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As we were driving to Bamberg we passed by Pottenstein and got to see some beautiful sights. There’s a castle that is located on top of a cliff which was super cool to see. Ruins and caves are all over the city too which makes this charming the little town so interesting! The thousand years old castle of Pottenstein, located about sixty meters above the small town of Pottenstein (founded in 1348), gives a beautiful and characteristical view of both landscape and town. Inside the castle a museum presents its objects the old fashioned way starting with the cellar visualising the Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648) in Germany besides some remarkable historical and prehistorical findings of the territory, then three completely furnished rooms, dining room with oven and a rotating historistical painting from 1880 with hunting scenes made by a deaf and dumb artist from Nürnberg, Paul Ritte.

Saint Elisabeth, widow of Ludwig IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, was held hostage within its walls from 1228 to 1229. Many buildings bear her name even today. According to legend, while she was being threatened, the eggs and lard in her basket were transformed into beautiful roses — a local adaptation of the famous Miracle of the roses. Since 2004 there has been a marked walking route through the town, known as the “Elisabeth Route”. The market square, with its statue of Saint Elisabeth, the Catholic Church, shops, restaurants and hotels form the central area of the city. The guestrooms are mostly in the residential areas, in the valleys leading out of the centre of town and in and above the cliffs overlooking the town. Easily reached from all the residential areas is the health centre with its massage department/medical swim therapy department, station for respiratory illnesses in Devil’s Cave, the Kneipp facility, the tourist information centre, the park, putting green, tennis courts, Schöngrund Lake with its rowing boats and pedalos, the “summer bobsleigh route”. the “Felsenbad” (between the rocks), and golfcourse.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the most charming and well preserved medieval town around here and it’s about 2 hours away from Vilseck. The name “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”. This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. As to the name “Rothenburg”, some say it comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burgh, medieval fortified settlement), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. Rothenburg hosts two museums which are unique in Germany and in Europe: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum as well as the German Christmas Museum, which contains various punishment and torture devices used during the Middle Ages.

The Rathaus (town hall) is a notable renaissance building. The rear Gothic part of the building dates from 1250, and the attached front Renaissance building was started in 1572. This building served as the seat of government for the city-state during the medieval ages and for the city of Rothenburg since the formation of the federalist government. The town hall tower of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the only accessible towers in the town of Rothenburg. Rothenburg has one of the best Christmas Markets in the area! We did a chariot tour around the town. It was lovely and the kids had a blast.

After the lovely tour downtown we stopped for a nice dinner and dessert at their local Italian Restaurant called Roma Pizzeria . Totally Recommend it!! Our desserts were very different and delicious. I ordered Ice cream that looks like spaghetti with strawberry sauce and white chocolate pieces to make it look like Parmesan cheese. So yummy!! And Devin had Amaretto liquor ice cream which was so good too!!

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We live super close to Amberg and I feel like I am always there on the weekends. Mostly because I do our big grocery shopping trips there once or twice a month. I love that we live in the country but at the same time the busy city is nearby with great shopping. I am a city girl and need that buzz every now and then.

Our go to restaurant in Amberg is Schloderer Brau which is a very cozy place downtown and it has its own brewery! I love it to go there because it’s located right downtown and we usually stop there for drinks and nice meal after strolling around the city. There are a few other locations we also enjoy there but by far this place is our favorite. I ordered their Mediterranean Pasta and it was delicious!!! 

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Before coming to Germany we had no idea what to expect. I tried to do a lot of research and see all the pictures I could find, which weren’t that many on social media. I was a little disappointed because I really like to see how the place looks like before getting there. I really dig deep on Google!! I guess it makes me feel better to ”get to know” the place beforehand. But the pictures I saw were just blah…. that’s why I was so excited to get here!! So I could photograph everything and help people get the feel of the town before moving here. Anyway, Vilseck isn’t that big. It’s a very charming town and right next to it we have the U.S. Army base (Rose Barracks). Most shops and stores speak English, which is very helpful when you have first arrived. Many military families choose to live there since it’s very close to base and near Amberg and Graf.

I would say that Vilseck is very stroller and children friendly, like most of the Bavarian towns around here. It also has a few great restaurants that we really enjoy. So if you are looking for a great place to eat or a date night in Vilseck – Angus Steakhouse is the place to go! Absolutely amazing food and wine!! For a more casual dinner Gasthof Hammer is wonderful and there you get to enjoy some authentic German food. For Italian/Greek Alexander is great as well.

Here are our favorite restaurants:

Angus Steakhouse – AMAZING!!

Gasthof Hammer – Authentic German Cuisine

Alexander – Greek Cuisine

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Weiden in der Oberpfalz was the first town we visited here in Germany. Some great friends of ours took us there to sightsee and enjoy a lovely German meal. The town is about 30 minutes away from Vilseck, a very nice drive actually and you get to see the beautiful Bavarian countryside on the way. Weiden is a very interesting – historical – romantic old town, perfect if you are looking for a nice nearby outing. Downtown is the Marktplatz (Market Square) which is more of a wide street connecting the former town gates than a square. It is lined by gabled buildings from the 16th to 18th centuries, absolutely beautiful! They have many nice stores and adorable little restaurants all around – and very stroller friendly! We had a blast there and every time we have the chance we go visit and shop. The kids get to run around and enjoy some ice cream!

We had dinner at Schinderhannes and the outside of the restaurant looks like a little castle! They seriously have the best food in town. We ordered a Jägerschnitzel and Kroketten – shown in the picture down bellow – which was absolutely amazing! Totally recommend this restaurant!!

 

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