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Hot Egg liquor Punsch, Eierpunsch
Drinks, mixed
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Eierpunsch or Eggnog Liquor Punsch

Made with Eggnog Liquor and White Wine. It is something you would not expect to taste this good. It can easily become your favorite drink at the Christmas Market. Egg Liquor (by Evan Williams) or the more expensive Verpoorten should be available in the US at least 6 weeks before Christmas at the Liquor store. […]

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Topfenknoedel, Austrian dish
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Austrian Topfenknödel

A typical Austrian or Bavarian dish I ate in Mittenwald, South Bavaria. These are called “Topfenknödel“. Topfen means Quark, and can be substituted with Greek Yoghurt. The dumplings could be be filled with Plum or Apricot pieces, and covered with puppy seed instead of bread crumps. While preparing the Topfenknoedel, you can make the Vanilla […]

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Mittenwald, Karwendel Mountains, Bavaria
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Mittenwald in the Karwendel mountains

When driving south from Landshut, I tried to avoid the Autobahn. After a couple of hours through South Bavaria, I arrived in Mittenwald. A lovely Bavarian town known for their Facade paintings on homes, and the Karwendel mountain peaks as a backdrop. South of where the Isar rises, Bavaria meets Tyrol. Thus, Mittenwald became a trade […]

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Bad Füssing Therme1, Bavaria
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Healthy retreats in Germany

When I was staying in Passau recently, I didn’t know what to do on a rainy and cool day, so I decided to take a 45 minute drive to the Bad Füssing Kur town, which means a place to cure an illness. Some towns have Thermal Bath houses or Thermal Spas  Open-air, natural thermal springs […]

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Teufelsmauer, Harz, Saxony
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Germany also has a Great Wall

The Rock wall stretches over 20 kilometers between the small towns of Ballenstedt and Blankenburg in the Harz, Saxony In some places only a few rocks rise steeply, on others, for example in Neinstedt, the compact wall looks like it was created by supernatural powers. In fact, it arose as a result of the formation […]

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Amsterdam, Netherland
Holland
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

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). Therefore, I do not recommend to drive into Amsterdam […]

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Schnitzel with potato salat
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Can a “Wiener Schnitzel” claim to be Viennese?

The most popular storyline of the Wiener Schnitzel comes from Field Marshal Radetzky. According to the story, Radetzkty was so enrapt by the Italian Cotoletta alla Milanese that he brought the recipe back to Vienna in the middle of the 19th century, presenting it to the Kaiser’s court kitchen so they could satiate his appetite […]

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Pork with Sauerkraut, Smoked Meats plate
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes
Side dish

Sauerkraut the Bavarian way

I came to the realization that many people don’t like Sauerkraut. I was puzzled and wondered why, so I asked them. Basically what I was told it has a sour or bitter taste. I also believe when you grow up with certain foods, your taste buds adjust. I explained to my friends that Sauerkraut should […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Austria
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

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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Rothenburg City Hall, Rothenburg Rathaus, astronomical clock
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Rothenburg Rathaus History

When in Rothenburg, I have often looked up to the Rathaus clocks and wondered if this little piece of history is true, or just folklore. I mean, who drinks one gallon of wine one sitting?! It’s up for you to decide. Also see “Three Days in Rothenburg” Thanks to three clocks, time never stops in […]

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