Dinzler Coffee Roasters and Autobahn Reststop

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A surprisingly delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch place on Autobahn A8 in Bavaria's Irschenberg just south of Munich in Germany. Dinzler roasts their own coffee, which you can also buy at other retailers, but it's worth a stop-in to sample their handcrafted food. While you wait on a table, you can tour their small coffee museum and catwalk through the roasting operation.

Andechs Abbey, Dießen and Herrsching in Southern Bavaria

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On a hilltop in Bavaria just south of Munich lies the Andechs Abbey, famous for the monk-made beer, beautiful hiking, organic dairy and produce and an all-around monastery/brewery German experience. Nearby are the lakefront towns of Dießen and Herrsching, known to German locals as relaxing places to kick back.

Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany, and King Ludwig’s Herrenchiemsee Palace

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Stunning views of Chiemsee, freshwater lake in Germany near the Alps. On the Herreninsel island I visited Herrenchiemsee, "Mad" King Ludwig II's palace - and an exact scale replica of Versailles.

Schuhbeck’s Spice Emporium near Hofbräuhaus in Munich

Like an exotic spice market, Schuhbeck's spice shop in Munich, Germany, transports you the moment you step through the door. Schuhbeck is the most well-known Bavarian chef, and this spice shop, along with his restaurant and cooking school, reside near the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall.

Homemade Spätzle Tutorial: Swabia’s Traditional Dumpling/Noodle Dish

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My takeaway from an evening learning to make traditional Swabian egg noodles or Spätzle. Authentic German family recipe included, along with photos of every step.

Föhn in Munich: Weirdly Warm Winter Day

More or less unique to Munich, at least in Germany, the Föhn is a weather phenomenon created by hot, dry wind coming off the north side of the Alps. It consists of unseasonably warm, sunny weather in winter. A perfect day for seeking out off-the-beaten-path sights in the Bavarian capital.

Discovering the Munich That Isn’t In the Guidebooks

Things to see and do in Munich, Germany, that aren't in most guidebooks; my husband and I have a project to see all the sights listed in '111 Things in Munich You Shouldn't Miss'. This week: Allianz Arena and Sunken Village.

Slaying the Dragon in Germany – Furth im Wald’s Drachenstich

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My visit to a dragon's cave and the experience of a 500-year-old "dragon slaying" in Furth-im-Wald, Germany. The robotic dragon is one of the largest self-propelled robots in the world. The pageantry is phenomenal!

Raising the Maypole (Maibaum) in Bavaria near Munich

Each year on May 1st most European countries celebrate May Day, which is the equivalent of Labor Day in the US. Bavarians decorate a tall pole with an evergreen wreath at the top. It's a grand effort and ceremony to raise it. Then they, well, dance around the maypole! Here's my timelapse video of just such an event near Munich, Germany.