the gates for the famous Horb knight games will open. Horb, located 35 miles south of Stuttgart at the A81, is one of the largest medieval markets in the Europe. This medieval festival doesn’t just lure its visitors in with an

  • It’s that time of the year again…. Daylights saving time


    This Saturday Clocks in Germany are falling back one hour, going from 3 am to 2 am, gifting us one extra hour of sleep.

  • Just PCS’ed to Stuttgart?


    Moved into your new home off base or curious about life in Germany? Struggling with daily life? Feeling overwhelmed? Having lots of

  • Konnichiwa, Japan Day in Duesseldorf


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    On May 25, 2019, Duesseldorf, the traditional stronghold of Japanese business in Europe, is

  • Konstanz’s lake night festival, August 12th, 2017


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    The legendary festival along Lake Constance, August 12th, 2017

    And you can win tickets! Our friends of the festival were so kind to

  • Landesgartenschau (County Horticultural Show) in Öhringen

    Do you want to experience a nice day with the family?

    Fun, adventure, interesting facts, tranquility, shopping, and enjoyment. All that can be found at the Landesgartenschau in Öhringen! For the adults, there are suggestions for your own garden, gardens that delight the eye, music and a beach bar that invite you to relax. For children there are several playgrounds, hands-on

  • Majestic wheelies at the royal park. Mating season of the Indian peafowl at the Wilhelma


    The Wilhelma visitors are almost mesmerized by the sight of him. Will he do it or not? Spectators gather by every Indian peacock and wait anxiously if he will show of his legendary display of tail feathers. Right now, is the best time of the year to observe the cock with the most

  • Medieval Christmas Magic in Esslingen


    Christmas markets are one of the most popular attractions during the winter month in Germany. Every larger city has one and everyone has their own little perks. One of the most charming markets has to be the medieval Christmas market in Esslingen. The market is located

  • Mikomi Sushi and Grill


    I am a huge sushi fan, so I did not hesitate when I was offered the chance to check out a new, local place.

    Located inside the Schwabengalerie in Vaihingen, the restaurant is easily reachable by public transport, and there is lots of parking available.

  • Mingling with the Germans


    While living here in Germany, you may encounter some of us natives and more often then not friendships bloom. Especially if you live off base, you might strike up a neighborly conversation or get to know the other parents from your child’s daycare, kindergarten or school. This whole

  • Minister opens new Snow Leopard enclosure in the Stuttgart Wilhelma during celebration


    The Snow Leopards at the Wilhelma have something great to look forward to: the zoologic-botanical garden in Stuttgart built a beautiful large outdoor areal on a steep slope, exclusively for the climbing enthusiastic cats. Edith Sitzmann, the finance minister of the state of

  • Mother's Day crafts at the Wilhelma


    The Wilhelma in Stuttgart is offering a special free event for Mother’s Day this weekend.

  • Not only jumping jacks at the SPRUNGBUDE!


    The people that know me would probably all agree that I am not a work out kind of girl… so let’s just say I was more than surprised when I was told to check out a fitness place… oh dear, poor me. So, off I went to see what the big hype was about.

  • Painless walkthrough with the Landlord


    As every year, the summer months are the main time for PCSes. And while the permanent change of duty station is nerve wrecking enough, the dreadful turning over the keys on moving day is often completely overwhelming.

    We have all heard the

  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station) - tips and tricks


    Summertime is moving time, and one of the things that stresses people out the most is turning that rented apartment or house back to the landlord. Fearing that last walk-through, hoping and praying he finds nothing needing to be fixed or deducted from the

  • Recycling in Germany


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    Different trash cans

    Usually the trash is sorted into the following:

  • Registering your pet with Tasso

    Registering your pet with TassoIf you brought your pet from the states or any other country, it will have been chipped and registered with your pet database at home, or if you bought a pet here it may have been chipped by the seller/breeder.

    Either way having your pet chipped is a good thing, because when it gets lost or

  • Researching your Heritage while in Germany


    Like many others, Americans love researching their roots. May it be heading you south of the border, to Asia or perhaps towards Africa… but if your family lines bring you to Germany, you should definitely come prepared if you want to pursue your research “in the


    Rhine Fall is a year-round, freely-accessible attraction; be sure to check opening hours, as they can change with the season.

    Rhine Fall Schaffhausen opening hours and prices:

    After the Rhine has left Lake Constance, it rushes through the

  • Safety reminder, pick-pockets!


    Summer is traveling season, and no matter if you travel within the country or all over Europe, thieves are everywhere. Especially the large European capitals are hot spots to rip off tourists. 

  • Schaffhausen

    Schaffhausen is a beautiful city with a vault cellar right in the city center. Located right next to the train station starts the inner city of Schaffhausen. In addition to cusps, old buildings and their facades, the old facility Munot located right next to the Rhine Fall which offers a secret highlight.


  • Season start at the Kaiserslautern Gartenschau


    The “Gartenschau” garden show in Kaiserslautern is reopening its gates on March 30, 2019. Known as one of the most popular outdoor hang outs in the area, this place is perfect for a family with younger children. The garden show is laid

  • Shine with a special gift this Valentine’s day


    Though celebrating Valentine's Day has only become popular within the last few decades in Germany, there are several traditions the Germans have taken on whole-heartedly. This includes giving cards, sweet treats, gifts and flowers to their loved ones on this special day.



    “Visitors are amazed when I say that Sigmaringen is Germany’s most important castle,” the guide says with a smile. “But this castle belonged to, and still belongs to, the Hohenzollern dynasty that played a vital role in German history.” Towering on a

  • Souvenirs, souvenirs, souvenirs!


    As many of you are going through the PCS madness, I know- just about now, you are writing a mental list of last minute shopping trips of things to bring back to the states. Your parents want something from Germany, Auntie Maggie made sure to remind you on your last phone

  • Spicy ground beef cheese balls with bell pepper sauce and baked potatoes


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    This dish is a flavor bomb, that’s for sure. Usually I try not to use the same fresh herb twice in one dish, but Oregano is very prominent in this

  • Splish, splash at the waterpark


    Public pools and waterparks are immensely popular during the summer in Germany. While nearly every village has a local outdoor pool or swimming lake, the waterparks are a little more wide-spread. But, just like in back in the States, they have

  • Spring fairs in Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern


    With May come the big fairs with rides, games, beer tents and great food. The city of Stuttgart kicks off with the Fruehlingsfest on the Wasen, the big fairground in the city. In Kaiserslautern, one of the biggest fairgrounds in the Palatinian region opens its doors, the Lauterer May

  • Squirrel monkeys in the Wilhelma - triple babies on the sub-tropical terraces


    The squirrel monkeys at the Wilhelma are showing off their three little ones. Responsible is: Frenchman Illamp;, the current male, joined the little popular monkey group on the sub-tropical terraces, after moving here from the southern French zoo de La Barben. Now the first results

  • St Martin’s Day


    By the time November hits in Germany, the days tend to be dreary, rainy and chilly. It gets darker earlier and takes forever to get light in the morning.

    Along with November come some fun traditions, especially if you have little

  • Staying cool in your German home


    Why don’t German homes have air conditioners?” is one of the questions that come up every year. By the time May or June

  • Strawberry fields


    Germans love to spend their time outdoors. Even better if you can keep the kids occupied at the same time. Strawberry fields make for a great family outing opportunity. Not only are those sweet treats great for snacking, but also awesome in

  • Stuttgart - History and interesting facts


    For all of you who are new to Stuttgart, or not just new to Stuttgart, but new to Germany – Welcome, to Germany and to Stuttgart. Stuttgart is not only my hometown, but, with over 620,000 residents, the largest city in the state of Baden-Wuertemberg. It is also the B-W

  • Surprise Mom and Dad with a trip back in time!!!


    The German Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are right around the corner, perfect time for a little day trip. Gondwana, das Praehistorium is offering an amazing deal to celebrate those special holidays with

  • Surviving the Homburg Flea and Antiques Market

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    If you are a treasure hunter like me, this is definitely the place to go. Founded in 1975 the Homburg Antique and Flea Market

  • Swabian goodness at the “Zoam Schwoabentöpfle”


    Since we were visiting in the Stuttgart area, opportunity demanded a proper Swabian dinner. The Schwoabentöpfle was perfect for that occasion. Located on the outer skirts of Stuttgart, right by the public pool and soccer field, the restaurant offers a nice relaxing

  • Sweaty Windows


    Would you believe it if I told you that German windows sweat?

    Most likely not, and they really don’t…but, when the cold season starts, you may notice water collecting on the windows inside your home. This condensation can ruin wooden

  • The 172nd Canstatter Volksfest


    The worldwide second largest beer fest is, right after the Oktoberfest, the Stuttgart or better the Cannstatter Volksfest. As every year, starting on Sept 22nd, 2017 until Oct 8th, 2017; it’s time to head to the "Wasen”.

  • The 5th season in Germany


    You may have noticed that stores are setting up party items, costumes and streamers. No, Germany is not having a blow out on Halloween costumes, but is preparing the high season of Karneval, Fasching or as Americans may know it, Mardi Grass. You

  • The 70th Annual “Fellbacher Herbst”, October 6th - 9th, 2017


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    The Cannstatt Volksfest is now coming to an end, and after two weeks of beer being sold by “Maß”, it’s about time for something new, don‘t you

  • The Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden


    If you ask around, one of the “must-see

  • The Landlord dilemma


    One of the biggest issues and fears when people get over here to Germany has to be ending up with a nightmare Landlord. As an admin for a “Landlord troubles group” on Facebook, I see the complaints and horror stories on a daily basis. While there are always two sides to a story, a lot

  • The legal expenses insurance of the Württembergische


    The legal expenses insurance of the Württembergische. The helper in almost every situation.

     An answer to every legal question.

  • The mild weather is inviting the meerkat triplets outside to play


    After the freezing temperatures, mild weather is finally on the radar and with that comes not only the bloom of the snowdrops.  We finally get to see the 3 new additions of the meerkats; peeking out of their holes at the Wilhelma. The

  • The Speyer Brezel Fest


    The Brezel Fest is a long-standing tradition in Speyer. It was originally born out of an idea to bring money into the city in 1910, when the merchants and bakers were suffering. The city council founded the tourism

  • The Stuttgart Caravan, Motor and Touristic or CMT Trade fair


    If you are a passionate traveler, or just a weekend trip fan this fair is right up your alley and a must visit, for sure. Hosted by Stuttgart, you have a whole 9 days to check out the craziness, starting January 13th and ending on January 21st, 2018.

  • The Stuttgart Caravan, Motor and Touristic or CMT Trade fair


    If you are a passionate traveler, or just a weekend trip fan this fair is right up your alley and a must visit, for sure. Hosted by Stuttgart, you have a whole 9 days to check out the craziness, starting January 11th and ending on January 19th, 2020.

  • The Stuttgart Maredo - a great restaurant for meat lovers


    I have been getting a lot of requests over Facebook, of where to take the family out to dinner for those special holidays coming up…or at any time really. So, I decided to stop by the Maredo Steakhouse in the center of Stuttgart, on the Lange Street cornering Kronprinzstreet.

  • The Stuttgart Ninja warrior challenge competition


    We, from the Together Magazine, are super excited to be able to present this awesome event to you all!

    Our partner, the Sprungbude, is hosting a Ninja challenge night for all American personnel and families stationed in the area. The ninja warrior challenge will be featuring 4

  • The Stuttgart Zoo, Wilhelma, one of the most beloved zoos in Germany


    The Stuttgart zoo is one of the largest and well-known zoos within Germany, it draws in over 2.1 million visitors every year. The park covers an area of almost 70 acres, about the size of 40 football fields and is bordered by the Neckar river and

  • The undead in Germany


    Today, we know zombies are a thing of imagination, seen only on TV shows and in movies. Really, the only ones scared of them these days are probably little kids. However, for our ancestors here in Germany, that fear was a very real one.

  • The Wilhelma is Blooming


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    Spring is moving in quickly at the Wilhelma; the milder weather has caused the blossoms of the Azaleas to literally explode inside

  • Three Winter 2016 Vacation Destinations (For the Non Skier)

    Three Winter 2016 Vacation Destinations (For the Non Skier)

    Fall brings change, and well, winter brings the colder days and nights. While you may want to hibernate throughout the winter in your flannel pajamas while binge watching those shows your friends won't stop talking about, here are three great winter vacation

  • Ticks in Germany


    Ticks are widely spread all over Europe and especially Germany. Ticks themselves are not dangerous, yes, they bite… but the bite itself isn’t any worse then a mosquito bite. What makes the ticks so dangerous is that they carry diseases and pass them on to their host.

  • Tips and tricks to live through the big move overseas


    Living in Europe, traveling, seeing the old world…these are usually the visions families have when getting the news of a new duty station overseas. But then reality hits and there it is, the pile of “what to do next” and “how to do that”. Thankfully the internet has made things much

  • Traveling to London on a Budget

    As I've mentioned before, living in Germany makes traveling throughout Europe just a little bit easier and a lot more affordable. Ryanair almost always has cheap tickets to London Stansted from Frankfurt-Hahn or Baden-Baden, and neither of those airports are terribly far away from Stuttgart, Wiesbaden or Ramstein.

  • Trust is the best currency – insurance newsletter from general agent Oliver Bock


    Why Is Pet Owner Liability Insurance Important?

    Whether you are out on horseback or on a walk with the dog, you are liable for any damage to objects or persons your animal may cause, and that can be

  • US weekend at the Schwabengarten (date changed!)


    Germans love a good party, and even more so when great food is involved. This weekend the Schwabengarten is hosting a special party. A party to celebrate all that makes America great and to show some appreciation to our American friends!

  • US weekend at the Schwabengarten from Sept. 7th to Sept. 9th


    Germans love a good party, and even more so when great food is involved. This weekend the Schwabengarten in Leinfelden is hosting a special party. A party to celebrate all that makes America great and to show some appreciation to our American friends!

  • Vehicle Museum Marxzell "Fahrzeugmuseum Marxzell"


    The Marxzell Car Museum is an hour drive from Stuttgart or 1.5 hours from Kaiserslautern. Coming from Stuttgart, take the exit Karlsbad on the A8 to Karlsruhe. At the exit turn left, and then you're only 20 minutes away from the museum. From Kaiserslautern go via Neustadt to Karlsruhe,

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