German Wine and Beer Festivals 2014

Rhine Riesling Vineyards

2014 German Wine and Beer Festivals in Germany: For connoisseurs of wine and beer, spring and summer are  fantastic times to be in Germany. From Berlin to the Rhineland, there is a great choice of festivals to attend, depending on whether you prefer to conduct your wine-tasting in one of the small towns along the […]

Wine-tasting in Bernkastel

Dr Pauly Bergweiler Estate House

Wine-tasting in the Atmospheric Cellars of Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler in Bernkastel: The Moselle valley is Germany’s oldest wine region and Bernkastel-Kues is one of the many Moselle towns with a centuries-old wine-making tradition. Bernkastel-Kues has been producing wine for over 500 years and when you approach the town from the river, the steep vine-covered slopes of […]

Bernkasteler Doctor – The Legend and the Wine

Doctor fountain

The Bernkasteler Doctor – A Legend of How this Famous German Wine Got its Name: When visiting Bernkastel-Kues, you don’t have to be ill to seek out the Bernkasteler Doctor. Wine-lovers will be pleased to know that the Bernkasteler Doctor is actually the name of one of the premium wines from the Bernkastel region and […]

Schneeballen – Snowballs from Rothenburg

Schneeballen from Rothenburg

Schneeballen or Snowballs Have Been a Rothenburg Tradition Since the Middle Ages: While running around Rothenburg taking snaps, I was stopped in by tracks by snowballs. No, it wasn’t winter and neither was there a freak snowstorm, but the snowballs that caused me to stop were the neat rows of delicious-looking Schneeballen, a Rothenburg speciality. […]

Beer Gardens – A Fundamental Part of German Culture

Hofbrauhaus Biergarten

Beer Gardens are to Germany What Pubs are to Britain: Beer Gardens (Biergärten) are as fundamental to the German culture as pubs are common to the British cultural landscape. Everywhere you go in Germany, you’ll find restaurants and beer halls with outdoor shaded areas where beer and local food are served. Beer Garden History Beer […]

Steckerlfisch – A Bavarian Fish Specialty

Steckerlfisch - Oktoberfest food

Steckerlfisch is a Bavarian Fish Specialty and also a Popular Oktoberfest Food: A graphic food image that you’ll see at the Munich Oktoberfest is at the Fischer-Vroni Steckerlfisch stand. Here you’ll see neatly lined rows of whole fish on skewers being cooked over the very long charcoal grill. Besides being photo-worthy, the steckerlfisch is a […]

Starkbierzeit – Munich’s Secret Beer Festival

Enjoying a German beer

Munich’s Secret Spring Beer Festival – Starkbierzeit: Oktoberfest is well known around the world (beer drinker or not). But Munich has another huge beer festival that is not so well publicised. At the Starkbierzeit ask for “ein Doppelbock bitte” and you’ll be served with a very potent double strength beer! “Bock” stands for strong beer […]

Auerbachs Keller Leipzig – Immortalized in Faust I

Auerbachs Keller © Travel Signposts

Auerbachs Keller Leipzig – Goethe’s Favourite Wine Bar During His Student Days: Auerbachs Keller (Auerbachs Cellar) owes much of its fame to Goethe who immortalized the wine tavern in Faust I –  In part V, Mephistopheles, the demon, takes Faust to the tavern in an attempt to ruin him, but fails. Goethe frequented Auerbachs Keller […]

Café Einstein – A Classic Viennese-Style Café in Berlin

Cafe Einstein © Travel Signposts

Café Einstein – A Plush and Elegant Café in Berlin: By the time we finished exploring Unter Den Linden on a chilly and wet Sunday afternoon, a cup of coffee was much needed. There are a few cafés along this Berlin boulevard but it’s hard to go pass the famous Café Einstein. Café Einstein is […]