Austria

Visible on clear days all the way from Venice, a striking row of peaks and ridges form something of a mountain wall along Italy’s northern border.
No two eggs are identical, and the same can be said about Easter traditions and markets across Europe. The spring holiday is greeted with excitement each year, as bright and cheerful colors help chase away the gray of winter.
Romance, war, fairytales, misfortune; the stories of these historical landmarks are speckled throughout Europe. Serving as charming ruins or grand tourist sites, castles are one of the main attractions in the land of kings and queens. Narrowing down the most fabulous castles can be challenging.
The day after Fat Tuesday in the United States, Carnevale in Italy and Fasching in Germany — celebrations known for extravagant masks, lively parades, wild parties and overindulgence — is a time of somber reflection for Western Christians around the world.
In the heart of Vienna, you will easily spot the giant spire of the magnificent Gothic cathedral, St. Stephen’s, soaring 450 feet skyward. If you are on the famous Ringstrasse Road that surrounds Vienna in a circle, look up to the most imposing spire that is St. Stephen’s.
Europe offers a ridiculous amount of places for the ultimate skiing vacation. Switzerland is of course at the top of that list, but when you don’t want to spend an absolute fortune for a few days of fun, consider heading to Sölden, Austria.
“We three kings of Orient are … bearing gifts we traverse afar … field and fountain, moor and mountain … following yonder star,” begins the popular Christmas carol. On Jan.
It’s not easy to pin down just one location for a must-visit in winter. After all, between the traditional Christmas markets in Germany, Santa’s legendary home in Finland, Victorian Christmas celebration in the U.K. and beautiful landscapes in Italy, how do you pick just one?
Can’t wait to strap into your boots, clip into your skis and hit the powder? No problem. The Hintertux Glacier in Austria’s Tyrolean Zillertal Valley is open 365 days a year and always has snow.
Oktoberfest season is just around the corner and you’re either really excited or just rolled your eyes. You may be over the hype behind it and are looking for something less popularized. Or, you’ve already celebrated Oktoberfest in Germany and want to add a new country to the list. 
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- Fear. In one word, Bob Behr used fear to describe how he and most of the Jewish community in Germany lived their lives from 1933 until the mid-1940s.