Things to do in Erfurt- A Delightful City at the Center of Germany

You’ll find Erfurt at about the geographical center of Germany, making it the perfect stopover for our trip from west to east. We would only have one night in the city, but I started researching “Things to do in Erfurt” immediately! (and I found so MANY things to do, that I wished we could stay a few more nights…). Like…

Online German Language Classes for Adults- Learn German Online from Anywhere!

Lately I’m getting a lot of questions about Online German Language Classes. People want to study German, but maybe they can’t find classes in their area… or the timing doesn’t work… or they just prefer to attend class from the comfort of their home (and maybe wearing pajamas, no judgement here). With the help of my readers, I’ve put together…

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake – Zitronen Blaubeer Gugelhupf

Doesn’t SOUND like a German recipe, does it? But I found this one years ago cut out from a German Cooking magazine in my Oma’s drawer of recipes. Once I got it translated, and substituted yogurt for Quark, this Lemon Blueberry Bundt cake (or Zitronen Blaubeer Gugelhupf) became a huge hit. (After trying it, my daughter’s soccer coach insisted that…

Who are the Volga Germans? Holding their Tradition across 3 Countries

My introduction to the Volga Germans came through food. Specifically, Kuchen. One of my readers reached out to me looking for a recipe for Kuchen like her Volga German grandmother made. In my experience, Kuchen is cake… and there are LOTS of cake recipes. So now it was time to do some digging…starting with, who ARE the Volga Germans? (and…

German Applesauce Cake Recipe with Streusel

This German Applesauce Cake Recipe falls under the heading of “Pantry Cake”… meaning you probably have everything you need to bake this cake already on hand (if you are a regular baker). Flour, Sugar, Butter, applesauce. (you don’t even need an EGG!)  Better yet… the cake is prepared, baked, and on the table in an hour. Perfect for any cake…

Where to Buy a Dirndl for German Festivals and Oktoberfests

All Summer and Fall you’ll find German Festivals and Oktoberfests popping up across the United States… and for you lucky travelers… there are plenty of Festivals and Events happening IN Germany! Sure, you can show up in shorts and a t-shirt, but why not get into the spirit of the festival, and wear a Dirndl?! This iconic Bavarian dress not…

Visit Görlitz- A Historic City on the Easternmost Border of Germany

Before heading into Poland to visit our Silesian roots, we stopped to catch our breath for a few days in Görlitz. Why visit Görlitz? The city has been high on my to-visit list for a while…. the Silesian museum, beautiful old buildings, and for my husband, it’s the film location of one of his favorite movies, The Grand Budapest Hotel.…

A Tale of Two Schalmei – What is a Schalmei?

In our Saturday German School we sang the same verse over and over, overlapping in far from perfect harmony, while our teacher jumped back and forth across the front of the classroom pointing to groups when it was their time to join in the round. “Es tönen die Lieder…” Es tönen die Lieder Der Frühling kehrt wieder Es spielet der…

German Herb Pancakes with Asparagus and Ham -Kräuterpfannekuchen mit Spargel und Schinken

I love when my visit to Germany falls into Asparagus Season. Germans take White Asparagus very seriously, to the point where you might consider it mania! Restaurant menus offer special Spargel Karten (Asparagus Menus), and you can taste it prepared in dozens of dishes. When I tasted Kräuterpfannekuchen mit Schinken und Spargel (Herb Pancakes with Ham and Asparagus) in the…

Burg Maus- The Perfect Setting for a Mystery! Guest Post by Rachel Selle

Thanks so much to Rachel Selle, author of “Mystery at Castle Mouse” for writing this guest post to share the fascinating history of Burg Maus on the Rhine! (I do love when someone does my job for me). Enjoy the post… and then check out Rachel’s book series “The European Adventures” available in English AND German. Rachel will be giving…

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