May 28, 2008

Germany, Düsseldorf and Bratwurst

The Fernsehturm - "Television Tower"

The Altstadt at night - Old Town

The Königsallee - "King's Avenue"

My dinner - Mein Hauptmahl


  • Bratwurst is a compound German word - brat means fry, wurst means sausage.

  • In Germany bratwurst are usually eaten outdoors, since its a 'street food'.

  • No knife and fork are needed - in fact such finery would be considered rather weird in Germany.

  • Brats are nearly always washed down with beer.

  • Do not put yellow mustard on a brat! It is an abomination. The classic mustard for brats is Loewensenf-Düsseldorf (my hometown)- medium in color.

  • Düsseldorf is the capital city of Nord Rhein-Westfallen. It is famous as Germany's capital of fashion and offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. The Altstadt ("old town") is one of the 49 boroughs of the German city of Düsseldorf, and belongs to City District. The Düsseldorfer Altstadt is known as the longest bar in the world (»längste Theke der Welt«), because the small Old Town has more than 300 bars and discotheques (know them all too well!). Famous is the special beer from Düsseldorf, the Altbier (Old beer), brewed from an old traditional recipe, which is only brewed in a few places in the world since the end of the 19th century. It is one of the country's wealthiest cities. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)". The Königsallee (nicknamed "Kö") is a boulevard in Düsseldorf noted for both the canal that runs along the boulevard's center, as well as for the luxury retail shopping venues located along its length.

    I used to walk across this bridge every morning on my way to school

  • Do not serve bratwurst on a hot dog bun! Brats are eaten on a 'brotchen'. Kathi makes a great brotchen mix that can be purchased at most German stores around the US.

  • Along with good friends, brats are usually accompanied by good music, such as Heino. (just kidding about that one)

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