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Traveling with a CPAP machine

Traveling with a CPAP machine

A CPAP machine is piece of medical equipment those of us who have sleep apnea use to keep our airways clear while we sleep. It’s not something we can leave behind when we go on vacation. My sleep apnea was diagnosed in 2011, so I have lots of experience of traveling with a CPAP machine. Here are a few things to know when you travel with your machine. 

Prep your CPAP machine for airplane travel

When you’re planning your trip, take stock of your supplies. Do you have a fresh filter, and enough nose pillows? Give your equipment a clean before you go, and empty your humidifier of water and dry it well. Most CPAP machines come with their own travel bag, and if yours doesn’t get a padded one ahead of your trip. You won’t want to pack your machine in your suitcase because if it gets lost or stolen, you will be thoroughly unhappy. Your CPAP won’t count against your carry on allowance as it is medical equipment, and if you want to sleep on the plane, you will want it with you. It’s a good precaution to have a copy of your CPAP prescription with you, but to be honest, I’ve never had anyone ask about it.

Airport security with a CPAP

CPAP machines are very common, and if you start looking around at your fellow passengers at the airport, you’ll start to spot the CPAP travel bags all over the place. Airport security staff are very used to seeing CPAP machines, so you should not have to explain what it is. However! It is totally unpredictable whether you will have to unpack your CPAP machine from its travel bag to go through the X-ray machine or not. Look out for signs, but regardless, ask the official person standing nearest the belt when you are putting your bags in the trays whether they want it out or not. No security person has ever been difficult about it, at most they may want to do that swab test thing where they wipe a wand over the outside of your machine. Even that has only happened to me once. So don’t worry, you won’t have to explain sleep apnea to anyone at security or anything!

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Using your CPAP machine on the plane (or train)

Many airlines want 48 hours notice if you would like to use your CPAP on board the aircraft, but again, if you forget this, you will probably be okay – I have never had anyone say anything about it (and I have never remembered to ask). Don’t forget, millions of people have sleep apnea and travel with CPAP machines, so airline and security staff see them all the time. You will want to be sure to have a power adapter with you, and check ahead of time if your seat has a power outlet that will support your machine. You can check Seat Guru for details of your plane layout ahead of time. If you’re traveling by train, you can request information about the best seats to reserve with access to an outlet with the train company. 

If you absolutely have to sleep, your best bet is to have a battery pack for your CPAP machine with you en route. A CPAP travel battery is an investment, but if anything should be delayed, or you don’t have the right adapter when you arrive, it’s nice to know you can sleep properly. Look for the small battery packs if it’s just for the plane or for emergencies.

Tips for getting set up at the hotel

I like to pack a travel power adapter with several outlets and lightning cable slots. This is not a transformer, so you will want to make sure your CPAP machine is dual voltage – it should say on the bottom, or on the big block attached to your power cord. If you’re in doubt, call the manufacturer. However, the vast majority of machines made in the past 10 years are dual voltage and will work fine with a straight power adapter. 

Traveling in Europe particularly, there’s likely to be only one outlet by the side of the bed, and you will have to unplug the lamp to use your CPAP machine. If you have an adapter with lightning cable slots, you will at least be able to charge your phone next to you instead of across the room (such a pain). 

If you’re staying more than one night, make sure to tuck your mask and hose up around your machine, not tangled up in the sheets. If you had to put your machine on the floor, put it on a desk or the nightstand, even if you have to unplug it. Again, hotel housekeeping has seen loads of these before, but make their job easier by storing it neatly. It’s much less likely to get your hose stepped on, kicked or the whole machine dumped on the ground if it is neatly put away without dangling wires or tubes. 

You CAN camp with a CPAP machine

You can wilderness camp with sleep apnea! You will need the right CPAP travel battery for your machine (this is when it’s good to go for the , the right charging infrastructure (a car charger adapter, or just a travel plug adapter), and a bit of a plan. If you’re backpacking, you will want to consider investing in a travel CPAP machine for the weight and size factor. I’ve detailed the options when it comes to travel CPAP machines below. 

Is a travel CPAP machine worth it?

Travel CPAP machines are mini versions of a regular CPAP machine, often doing away with the humidifier. They can be as light as 300g, and the size of a drink can. Sound amazing? I know, it does to me. The downside is the cost, and as we all know, CPAP machines are not cheap, and investing in a second machine just for travel requires some thought. Check with your doctor or sleep apnea specialist to make sure you’re getting one with the right options (auto pressure or not, humidifier or not), but I recommend shopping around once you confirm which model will work for you. 

Some of the travel CPAP machines available:

Transcend Auto Mini CPAP machine
Transcend Auto Mini CPAP machine

The cheapest one I’ve found with good reviews is the Transcend EZEX Mini CPAP machine (check prices), which is a mini CPAP but does not come with a humidifier. You will want to make sure you get the right version for you, the one with auto pressure is more expensive. This one does not come with a humidifier, but you can buy a separate unit. You can also get a travel battery, and even one with a solar charging option. This sounds like the best option for camping.

Respironics DreamStation Portable CPAP machine

The Respironics DreamStation Portable CPAP machine (check prices) is another popular choice for a small, travel CPAP machine, though I wouldn’t put this in the mini CPAP category. The DreamStation has a feature that preheats the water in your humidifier (should you choose to get the attachable one) 30 minutes beforehand, and there’s a smart humidifier setting that measures the humidity in the air and adjusts your humidifier’s output to prevent rainout (that’s when the humidifier is working too hard compared to the moisture in the ambient air, and you end up with water in your hose making crazy noises). 

Resmed Airmini CPAP

The Resmed Airmini CPAP machine is the one I have my eye on. I use a Resmed machine at home, so I’m interested in this one. It has a waterless humidifier, but it’s worth noting that function doesn’t work if you depend on a full-face mask. It weighs only 300g. 

Something to consider is your CPAP cleaning regimen. I am guilty, like so many others, of not cleaning my equipment enough. I really like the look of these little cleaners because they are tiny and you can easily travel with it. However, if you’re already set up with something like the SoClean system at home, a good clean before and after your trips 

I would say, if you travel often for work or have a long trip coming up, a travel or portable CPAP machine is huge. I wouldn’t recommend using a travel machine as your everyday CPAP solution as most of them don’t include humidifiers as standard. You’ll want to stay with a full-size machine like a full-size DreamStation. 

CPAP accessories for travel

There aren’t that many things you need to travel with your CPAP machine.

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When you're traveling with sleep apnea, it can feel like a hassle going on holiday. But traveling with a CPAP machine isn't all that difficult. Recommendations for travel CPAP machines, CPAP travel accessories, and more, from someone who HAS sleep apnea. When you're traveling with sleep apnea, it can feel like a hassle going on holiday. But traveling with a CPAP machine isn't all that difficult. Recommendations for travel CPAP machines, CPAP travel accessories, and more, from someone who HAS sleep apnea.

Visiting Trier, Germany

Visiting Trier, Germany

Unless you live in Germany, or studied history in university, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Trier. Which is a shame really, because this picturesque little town has a lot to offer. Is it worth visiting Trier? Definitely.

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My son grinning at me from the other side of the old Roman city gate, the Porta Nigra, in Trier.

My husband filmed some incredible footage of Trier, the Mosel valley and our favourite place to stay in the area, Ernst.

Serious history

Founded in the 4th century BCE by the Celts, Treuorum, as it was then called, was an important centre before the Romans arrived in the first century BCE. The Romans built up the city as the capital of Gaul, and it functioned as the administrative centre for most of the Western Roman Empire. The city then passed to the Franks, France, and Prussia over the next century, as well as being home to one of the Prince Electors.

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Inside the old Roman Imperial Throne Room, now a church.

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Just as imposing from the outside, this Roman building is 1500 years old. See those little people next to it? It is that big.

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My son peering through the windows of the Porta Nigra.

Roman ruins

What is so amazing about all this history, is the evidence is still standing. Not a few stone pillars either, but giant structures. It was a complete surprise to me that there were so many Roman ruins in such good condition this far north. For my son, who has been steeped in Asterix and Obelix, it was very cool to run around inside the the Porta Nigra, one of the Roman city’s giant gates to the city. For me, the Konstatinbasilika was a highlight. It was once an Imperial throne room, and the brick room is impossibly huge – it was just mind blowing that it’s been standing for 1500 years. My husband was excited to see the Roman amphitheatre, where they staged all the usual bloody spectacles. It was beyond creepy to go below ground and see the holding chambers for animals and slaves. If you like, you can try out Roman food as well at Zum Domstein. They have a short Roman menu with dishes based on the recipes from De re coquinaria, a 4-5th century Roman cookbook. I tried it, and it was good, but you may want to share the pork dish, it was a lot of meat!

My son in front of the Elector Palace in Trier.
My son in front of the Elector Palace in Trier.

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The small but perfectly formed Trier Electoral Palace Gardens

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A nice bicycle in the Electoral Palace Gardens.

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Playground right next to the Trier Electoral Palace, with one for smaller kids right behind it.

Medieval sites and more

Right in the centre of the town is the High Cathedral of Saint Peter, the oldest one in Germany. It was first built in the 4th century, and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt twice before making it to the 11th century. Throughout the buildings there are many different architectural styles represented, and even when it was first completed, it was already one of the biggest ecclesiastical complexes outside Rome. Next to the Konstantinbasilika is the Kurfürstliches Palais, a 17th century Baroque confection next to its stark Roman cousin. Unfortunately, you can’t go inside generally, as it is an administrative building, but the gardens are pleasant.

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Hooray for carousels, this one is in the Hauptmarkt in Trier.

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The Cathedral of Trier

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The Roman amphitheatre in Trier, imagine lions! Gladiators!

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Tramping up the stairs to the stands in the amphitheatre.

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The very creepy underground level at the amphitheatre.

Manageable size

Trier is not a big city, so that makes getting to all the things you want to see quite easy. There is a hop-on hop-off tour bus, which we tried out. It’s a bit expensive for a city as small as Trier, but check online for deals ahead of time. There is also one of those little trains that is actually an articulated bus, that runs tours through the city as well. In good weather, there are plenty of places to eat out in the squares, try the restaurants down the Johann-Philipp-Straße from the Konstantinbasilika – it opens up into a square, the Kornmarkt, with several options. We tried the Italian restaurant, Donna Mia Trier, and were pleasantly surprised. The Hauptmarkt, the square between the Porta Nigra and the Cathedral, is surrounded by older buildings, has a carousel in good weather, and several places to get ice cream.

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Climbing trees just outside the Electoral Palace Gardens.

If you have more time, and older children

We had to give the museums of Trier a miss, as we only had a day, but the collections of the Stadtmuseum, the Rheinisches Landesmuseum (Archeological Museum), and the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) are all well regarded.

Nearby Trier, Germany

There are loads of things to see within a short drive or train journey from Trier. Burg Eltz, one of the most beautiful castles in Germany, is close by, as are the endless wineries of the Mosel valley. There are river tours that leave from several towns, including Trier.

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Originally published in spring 2017, updated in January 2019


What to do with kids in Vancouver when it rains

What to do with kids in Vancouver when it rains

Ah Vancouver, you are a beautiful city to live in, but so. much. rain. If you’re heading to my old hometown for a visit, it’s quite likely it will rain for at least one of your days. That’s not a reason not to go, however. Most locals will tell you to bring your rain gear and wellies and head into the forest. Somehow the rain seems just right out there with the giant Douglas Fir trees. However, if you’re not feeling like communing with nature, here’s eight ways to hide out from the rain like a Vancouverite:

Vancouver Museum of Anthropology, photo courtesy of the MOA
Vancouver Museum of Anthropology, photo courtesy of the MOA

Museum of Anthropology

I really recommend making this museum part of your visit, even if it isn’t raining. The building itself is beautiful, and a lovely place to experience the forest from behind glass. The collections will give you an overview of the impressive art created by the First Nations peoples from this area and further afield.
6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver

Granville Island Kids Market

This is locals favourite, so if it is raining on a weekend, be prepared for lots of kids! There’s a great multi-level soft play centre inside, which is great for confident kids five and up. I say confident because it’s a multi-level structure that’s very hard to crawl around inside if you’re an adult, and the staff don’t let you go in with them unless your kids are upset. You can see them, but it requires some running up and down stairs if you need to have eyes on them all the time. There are lots of little shops, a very basic cafe, and a duck pond just outside if there’s a break in the rain. For food, I’d head to the Public Market by the water, the cafe in the Kids Market is not that great.
1496 Cartwright St, Vancouver

It’s not raining? Melissa from The Family Voyage shares her favourite family-friendly Vancouver activities

Watching the rain roll in from the beach in English Bay.
Watching the rain roll in from the beach in English Bay.

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Personally, I would suggest giving the planetarium in the same area a miss, and stick with just the Maritime Museum. The building was actually built around the boat inside, which you can clamber all around. This isn’t a model, but the actual ship the St Roch, which was the first to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east. Don’t skip the rest of the museum, it’s very kid friendly and often completely empty.
1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver

Mini ferry tour

Going out on the water in the rain sounds like a bonkers idea, but the little ferries that run the routes around False Creek are covered. They are tiny, I used to call them the ‘bathtub ferries’ when I was a kid and I think their maximum load is 10 people. You can either hop on at the Maritime Museum or Science World and just ride to the other end (with stops in Yaletown, Granville Island and more), or ask about their tours. There are two companies, False Creek Ferries (blue boats) and the Aquabus (rainbow boats) – if you buy a return ticket make sure you catch the same one as the tickets are not transferrable, and double check the map because they don’t stop at the same places. You buy your tickets on board, cash only.

Science World

This science centre is on everyone’s rainy day list, so if you’re looking for something to do on a school holiday or weekend day, be warned it can be a zoo. There’s a good reason everyone goes of course, with several hands-on galleries and an IMAX theatre, as well as a picturesque spot on False Creek. There’s even a White Spot restaurant, a British Columbia burger institution. A new hands-on gallery has opened as of spring 2017 too.
1455 Quebec St, Vancouver

Inside the covered foyer of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
Inside the covered foyer of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch

Vancouver Public Library central branch

Head downstairs to the huge children’s section and rest your feet. There are puzzles, toys, a little soft play area, and many story times (just check the event listings for times). There are also several little cafes, including Flying Wedge, a Vancouver pizza institution, in the rotunda area outside (but still under cover). It’s worth checking out the little library shop for some neat souvenirs that support the library system.

Blodel Conservatory

If you come from a place with a giant botanical gardens, this may not be very exciting. However, locals do love the 1960s special that is the Bloedel Conservatory. Filled with tropical plants and flowers, colourful birds and insects, you can wander around in the dry biodome for awhile. The stretch of Queen Elizabeth Gardens right outside is a favourite for wedding photographers, and the views over the city are beautiful.
33rd Ave, between Cambie St and Main St, Vancouver

Ride the Skytrain to the River Market

You might not have noticed but the Skytrain does not have drivers on the trains. They are all controlled centrally, so you can claim the front seat for yourself (and a small person of course), and pretend you’re driving! This is a favourite activity for local kids too, as you can imagine. The ride from downtown out to New Westminster is quite pleasant, with the benefit of ending in the River Market, a newly renovated public market on the river boardwalk. New Westminster was the capital city of British Columbia from 1858 to 1866, and it has gone through a bit of a renaissance of late. There are lots of great restaurants in the market and nearby, and the boardwalk itself is home to several new playgrounds and the Fraser River Discovery Centre.


Things to do in Heidelberg with Kids

Things to do in Heidelberg with Kids

Heidelberg is a cute little city in southern Germany, about an hour by train from Frankfurt. I live here with my family, so I’ve had plenty of time to discover all the little corners, bakeries, and playgrounds. Of course, there’s the romantic ruins of the Schloss, there’s the beautiful Altstadt, but… then what? This is what the locals do with their families. Not visiting with kids? I have a full local’s guide to Heidelberg over here.

Heidelberg: Take a picnic down to the Neckarweise like a local.

Take a picnic to the Neckarweise

Neckarweise [Neckar-VEE-zah] translates to Neckar meadow, and on a nice day, it’s home to pretty much every Heidelberger in a 5km radius. There are several playgrounds to choose from: a fenced-in one for smaller kids, a water and natural stone hill with lots of streams and channels, and some bigger play structures dotted around. The meadow has lots of space for kicking a ball around, as well as a beach volleyball area.

There’s a little cafe serving ice cream, toasted cheese and ham sandwiches, and cold drinks. Clean public washrooms are available right there too.

If you’re looking for something for dinner nearby, see my last point about the Neuenheim Marktplatz, as it’s just a two-minute walk away. If you’d rather stay on the meadow, there’s a really great and super affordable neighbourhood pizza place just up Werderstraße called Il Carpaccio. The restaurant is just where Werderstraße meets Ladenburgerstraße. It’s a two-minute walk, and you can bring the pizzas back down to your spot on the grass.

Take a look at the Forest Adventure Trail (turn on the captions for English subtitles).

Bergbahn & easy forest walk

The funicular railway that goes up to the castle is not the only stop on the route. If you keep going to the top, not only do you get to switch to the old wooden funicular cars, but the view at the top is truly spectacular. Your kids will be pleased to know this isn’t the only reason you’re here, however. Circling the top of the Königstuhl (the King’s Chair in English), is the Walderlebnispfad, which translates to Forest Adventure Trail. It is an easy walk, with many stops for kids to explore and play with. From little playground structures to xylophones made of wood, this nature-themed route is built to keep small ones entertained. If you’re visiting in the summer when it gets very hot in Heidelberg, you’ll find it a welcome few degrees cooler up here. Once you’re finished your adventure, you will come out right next to the Märchenparadies…

The little mechanical horse ride in the trees at Märchen-Paradies.
The little mechanical horse ride in the trees at Märchen-Paradies.

Escape the heat in the Märchenparadies and visit the falcons

It’s not just the castle up there on the Königstuhl, there’s also an aging amusement park called Märchenparadies at the very top. It’s small, but entertaining for an afternoon – and if you’re looking to escape the heat in the summer it’s cooler up there. This is less an amusement park than a strange collection of old-school, self-powered fun park rides. Among the giant trees are concrete pads where your kids can drive little cars, ride strange bikes, and sit on jerky metal horses that go around a track.

There’s a soft play area that’s covered, and a very basic cafe that serves currywurst and wurst in buns. Entrance is 5€, and rides are a few tokens each, with each token costing 50 cents. Arrive at opening to catch the quietest time, but to be honest, even in the middle of the summer it’s not that busy. From April to the end of October, you can also catch a falcon show, at the dedicated Tinnunculus (this is not inside Märchen-Paradies, but near the top of the funicular).

The view of the Old Bridge and Old Town from one of the little motorboats on the Neckar.
The view of the Old Bridge and Old Town from one of the little motorboats on the Neckar.

Rent a little boat on the river

You can rent either a pedalo or a small motorboat from right beside the Theodor-Husse Bridge (that’s not the old bridge with the arches, but the newer one to the west) and put-put around on the Neckar river. It’s 18€ per half hour for the motorboat and 12€ per half hour for the pedalo, and you just need to leave a 50€ deposit that is returned to you when you return the boat. The motorboat is very easy to drive, and all the boats fit four people. There’s no booking ahead, it’s a pretty bare-bones operation. Handily, the same little office that rents out the boats also sells cold drinks and ice cream.

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Visit the Klosterhof

Walk across the Altebrücke, and then catch the bus for a few stops, and it’s like you’re in another world. The Klosterhof is an old monastery farm dating from the middle ages, and like all good monasteries, they also have a brewery. Sample their local beer, peer at the cows and goats, take a walk in the orchards, check out the trout in the stream, and have lunch in their Gasthof. There’s a little shop with lots of locally produced things you can pack home – jams, jellies, and that sort of thing. There’s also cheese, beer, wine, and cider, so you can stock your hotel room too.

Wander down the Hauptstraße, eat gelato, then playground

This is not so much an specific activity, as what most Heidelbergers end up doing at some point in the week. Our Hauptstraße is a very long pedestrianized shopping street, and if you need anything like an extra jumper, a USB cable, or clean socks, this is the place. It runs from the Altstadt where the shops are more souvenir-and-novelty-liquor to the Bismarckplatz, where all the usual things are like H&M, Galeria Kaufhof (the big department store), Mountain Warehouse, Saturn (tech stuff, and if you need an adaptor or cable, go here), Accessorize, and all that.

There is a nice gelato place inside the little Darmstadter Hof mall at the Bismarckplatz end, but to be honest, there are gelato places all over and they’ve all been good. After you’ve picked up the necessities, head to Plöck, the street running parallel to the Hauptstraße, away from the river. Watch out for bikes, as all the locals use this as their bicycle thoroughfare, but it’s also where you can find a couple central playgrounds.

Our favourite is on the corner of Märzgasse and Plöck. There’s a clean, coin-operated public toilet there, and the super cute and tasty Bäckerei Göbes just around the corner on Plöck for snacks. Kinderladen Troll, just over the road from the bakery, is a classic German toy store, full to the rafters of amazing wooden toys. If you happen to be farther down towards the Altstadt, check out the playground opposite the school on Schulgasse, between Plöck and the Hauptstraße.

Have dinner and let the kids play

One of my favourite German things is the playground in the biergarten situation, though I should say our local pub in London had this figured out too. It is so civilized. If you’re looking for something a little nicer, try Heid’s, a Heidelberg institution. They have a beautiful garden, complete with some ride-on toys and a play structure. The food is mainly pizza and steak, but it’s very good.

For something more relaxed, check out the cluster of restaurants in the Neuenheim Marktplatz. It’s really one of my favourite things about living in the neighbourhood. Three restaurants put their tables and chairs out in the Marktplatz, that shares space with a church tower from the 12th century, and a little play structure shaped like a fire truck in a sandpit and a swing. You can sit at a nice table, have a glass of wine, while your child fills their trousers with sand. The Marktstübel does Flammkuchen, a sort of flatbread pizza with onions and bacon pieces, that most children are up for. It’s totally fine, and normal, to have your child run up, eat for a minute, and then head back to the playground. We often meet friends here, because we can have dinner out, and have a conversation.

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Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber with Kids

Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber with Kids

When you think of cute medieval German towns, this is the one you probably have in your mind. It was the inspiration for Pinnochio’s home village in the 1940 Disney film, and parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 were filmed here. Founded in 1170, it has the charming subsidence-affected half-timbered buildings, cobbled streets, and my favourite thing: the city wall. You can walk along the upper walkway of the city walls, peering out arrow slits, and imagining you’re a city guard on watch (at least, my son loved doing this). The wall also affords a wonderful bird’s eye view of all the little gardens and courtyards among the red roofs of the town.


Rothenburg’s historic significance as a perfect little medieval town has featured heavily in its recent history. During the run up to the Second World War, it became a symbol of ideal Germanness. The Nazis even organized trips to visit this ‘Most German of German towns’. In 1945, Allied bombing destroyed just over 300 houses, a few public buildings and some of the iconic city wall. However, the Americans tasked with taking the town were instructed to offer peace terms, rather than destroy it outright. The Germans stationed there agreed, against Hitler’s orders, saving the rest of the town from destruction. The houses, buildings, and wall that suffered bomb damage were quickly repaired with funds donated from all over the world. You can see bricks in the city wall with donors names.

There is a circular city walk, well-posted with signs explaining the various stops, that incorporates a good chunk of the upper city wall walk. I love self-guided city walks like this, because when you’re exploring with a small person, their unexpected requirements for toilets, food, and running around mean your carefully crafted itinerary can go out the window. Even if you thought you had accommodated lots of kid time. The beauty of Rothenburg is it’s amazing just to wander the streets, peer in the shop windows at endless carved toys, chocolates, and dolls. It’s terrifically easy to visit with small people for this reason.

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However, there are a few fun stops if your family is game. The Kriminalmuseum covers crime and punishment over the past thousand years. My seven year old was fine with it, and enjoyed it, but my husband said he thinks kids younger than seven would find it too scary (I passed and wandered around taking photos instead). The Christmas Museum is upstairs from the Käthe Wohlfahrt shop, and if you’re looking to add a few ornaments to your collection, this is an excellent place to invest.

I’ll give you a tip: don’t bother with Schneeballs. The signature sweet treat, it’s a weird ball of dough scraps, fried and covered with sugar or chocolate. That sounds like it would be good, but in practice it’s often dry and tasteless. Go for a good Käsebrezel (cheese-covered soft pretzel) instead.



I would love to have had lunch in the Biergarten at the Reichsküchenmeister, there’s a cute little carousel right in the fenced Biergarten, and you can sit under the Linden trees and admire the church of St Jacob’s across the road. We visited in February, so it was all bare branches and inside dining unfortunately.

Getting there

It’s a 2.5-3 hour train journey from Frankfurt, and slightly longer from Munich. Driving shaves off half an hour to an hour. Public pay parking is plentiful outside of the city walls.

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visiting rothenburg with kids