Random person’s recipe for Käsespätzle. This is a less doughy, somewhat lighter version using a milk/sparkling water mix instead of just eggs and flour. Bacon is not traditional with it, neither is mozzarella (it should be Emmenthaler cheese ir Bergkäse / Butterkäse, but she lives in Texas so I guess it‘s hard to find. Either way, these are tasty — just use your cheese of choice.

19 minutes, in Englush.


Das Schloß Liechtenstein overlooking the Echaz valley near Honau and Reutlingen is a Gothic-style castle, built in the 1840s. It was damaged in WW2, but has been mostly restored. The modern castle was inspired by the novel Lichtenstein (1826) by Wilhelm Hauff.

Hours: April – October 9 am- 5:30 pm, closed Jan & Dec, Nov/Feb/March only open weekends 10 am- 4 pm. Fee: Courtyard Entrance, Adults €2, Children €1, Guided Tour, Adults €8, Children €3.50. Address: 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany

Die Burg Hohenzollern in Hechingen, Baden-Würt…

Die Burg Hohenzollern in Hechingen, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany

Zollern, from 1218 Hohenzollern, was a county of the Holy Roman Empire. Later its capital was Hechingen. The Hohenzollern Castle lies on a 855 m high hilltop and still belongs to the family today. The dynasty was first mentioned in 1061. The Zollerns received the comital title from Emperor Henry V in 1111. Read about the history:

The Holy Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 13th century…

The Holy Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 13th century under the German Hohenstaufen dynasty (1155-1268).

The Staufer, aka House of Hohenstaufen, were a dynasty of German kings (1138–1254). They also ruled the Kingdom of Sicily. In Italy, they’re known as the Svevi (Swabians) as they were successive dukes of Swabia from 1079. Three members of the dynasty – Frederick I, Henry VI, and Frederick II – were crowned Holy Roman Emperors. The dynasty is named for their seat at Hohenstaufen Castle, which was in turn named for a conical hill of the Swabian Jura with the name Hohenstaufen in what is now Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany. Read more:

Wiesensteig is a town near Göppingen in Baden-Württemberg,…

Wiesensteig is a town near Göppingen in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany. At the edge of town passes the A8 Autobahn to Ulm. The town was first mentioned in a document of 861 when a Benedictine monastery was founded; it received town privileges in 1356. It was then under the House of Helfenstein. Since 1512, it was assigned to the Swabian Circle within the Holy Roman Empire. Count Ulrich XVII (1524-1570) and his brother Sebastian introduced in 1555 the Lutheran faith. In 1563, a great witch-hunt took place in which at least 63 women and men were executed. After the extinction of the House of Helfenstein in 1627 the Reich County Wiesensteig fell about 2/3 in 1642 by purchase to Altbayern and 1/3 to the House of Fürstenberg (Swabia). Through a land swap the town went in 1806 to the Kingdom of Württemberg.

astryfiammante: Mozart’s nationalityWas Mozart German or Austrian? Technically, neither. Salzburg…


Mozart’s nationality

Was Mozart German or Austrian? Technically, neither. Salzburg was an independent ecclesiastical territory until 1803, ruled by a Prince-Archbishop. In spite of the fact that it was a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, its inhabitants didn’t see themselves as either German or Austrians. When Mozart labelled himself as a “true German” (“ehrlicher Teütcher”) he was implicitly referring to his language and to his cultural heritage (it should also be taken into account that his father was Bavarian and the Mozarts had Swabian origins). Mozart was first and foremost a citizen of Salzburg (a “salzburgian”, even though it is not a commonly used term), and later a subject of the Habsburg Monarchy (when he moved to Vienna). From a contemporary viewpoint, he can be considered Austrian.