Eating Well in Franconia

Whenever we travel to Franconia, we overeat. I usually remember to order the Seniorenteller (smaller size), but we also nibble on this and that, things my siblings push towards us, and what we miss around here in Hessen.

The drinking portions are in a different category too. Whenever I order a Weinschorle (half wine, half mineral water), it comes in a 0.5 l glass (pint size). I forget I need to order a small one.

Weinschorle

This is one of my favorites. We can get this in Hessen too, where it is called Obadza. In Franconia, it is called ‘Gerupfter’, served on dark bread or lye. This spread is a mixture of butter, Camembert, onions, and red pepper.

Gerupfter a.k.a. Obatzda

We wanted a small lunch in between running errands. When the proprietor suggested ‘Kraut und Bratwürst’ for a small lunch, we believed him (we fall for it every time!). First came the basket of bread.

Then came the actual lunch – big fat tasty fried sausages. Oh my.

I’m glad we had this photo taken before lunch.

Dambach-la-Ville in the Alsace

On our way back to Oberursel, we stopped for lunch in the village of Dambach-la-Ville (about 10 minutes from Sélestat). It was Sunday, and very quiet. The only people we saw were a handful of tourists like us heading to the restaurant opposite the church.

This must have be the quietest place on earth. No voices (from neither people, nor animals), no car traffic, no sounds coming from any of the homes. It seemed the residents had all left for the weekend. This was the case on an early Sunday afternoon in late February.

The village (based on all the signs we saw) offers much wine-tasting, hiking routes, and places to stay overnight. Next time, we’re heading to the Alsace, we will spend a few days in Dambach-la-Ville. The village lies on the eastern slopes of the Vosges, and offers quite a few hiking trails.  I’ll even try it – the shortest one is a one-hour trail. I can manage that.

This is one of the many half-timbered homes in the village.

The roads in this medieval wine village were deserted on this Sunday in February.

 

To learn more about this village, visit Dambach-la-Ville, Alsace.

Sights to See in Selestat/Schlettstadt in the Alsace

Sélestat is a relatively small town of about 20.000 residents. We spent many hours just walking around, and most of the town (so it seems) is an array of historical buildings, half-timbered houses, towers, etc. The church tops in the center of town gave us a good sense of orientation. Without them, we would have gotten lost once an hour. At least.

This is the Ritterturm (Knights’ Tower) in 2019.

and many years ago…

This is an usual view of the St.Georg Church (from left to right), the empty facade of a half-timbered house, a residence with laundry hanging outside, and a very modern glass addition on the Maison du Pain d’Alsace Museum.

The Witches’ Tower in 2019…

and a long time ago…

We had dinner at the ‘Brasserie Chez Youpel’ and my husband actually managed to eat all of his Choucroute platter.

 

Humanist Library of Sélestat, France

Beatus Rhenanus, a German humanist, religious reformer, classical schoolar and book collector died in Strasbourg at the age of 62. When he first noticed his failing health, he made arrangements for his personal library to go to his hometown, Sélestat.

In 2011, this collection was added to the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register. The library – not only for its rare content, but also for its beautiful interior design – is amazing.

Tickets are € 6 per adult. Be prepared, they also ask for your ‘code postal’, which to my ears sounded like ‘carte postale’, and I said, ‘Non, merci.’ 🙂

For more information, write to: contact@bibliotheque-humaniste.fr

St. George Church in Sélestat, France

One of my fairly new hobbies is collecting historical postcards. I like to browse at Akpool Postcards, especially for cards in the 1 euro boxes before we go on a trip to a certain area. This is how I learned of the town of Sélestat (German name: Schlettstadt).

After our one night in Strasbourg, we drove on to Sélestat, which is on the way to Colmar and only a 20-minute drive.

This postcard shows St. George Church in Sélestat. Unfortunately, an uncirculated postcard shows no date. My guess is that this photo was taken in the 1930s.

The same church, as above, from today’s perspective – in 2019.

St. Georg Church Sélestat

Construction of this church went on for eight centuries (8th – 15th century).

Choosing your ‘sites to see’ based on historical postcards is very interesting.

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