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Authentic German Gingerbread, the Nürnberger Lebkuchen

The Nuremberg or Nürnberger Lebkuchen manufacturers have always baked, not only for the needs of the Nuremberg residents, but also for long-distance trade. Nuremberg gingerbreads went “all over the world” on old trade routes and with them the good reputation. The name “Nürnberger Lebkuchen” is a Gingerbread that has a protected trademark, and anyone can be sure that they were made in Nuremberg. The Lebkuchen … Continue reading Authentic German Gingerbread, the Nürnberger Lebkuchen

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Lübeck is much more than Marzipan

Joyful, lively and relaxed, that is how it felt spending four days in Lübeck, Travemünde, and the Timmendorfer beach to the north. Walking through the winding streets of the Altstadt, I admired the imposing brick architecture of the old town island and Nordic beauty that has retained the charm of an original port city. I was looking forward to a visit to Lübeck, also called … Continue reading Lübeck is much more than Marzipan

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The”Giant” in Miltenberg

The real GIANT „Zum Riesen” in Miltenberg was documented as a medieval Hostel, and is now operated as a Hotel. Did you know, the “Giant” can justifiably be called the oldest royal hostel in Germany. Dr. Ph. Madler mentions in his 1865 historical memorabilia of the Inn “Zum Riesen“, that Charles IV took quarters there for eight days in February 1368. Documents from Dr. Madler … Continue reading The”Giant” in Miltenberg

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A fascinating view from the Engelberg Monastery

Every so often, when in the Miltenberg area, we take a hike up the Engelberg mountain. Climbing up the 612 Engelstaffen” or Angel steps, we have a breathtaking view of Grossheubach below. Once we reach the top of the mountain we’d walk the grounds of the Franciscan monastery and take a seat at a Biergarten to enjoy the local Franconian drinks and eats. The Engelberg … Continue reading A fascinating view from the Engelberg Monastery

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Cranberry-Walnut bread, a great addition to your Holiday table

As many of my friends know, I love to bake breads, and that in many varieties. Today I baked my Cranberry-Walnut bread with my German no-knead bread basic recipe (below) in the very hot Dutch oven. I just added some dried Cranberries and crushed Walnuts. This bread makes a festive edition to your holiday dinner, may it be Thanksgiving or Christmas. Plan a day ahead, … Continue reading Cranberry-Walnut bread, a great addition to your Holiday table

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Füssen, a town with the most enchanting castles

After four exciting days in Munich, I drove about 90 minutes southwest towards Füssen with a short stop in Murnau (Staffelsee). It has been about 25 years and I was anxious to visit Füssen, which is nestled near a cluster of majestic Bavarian mountains and a view to several castles where King Ludwig II had lived. This town was a good starting point for my … Continue reading Füssen, a town with the most enchanting castles

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An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

An exciting day for the people of Würzburg. An empty Wine bottle of 1905 was recently found at a construction work site in NY City at a former Biergarten. The “Bocksbeutel” carries the Coat of Arms of the Bürgerspital in Würzburg Some well known Vintners of Würzburg researched the archives and found something interesting. An old price list from 1910 had with all probability the … Continue reading An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

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Baking Bread of ancient Rome

On my Romans in Rhineland fact finding trip I became interested in bread baking like it was done in the antiquity. After some research, I plunged into baking the bread like the Romans did as depicted in paintings, and found as carbonised loafs in ovens of Pompeii. The bread diverged a little, but it had a very aromatic, whole grain taste with a yellowish crumb, … Continue reading Baking Bread of ancient Rome

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Tyrolean Spinach Dumplings at the ‘Buzihütte’

We ate these delicious Spinach dumplings after a short climb up a mountain to the rustic Buzihütte restaurant near Innsbruck, Austria. Afterward we sat with the locals and sang On days when I don’t know what to cook (unfortunately there are more of them than I would like), I make my Spinach dumplings. They taste great and can also be frozen very well. I heard … Continue reading Tyrolean Spinach Dumplings at the ‘Buzihütte’

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Oberammergau, famously known for its Passion Plays since 1634

Heading from my Hotel in Füssen to Oberammergau, I had a full day planned ahead. This time it took me to this city in the Bavarian Alps that is known for its Passion Plays. It started over 400 years ago, with performances that have been taken place every ten years The Passion Play House The history goes back to almost 400 years ago. The bubonic … Continue reading Oberammergau, famously known for its Passion Plays since 1634

Marillenknödel, Apricot dumplings Sticky post

Marillenknödel, a sweet and delicious Austrian Apricot dumpling

I ate this dessert or dish at the Mariandl Restaurant in Spitz, Austria. The “Marille” is a protected designation of small Apricot that grows in the Wachau wine region of Austria. One of my favorite alcoholic beverage is the Marillenschnaps, I make sure I buy several bottles to take with me. Traditional Marillen dumplings are made from a dough that is low in sugar and … Continue reading Marillenknödel, a sweet and delicious Austrian Apricot dumpling

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Wirsinggemüse, a creamed Savoy Cabbage dish from the Franconia region

I was in the vegetable section of the grocery store the other day and found a Savoy Cabbage. I remembered that my mother used to make a creamed Cabbage vegetable dish at family gatherings. You can find Savoy Cabbage in certain grocery stores in the US. Maybe try Harris Teeter, Publix, Wegmans, Whole Foods or Earth Fare Savoy Cabbage, besides other vegetables, is grown in … Continue reading Wirsinggemüse, a creamed Savoy Cabbage dish from the Franconia region

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The Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig ll

The Linderhof Palace follows the “Pleasure Palace” type, which originated in France in the 18th century and was soon built in palace gardens across Europe. The splendid furnishings are a mixture of the French, but also the Bavarian Rococo. This Palace, which resulted from a long period of construction and renovation, is the only larger castle King Ludwig II experienced complete while still alive. Ludwig was a loner and created his own empire with the Linderhof Castle, his palace all for himself. Continue reading The Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig ll

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Zwiebelrostbraten or Onion Roast Beef, a popular German feast

Zwiebelrostbraten is sliced medium rare Roast Beef, served with fried onions on top, to which the name refers. It is a traditional dish of Swabian and Austrian cuisine and a classic dish in Vienna restaurants. In the Swabian region, the Onion roast beef is often served with Spätzle and is considered a Sunday meal. Regionally, it is also sold under the names “Wiener Zwiebelrostbraten”, “Allgäuer … Continue reading Zwiebelrostbraten or Onion Roast Beef, a popular German feast

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Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes

A large part of Marburg has many half-timbered homes that have been lovingly renovated and is today again showing its historical charm. My stroll through the picturesque alleys started at the Market square, whose striking Rathaus or town hall in late Gothic style was completed in 1527. I took a pause and shot some pictures of this magnificent building while waiting for the City Trolley Train. Continue reading Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes

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A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm

Last September I stopped at an Italian Eiscafé at the Fishermen’s Quarter in Ulm. I was sitting there enjoying my Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream cup (scroll down for recipe) with an excellent view to the „Crooked House“ or in German “Schiefes Haus”. Besides this precarious building, I visited the Ulm Cathedral that has the highest church tower in the world! The original half-timbered house from … Continue reading A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm

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Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel

Anneliese, a former Chef at Hotel Stadt Mainz in Würzburg has given me over time some of her family recipes, this time the Apfelstrudel, which I like to present today. Whenever in Würzburg I visit my friends, the Schwarzmann girls. The sisters Margarete and Anneliese Schwarzmann and their parents (RIP) have a 100 year history in the hospitality field. They owned the Hotel and Restaurant … Continue reading Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel

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“Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

In the so-called “Haushaltsschulen”, young, middle-class women were taught household skills, such as cooking, baking, sewing, handicrafts, gardening and cleaning to prepare them to be good housewives and wives. In connection with the women’s movement, around 1900, the first textbooks for home economics were also developed. Initially, however, household training was not viewed as a profession, but rather as a preparation for marriage. But despite … Continue reading “Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

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A Hofbräuhaus opened in 1908, but not in Munich

August L. Janssen, the future “Wirt” and proprietor of the Hofbräuhaus in New York City was born in Emden, Germany. At age 20 and after attending the University of Göttingen in the year of 1887, young Janssen, as so many other Germans at that time, took a ship to NY city in the hope to immigrate to America After Janssen arrived in the US he … Continue reading A Hofbräuhaus opened in 1908, but not in Munich

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A Kindergarten in the Forest

The idea of ​​the first Forest Kindergarten or Daycare in the woods comes from Scandinavia. In the mid-1950’s, a Danish woman name Ella Flatau founded the first outdoor Kindergarten. From there it spread quickly in the 1990s. There are now around 2,000 “Waldkindergarten” of this sort in Germany. These are mostly state-approved daycares, and only trained educators work here. The groups have names such as Forest Spirits, Tree Frogs or Ladybugs. Continue reading A Kindergarten in the Forest

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King Ludwig’s magnificent Royal Sleigh

King Ludwig II, the Bavarian king who also built the Neuschwanstein castle, was an enthusiast about sophisticated technology. A unique collection of Royal sleighs, the most important of its kind, is in the Marstall museum at the Nymphenburg castle in Munich. There you can see several Gala Carriages of the Bavarian King and the Wittelsbacher family Ludwig was born in 1845 at the Nymphenburg castle … Continue reading King Ludwig’s magnificent Royal Sleigh

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Apple Pancakes or Apfelkräpfchen

When I grew up in Germany my mother often saw me as a child, although I was already an adult. As you guessed, she would mother me. When the Apple harvest was over and this fruit was freshly picked, Apples were always on the table in form of apple puree, or my favorite, the delicious Apple Pancakes She would often say: “Come on Mädle, eat … Continue reading Apple Pancakes or Apfelkräpfchen

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Schaschlik Kebab with a Curry Tomato sauce

This Shisch Kebab or Schaschlik (Shashlik) recipe brings back memories of Family get-togethers in my childhood. It is also remembered as 80’s party food, just like the Hawaii toast. These Kebabs were an easy dish we had prepared on skewers, sometimes a day before, and then cooked on low in a curry-tomato sauce. We ate this meal often at small gatherings. I especially remember this … Continue reading Schaschlik Kebab with a Curry Tomato sauce

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An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

It was a rainy day in Germany, so a visit to a Museum came to mind. Only 45 minutes from where I was staying is Ahrweiler in the North of the Rhineland. There, in 1980, construction workers discovered the remains of an ancient building at the foot of the so called “Silberberg”. It turned out to be a sensational find. After ten years of excavation … Continue reading An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

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A Chicken Stuffing from my Childhood

This is my mother’s poultry stuffing recipe given down through generations. The chicken liver is optional, but for me it brings back memories to my Bavarian and Franconian roots.
I remember my childhood, I would get up early on Sunday morning and my mother would put some cooked “Fülle” Stuffing to the side for me to eat before the chicken is filled Continue reading A Chicken Stuffing from my Childhood

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Leonhardifahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

The famous Leonhardifahrt or Leonhardiritt in South Bavaria is a solemn pilgrimage of horses and cattle in early November to honor the patron St. Leonhard. The magnificently decorated four wheeled horse drawn carriages, lead by a coachmen, come from near and far in the early hours and ride the streets and alleys of Bavarian towns. Continue reading Leonhardifahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

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Tübingen has a Rainbow Row

After a short stop in Ulm to take some pictures, I continued driving to Tübingen which is a University town in the center of Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the Neckar river, around 30 kilometers south of Stuttgart. Old town landmarks include the Rathaus (City Hall) at the Marktplatz (Market Square) and the castle, Schloß Hohentübingen, now part of the University of Tübingen. The central … Continue reading Tübingen has a Rainbow Row

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Dallmayr is known for Coffee, but also for their famous delicacies in Munich

The Dallmayr, also a Delicatessen House in Munich, is a tradition since the 17th century and a parent company of the famous German coffee “Prodomo”. One morning while staying at the Hotel du Train, I strolled down to the Marienplatz. There, right behind the Townhall at the Dienerstrasse, I found the Dallmayr Coffee house and Deli. Dallmayr Munich has been the finest delicacies for almost 300 years, and the largest delicatessen in Europe. Continue reading Dallmayr is known for Coffee, but also for their famous delicacies in Munich

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The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

After arriving in Munich, I wanted to experience a hotel stay of a special kind. I took the public transportation to the Sendlinger Tor or Gate. From there I rolled my large suitcase to the Hotel du Train. I found this hotel fascinating after I read about it in a Munich online newspaper. To my amazement it has the theme of Agatha Christie’s Orient Express … Continue reading The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

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How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

The Viktualienmarkt is a Biergarten in the middle of Munich. There you can buy the famous Weisswurst. It is the custom that you eat the hot Weisswurst with a grainy sweet Mustard and Pretzel. Originally it was served before noon, now all day, in a covered soup bowl submerged in hot water. Continue reading How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

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German Gulasch (Goulash), a traditional home cooked meal

When growing up, my mother used to make Goulash on a regular basis – it’s one of those dishes that I fondly remember. She always made this dish in a pressure cooker. I was extremely suspicious of this pot, somehow I always expected the thing to suddenly explode. When I moved out and was now responsible for the goulash myself, I used a normal pot and let the dish simmer for several hours. Goulash is now our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays. I prepare two large pots for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends. Continue reading German Gulasch (Goulash), a traditional home cooked meal

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Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

Written by Author Claudia Clark. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and because I am an avid animal lover–especially koalas and kangaroos, we had planned for 5 years to go to Australia. Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus outbreak our trip had been cancelled, so we decided to travel to France, the town of Chamonix and the Mont-Blanc mountain, which is the Haute-Savoie region. Continue reading Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

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Croissants aux Amandes in Paris

I ate these decadent Almond Croissants while in Paris at the Les Deux Magots. They are also called croissants aux creme d’amandes or simply croissants fourrés. We arrived at the Parisian district with a special charm, an atmosphere of character and a renowned café name Les Deux Magots! With a patio facing the church, and its waiters in black and white clothes set the tone of Saint-Germain. Continue reading Croissants aux Amandes in Paris

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Homemade Schinken or Prosciutto

I pride myself to have mastered the art of smoking a German Schinken, a type of Prosciutto. The difference is that Schinken is cold smoked and dried, versus Prosciutto is hung/dried for about a year. I watched many YouTube clips and joined Social media groups about smoking meats. I held on to this recipe for a very long time, and since I am traveling more, I thought it is time to pass it on. Continue reading Homemade Schinken or Prosciutto

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A delicious Soup with simple ingredients

French Onion Soup is quickly prepared and a great, delicious starter on your table. This soup has long been considered a classic “poor people’s food”. Hardly surprising, because the ingredients are simple and almost everyone has them in the house. On top of that, the recipe also offers a good opportunity to use stale bread in this wholesome dish. There are other types of onion … Continue reading A delicious Soup with simple ingredients

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Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

While strolling through the cobblestone streets of Vienna, Austria, we stopped for lunch at Café Central (est. 1876) for some original Austrian food. The waiter highly recommended this Austrian dish Kaiserschmarrn is an original Austrian sweet dish, made from Palatschinken (pancake) dough. It was created for Kaiser Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1854. He always said “geb mir mal den Schmarrn her” so it … Continue reading Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

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Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we stopped for a couple days in the in the Salzburg area. Salzburg is located on the border with Germany at the foot of the Eastern Alps. A river name Salzach flows through the middle of the city. On the left bank is the old town, designated as a pedestrian zone, with buildings from the Middle Ages and Baroque It … Continue reading Three days in Salzburg, Austria

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Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

While on vacation in Sankt Gilgen, Austria I had this typical Austrian dish called “Käsespatzen”. It consists of Spaetzle noodles and grated hard cheese that is alternately stacked and garnished with fried onions, then baked in a hot oven In Swabia, the Käsespätzle are traditionally prepared with mountain cheese and/or Emmentaler cheese. In Vorarlberg there is a  different type of preparation; you can find Montafon Käsespätzle with … Continue reading Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

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Spaghetti Carbonara has a long history

According to a widespread legend, this dish goes back to the Italian Carbonari, who made charcoal in the Appenine mountains. It is said this Spaghetti dish was cooked over a fire in a cast iron pan during their breaks. The Carbonari (Italian for “charcoal makers”) were an informal network of secret revolutionary societies active in the Italian mountains from about 1800 to 1831. A legend emerged later, it is … Continue reading Spaghetti Carbonara has a long history

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The Steckerlfish, a Mackerel on a Stick

A delicacy is the “Steckerlfisch” or Fish on a Stick is a Spanish Mackerel that is grilled over a dug out pit with a grey layer of amber. This type of fish is one of my favorites visiting German or Austrian folk festivals.
The Steckerlfisch originates from the “kitchen” of the former Danube fishermen, and has been written about in books of the early 1900’s. Continue reading The Steckerlfish, a Mackerel on a Stick

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Drachenburg Castle, an elegant Palace with a magnificent Terrace

One day a couple years ago we took the Old Trolly train halfway up to the Drachenburg Castle. It is a newer castle built in 1884, located about a mile below the Drachenfels ruin and a jewel of the romantic Middle Rhine and Königswinter. The Old Trolley Train “Drachenfelsbahn” is the oldest operated Rack or Cog Railway* in Germany. It is operated by Bergbahnen im … Continue reading Drachenburg Castle, an elegant Palace with a magnificent Terrace

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A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

One wonders if you have a genuine “Kaisergugelhupf” (Emperor bundt cake) on your plate at the Café. Only bakers and baking enthusiasts, who do a little research would be familiar with the true consistency of the dough. After all, we know there are many different variations on the internet, and there is very large collections of fake recipes among them The difference is very simple, … Continue reading A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

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Leipzig claims to fame of J. S. Bach, but also a darker time

I have been in Leipzig several times, the first time 1997, only 8 years after the wall fell in the former DDR. It was just being rebuilt, and still looked gray with 40 years of decay. Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of many historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. It is one of the … Continue reading Leipzig claims to fame of J. S. Bach, but also a darker time

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Trier, the most impressive ancient city in Germany

The Rhineland has some amazing sights. Just 1.5 hrs drive from my river cottage is the city of Trier. First settled by the celts, then the Romans 2000 years ago, it is the oldest city in Germany with a magnificent ancient gate or monument, the Porta Nigra Located in the Middle-Mosel valley with a scenic landscape and bordering mountains, Trier, or “Augusta Treverorum” when founded … Continue reading Trier, the most impressive ancient city in Germany

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Colmar, the most picturesque, historic town in the Alsace

The Alsace region with all its beauty is a real place for connoisseurs, but above all, it causes tourists to be amazed. The town of Colmar, is arguably the most delightful city in France! While staying in the Black Forest, I left one morning after breakfast to drive to the French side. Colmar, the third largest city in the region, is no longer a real small town with its almost 67,000 inhabitants, but is often regarded as such due to its intimacy and its enticing small town charm. My expectations were rewarded visiting this magnificent city. Continue reading Colmar, the most picturesque, historic town in the Alsace

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Versailles on Wheels, two glorious Wagons of King Ludwig ll

While in Nürnberg we spent time exploring the DB Museum (Train Museum) on Lessingstrasse. There we saw two magnificent, original train wagons of the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II (1860’s). Ludwig took over the train from his father Maximilian II in 1864. He not only wanted the train to be technically modern, but also culturally and feudal. Over the next six years, after inheriting the … Continue reading Versailles on Wheels, two glorious Wagons of King Ludwig ll

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Maultaschen, a typical Swabian Dish

On the way driving south to the Black Forest, we stopped for a couple of days at some friends house near Stuttgart. The next day we were served “Maultaschen” for lunch, which is a type of meat pocket. It instantly reminded me of an oversized Ravioli. Maybe there was an Italien influence? There are different legends about the origin of the Maultaschen. One legend says … Continue reading Maultaschen, a typical Swabian Dish

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Aachen has a place of Pilgrimage and Royal Coronations

Staying near Bonn, we decided to take an hour’s drive to the Aachen Cathedral or Dom, which was founded 800 a.D. by Charlemagne “Charles the Great” and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic and glamorous building is an emblem of Aachen and a landmark in occidental architecture Around 800 AD., Charlemagne built a major imperial palace in Aachen with the Palatine chapel … Continue reading Aachen has a place of Pilgrimage and Royal Coronations

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Eat a Yoghurt-Fruit Cheese cake without the Guilt

If you miss the German cheese cakes and think it’s not good for your hips, then bake it with Quark, in this case Greek-Yoghurt with Fruit. To make it easy, you can use Graham crackers as a crust. When you reduce the sugar, add the Fruits like Mandarines, Cherries and/or dark Berries. It will complete a healthy combination. Continue reading Eat a Yoghurt-Fruit Cheese cake without the Guilt

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Feel like a Royalty at the Lieser Castle, now a Luxury Hotel

On one of our trips to Trier we planned to stay a couple nights at a B&B at Bernkastel-Kues at the Mosel. We happen to drive through the town of Lieser and saw a beautiful castle to our left. When we arrived at our accommodation, I asked about this gorgeous building, and we were told it is now a Luxury hotel. We drove back to … Continue reading Feel like a Royalty at the Lieser Castle, now a Luxury Hotel

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Nuremberg Albrecht Dürer Haus

A couple years back, while in Nürnberg, we were eating at the Augustiner Restaurant. As we were enjoying our lunch, we struck a conversation with the waitress about places to explore She mentioned the historic Albrecht Dürer half-timbered Fachwerk home just a couple feet away. Dürer was Germany’s most famous painter and lived from 1509 in the large half-timbered house for almost 20 years. The … Continue reading Nuremberg Albrecht Dürer Haus

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A German town built on a “Crater”

A couple years ago we did a four day trip down the Romantic Road and stopped in Nördlingen. It is one of the most attractive towns in the central part of the Romantic Road. It has been found that there was a meteorite impact 15 million years ago which formed a crater
The town of Nördlingen is the largest town in the Swabian district of Donau-Ries in Bavaria. Continue reading A German town built on a “Crater”

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Reichsburg Cochem is one of the most admired castles

Only an hour from my home base is the town of Cochem on the Mosel river. We have gone there several times by tour boat or car. This morning I got up early to make another excursion, the Cochem Castle tour. Arriving in Cochem we parked our car at the Pinnerstrasse city parking lot, which is only 5 Euro all day and right behind the … Continue reading Reichsburg Cochem is one of the most admired castles

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Mein Bauernbrot, a no-knead German crusty Bread

I became a bread baking enthusiast a while back watching a video of a Bakery in NYC. The clip started: “It’s so easy, a four year old can do it”. I had to try, and I am hooked ever since. To enhance the flavor I add 1/2 cup of dark beer and 2 tbsp of vinegar to the flour mixture. Read about another secret ingredient I use to improve the texture in my Blog Continue reading Mein Bauernbrot, a no-knead German crusty Bread

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French Liver Pâté, an exotic spread for your Guests

A great Spread for parties is this decadent French Liver Pâté! Sometimes I have a craving for Liverwurst. I have made the Pfälzer before, this one is different. French Liver Pâté is made with Chicken Liver and a shot of Cognac. Brandy or Sherry cooking wine are alternatives Instead of Creme Fraìche, cream cheese mixed with sour cream can be used for easy spreading (some … Continue reading French Liver Pâté, an exotic spread for your Guests

Käsesahne Cream cake, Käsesahne Torte mit Mandarinen Sticky post

Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

One of my favorite Cakes or Tortes when sitting at a street cafe in Germany. It’s a little challenging for a beginner, but it’s worthwhile and tastes great! Best to start planning and preparing the cake 2 to 3 days before. The Cake bottom needs to be baked the day ahead and Cream topping should rest in the refrigerator approximately 12 hours to get firm Continue reading Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

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Obatzda, a Bavarian Brie Spread

“Obatzda”, also called “Angemachter Camembert” in my Franconian circles, is a typical Bavarian spread made from Brie. It is served with a fresh Pretzel or Bauernbrot I have an American friend who despised caraway seeds, but now he got accustomed, and his taste buds adjusted. In a sudden the Caraway seeds need to be included. He even drinks my Caraway Schnapps I bring back from … Continue reading Obatzda, a Bavarian Brie Spread

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“Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

For decades the “Zwetschgenmännle” which are popular figures from dried Prunes, can be found at the colorful world of the Christkindlesmarkt. There are over 350 different figures – from “Nackerte” (Naked) to “Schlotfeger” (Chimney sweeper) to Lovers. The repertoire ranges. There are hundreds of Gnomes and bass Violin players, Guitarists and Pianists, Cooks and Waiters, Mushroom pickers, Pastors, and even Devils etc. Continue reading “Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

Passau boat ride, Schifffahrt Stephansdom, Cathedral, Passau Sticky post

Passau, the city where three Rivers meet

After settling in at my Airbnb in Passau, a city in Lower Bavaria, I took a walk at the beautiful waterfront promenade. There were colorful flowers and buildings as I strolled along. I noticed the architecture of Passau’s old city buildings, and as I was reading later, there is a reason why it has an Italian flair. After the catastrophic city fire of 1662, the Italian influence can be seen everywhere…. Continue reading Passau, the city where three Rivers meet

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Mittenwald in the Karwendel mountains

When traveling south from Landshut, I tried to avoid the Autobahn, so I took on a quaint country road. After a couple of hours driving through South Bavaria, I arrived in Mittenwald. A lovely and colorful Bavarian town, which is known for painted Facades on the buildings called Lüftmalerei. South of where the Isar rises, Bavaria meets Tyrol. Thus, Mittenwald became a trade gateway to … Continue reading Mittenwald in the Karwendel mountains

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Landshut, a Bavarian Jewel just north of Munich

Landshut is the capital of Lower Bavaria. This considerable small town of about 70,000 inhabitants was a pleasant surprise when visiting friends recently. Just 20 minutes north of the Munich Airport, Landshut is one of the richest industrialized towns in Bavaria with a striving economy.  After a three-day stay Passau, I was driving for about an hour, passing by the huge BMW factory in Dingolfing … Continue reading Landshut, a Bavarian Jewel just north of Munich

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A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

On my drive to Mittenwald I planned a stop at the town of “Going at the Wilden Kaiser” in Austria. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the mountain. Here, and in Ellmau was my all time favorite show “Der Bergdoktor” or Mountain Doctor filmed. If you ever seen the show or movie, you will recognize where I am standing. Continue reading A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

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Healthy retreats in Germany

When I was staying in Passau recently, I didn’t know what to do on a rainy and cool day, so I decided to take a 45 minute drive to the Bad Füssing Kur town, which means a place to cure an illness. Some towns have Thermal Bath houses or Thermal Spas  Thermal bathing facilities have natural, mostly mineralized groundwater with a source temperature of over … Continue reading Healthy retreats in Germany

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Leberkäse, a German street food

I grew up on Leberkäse and I could eat it as breakfast. The name “Leberkäse” is a misnomer, it does not contain liver or cheese, mainly pork, therefore some people call it Fleischkäse and in English “German meatloaf” You can buy these sandwiches at most Butcher shops in Germany as a snack. It is generally cut very thick. At home I fry a slice and … Continue reading Leberkäse, a German street food

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Stift Melk and Dürnstein in the Wachau, Austria

While staying in Weissenkirchen, Austria, and the wine region of Wachau, we did day trips to Vienna, the castle of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Schloss Artstetten), and took a day cruise to Stift Melk. It was a week full of history and sightseeings Arriving at our Bed & Breakfast “Donauhof” Hotel Garni in Weissenkirchen Wachau is a Wine region along the Danube, with a mild climate … Continue reading Stift Melk and Dürnstein in the Wachau, Austria

Sankt Bartholomae island, St. Bartholomä , Bavaria, Koenigssee Sticky post

Crystal clear lakes awaits you at the Königssee near Berchtesgaden

A couple years back we drove through the Berchtesgadener Land, and before we arrived at the Königssee, we saw a “Zimmer frei” sign of an open vacancy at an B&B of those villages. The Königssee is in Southern Bavaria in the Berchtesgadener Land. This lake has crystal-clear water and spectacular views to the mountains. The mighty rocks of the Berchtesgaden Alps fall almost perpendicular to … Continue reading Crystal clear lakes awaits you at the Königssee near Berchtesgaden

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Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

Located between Koblenz and Trier, the Eltz castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the north side of the Moselle. I have been there several times with family and friends Burg Eltz built in the 1200’s, has been owned by the same family for 34 generations. It is built on a 230 ft rock on an important Roman trade … Continue reading Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

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German Wurstsalat

Many Germans grow up with this Wurstsalat recipe. In my area (Franconia), we make it with Mayonnaise and call it Fleischsalat. I tried this dish first when I visited Stuttgart (Schwabenland). It became my favorite Abendbrot or evening supper. Taste great with my Bauernbrot or a crusty Baguette Continue reading German Wurstsalat

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Amsterdam and its exciting and turbulent history

A couple years back we decided to drive to Amsterdam. I booked a hotel three days ahead online and got a good deal for three nights. This was our first time to this vibrant city, and it turned out to be a wonderful short trip, We immediately noticed the beautiful river “Amstel”, which runs through the city, therefore Amsterdam is often compared to Venice I … Continue reading Amsterdam and its exciting and turbulent history

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Frikadellen or German Meat Patties

Everyone likes to eat German meat patties or Frikadellen! You can get them at most take-out, like a butcher. But I still believe my mother’s tasted the best! Pretty much everyone has a “family recipe” and this is exactly what I want to share with you today, because these German meat patties are an absolute dream! Continue reading Frikadellen or German Meat Patties

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Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage

The other weekend I took advantage of the “man-is-not-at-home hour” and made my mothers cabbage wraps – and really celebrated it! Winter vegetables arouse little enthusiasm in men. And that’s expressed nicely. So on that Saturday I treated myself to this classic. Leaf by leaf filled with spiced hamburger meat and tied into small packs. Yes, admittedly, at the end I still had a lot of cabbage wraps left over. But the good thing about it, they can be frozen. Perfect for lazy weekends when I feel like eating hearty home cooked meal. Continue reading Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage

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Veitshöchheim, from my Childhood

Veitshöchheim, is a suburb of Würzburg and only 7 km down the Main River. A well-known place, from which the successful broadcast “Fastnacht in Franken” has been shown on German TV for three decades. You could compare it with Mardi Gras in the US Veitshöchheim is where I spent my early years until I moved to the city of Würzburg Jagdschloss or Hunters Castle for the … Continue reading Veitshöchheim, from my Childhood

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German Bakeries and their Secret

I became a hobby baker when there were no bakeries with fresh breads available; basically out of necessity. So every time I am in Germany, I do my bakery run in the morning, since there are at least two of them in walking distance. I noticed a distinct difference between bakeries, so I did some reading. I had figured out what makes the “Krume” or texture so different A … Continue reading German Bakeries and their Secret

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Würzburg, where I grew up

Every now and then we visit my hometown Würzburg. We rent a little vacation home, only 10 km down the river in Veitshöchheim, the town where I spent my childhood. In the Morning, after my Brötchen run and having breakfast, we walk down to the dock at the Main River and take the next tour boat to Würzburg. We rent a holiday home in Veitshöchheim … Continue reading Würzburg, where I grew up

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French Crêpes, a thin, melt in your mouth kinda pancake

On my last visit to Colmar, France, I watched a Crepe maker making these very thin delicate pancakes. I learned, they are not sweet, but instead savory. Unlike pancakes, Crêpes have a very smooth batter, mostly achieved with a hand mixer, but whisking in a bowl can do the job. Batter: Mix the flour, salt in a medium size bowl. Make a well in the … Continue reading French Crêpes, a thin, melt in your mouth kinda pancake

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Rüdesheim am Rhein

On our travels we took several day cruises on the Rhine, one of the cruise boats departs in Koblenz. The last stop of the Rhine river cruise with the the KD Goethe ship is Rüdesheim. KD stands for Köln-Düsseldorf Rüdesheim is surrounded by the Rheingau wine mountains and a gateway to the upper Middle Rhine Valley. The main attraction, the famous Drosselgasse, is a narrow alley … Continue reading Rüdesheim am Rhein

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Thuringia Sausage/Thüringer Rostbratwurst

I came about this tasty Grill Bratwurst strolling through the town of Eisenach in Thuringia. Born in Würzburg and growing up on Bratwurst from that region, I was intrigued about the this regional Bratwurst and the spices they use. My Bavarian Sauerkraut would be a tasty side dish These are the casings that are suitable for Bratwurst I did some research, and if you up … Continue reading Thuringia Sausage/Thüringer Rostbratwurst

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A stop in Bacharach on the Rhine river day cruise

Leaving from Koblenz on a day cruise to Rüdesheim, we stopped in Bacharach for lunch at the ‘Altes Haus’ from 1389. Afterwards we strolled the romantic cobblestone streets with the half timbered homes. The town of Bacherach is located in the district of Mainz-Bingen in the the Rhineland and a popular tourist destination We departed on a river day cruise in Koblenz with the KD … Continue reading A stop in Bacharach on the Rhine river day cruise

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Serviettenknödel and Semmelknödel in a Loaf pan

Have you ever been afraid of bread dumplings falling apart in the water, because of some experience of the past? There are two foolproof options for beginners. For one recipe I use a 9″x 5″ loaf pan and bake it in the oven, the other is “Serviettenknödel” that you roll into a clean cotton cloth or plastic foil. then boil. The original Semmelknödel for the … Continue reading Serviettenknödel and Semmelknödel in a Loaf pan

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Historic Timbered Style Homes and the building process

My Grandparents half-timbered home (Fachwerk) in Dettelbach was built in 1560. My uncle discovered it by chance when renovating it. Of course it has plumbing and electric for decades, it’s just the ceilings are really low and walls are crooked. The town has strict architectural guidelines. I am intrigued about the building process of those medieval half timbered homes. I did some research and I … Continue reading Historic Timbered Style Homes and the building process

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Schmelzkäse (Kochkäse), a melting Cheese in different varieties

This is a cheese that can be used as a Party Dip or a Spread. There are different variations. My favorite is Bier Cheese with brie. You can add a half of bier if you like to make it thinner for dipping pretzels. Always remember, the mixture gets thicker when cooled. Continue reading Schmelzkäse (Kochkäse), a melting Cheese in different varieties

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Crusty French Baguette (no knead)

When I gave baking classes several years ago, I invited about 10 Ladies over to bake breads and baguettes. I had prepared the dough a day before, so I did my demonstration. The house smelled heavenly while baking. Afterward we all sat down and tasted the freshly baked bread with some of my homemade French Liver Pate and Cheeses. While preparing my German Bauernbrot I … Continue reading Crusty French Baguette (no knead)

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German Beef Rouladen

A favorite meal I prepare for guests while in the US are Rouladen, because it can’t be found in many restaurants. The best meat for Rouladen is Top Round beef, cut into 1/4 inch thin steaks. If you can’t find the thin sliced beef, have a speciality store or Deli butcher slice it for you. If that is not available , follow my suggestion how … Continue reading German Beef Rouladen

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Frühstück, a German breakfast feast

When in Germany, do like the Germans do; this is my mantra which I follow religiously. A German or “continental” type breakfast is not eaten every day at home, mostly on special days like weekends and religious holidays. This breakfast buffet would be found daily at your hotel or B&B in the breakfast room. When most of the stores closed, the Bakeries are open every … Continue reading Frühstück, a German breakfast feast

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Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

As a child, I remember waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of my mothers Bavarian Pork Roast in the oven. She would go to the early church service, and then roast the Schweinebraten while we were gone to the later mass. At noon we were ready to sit at the table or Mittagstisch. Usually you would sear the meat before placing it … Continue reading Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

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Schäufele, a speciality from my hometown Würzburg

Schäufele (Schaufele translates to small shovel) is a traditional dish that is mainly served in my hometown Würzburg and the Franconia region of Germany. Every year, at my class reunion,  I treat myself to this meal when meeting at a restaurant with my former classmates Schäufele and Bratwurst in Franconia is richly blessed with beer, wine and a wide variety of regional specialties. There are … Continue reading Schäufele, a speciality from my hometown Würzburg

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Hallstatt, has the most beautiful scenic views

In 2010, while in Salzburg, we did a 45 min drive to Hallstatt in Austria. We decided to stay two nights in a darling Bed and Breakfast. The idea came when we watched a Rick Steves. It was well worth Hallstatt is a town on the western shore of Lake Hallstatt in the Austrian Salzkammergut. It has 16th-century cobblestone streets and alpine-style houses built at … Continue reading Hallstatt, has the most beautiful scenic views

Pumpkin soup with cream

Creamy delicious Pumpkin Soup

While taking the dogs to the park, I saw a Pumpkin Patch with a setup that was being used for family photo shoots. I went over and posed with my dogs. I picked up a pumpkin, and while driving back home I thought about some recipes. A Pumpkin soup came to mind For a creamy pumpkin soup I bought the Hokkaido pumpkin, but a Butternut … Continue reading Creamy delicious Pumpkin Soup