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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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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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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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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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Doener
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Döner, a popular street food

The true Döner was discovered 1867 by Iskender Efendi (Master Alexander), the original family restaurant is located near Istanbul (Bursa), Turkey, where the Iskender brand is very popular. The Döner at their family restaurant is the original, made with lamb. The basics remain the same, beaten slices of meat are seasoned with local herbs and […]

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Bratwurst stand in Nuernberg
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Bratwurst “Drei im Weggla” or “Zwa im Halbn”

  The Coburger Bratwurst is the largest with at least 31 cm, it’s a coarse kind and usually roasted over the open pine cone fire, which gives the special flavor. It is also the only one that is eaten as a single entity on a small bun, but all the other in Upper Frankonian variants […]

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Stuffed Cabbage
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Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls

Krautwickel is a traditional German home cooked meal. You can add rice, but I like mine with potatoes. It’s basically the same recipe as my Frikadellen or German meat patties. The last time I had them in Germany when we were staying in Dettelbach at a restaurant where the locals hang out.  Krautwickel or Cabbage […]

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Weiberfastnacht
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Weiberfastnacht, a day Women go crazy

I was in the Rheinland about this time last year. It was something you have to see, at least once in your lifetime A very old custom is “Weiberfastnacht” or „Altweiberfasching“ It is a holiday in the Karneval season,  celebrated mostly in the Rheinland area on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday the end of February. It […]

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Veishoechheim
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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. Late February, the big attraction of the year is Fasching or Karneval. […]

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Dinkelsbuehl
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Dinkelsbühl on the Romantic Road

As a former Reichsstadt, Dinkelsbühl in Middle Frankonia had rather small growth since the end of the Holy Roman Empire. It has escaped both wars and city planners kept the old town largely intact. It is a must stop along the Romantic Road! Dinkelsbühl was  “de facto” self governing until 1802 when it was annexed by Bavaria […]

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