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the Munich Glockenspiel, city hall
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe
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A famous sight in Munich, the Glockenspiel

Several times a day, always at the full hour, groups of people gather on the Marienplatz in Munich to witness one of the city’s most famous sights: the Glockenspiel. Every day at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and in the summer additionally at 5 p.m., the music will start playing and a total of 32 figures […]

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Dallmayr Restaurant and Deli
Germany
Northern Europe
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Dallmayr is known for Coffee, but also for their famous delicacies in Munich

The Dallmayr, also a Delicatessen House in Munich, is a tradition since the 17th century and a parent company of the famous German coffee “Prodomo”. One morning while staying at the Hotel du Train, I strolled down to the Marienplatz. There, right behind the Townhall at the Dienerstrasse, I found the Dallmayr Coffee house and Deli. Dallmayr Munich has been the finest delicacies for almost 300 years, and the largest delicatessen in Europe. This parent company has established itself as the city’s flagship with 2.8 million visitors annually. Today the family company can look back on more than 300 years of corporate culture. The “Dallmayr coffee” has the famous Prodomo, which is very popular today and has been part of the delicatessen manufacturer’s product range since 1933

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Blautopf, Blaubeuren Baden Württemberg
Germany
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The Blautopf, “The Beautiful Lau”

From the Swabian Jura mountains of southern Germany, the meaning “Blue Pot” meaning the spring’s blue and dazzling color, lends itself to fascination and myth The Blautopf at Blaubeuren has a deep blue color, which is best seen in good weather periods. It is a feature of the Karst Spring. It is one of the […]

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Hotel du train, Munich
Germany
Northern Europe
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The Orient Express is in Munich – as a hotel

After arriving in Munich, I wanted to experience a hotel stay of a special kind. I took the public transportation to the Sendlinger Tor or Gate. From there I rolled my large suitcase to the Hotel du Train. I found this hotel fascinating after I read about it in a Munich online newspaper. To my […]

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German Goulash (Gulasch)
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

German Gulasch (Goulash)

When growing up, my mother used to make Goulash on a regular basis – it’s one of those dishes that I fondly remember. She always made this dish in a pressure cooker. I was extremely suspicious of this pot, somehow I always expected the thing to suddenly explode. When I moved out and was now responsible for the goulash myself, I used a normal pot and let the dish simmer for several hours. Goulash is now our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays. I prepare two large pots for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends.

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Schinken, Speck, Prosciutto
Allgemein
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Homemade Schinken or Prosciutto

I pride myself to have mastered the art of smoking a German Schinken, a type of Prosciutto. The difference is that Schinken is cold smoked and dried, versus Prosciutto is hung/dried for about a year. I watched many YouTube clips and joined Social media groups about smoking meats. I held on to this recipe for a very long time, and since I am traveling more, I thought it is time to pass it on.

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German yeast rolls. Eierweck
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Eierweck, a German sweet yeast roll

These yeast rolls taste excellent, kind of reminds me a little of brioche. The crust is really thin and tender. The crumb is loose, fluffy-soft and has a buttery aroma. These “Eierweck” sweet bread yeast roll and croissants are found in my Franconia Bakery and the region of Würzburg. As a kid, I remember visiting […]

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Tafelspitz, Krenfleisch, Boiled beef with horseradish sauce
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Tafelspitz, or Franconian Wedding Dinner

Also called “Fränkisches Hochzeitsessen”, or Franconian Wedding Dinner. Beef boiled in spices and vegetables, it was a staple at our dinner table when growing up. Can be eaten with potatoes or wide noodles. Besides Horseradish sauce in recipe below, the condiment of my choice is Cranberry Chutney. I have not found Preiselbeeren, so this is […]

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Steckerlfish. Spanish Makrele, Fish on a stick
Austria
Germany
Northern Europe
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Seafood

The Steckerlfish, a Mackerel on a Stick

A delicacy is the “Steckerlfisch” or Fish on a Stick is a Spanish Mackerel that is grilled over a dug out pit with a grey layer of amber. This type of fish is one of my favorites visiting German or Austrian folk festivals.
The Steckerlfisch originates from the “kitchen” of the former Danube fishermen, and has been written about in books of the early 1900’s.

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Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter
Germany
Northern Europe
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Drachenburg Castle, an elegant Palace with a magnificent Terrace

One day a couple years ago we took the Old Trolly train halfway up to the Drachenburg Castle. It is a newer castle built in 1884, located about a mile below the Drachenfels ruin and a jewel of the romantic Middle Rhine and Königswinter. The Old Trolley Train “Drachenfelsbahn” is the oldest operated Rack or […]

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