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Lieser castle, Lieser Schloss, Castle at the Mosel river
Germany
Northern Europe
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Feel like a Royalty at the Lieser Castle, now a Luxury Hotel

Last year on the way 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 […]

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Felseneremitage, Bretzenheim
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Small Bretzenheim has a historic treasure

Driving through the wine region of the Rhineland we stopped in Bretzenheim. There is a carved-out rock with lots of history. The Felseneremitage is the biggest attraction of the municipality Bretzenheim. The “Rock Hermitage” is well-established from ancient times. It is completely carved into the rock as a cult place and was redesigned in early […]

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Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Faschingskrapfen – German Karneval Donuts

Faschingskrapfen or German Donuts are baked customarily at Fasching which is end of February. It’s the time of Karneval, which is similar like Mardi Gras. The fist-sized pastries are not only found all year round in Franconia, but also in South-west Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. Other […]

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Nuernberg Albrecht Duerer Haus
Germany
Northern Europe
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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 […]

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Sandkuchen, German vanilla pound cake
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Sandkuchen, a German Pound Cake

Sandkuchen, as the name says, is a dry version compared to the American pound cake. It’s made with lots of butter and eggs, although the butter can be replaced with oil to make it moist. Another recipe you might like is my French lemon cake (Cake au Citron) The most popular Gugelhupf form can be […]

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Noerdlingen is built on a crater
Germany
Northern Europe
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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.

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Nuss Stangen, Nutty Sticks with Walnuts
Appetizer
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Recipes

Puff Pastry twists with Walnut paste

Surprisingly tasty I find these Puff Pastry twists, or as I call them, Nutty Sticks. They are originally filled with a a Hazelnut paste, but Walnuts will do. You can use a Sugar glaze or not, it’s a personal preference Scroll to bottom for Schinken (Prosciutto) twists with Parmesan cheese Below is a short video […]

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Cochem castle
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

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 […]

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Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher
Austria
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Northern Europe
Recipes

A teenager named Sacher created a famous Torte

A couple years back I had this Torte at the original Sacher Hotel Cafe while in Vienna An interesting history: Prince Metternich of Austria asked his court kitchen to create a special dessert for a reception in 1832. The chef was sick that day, so the 16-year-old apprentice Franz Sacher (1816-1907) dreamed something up: and […]

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Triberg Waterfalls, Black Forest
Germany
Northern Europe
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Germany’s highest Waterfall is in the Black Forest

Last Fall I had the pleasure to view a natural spectacle of a special kind, the waterfall in Triberg in the Black Forest. Foaming and roaring, the waters of the Gutach river plunge down 163 meters. On the paths along the waterfall cascades, I experienced this magnificent natural wonder.

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