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“Weihnachten” from my Childhood

The Advent in Germany is the most magical and festive time. I remember the romantic historical Christkindlmarkets, the garland, lights and glittering Christmas trees, the Glühwein and Lebkuchen that makes a dreary season heart light up. As children we decorated a wreath with four candles, called “Adventskranz,” and lit a new candle every Sunday. Afterward we would walk down the street and view the decorated homes with wreaths, yards and trees with strings of lights, and pyramids with candles in the windows. Continue reading “Weihnachten” from my Childhood

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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. Continue reading A German town built on a “Crater”

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Obatzda, 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 I have an American friend who despised caraway seeds, but now he got accustomed, and his taste buds adjusted. In a sudden the Caraway seeds need to be included. He even drinks my Caraway Schnapps I bring back from … Continue reading Obatzda, a Bavarian Brie Spread

Nuernberger Christmas Market

Nuremberg has a new Christkind

The Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world – with a “real” Christkind, the original Gingerbread and the Christkindlesglühwein. The new Christkind Benigna has opened the Weihnachtsmarket on Friday (29.11.19) with the traditional prologue The Nürnberger Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. The pre-Christmas sales fair on Nürnberg Main Market can be traced back to … Continue reading Nuremberg has a new Christkind

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A side trip to Wertheim castle

A couple years back I painted the Wertheim castle, in German called “Burg Wertheim”. Unfortunately I never saw it up close, even though I have driven by. I heard many good things about Wertheim, and was intrigued about this medieval town, so we stopped there on the way from Würzburg to Frankfurt to explore. We arrived in Wertheim and parked our car at the Schlossgasse … Continue reading A side trip to Wertheim castle

Rothenburg City Hall, Rothenburg Rathaus, astronomical clock

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 the Ratstrinkstube (City Drinking Hall) Below the gable of the … Continue reading Rothenburg Rathaus History

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Würzburg, where I grew up

Every now and then we visit my hometown Würzburg. We rent a little vacation home, only 10 km down the river in Veitshöchheim, the town where I spent my childhood. In the Morning, after my Brötchen run and having breakfast, we walk down to the dock at the Main River and take the next tour boat to Würzburg. We rent a holiday home in Veitshöchheim … Continue reading Würzburg, where I grew up

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Bamberg, a little Venice

Bamberg is not far from my hometown Würzburg in Upper Franconia is a tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a medieval city in North Bavaria, it lies at the rivers Regnitz and Main, also called “Klein Venedig”. The old town is distinguished by its well-preserved buildings from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Bamberg , a university town and the seat of … Continue reading Bamberg, a little Venice