One of my favorite parts of the trip to Germany was our day in Stettfeld, Germany. While in Stettfeld, we met with extended family currently living there.
The morning we met them, we went to church and then met up with George and his daughter, Annika, who led us to their home. George’s wife, Simone, prepared an amazing meal for us, including the powdered sugared doughy goodness in the photo below. The food was delicious and the company was even better, even though most of the German family didn’t speak English and we did not speak German. It is always interesting how people can still find ways to communicate. In this case, we bonded over beer. 🙂
George and Simone’s son, Andreas was there along with Simone’s parents and her brother. Her brother’s family joined us later on as well. Simone’s dad, Ludwig, used to work at one of the local breweries. He enjoyed explaining the different types of beers he brewed and letting us sample them.
After lunch, we continued our day in Stettfeld, Germany by walking though the town and then over the the church and cemetery. The town is tiny but it was nice to be out and walking.
The church (pictured below) is where my great great grandmother was baptized. The church balcony included old, wooden, uncomfortable benches and kneelers. Aunt Julie joked that it was where the sinners would sit so I slid on in. I figured it’s where I belonged.
The picture below is of an ancient canoe carved from a log. It was inside the Stettfeld courthouse building and was over 200 years old.
Next up on our journey through Germany? Dachau and Munich. You can check out that post here.
While I often travel alone and enjoy it, traveling with a group can be great too, In October 2014, my Aunt Julie organized a family trip to Germany. Our ancestors came to the U.S. from Germany and she is very passionate about genealogy. This trip was a great opportunity to spend time with family, see where my ancestors are from and tour Germany. The trip included Julie and her husband Al, their son, Tim, my Aunt Sandy and her husband, Tom, my cousin, Deb, and me.
We flew from the U.S. on various flights and met in Frankfurt. After checking into our hotel and resting for a bit, we set out for a walking tour of the city. I found this walking tour on Trip Advisor and it was also listed in Rick Steves’ Germany guidebook.
I find walking tours to be a great way to explore and orient myself to cities I am visiting for the first time. While we paid for our walking tour in Frankfurt, many cities have free walking tours through their Visitors’ Center. Another good resource for walking tours in European cities is Rick Steves and his books and app. For some cities, he has audio tours that you can use to navigate a city (I used his audio walking tour of Athens and it was great!). He also has walking tours listed in his books that are helpful (I followed along with his walking tour of Zagreb, Croatia when I was there).
I was able to find a private guide after reading Rick Steves’ book and consulting Trip Advisor. Our guide, Jo from Frankfurt on Foot, gave us a wonderful tour of the city. She spoke great English, went at our pace and was very knowledgeable about the city. She also recommended a great restaurant for dinner.
The evergreen wreaths below are pretty but don’t buy them for a loved one. They are grave decorations. The bull is a statue outside of the board of trade.
Frankfurt is known for their green sauce and apple wine. I liked the green sauce on schnitzel (below). I was not a big fan of the apple wine.
After spending a day in Frankfurt, our family trip to Germany continued as we set out to explore other areas of the country. We split up on day 2. Al and Julie went off to do some genealogy stuff while the rest of us spent the day in Bamberg.
Bamberg is a wonderful city. The city center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. The most well known building is the Bamberg Altstadt, which is the building/bridge in the first three photos below.
During our exploration of Bamberg, we passed by the bar below several times. Everyone who spilled out seemed to be very happy and having a great time so after walking around the city for a few hours, we decided to check it out. It was worth the stop, other than they were not serving food (we were very hungry by this point in the day). The beer was very refreshing and the atmosphere was fun (sort of cave-like inside).
The two photos below were taken in the area of Bamberg known as “Little Venice.” If you squint and use your imagination, you can almost see Venice, Italy.
We finally found food – a brat from a street vendor! It was really good, even competing with the brats from the Edgewood Locker in my opinion (I think it was the bread that made it so good).
Continue reading about our family trip to Germany here.
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