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Römerbrücke, the oldest German bridge built by the Romans

Ever since I visited Trier a couple years ago, I am intrigued and fascinated in Germany’s ancient Roman history. About 1800 years ago, the Romans found a nice location at the Mosel river in Trier and built a bridge, the Römerbrücke. Sure, it’s not exactly the easiest construction project, but the Romans had immediate access to the roads on both sides of the river, which … Continue reading Römerbrücke, the oldest German bridge built by the Romans

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A Fairytale World of Pumpkins north of Stuttgart

A couple years ago, in September 2019, I was fortunate to see the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival north of Stuttgart. It is the largest Pumpkin exhibition in the world and has a new theme every year. The Pumpkin festival is every year at the end of August at the Ludwigsburg Castle Gardens. It has a display of 450,000 pumpkins that are artistically designed into sculptures. In … Continue reading A Fairytale World of Pumpkins north of Stuttgart

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Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes

A large part of Marburg has many half-timbered homes that have been lovingly renovated and is today again showing its historical charm. My stroll through the picturesque alleys started at the Market square, whose striking Rathaus or town hall in late Gothic style was completed in 1527. I took a pause and shot some pictures of this magnificent building while waiting for the City Trolley Train. Continue reading Marburg, a lovely old town with cobblestone streets and half-timbered homes

Dampfnudel mit Mohn, Vanilla sosse

Dampfnudeln, a German steamed Yeast Dumpling

Something I reminisce, we had Dampfnudeln with Kartoffelsuppe (Potato soup) some weekdays at our house. The fluffiest (!) German steamed yeast dumplings made with my Mother’s recipe. So far I have never dared to do it, but now I claim it to be mine. I believe I succeeded. Continue reading Dampfnudeln, a German steamed Yeast Dumpling

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A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm

Last September I stopped at an Italian Eiscafé at the Fishermen’s Quarter in Ulm. I was sitting there enjoying my Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream cup (scroll down for recipe) with an excellent view to the „Crooked House“ or in German “Schiefes Haus”. Besides this precarious building, I visited the Ulm Cathedral that has the highest church tower in the world! The original half-timbered house from … Continue reading A Crooked or “Schiefes Haus” in Ulm

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Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel

Anneliese, a former Chef at Hotel Stadt Mainz in Würzburg has given me over time some of her family recipes, this time the Apfelstrudel, which I like to present today. Whenever in Würzburg I visit my friends, the Schwarzmann girls. The sisters Margarete and Anneliese Schwarzmann and their parents (RIP) have a 100 year history in the hospitality field. They owned the Hotel and Restaurant … Continue reading Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel

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“Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

In the so-called “Haushaltsschulen”, young, middle-class women were taught household skills, such as cooking, baking, sewing, handicrafts, gardening and cleaning to prepare them to be good housewives and wives. In connection with the women’s movement, around 1900, the first textbooks for home economics were also developed. Initially, however, household training was not viewed as a profession, but rather as a preparation for marriage. But despite … Continue reading “Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

Osterbrunnen, decorated Easter fountain

“Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia

Decorating an “Osterbrunnen” is a German tradition of sprucing up public fountains with garlands and painted eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Upper Franconia (Fränkische Schweiz) but also has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter The tradition of decorating an Easter fountain is still relatively young. A little … Continue reading “Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia