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There are many tourist destinations in Germany, as well as many trails and hiking trails. One place you may want to visit is the Alte Pinakothek museum in Munich where there are over 700 paintings from the 14th and 18th century Europe. One of the top castles to visit is Neuschwanstein Castle, which is know for a symbol of idealistic architecture from the romantic period, and history of its owner. Another historic site is the Berlin Wall, where only fragments remain, but tells the history of the wall at 30 different markers along the 14 section trail. The wall was also painted in 1990 by artists from 21 different countries. A fun place to visit is also Europa-Park, the largest theme park in German-speaking countries, and is open in the winter. There are also many trails across the many landforms of Germany such as the Danube Peaks Trail, with many caves and other landforms, and scenic views all around.
Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)
Brezel (Pretzel) with wursts
These are known in Germany as very tasty snacks.
Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
Laugenbrezel (Traditional German Pretzels)
1½ tbsp. barley malt syrup (available from Shop Organic)
1 (¼-oz.) package active dry yeast
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, plus more for serving
4 cups flour, plus more for dusting
¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. baking soda
Coarse salt, for sprinkling
INSTRUCTIONS1. Heat a baking stone in an oven to 500°. Stir together syrup, yeast, and 1½ cups warm water in a large bowl, and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add butter, flour, and salt, and stir until dough forms. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Halve dough, and working with one piece at a time, roll dough into a 4' rope, about 1" thick. Transfer rope to the bottom edge of a sheet of parchment paper, and keeping the center of the rope on the paper, pick up both ends, cross one end over the other, about 2" from the ends, and twist; attach each end to the sides of the pretzel. Repeat with remaining dough, and set aside to rest for 20 minutes.
2. Bring baking soda and 1 cup water to a simmer in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until baking soda dissolves. Brush each pretzel generously with the baking soda solution, sprinkle with coarse salt, and using a sharp paring knife, make a 6" slash, about ¼" deep across the bottom edge of the pretzel. Working one at a time, slide pretzel on parchment paper onto the stone; bake until dark brown, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining pretzel. Let cool for about 10 minutes; serve warm with butter. (expatica.com)
One Week's vacation
- The cheapest airfare for a round trip to Berlin, Germany, along with a hotel, would be about $1,635. The Mecure Hotel in Potsdam City would be a luxurious stay, with free WiFi (the most important).
- There is fine dining in the hotel, and a king sized bed. Buy a pass for all museums in the city for € 19,50
- Holocaust Memorial-information about the underground during World War 1, and the experiences that Jews had during the Holocaust.
- Then you would go to the Musikinstrumenten, or Musical Instrument Museum, where a supply of instruments from 500 years of history are displayed. After, you may get a treat from a local food vendor.
- Go to Frankfurt where you indulge in the many foods in the shops. You will probably want to go shopping for souvenirs and clothes also.
- The stay will only be $72 at the Victoria Hotel.
- While there, you will have to try the Frankfurter, a sausage born in Germany. A dinner at a fine German cuisine.
- Go to the new museum, Experiminta. This is a very cool museum that, "...puts a fun spin on the laws of mechanics, maths and optics. With shadow puppetry, trick mirrors, an artificial tornado and lots of other activities, visitors of all ages will want to get involved" (german.travel). The admission is 9€ for adults and 6€ for students under 30 years old
- Settle down in the hotel
- Westerwald Trail in between Cologne and Frankfurt, has beautiful landscape, and will be relaxing to walk
- If the time of year is autumn, the Autumn Dipe Fair in Frankfurt would be a fun time to go on carnival rides, play games, eat, and drink.
- Take a car back to Berlin
- Walk along the Berlin Wall
- Go to The Berlin Philharmonic Hall to hear the orchestra, where the lunch concerts are free
- Buy last minute treats in the airport, and fly home.
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