German men can be romantic but it’s likely it’s different than you’re used to. In my 20s I would have considered dating a German guy boring. In my 30s I consider them sexy, so much so that I was with one for 9 1/2 years.

Tollwood Winter Festival is one of my highlights in December in Munich. I find this festival/Christmas market much more interesting than the more popular Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest Parade in Munich is a perfect warmup for the Oktoberfest festivities with more than 7000 participants, colorful costumes and live music. Don’t forget your dirndl or lederhosen!

If you happen to see a giant tree colorfully decorated tree in May, chances are it’s not a Christmas tree but a Maypole, so why not check out the Maypole celebration going along with it?