School is out, the kids are home and you may find yourself scrambling to plan for inbound visitors as well. Look no further – all you need is a few minutes and a smart phone. Let’s get the kids sorted first. The FSS Support Squadron on Ramstein offers loads of options to keep the little rascals busy. A day at the Ramstein Aquatic Center will delight and exhaust, them giving you some much needed time to relax poolside and do a little planning.
While the little ones make like aqua man check out the RTT Event Calendar and FSS Support Squadron Calendar. Here you’ll find a great variety of family friendly ideas and trips that are sure delight anyone you entertain over the summer and not break the bank.
We have some great trips coming up that are family focused, fun forward and the perfect way for you to share Europe with visitors over the summer. Our Mainau Island trip takes us to a tropical garden island sheltered in a corner of Lake Constance in Switzerland where your children get to freely explore the botanical wonders, a butterfly house, playgrounds, petting zoo, a castle and more. We’ll also visit the largest waterfall in Europe on the way home. EuropaPark Express is our trip to EuropaPark, no planning, getting lost or fighting traffic and parking – just play time for ALL.
We hope these ideas help get you closer to planning some fun, affordable and hassle free outings over the summer. Don’t forget to subscribe to the RTT newsletter and the FSS newsletter – staying in the loop with all the local events is only one click away! We’re here to help you have the best summer ever – if we can do anything to make that happen, please submit a Service Request Ticket and let us know how we can help.
If you have ever wanted to see a whole river bathed in firelight and color, Rhine A'flame is an experience not to be missed. Even if you have already experienced the natural beauty of the Rhine by day, seeing the castles aglow in Bengal fire is an entirely different dose of magic.
The stunning pyrotechnics have been drawing visitors by the hundreds of thousands, on foot and by boat, for more than 50 years. The tradition first started in the 1930s when eccentric Kunibert Oches set 25 km of the Rhine a lite with Bengal Fire. The spectacle was enjoyed so much by the local river residents, it became an annual event and festival until 1939 when World War II broke out in Europe.
The festival was not held again until 1948 when the residents with fond memories of pre-war customs decided it was time to restart the tradition and funded the event themselves. Despite their efforts and attendance of Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1965, the festival fell into obscurity and was not held with any regularity until the mid 80’s. In 1986 the captains and owners of the many passenger ships along the Rhine River brought the tradition back to life as a way to celebrate summer, the beauty of the Rhine Valley and the regions rich and colorful history of war times and robber Barons.
Every year RTT joins the parade of brightly lit festive cruise boats on the river near Rüdesheim for a night of unforgettable fire and romance. To ensure your safety and security our private ship and party on board is open only to ID card holders and their guests. On board we will enjoy dinner, entertainment by DJ Golden Child. The magical red glow of Bengal fire that blankets the castles and monuments is only the beginning of the of fire and light that start later in the evening. Enjoy the festivities, eat, drink and be merry!
The best part of any customer appreciation event is giving out discounts and prizes. Special thanks to our sponsor, Stephan Bonnert, owner of Horizon Tours. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Bedard of the KMC – lucky winners of the Grand Prize trip for 2 to Tuscany! If you missed this event, be sure to follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss this next one or other chances for great offers, chances to win and more..
The event was a great success and we enjoyed getting to showcase some of the great trips offered by Horizon Tours. The staff at the Macaroni Grill also wanted to extend their thanks to everyone for their patronage during the event – they hope you’ll be back to dine with them again and often!Thank you again to everyone who helped make the event a success and to all who stopped by to support our RTTtravel, Horizon Tours and the Macaroni Grill!
Put together a creative work inspired by a friend, loved one or family member and tell us why they need a Happy Day! Children of all ages are encouraged to put their creative thinking caps on and tell us all about their, mom, dad or friend who deserves this special trip. Parents are welcome to nominate their children and friends can nominate each other too!
We can't wait to see all the amazing submissions and give away this incredible day of fun to the KMC community! Special thanks our trip captain Isaac Roosevelt, whose song and video "Happy Day" helped inspire this trip, we hope it will inspire you as well!Submission details: Open to all valid military ID card holders who live in the KMC areaSubmissions will be accepted between 14- 23 March 2017Submissions need to be in the form of a creative work – such as a song, poem, painting, drawing, story anything creative that allows you to make your nomination and explain why your friend, loved one or family member deserves a Happy Day.CONTEST IS CLOSED - Winners were announced on 28th March, 2017
Like many people, my travel bucket list had long included a trip to Egypt. As a travel writer, I'm lucky to have been to many places on my bucket list, but not the land of the Pharoahs. I finally got to cross Egypt off the list earlier this year with a cruise on the Nile arranged by Uniworld, a boutique river cruise company that also handled pre- and post-cruise touring in Cairo, including a visit to the Pyramids of Giza.
It was exhilarating and thrilling, actually cruising on the legendary Nile, and seeing places that make you feel as if you're viewing the beginnings of civilization. But it was also sad. The decline in tourism in Egypt is clearly evident in fewer numbers of cruise ships and in the creativity of the vendors trying to sell you stuff. The vendors can be an annoyance, but when you stop to think about it, their livelihoods have been decimated. So I was happy to "spread the wealth" as I think of it, when I could. Read my story here and you'll see that our lovely cruise ship was far from full. At times it was almost surreal having so few people aboard. But that also makes for easier touring and fewer crowds at the most popular sites. We loved the Uniworld cruise. The rooms were the biggest I've seen on river cruise ships, which tend to be smaller than the mega ocean liners, and the staff was top notch.
I never felt unsafe during the journey. It seems to me that dangers are everywhere in today's world and travelers should be smart about safety, but not timid. There's too much good that comes from seeing other places and meeting people from around the world. Happy travels. And if you meet Akram, a Uniworld guide with amazing English skills, tell him please that Terri Colby from Chicago says hello.
by Terri Colby, Travel Writer, Chicago Tribune
Terri's Article on Egypt RTT Egypt Tour
Getting to work with military groups who are coming to Ramstein TDY and plan their custom private tour is a really special part of our job here at RTT. It’s exciting when you get to be a part of helping not one, but a group of people check some things off their bucket list!
We recently got a last minute request to plan a custom trip for a group of 35 Guard Airman who were visiting Ramstein from Connecticut Air National Guard, for a two-week training mission. The trip was planned for their last weekend before returning to the states and we only had a few days to put together something amazing, affordable and that checked all the boxes on their wish list.
Our team put together the most amazing trip to Heidelberg, led by Ann, from our tours department. The group started the day at a small organic brewery just outside of Heidelberg for a tour and tasting of the amazing artisan ales this company is known for. The presentation given by the brewery was relaxed, informative and friendly and accompanied by three different types of beer and hot, tasty, freshly baked bread and pretzels.
Next, we took the group into Heidelberg for a walking orientation tour of the beautiful city center before catching a ride on the Funicular to Heidelberg Castle. This amazing railway is one the best ways to see Heidelberg as the views of the castle and city are unbeatable. The group got to enjoy Heidelberg Castle and then spent the rest of the afternoon independently exploring, shopping and enjoyed dinner together before meeting back up with Ann for the return trip home.
If you love German beer and have always wanted to see Berlin, let us give you the perfect excuse for a summer road trip! One of Germany's biggest beer events, the Berlin Beer Festivals, takes place every August, drawing beer and music and beer enthusiasts from all over Europe. If you're considering this event, we've got all the details and some tips on how get in and out like a festival pro.
The theme this year at the Berlin Beer festival is “500 Years of German Purity Law” and if you love German beer, this law is no doubt one of the reasons why. Reinheitsgebot, dictates that only water, barley and hops can be used in the production of beer brewed in Germany. First introduced in Bavaria in 1516, the order was implemented to prevent price competition between brewers and bakers for wheat and rye to ensure that bread remained affordable. The law also improved the quality of ales by greatly eliminating widely used preservatives that often contaminated the ale, such as soot, stinging nettle and henbane. The Darwinian effect German Beer Purity Law has had on the clean, crisp and honest flavors of German beer is now appreciated by beer connoisseurs world-wide.
To help you find your way around the Berlin Beer Festival without missing any of the 340 breweries, a map is included with entry. The map gives you a great overview and will be an invaluable tool in helping you navigate the longest beer garden in the world and planning a food and beer crawl of epic proportions. If you want to do it like a pro, for a few Euro’s extra, get the festival kit as soon as you get inside either entrance gate. The kit includes a tasting glass and neck strap, which is the prefect size for sampling lots of different beer and keeping your hands free for all the tasty fest food. The kit will also entitle you to discount pricing at many of the booths.
The beer festival is divided into 22 geographical beers regions featuring over 2000 different beers. These locations will focus primarily on Germany but there will be offerings from the international beer scene like Vietnam and Japan this year. Twenty different music scenes will be set along Karl Marx Alle, with live bands performing traditional German music, contributing to the atmosphere of a typical German folk festival.
If beer, music, festivals and fun are your thing, be sure to check out our Berlin Beer Festival Trip. This overnight tour package will get you there and back for the weekend for just €229 and includes transportation, hotel, breakfast, beer festival, Berlin city tour and tour guide. We can’t wait to see you in Berlin! Click here for full details.
We’d like to send a special thank you to everyone who came by the KMC Mall today in support of the Ramstein Blood Drive and donated. The great turn out help make the event was a huge success and we really have to thank all our customers for doing their part!
We were happy to donate 2 tickets on our Prague & Karlovy Vary 1 Overnight Tour and thank Horizon Tours for donating 2 tickets on their Paris 1 Overnight tour along with a USO for donating a trip.
All the prizes were raffled off to lucky winners who donated blood for our troops today. It’s great to see the entire community rally together to support out troops, not everyone won a free trip, but everyone walked away a winner!
In an effort to provide the most efficient service to all eligible customers we have upgraded to a Customer Care Center. The cornerstone of this new system is the Service Request Ticket (SRT) which serves an inquiry form and record for all communication regarding your travel request. Once your SRT has been submitted you will receive a ticket tracking ID# on the confirmation screen and via email address provided. For the fastest service use only civilian email address when submitting your SRT – gmail users may need to manually check and manage their spam filters to retrieve their SRT (please see below or use a non gmail email address).
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If you’re a fan of great beer, you already knew you won the beer lottery when your orders for Germany came through. You can’t say you’ve savored suds here until you’ve made the pilgrimage to Bavaria and settled into a sample of spicy crisp Weissebier. If you really want to get at the lineage and history of great German beer, there is no better way than visiting and touring a brewery that began perfecting their wheat brew long before you stole your first sip of beer from your parents.
On its home turf in Bavaria, a properly brewed wheat ale is usually referred to as a weissbier or a weizenbier (German for white beer or wheat beer). In the States you would need to ask for this beer using the less common German name, hefeweizen (German for yeast wheat). All beers brewed in Germany are strictly controlled both in production method and ingredients used by the German Beer Purity Law which defines weizenbier as - any top-fermented brew that is made with at least 50 percent wheat. A few breweries mash their weissbiers with as much as 75 percent wheat.
The high levels of wheat used to brew Weissbier is why it stands apart from all other beer styles and produces the complex signature flavor with notes of clove, banana, nutmeg, vanilla, apple and even bubblegum. Other elements noted include phenolic, spicy, tart, aromatic, fruity, complex and crisp. No matter how it’s described, a good German weissbier is delicious and worthy of any serious beer connoisseurs interest. If you want to sound like a pro when you order your first weissbier, be sure to pronounce it correctly - It’s “vice-beer” for weissbier!
Once a year we offer a really exciting tour to Maisels Weissebeir Fest that visits Bayreuth (Bavaria), which just happens to have highest density of breweries per capita anywhere in the world. Here we’ll go to Maisel’s Brewery, one of Germany’s best-known and most popular brands of wheat beer for the full Maisel Beer experience, festival and concert. Sorry folks, this one, like most of our beer-centric tour programs is a one-time deal, so if you’re interested don’t wait to make your reservations. We’ve got a few more trips like this up our sleeve so keep an eye on our blog, website, facebook and newsletter!
Live the Bavarian Highlights with the tour to Dachau and the capitol city of Munich. An audio-guided tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial brings the reality to life and permits reflection on the lessons learned here. After a driving orientation tour in Munich, the tour allows for plentiful free time to see the sights and enjoy the museums and restaurants before heading back.Best of BrugesDay Trip • 28 May • €89
Visit the unspoiled medieval town of Bruges to appreciate the delights of Belgian culture. A walking tour will provide an orientation to the compact town, while appreciating the beauty of its architecture from ground level. Included in your adventure is our exciting Bruges Chocolate Lovers ExcursionNormandy4 Days / 3 Overnights • 27.-30. May 16 • €479
Reflect on one of World War II’s most poignant moments on this memorable visit to the Normandy beaches, forever entwined in the historic events of June 6, 1944 - the “D-Day” invasion. Visit of one of the architectural wonders of France, the abbey of Mont Saint Michel, the landing beaches & Utah Beach, St Mère Eglise, the Airborne Museum & more.Prague, Karlovy Vary & Loket3 Days / 2 Overnights • 28.-30. May 16 • €249
Our adventure begins in the spa town of Karlovy Vary where, from here we are off to Prague, the center of Bohemian beauty where we will spend 2 nights and a whole day. On the way home we’ll stop at the quaint town of Loket for an amazing lunch as the finale to our trip. The relaxed pace of this tour affords plenty of opportunities exploration, sampling cuisine, visiting the cities attractions and shopping for Bohemian treasures.Scotland6 Days / 5 Overnight • €899
Come with us and discover Scotland. Amazing scenery, vibrant culture, spectacular heritage. This is truly unforgettable journey not to be missed! Our Scotland tour is definitely a highlight for people interested in history, culture and stunning countryside. We'll take the overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Northern England. We will stay 3 nights in Edinburgh at a nice hotel in the city center - a city sightseeing tour of Edinburgh is included and you will have plenty of free time for own explorations of this fascinating city. There is so much history and so much to see and to experience. And - Edinburgh also has a great nightlife with all kinds of cool Pubs, taverns and night clubs. The locals are very friendly and open minded - easy to talk to , just not so easy to understand with their strong accent.
Treat your mom to a fun filled day! It starts with a medieval Castle visit, we go on a River Cruise through the romantic Rhine Valley with beautiful vineyard’s to the left and right, Castles with stories on the hill tops and a 3 course lunch on the ship. We extend the cruise a bit and get off in Rüdesheim, the most famous town on the Rhine where our tour guide leads you through the well known Drosselgasse, the most narrow street we have in all Germany. Enjoy some free time by strolling through the city, may be sample a glass of wine or some ice cream …… Our tour guides will definitely tell you what all is there to do!Mainau Island AdventureDay Trip • 08 May • €89
Travel to the southern edge of Germany to explore a tropical garden island sheltered in a corner of Lake Constance (admission included). Here are found botanical wonders, a butterfly house, playgrounds and petting zoo for children, a castle and chapel and easy walking paths. At least 9 places to eat will satisfy the appetites worked up with all the activity, and snacks may be brought with you.Pilsner & Patton2 Days / 1 Overnight • 7.-8. May 2016 • € 169
Join us for an Liberation fest and Brewery Tour in Pilsen and we will travel with you from D Day to V Day in the Czech city of Plzeň (or Pilsen) also home of the famous Pilsner beer. When a particular brew is labelled a pils or pilsner, it’s simply a nod to the town where this amber-colored lager was first developed in the mid-19th century. In addition to the delicious beer (tasting& Lunch included), a rich military history and legacy is found and celebrated here with the Liberation Fest. Pilsen was freed from the Nazi occupation by Pattons 3rd Army on June 6, 1945 and the people in Pilsen will never forget this day. So they celebrate it and are very proud of all the American Visitors that gather there each year.Cochem Castle & Medieval DinnerDay Trip • 07. May • €89
Nestled in the Mosel Valley behind a few rocky hills, is the charming town of Cochem. Here we will explore the 1000 year old fairy tale castle, Burg Reichsburg, claimed by local lore to be the original "Sleeping Beauty" castle. We will enter the castle for an informative tour by an English-speaking guide, followed by a medieval-style dinner in the Knight’s Dining Room. During the meal, we will be entertained with stories about medieval table manners and enjoy live entertainment by travelling minstrels. The highlight of the evening will be the Knight Games with lots of fun for everyone!
Join us for an unforgettable tour to Holland and the flower gardens at Keukenhof! Enjoy the demonstrations at a wooden shoe factory and cheese farm followed by a generous traditional Dutch breakfast (included).
Visit the Keukenhof Spring Gardens that boast a new central theme every year. A great day of full flower immersion celebrating all things Dutch and tulip!
Special features: 05.-10. May – Calla show and 05.-16. May – Lily show