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Travel Through Germany

Travel Through Germany with Oma. From Munich to Hamburg. An inspiring travel guide.

Travel Through Germany!

Travel through Germany with Oma. Enjoy to visit five different cities from Munich to Hamburg. No passport required. Click on links to find out more. For me, traveling in Germany also means going back in time. Even though many historic buildings were destroyed through the senselessness of World War ll, the Germans did a thorough job reconstruction and rebuilding. It is important not to forget the women calledTruemmerfrauen,literally translated as the “ruins women” or “rubble women” who had a big job in clearing and restoring the cities. I am thankful for the work they have done to keep our culture and traditions alive.

People of a small town in Hesse came up with the idea to re-build a little village from parts of old houses to demonstrate old handiwork, trades, and life as it used to be. It is called Hessenpark. An excellent idea to protect and keep the past alive.

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Travel Through Germany with Oma

If you visit the countryside along the Rhine river, you will be immediately surrounded by Old World charm.

Pictured below: the Rhine river with the view from the Lorelei, a famous rock overlooking the Rhine. Furthermore, the Niederwalddenkmal with Mrs. Germania. Pictured in the center: Rhein in Flammen, firework displays along the Rhine start in May of each year and end in September.

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Big cities are a combination of old buildings, some original and others rebuilt, as well as modern architecture. Traveling from Munich in the South, passing the center in Frankfurt am Main, and reaching in the North Hamburg  you will recognize the cultural differences—all beautiful and deeply rooted in the generations that lived before us.

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Munich is the capital of the German State of Bavaria. The city is very well known for its annual Oktoberfest—starting in late September and ending in the first week of October. Munich is also proud of its many historical buildings and churches. Munich’s Olympia Park, built for the Olympic Games in 1972, is just one of its many attractions and is open to the public. If the weather conditions are right, you will be able to see the mountains of the Alps.

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When I travel through Germany, Frankfurt is the place I am staying. Some might know Frankfurt from the large airport they have stopped at to catch a connection flight. I would like to show you a different face of Frankfurt. Frankfurt is much more. In its suburbs, you can find restored old buildings. Everybody still knows everybody, and there is not much anonymity in the day to day life. Many attractions are not only downtown but also spread all over the suburbs. Downtown, that’s where the action is!  The city hall “Rathaus” Roemer is close to the Main River with the many bridges that divide the city. The skyline of Frankfurt reminds a little of New York because of the combination of the river, skyscrapers, banks, and shops. Therefore, it is very popular to say “Mainhattan,” a name made up from the  words Main (a river in Frankfurt) and Manhattan or “Bankfort.”

Hamburg Travel Through Germany

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg means Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. It is one of the largest and affluent cities in Europe. The port of Hamburg is one of the largest on earth. The Speicherstadt, meaning warehouse district, is the largest of its kind in the world.

If you are planning to visit and travel through Germany, you should not miss the chance to stop by a farmers market in any of the German cities on your itinerary. Besides vegetables and fruits, they also offer cheese, poultry, sausages, and freshly made butter and bread. It is exciting to watch the farmers still working with the old fashioned scales and wrapping the goodies in old newspapers.

Farmers Market Travel Through Germany

No wonder people are saying “Good old Germany!”I hope you enjoyed your travel through Germany with Oma. and it got you thinking about Germany as your next overseas vacation destination.

A special thanks go to P. Lenz and B. Wagner for providing pictures to create the collages for Oma’s travel guide Germany.

As always yours, Oma

 

Oktoberfest party Guide, Food, Beer, Music

The ultimate guide to hosting a real German Oktoberfest party in your backyard.

Oktoberfest Party Guide!

Think Oktoberfest is all about beer? Think again. Just as important as those amazing Bavarian lagers are the authentic Oktoberfest dishes that make every Oktoberfest party so special. With good food and good drinks, come good times. And you’ll find everything you need to host a successful Oktoberfest beer garden festival in this quick Oktoberfest party guide! The best traditional recipes. The top-ten beers. And the greatest Oktoberfest playlist ever. It’s all here in this Oktoberfest  party guide. So, let’s get the party started!

Please scroll down to find all recipes, drinks and music

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What started in Munich 182 years ago, has spread across the world and is more popular today than ever. Traditionally, Oktoberfest starts in September and last until the beginning of October. The most famous Oktoberfest festival is in Munich at the Wiesn. Let’s recreate the magic of this fun-filled German beer fest celebration in a way that would make King Ludwig l proud.

Welcome your guests by decorating your home in blue and white—the traditional colors of the state of Bavaria. You can theme your surroundings with these Oktoberfest party suppliesincluding banners, table cloth, cups, napkins, and more. Keep your fine china in the cabinets and use simple and rustic seating and place settings. If the weather is accommodating, host your private beer festival outside in the garden. Maybe rent a tent for the backyard. Look for a picnic area, perhaps. Or, take it to the streets and get the whole neighborhood together for an Oktoberfest block party.

Most importantly, keep the Oktoberfest beer cold and music going. And don’t forget to launch the opening of your party with the officialO zapft iscry—which refers to tapping of the first beer keg.

I wish you a wonderful Oktoberfest party with family and friends. And as always, let me know how it goes!

Yours,

Oma

 

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Click the links for Oma’s recipes!

GERMAN OKTOBERFEST APPETIZERS:

Emmenthaler with Salt and Pepper

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Obatzda (spiced chess-butter-spread)

Obatzda Cheese Butter Spread

GERMAN OKTOBERFEST PARTY MAIN DISHES:

Typical Oktoberfest recipes that brings everyone to the table. So good. So flavorful. So German!

Pork Roast with Gravy

German Pork Roast Recipe

Bratwurst

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Sauerkraut

Frikadellen – German Meatball Patties

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GERMAN OKTOBERFEST PARTY SIDE DISHES:

There’s plenty of room on that plate. Complement your main dish with some of these old fashioned homemade side dishes.

Soft Pretzel

Homemade Pretzels

Mashed Potatoes

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Coleslaw

German Coleslaw Recipe

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

GERMAN OKTOBERFEST PARTY DESSERT:

It’s not the end of the party – just the end of the course. A variety of apple cakes to choose from. Change the plate, go back to the table and load it up with one of the apple desserts to give your meal a satisfying finish.

Apple Cake with Vanilla Sauce

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Sunken Apple Cake

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Apple Streusel Cake

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GERMAN AND GERMAN-INSPIRED OKTOBERFEST BEERS:

You don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to find a brewery that pairs well with your Oktoberfest celebration.

Here are Oma’s Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers.

Oktoberfest Party Guide Beer

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GERMAN OKTOBERFEST MUSIC:

No Oktoberfest Party is complete without the perfect soundtrack. From traditional to modern, folk to country, this 35-track German Oktoberfest playlist will get swaying and raising the glasses. Best of all, each track is linked to listen in. If you like it, you can download. Let’s celebrate! Just hit play.

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