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Weinkase, which means, Wine Cheese. The name is German, but the cheese is actually Italian.
Europe

European Cheese Quiz

The delayed flight from Frankfurt into Budapest was excruciating. Long lines and bad food. To pass the time, I turned to a friend and said: “Name the country and I’ll tell you a favorite cheese.” He replied: “Too easy. Tell…

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Wertheim Castle. Only the shell exists.
Wertheim

Charming Wertheim

The town with the least population (23,400) on our Viking River Cruise, but the town with the most charm, Wertheim. The confluence of the rivers Tauber and Main play a significant role in the lives of the residence. Severe flooding…

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Masoleum
Wurzburg

Wurzburg Residenz

Wurzburg Residenz was the former residence of the Wurzburg prince-bishops. In the 18th century, the significance of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nations was beginning to wain. Constructing an impressive residence was a powerful political tool. The idea…

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Statue at City Gate in Bamberg.
Bamberg

The Rome of Germany: Bamberg

Bamberg is often called the Rome of Germany because of its seven hills that rise above the Regnitz River Valley. There is a church on each hill. Once the seat of a prince-bishop, the city’s prominence was secured.   Bamberg…

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Church of Our Lady's Church sits on the site of the Jewish Synagogue.
Nuremberg

Trials and Tribulations of Nuremberg

There’s more to Nuremberg than Nazi Party rallies and Nuremberg Trials where 22 soldiers under Hitler’s command were placed on trial. Nuremberg was heavily bombed during WWII. Since then, much of the damage has been reconstructed as close to the…

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My plate of Sausage from Historische Wurstkuche.
Germany, Regensburg

Walk-About in Regensburg, Germany

Not just a pretty face, Regensburg has electronic and manufacturing industries to support its 150,000 inhabitants. Toshiba, BMW and Siemens have factories here.  Also, a strong university contingency is here with a student population of 30,000. The bustling city center…

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The largest cathedral organ in the world.
Germany, Passau

Highlights of Passau, Germany

Passau, at the border with Austria, is known as the City of Three Rivers, the confluence of the Inn, Danube and Ilz Rivers. Relatively a small town of 50,000 people (12,000 are students at the University of Passau), it is…

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