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Apfelschlupfkuchen, sunken apple cake, German
Desserts
Germany
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Apfelschlupfkuchen (Sunken Apple Cake)

I remember my very first cake I baked, I was eight years old and so delighted. I remember taking the baked apple cake outside to the garage to show to my dad who was working on the car. A proud moment I will never forget. 

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German Plum cake, Zwetschgenkuchen, Pflaumenkuchen
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany

Zwetschgenkuchen or Plum cake

Perfect to accompany an afternoon coffee is the Zwetschgenkuchen. You can find or pick plums from June till late September when they are ripe. In the US you can buy this oval purple fruit in some stores, they are called Italien plums. This recipe is made with a yeast dough on a rectangular sheet cake […]

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Cologne cathedral, Kölner Dom
Germany
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Cologne Cathedral- Germany’s most exciting Church

If you would take the train to Cologne, you practically step out of the Central station and see this immense historic Cathedral or Dom looming in front of you. This time we met up with daughter and family, who vacationed a couple days in Amsterdam, a three hour train ride away. To pick them up, we […]

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Edelweiss flower in Austrian, Bavarian mountains
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Germany
Southern Europe

Edelweiss, the “Eternal Flower”

The Alpine Edelweiss (also Leontopodium alpinum) is the only native plant in Central Europe representative of the approximately 40 known Edelweiss species, which are widespread in the mountains of Europe and Asia. It is found in the Alps, the Carpathians and in the Jura, where it settled after the last ice age as an immigrant […]

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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
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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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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
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Southern Europe
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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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Veitshoechheim Weinwanderung, Winewalk, Weinschlendern
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Germany
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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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German Wurstsalat
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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

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Amsterdam, Netherland
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Western Europe

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. While there, I found out that the hotel parking was $35. per day (or $5 an hour on the street). Therefor, I do not recommend to drive into Amsterdam […]

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Auszogene, Bavarian Donut
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
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Auszogne, a German/Austrian pastry

Auszogne, also called Knieküchle, is a traditional pastry of southern German and Austrian cuisine. They can be found in a Bavarian, Swabia, Frankonia, Austrian and Thuringia kitchen or bakery

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Obatzda, angemachter Camembert
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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Belgium waffle
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Northern Europe
Recipes

Belgian Waffles in Brugge

These Waffles are stuck on my mind, because they are so exceptional, light and fluffy.

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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
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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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Weisswurst in Munich
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Recipes

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.

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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
Germany
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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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Wuerzburg at night
Germany
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Würzburg, where I grew up

Whenever we visit my hometown Würzburg we rent a little vacation home in Veitshöchheim, a town 10 km down the river. In the Morning, after our Brötchen run we take take the boat to Würzburg. The view across the Old Bridge over the Main towards the the silhouette dominated by steeples of old Churches and […]

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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
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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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Austrian Cheese Spaetzle, Käsespätzle,
Germany
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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. 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)
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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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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
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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
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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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Germany
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Germany Cost of Living

This information was compiled by Americans (German/Americans) who currently live in Germany, or go back and forth. Exchange rates make a difference, at that time January 2018 it was 1 Euro ~ $1.18. Update: At this time, August 2019, 1 Euro ~ $1.12 Per Facebook group ” Americans living in/considering moving to Germany “ 1. […]

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Trier Porta Nigra
Germany

My Fall Travel through Germany

As some of you know, I am traveling for the next six weeks through Germany. I just came back from the the South-West area, the oldest town Trier from the Roman times. Above you see the Porta Nigra from 200 a.D. which means Black Gate. I have intermittent internet in the Westerwald mountains, just to […]

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Germany
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Book cheaper Flights to Germany

Why are these flights to Germany so much cheaper you ask? The answer is easy, they are booked from a German Travel agency, flights cost less there. I have personally been flying with them for years.   You are able to pay with a US credit or debit card. If you have a German Bank […]

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Wartburg, Eisenach
Germany
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Eisenach, the Martin Luther Saga and home of J.S. Bach

After an exciting week in Leipzig, we stopped in Eisenach and Erfurt and discovered those towns and their history Not far from Erfurt and to the West is Eisenach looking up to the Wartburg castle. Martin Luther, who was a monk, spoke out against church corruption and angered the Pope and Emperor, putting his life […]

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Franconia Tracht, traditional clothing
Germany

Franconia’s traditional Folk clothing or Tracht

When growing up in Franconia, my parents took me to nearby villages for their Folk Parades. Franconia is in northern Bavaria, many of their costumes or Tracht have their roots from the Baroque period. The “Splendor of the Tracht” is celebrated in Ochsenfurter Gau. The richly decorated Tracht of Lower Franconia is not without reason […]

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Elbe river, Dresden Tour boats
Germany
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Dresden should be on your Bucket list

Dresden is always worth a visit. Unfortunately it was almost completely destroyed in a firestorm allied bombing in February 1945. After so many years, it is now completely rebuilt. I have been there twice, first time in 2006, right after the Frauenkirche was erected, and at Christmas 2012 to visit the Dresdner Striezelmarkt At the […]

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Triberg waterfall, wasserfall
Germany
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Germany’s highest Waterfall is in the Black Forest

A natural spectacle of a special kind is the waterfall in Triberg. Foaming and roaring, the waters of the Gutach river plunge down 163 meters. On the paths along the waterfall cascades, you will experience this magnificent natural wonder. We informed ourselves at descriptive boards about animals, plants and peculiarities of the waterfall area, We […]

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Externsteine, Teuteburger Wald
Germany
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Natures Wonder, the Externsteine

The Rock formation is exciting, because their cultural-historical significance is still not fully understood. It is known that the mountain chain originated about 80 million years ago. The Lower Cretaceous sandstone was placed vertically in the area of ​​the Externsteine ​​and since then shaped by erosion. Today, the stones can be climbed through two staircases. […]

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