Some traveling folk prefer to live amongst the natives and not fall into the tourist traps that plague so many others. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get when you arrive in Barsbüttel just east of Hamburg. This is the real Germany, a suburb of Hamburg filled with your average everyday shopping stores.
Barsbüttel doesn’t have a historic City Hall (it’s a modern day creation), doesn’t have any large chain hotels, no medieval castles, and not one little “catchy” museum. So, what’s a guy or gal gotta do? You eat!
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Might as well start with some great Northern Germany specialties. The Schleswig-Holstein region has been making the sugary sweet marzipan for centuries. Another delicious treat is Rote Grütze (Red Grits) made with strawberries, currants, sugar, and liquor served with vanilla sauce or whipped cream.
But, one can’t live by sweets alone (well, maybe) and many local dishes are made with potatoes, kale, or cabbage. Washing it down with a great German ale or lager is highly recommended.
You’re sure to find plenty of these local goodies at the annual Summer Celebration which is held at the meadow next door to the only tourist attraction in town, the Lunugala Mansion.
Villa Lunugala is a beautiful manor house that doesn’t come from the Middle Ages or Renaissance; only built in the very early 20th century. C’mon, I told you that there wasn’t any of that stuff here — you didn’t think I was kidding, did you? ;-)
Of course if you can coordinate your trip to coincide with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival you’re sure to be treated not only to great food, but many classical music concerts throughout the area (held in various churches, castles, manor houses, and even barns).
When you find yourself walking the streets of Barsbüttel keep your eyes peeled for tiny local restaurants where you’re able to eat your day away; then stop and listen for the sounds of music that could be coming from just about anywhere.