Obatzda – aka Obatzter, Obazda, Obazde, Obazd’n – is a piquant…

Obatzda – aka Obatzter, Obazda, Obazde, Obazd’n – is a piquant Bavarian cheese specialty and part of Biergarten culture. There are many versions of it. The original recipe was created in the Bräustüberl Weihenstephan in Freising by Katharina Eisenreich, innkeeper from 1920-1958. In the 1920s she served her morning guests a portion of Obatzda, which was immediately successful. Over the years, it developed into a light meal classic.

Original Obatzda recipe of the Bräustüberl Weihenstephan

For 1 kg you need:

1 kg Brie cheese – 70 g butter – 150 g cream cheese – 120 g onions – 5 g paprika powder – 1 pinch of ground cumin – 1 pinch of salt and pepper – 10 cl Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock or Weihenstephaner Weißbier (or other wheat beer)

Process the Brie to a semi-coarse mass. Add butter, cream cheese, chopped onions and paprika and mix. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Serving suggestion: Place Obatzda with an ice cream scoop on a breadboard. Garnish with red onion, chives, lettuce and/or pretzel sticks.

Kronach in Oberfranken, Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is…

Kronach in Oberfranken, Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is the birthtown of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Maximilian von Welsch, Johann Kaspar Zeuss, and bishop Josef Stangl. The town has a nearly complete city-wall and Germany’s biggest medieval fortress (Festung Rosenberg). A large portion of the district is part of the Frankenwald (Franconian Forest), a hill chain rising to 795 m.

Read more (in German & English):
http://www.kronach.de/en/fortress-rosenberg-kronach-germany.html

Bavarian house with typical religious frescos as they exist in…

Bavarian house with typical religious frescos as they exist in that particular Bundesland (state)

Ein Biergarten im Winter :) — snowy beer garden in Bavaria

Ein Biergarten im Winter 🙂 — snowy beer garden in Bavaria

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is…

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is an hour by car from Munich, and the ride is a beautiful stretch of Autobahn, unfortunately not the whole way. Expect it to take up to 3 hours on weekends and public holidays. Trains leave to/from Munich every hour, the ride takes 90 mins on the local and 60 on the express. It’s also a nice end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, driving down south, stopping at various recommended heritage towns, ending in Garmisch for an overnight stay, or better yet, a few days, as it is a good base to drive out and back to Füssen’s Neuschwanstein castle and to Innsbruck/Austria along spectacular mountain views.