Entrance to Burg Kronberg in Hessen, Central Germany. Kronberg…

Entrance to Burg Kronberg in Hessen, Central Germany. Kronberg in the Hochtaunuskreis is part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area. Before 1866, it was in the Duchy of Nassau; then the whole Duchy was absorbed into Prussia. Kronberg lies at the foot of the Taunus mountains, flanked by forests. A mineral water spring also rises in the town. The castle was built in 1220.

The “Hessians” were German auxiliaries in the 1700’s, contracted…

The “Hessians” were German auxiliaries in the 1700’s, contracted for military service by the British government. They took their name from the German state of Hessen-Kassel, where many of them originated. The British hired them for combat in several 18th century conflicts, but they’re mostly associated with combat operations in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). About 30,000 Germans fought for the British during that war, making up 25% of the troops the British sent to America. They entered the British service as entire units, fighting under their own flags, commanded by their usual officers, wearing their existing uniforms. The largest contingent came from the state of Hessen, which supplied about 40% of the German troops who fought for the British. This led to the use of the term Hessians to refer to all German troops fighting on the British side, a form of synecdoche. The rest were rented from other German states. Patriots presented them as foreign mercenaries with no stake in America. Many of the men were press-ganged into Hessian service. Deserters were executed or beaten. Hessian prisoners of war were put to work on local farms.

Read more: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_(soldier)

Das Schloss Marienburg is a Gothic revival castle in…

Das Schloss Marienburg is a Gothic revival castle in Niedersachsen, Northern Germany near Hannover (30km) and Hildesheim (15km). It was a summer residence of the Welfen (House of Guelph dynasty), built in the mid-1800’s as a birthday present by King George V of Hannover to his wife, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg. From 1714-1837 there had been virtually no royal court in Hannover as the House of Hannover had ruled the kingdoms of Hannover and Britain by personal union, so the castle was also built to serve as a suitable seat. Due to Hannover being annexed by Prussia in 1866, it was left uninhabited for 80 years after the royal family went into exile in Austria. Few renovations were done until 80 years later when it was safe to come back. The castle is currently owned by Prince Ernst August of Hannover. Parts are open to the public, such as a museum, restaurant & chapel, and can be booked as an event location for weddings, receptions, concerts & more. Official website:

http://www.schloss-marienburg.com/en/

Berliner Weisse mit Schuß. Berlin’s traditional cloudy sour…

Berliner Weisse mit Schuß. Berlin’s traditional cloudy sour wheat beer is drunk with a shot of either green Waldmeistersyrup (woodruff) or red Himbeersyrup (raspberry) – a very refreshing summer drink. The beer dates back to the 1500’s. By the 1800’s, it was the most popular alcoholic drink in Berlin with 700 breweries producing it; by the late 1900’s, there were only 2 left in Berlin and a few in other parts of Germany. Authorities trace its origins back to Hamburg, Northern Germany. Friedrich Wilhelm, King of Prussia, encouraged the spread of the beer through Prussia, declaring it as “best for our climate”, and having his son, Friedrich der Große, trained to brew it. A popular story is that Napoleon’s troops dubbed it “The Champagne of the North” in 1809. Berliner Kindl and Schultheiss currently are the main brands.