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onsitereview Europe At Home in Thuringia, Germany The Marchenzimmer Raum (Fairy Tale Room) at the Boutique Hotel Schieferhof. Melissa Bryant It was a chilly December night when I settled into my seat at St. George's Church (Georgenkirche) in Eisenach, Germany for the sold-out Johann Sebastian Bach Weihnachts Oratorium. By this time, my press trip through the central German state of Thuringia had ended, but my affable guide Cornelia insisted I take part in this cherished holiday tradition she and her husband attend annually. Bundled from head to toe in my best excuse for winter wear-I'm a South Florida native-I listened as cheerful compositions sprang from the choir loft overhead and watched as the crowd drifted into tranquility, before finding myself feeling perfectly at home and at peace. Discerning travelers are seeking authentic, engaging, and deeply emotional experiences such as these, which can be a tough order to fill when visiting popular tourist 30 july 2016 destinations...but it's easy to find when exploring little-known gems like Thuringia. Local Dishes to Warm the Heart One of the greatest ties to a person's home is undoubtedly food. For Thuringians, bratwurst is not only a celebrated regional dish, it is practically a way of life. The history of this succulent grilled sausage is cataloged at the first German Bratwurst Museum in Holzhausen just outside the capital city of Erfurt. A satisfying staple food, the first recorded mention of bratwurst dates back to an entry made in the housekeeping accounts of the Convent of the Virgins in 1404. In the museum, exhibits provide guests with information on the sausage from pig through slaughter, including the ingredients, butcher's equipment and apparatuses used in sausage production. I tried my hand at making the sausage at the museum's neighboring restaurant, grinding the meat mixture and stuffing it into its fine casing. Afterwards, the staff joined us for authentic, freshly grilled Thuringian sausages. In addition to making their own Thuringian bratwurst, your clients can visit the museum's bratwurst theater for dinner and an interactive, comedic performance. If bratwurst is considered king, roasted duck is figuratively queen. Traditionally served alongside red cabbage it is a musteat local favorite in Thuringia. Don't suggest, implore your clients dine on this dish and others at the restaurant inside the colorful Boutique Hotel Schieferhof in Neuhaus am Rennweg, located about an hour-and-a-half drive due south of Erfurt. This 100-year-old property, which seems

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary
Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe
Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
Onboard Review: Holland America’s MS Koningsdam
Do Like the Locals in Latin America
Only on These Islands
Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International
Onsite Review: Barbados
Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
Onsite Review: South Africa: From Beach to Bush
Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
Onsite Review: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Singular Experiences
Onsite Review: At Home in Thuringia, Germany
Journeys Beyond the Ordinary
Come Aboard: India Rail Travel

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