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Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

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 first time. In a gifted deed to Emperor Friedrich the first Barbarossa, a Rudolfus of Eltz. Rudolf lived on the Elz, as it was called […]

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What is a Winewalk or Weinwanderung?

These are one- or multi-day events mainly held in Frankonia, Rhineland and Baden Württemberg besides others. These Winewalks or Tours take place in the regional vineyards and wine-growing areas and the nearby villages. There will be almost always a wine tour of an advertised hiking route with several stations, where culinary specialties and, of course, […]

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Obatzta, a Bavarian Brie Spread

“Obatzda”, also called “Angemachter Camembert” in my Frankonian 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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A Mosel cruise to Cochem

We sat on the patio at one of the cafes at the landing when I had the idea to check into the Mosel cruise. Koblenz is where both rivers Rhein and Mosel meet. Because the Mosel has locks and dams, the water level was fine for ship travel. We were told the cruise will take […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Southern Europe
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Three days in Salzburg, Austria

We knocked on the door of this darling bed and breakfast “Landhaus Bachmann”. A friendly lady, which happened to be the host, opened the door and let us stay for a couple nights. Also it is recommended to make reservations, we sometimes stop at places that have a sign “Zimmer frei” (accommodation). We got a […]

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Sahne Torten
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Desserts
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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 Bakeries and their Secret

A secret baking ingredient is Active Diastatic Enzymes. It enhances the “Krume”, you would still use the yeast! It promotes a strong rise, great texture and crust. You’d use only 1 tsp per 3 cups of flour. Here is my Crusty Baguette and Bauernbrot .  Diastatic Enzymes is a natural product made from sprouted grain. […]

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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, 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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Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

While on vacation in Sankt Gilgen, Austria I had this typical Austrian dish. It consists of Spaetzle 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 cheese can melt […]

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German Goulash (Gulasch)

You can get very tender meat by cooking in a Dutch oven (1.5 hrs) or Slow Cooker (4 to 5 hrs). I have tried the Instant Pot pressure cooker, and while the meat gets super tender, the peppers will cook down and disappear. With the IP you can fry them in a pan, and add […]

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Historic Timbered Style Homes

‘Fachwerk’ building materials with history Scroll down for pictures Since the early Stone Age period, clay, wood and straw belonged to the basic building materials in Central Europe. The building constructions and the roof consisted of wood, and clay was used for the structure of the walls, straw for the roof covering. The oldest half-timbered […]

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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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Three days in Rothenburg

While at a Family reunion in Lower Frankonia, 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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Bauernbrot
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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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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
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Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Just like the men in the picture above, many (especially non-Germans) imagine the typical Bavarian. And it’s true, the Bavarians love their “Tracht” Today, this is mainly worn on special occasions such as family celebrations, weddings or folk festivals. It should be noted that “the Bavarian Tracht or costume” does not really exist. Rather, there […]

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Did German Monks discover the Bier?

Unfortunately, that’s not quite true, monks started brewing beer long ago (1100’s), and as we learned the ancient Egyptians “invented” it about 6,000 years ago. There is further evidence from the Romans who called the beer Cervisian (after the goddess of crops: Ceres). The Celts already knew early forms of today’s beer under the name […]

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The Blautopf, “The Beautiful Lau”

From the Swabian Jura mountains of southern Germany, the meaning “Blue Pot” in German, the spring’s blue and dazzling color lends itself to fascination and myth. It is one of the largest of its kind in Germany, is 21 meters deep and below the water surface is a widely branched cave system. The Blautopf has […]

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A sweet traditional dish from German Wine country

This must be one of the only times a kid can consume alcohol in Germany. The sauce is made with eggs and dry white wine.   Kartäuser Klösse mit Weinsosse Print Rate this recipe 1 2 3 4 5 3 ratings Angie with AngiesWeb Ingredients 6 to 8 stale rolls 2 eggs 2 cups milk […]

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My Great-grandfather, the Journeyman

The Journeyman years (Wanderjahre) are a time of travel for several years after completing an apprenticeship as a craftsman. The guild has died in the 1920’s, but made a comeback after the 1980’s. The journeyman is required to wear a uniform, named  “Kluft “. The “Geselle” demeanor should be friendly in public, and this will help them […]

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German Marble Cake
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Marmorkuchen or Marble Cake

Before starting the preparation of the marble cake, it is best to remove the chilled ingredients, such as butter, eggs and milk, from the fridge about two hours before. All the ingredients in the preparation of the dough should have room temperature, and combine well into a homogeneous mass. That makes for a wonderfully loose […]

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