Palace of St. Emmeram
Some of you may know, that Justin and I are back in Germany for summer vacation. This is also the reason for the relatively long absence of content creation on JanaCalifornia. However, now I’m back and I have many great stories for you.
Regensburg, my home town, has quite a few interesting things to offer. One of the big tourist draws every summer is the garden festival at the Palace of St. Emmeram which is home to the Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis. She still resides there and chances are good you will actually run into her when you take a stroll on her property.
Once you enter the premises, you are surrounded by luscious, green trees.
The vast grounds resemble a magical forest with the castle towering at the end,
transporting you into the glamorous era of royalty.
When you take a stroll through the woods, along the pond situated in the middle of the garden, the anticipation builds as you walk toward the big Romanesque-Gothic building.
During the annual garden festival, various vendors set up their decorated booths all over the garden. Customers can find anything from artwork and garden furniture to fruit syrups and expensive clothing.
Once you get hungry from all the shopping, food booths are there to quench your desires with beer from the Thurn und Taxis brewery and local specialties.
The garden festival is not the only summer festival held at St. Emmeram’s Palace. The Princess hosts a music and theater festival “Schlossfestspiele” with many special guests and outstanding performances, which brings more than 30.000 visitors to the castle each year. Elton John is scheduled to perform this year.
Come to St. Emmeram’s Palace for a special occasions such as the summer festival or the romantic Christmas market or every day to take a tour of the magnificent chambers. With its well-kept green gardens and the ostentatious building take you back to the royal high times of imperial rulers.
Palace of St. Emmeram
93047 Regensburg, Germany
Artwork Vendor at St. Emmeram’s Palace
Handcrafted Dream Catchers and More
Yummy Spreads (Pesto, Tomato-Basil and more)
Magnificent Pond and Garden at the Palace
Christkindlmarkt in Regensburg
You might wonder why I’m writing my first blog entry from Germany if this blog is about my life in California. But there is a simple explanation to it. I just didn’t have time to start writing during my fall semester and now that I’m on Christmas break, I’m finally concentrating on blogging.
The title of this blog entry is explained rather easily, too. It’s my husband’s (he is an American) first time in good old Germany. Some of you might have read the “About the Author” page, so you might know that I’m from a small town north-east of Munich, Germany. You know, close to the city of the world-famous Oktoberfest.
Anyhow, after being in the U.S. for a year and a half, I’ve decided to visit my family back home and show Justin what a German Christmas is all about. I promised him snowy, white festivities but instead he got a warm (10°C/ 50 F) no-snow holiday.
Justin trying Glühwein
We started with a rather troublesome 12-hour flight with a young child to my right (yes, I know it’s very cliché!) and a woman that had to recline her seat all the way back, leaving me with 10 inches of space between me and my small TV screen. We spent the next days jet-lagged between getting up at 6 am and crashing on the couch at 6 pm because our biorhythm was so out of synch.
Nevertheless, we made it to some of the world-famous German christmas markets and Justin got to taste Glühwein, warm mulled wine with spices and tart flambeé, a French pizza-like “Flammkuchen” specialty with sour cream and bacon. We also bought some “Apfelkücherl”, which are fried apple rings in dough, rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
The second christmas market we visited was nestled in the courtyard of the Thurn and Taxis Castle. After the sun had set, we were freezing and decided to go for another hot beverage. We bought ourselves Lumumba, however instead of rum, we added amaretto into our hot chocolate.
The vendors here were also a little different. They offered specialties such as fire-grilled salmon, a variety of sweets and the world-famous Bratwurst on bread.
Another delicacy that stands out is the Hungarian Baumstriezl a.k.a. chimney cake which is yeast dough rolled around a stick and baked in a wood-fire oven. To top it off they roll it in a mix of cinnamon and sugar. It’s pretty delicious. For anyone who is interested in seeing how it is made, I’ve found a small video: click here
Panorama of the christmas market at the Thurn and Taxis castle
This was the first part of our special series about Germany. I will tell you more about all the different foods we eat and the sights we’re going to visit in the upcoming days! Thanks for reading.
Salmon grilled over an open fire.
Justin eating Flammkuchen