2 days in Seoul- DMZ Freedom Bridge

DMZ- Freedom Bridge

Read about our first dinner in Seoul- Korean BBQ 

On Day 2 we took a DMZ tour that took us in to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that lies between South and North Korea. Sonny was a great guide and gave us a ton of local stories. We visited Imjingak Village, the most northern village in Korea that’s open to all South Korean civilians.

We saw a bridge covered with ribbons where nearly 13,000 prisoners of war were traded at the end of the Korean War . This bridge was called the Bridge of Freedom. Because the DMZ is so heavily land-mined, and because any bridges existing before the war had long since been destroyed, this bridge was built with the purpose of trading back prisoners of war. It’s a foot bridge only—prisoners were driven to the bridge, and then they walked across to return to their homes.


The bridge now serves as a place of remembrance for families who are separated—South Koreans tie bright colored ribbons covered in messages to the bridge.  Near the bridge you can also see a train car destroyed during the war, with bullet holes clearly visible.

Read about our climb into the 3rd tunnel in the DMZ, a tunnel North Korea secretly dug to enter South Korea

Read about an observatory that looks into North Korea

Read about Dorsan Station, the station that will eventually connect the two Korea’s should they ever reunite


2 days in Seoul- Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain. The fountain is programmed to play different shows during the day and night. During the day, the fountain show different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches/leaves. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it sends up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music. We started our 2 day itinerary walking to the bridge from our hotel in Itaewan but would recommend taking a taxi instead.

2 days in Regensburg- there’s more to Bavaria than just Munich

Regensburg is a beautiful town in Northern Bavaria, approximately one hour from Munich. It makes for a great day trip from Munich or even spend a couple of days walking and exploring the history and beer. The medieval town is on the banks of the River Danube (or Donau as the Germans refer to it) and is known as a popular university town in Germany.

The historic old town of Regensburg, also known as Stadtamhof, is a UNESCO heritage site. To reach it, walk  towards the Danube and cross the historic old stone bridge which was under restoration when we visited. The walk along the river is just beautiful. The old town is lined with colorful buildings and cobbled streets and also makes for a great walk

Along the Danube eat at the oldest sausage stand in the world, the famous Wurstkuchl (check out their homepage). On a warm summer’s day sit outdoors, grab a beer and enjoy people watching along the river along with views of the grand church. Thank you to my colleague Agnes, that showed me this place, because it was inexpensive and great tasting.

St. Peter Cathedral or ‘Dom’ is the bishops church and dominates the skyline with its German Gothic architecture. We didn’t get a chance to go inside the church this time but hope to do so on a future visit. Nonetheless, you cannot miss this massive structure. It is visible from most places around town and looks even better at night when it is lit up.

Folks from Regensburg are also very proud of their beer, like most of Bavaria 🙂 We had dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in Regenesburg. Definitely recommended