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Stift Melk, Wachau Austria
Southern Europe
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Stift Melk and Dürnstein at the Danube

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 […]

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Sankt Bartholomae island, St. Bartholomä , Bavaria, Koenigssee
Germany
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Crystal clear lakes awaits you near Berchtesgaden

A couple years back we drove through the Berchtesgadener Land, and before we arrived at the Königsee, we saw a “Zimmer frei” sign of an open vacancy at an B&B of those villages. We discovered the impressive natural scenery around the most famous mountain lake of Bavaria. We decided to take the boat – and […]

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Sauerbraten Recipe, German Dish
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Sweet-sour and tangy Sauerbraten

A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop tastebuds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd. Plan for it way in advance, the marinating takes several days […]

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Burg Eltz castle
Germany
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Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

Located between Koblenz and Trier, the castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the north side of the Moselle My home base is not far, so I visit almost every year. Also see my tips and recommendations at the bottom. In 1157, the name Eltz was mentioned for the […]

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Veitshoechheim Weinwanderung, Winewalk, Weinschlendern
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

What is a Winewalk or Weinwanderung?

In my hometown in Lower Franconia, wine cooperatives and winegrowers, wineries and regional restaurants organize so-called wine tours or wine hiking days from May to October. I have been at some of these Winewalks, and I truly enjoy it. The “Weinschlendern” as they also call it, started at the Restaurant Sonnenschein at the Main River […]

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Brotzeit Teller, Wurst plate, Angemachter Camembert, Obatzta
Germany
Recipes
Spreads

Obatzta, 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 This spread includes Beer and Caraway seeds which is added in many Southern German dishes. Thinking about Bavarian Pork roast and Sauerkraut. I have an American friend who despised […]

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Mosel River near Cochem
Germany
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A Mosel cruise to Cochem

It was late August 2018 when we were staying at the Rhein. We started out early to drive to Koblenz and parked at the Görreplatz Parking garage, from where we walked down do the KD cruise dock landing. Unfortunately our Rhein day cruise, that was supposed to leave at 9 am to 8 pm, was […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we made a stop in the Salzburger Land (Salzburg area). It was late in the afternoon when we drove into the town of Grödig, only 6 km from Salzburg. We knocked on the door of this darling bed and breakfast “Landhaus Bachmann”. A friendly lady, which happened to be the […]

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Käsesahne Torte, German cream cakes
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

Käsesahne Torte, 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

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German Rolls, Broetchen
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Breads and Pastry
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Recipes
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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. […]

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Salzkammergut, Wolfganssee
Southern Europe
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Sankt Gilgen, Wolfgangssee

Sankt Gilgen lies at the picturesque Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). Here it is easy to leave everyday life behind – use the numerous water sports or relax in peace at one of the sunny and idyllic beaches right on the lake.

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Kaiserschmarrn with tart cherries
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Main Course
Recipes

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 […]

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Austrian Cheese Spaetzle, Käsespätzle,
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Recipes

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. The Cheese Spaetzle are pushed into the hot oven after they have been layered, so that the Spaetzle does not cool down and the […]

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German Goulash (Gulasch)
Main Course
Recipes

German Goulash (Gulasch)

This Beef/Pork Goulash is our family tradition for the holidays. I prepare two large pots for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends. We have Spätzle as a side, or wide Noodles. Some greens like Boston lettuce that complements the meal. Friends of my daughter always looking forward to my […]

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Allgemein
Germany
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Historic Timbered Style Homes

My Grandparents half-timbered home (Fachwerk) in Dettelbach was built in 1560. They 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 was intrigued by Fachwerk growing up, and always wondered […]

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German Ice cream, Spaghetti Eis
Desserts
Recipes

Spaghetti Eis, and it’s surprising discovery

Most Ice Cafés (Eisdiele) are owned by first generation Italiens. In the afternoons and weekend you see many people sitting outside enjoying the Sun and eating Ice cream. Spaghetti Eis was discovered, not in Italy, but in Mannheim, of course by an Italien. The sweet creation of vanilla ice cream, whip cream and strawberry sauce […]

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Rothenburg Ploenlein
Germany
Travel Destinations

Three days in Rothenburg

While at a Family reunion in Lower Franconia, we did a side trip to Rothenburg for a friends destination wedding Arriving by train, we checked into a darling medieval B&B in the center of town from walking distance to the Marktplatz. We had an amazing time. I hope you enjoy my photos       […]

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Bavarian pork roast, Krustenbraten. Schweinebraten
Main Course
Recipes

Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

Bayerischer Schweinebraten 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 […]

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German Bauernbrot or whole wheat crusty bread
Breads and Pastry
Recipes

Mein Bauernbrot (No knead German Crusty Bread)

I became a bread baking enthusiast after watching a NY Times video of Sullivan Bakery in New York. It started as “It’s so easy, a four year old can do it”. I had to try, and I am hooked ever since.
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Cuckoo clock, Black Forest, Kuckucksuhr
Allgemein
Germany

An annoying Clock that is made in the Black Forest

The basic form of the housing has been modeled since the mid-19th century usually a “Bahnwärterhäuschen” with pitched roof and decorated with more or less intricately carved wood ornaments. The acoustic cuckoo time signal is movably mounted in the housing behind a door-like flap. It is usually swung open and one or more cuckoo calls […]

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Italian Basil Pesto
Condiments
Recipes
Southern Europe
Spreads

Italian Basil Pesto – a tasty sauce for your Pasta

One of my favorite Italian dishes is cheese tortellini with fresh Pesto sauce. If you live in the South of the US, you can grow Basil in abundance. Best with pasta, but also delicious with crackers or baked potato

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Altschlossfelsen, Rheinland-Pfalz
Germany
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Germany’s Red Rock Canyon

However, you must first fight yourself through the Palatinate Forest to get to this colorful group of red sandstone rock. For a particularly intense color experience, you should visit in the spring, because then there is no foliage in the path of the sun and the rocks look beautiful and illuminated.

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Teufelsmauer, Harz, Saxony
Germany
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Germany also has a Great Wall

In some places only a few rocks rise steeply, on others, for example in Neinstedt, the compact wall looks like it was created by supernatural powers. In fact, it arose as a result of the formation of the resin Massive tectonic forces were at work, shifting layers of rock from the horizontal to the vertical

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Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony
Germany
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Impressive Rock formation in the Saxon-Switzerland

I saw this impressive Rock formation from a distance when looking afar from the Königstein castle in Saxony. If you want to go there off the beaten track through the Saxon- Switzerland, then you should choose the path through the “Höllenschlund” gorge. Off the marked trail, an old path leads down to rock steps into […]

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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
Allgemein
Germany
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg. Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not […]

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