DEGGINGER, the Cultural Wahlenstrasse 17

Werner is a young Regensburger, "I studied Architecture and I apply that here on a monthly basis." he says, when I interview him today at the Funky totally Promotive Cultural Interactive Center in Regensburg. "Another architect built the bar yet I change it every month. And here it is challenging since we always have something going on. For instance we have a night of dancing named Swinging Coffee with the Andi's Bluesorchester, and we have live music on stage, and we have the mayor talking about important issues, that the community can come and join in on, and we have poetry readings and book readings. We even have a house jazz band, and we had a dance for Human Rights." 
"Alright we have two workshop spaces, on is the Pop-up room where anybody can just pop-up and start brainstorming and being creative and the other is a more formal room that the city government takes appointments for. In the Pop-up Room whatever you create you can exhibit and sell, such as arts and crafts, bicycles, etc. Whatever you make. You can work with several different people from the city, or university or just yourself." says Werner. "And while you're working you can order the Rehorik Coffee and something to eat. It is great!"
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"Sometimes the people in the Pop-up room hire artists or graphic artists for the day and they bring the graphic artists here to brainstorm. We hope when they work with each other that they make something with each other, but I guess sometimes it is not always the case! Maybe they go and make their own things!" jokes Werner. 
"A big cultural item that we do is the Artist in Residence. We've had 5 artists from around the world, Israel, Russia, White Russia, Spain, Germany, and they are flown in to Regensburg,  housed with us one week, and free meals and they paint one wall in the Cultural Center of Degginger and One wall somewhere in the city. Once they do that they're allowed to hang the pictures the entire month in the Degginger and people can come and see the art and perhaps purchase it. It is a exciting and interactive project that we're most proud of. The artist here now is named MAX 13 from Russia." says Werner. 
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I personally love the children's programs that they promote. It is very important to introduce a child at the early age the art of play acting and of protecting the environment and of being a person of interest in the commumity. Through the artistic cultural programs that is easy to do when you introduce it at a early age. Here a Princess plays with a program named "kids musical colors" Looks like fun, right?! How interested personally is Werner in each of the programs? "I love music and the arts and I am learning how to cook, does that count?" he says. "And the fashion is of interest to me since in a couple of weeks I am going to Berlin to see the Fashion week on teh 17, 18, and the 19th. It is both for business and fashion and the fashion of business. Since that is a art we can try introducing that here too!" he says. Cool guy and cool place. Must come. Ciao hope you love it.
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   Below Florian and the lovely lady is Uta(his mom) is difficult with names she has been at the Jazz Club,        "20 years and 3," she gushes. She is adorable and as usual the most romantic hidden mysterious lovely dinner ever. 
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The Mueller white wine is a bit sweet and tangy for my taste however I managed to drink all of it and took a picture of my candlelight dinner. "A little surprise from the kitchen," says Florian as he brings fresh pumpkin bread and a little tiny bruschette with mushrooms. Image may contain: food
   Winifried and Traudl (Winny to his friends) have owned the Leerer-Beutel and the current location of the Jazz Club venue about 25 years now. "Winny has always been the Artist in the company and I have always had the love of Jazz," says Traudl. "We originally were on the other side of the river and that is all that we were interested in the art and music and the artists...when the music got a little too loud and the club a little too big for the residents, we moved into the building we are now. However, the stipulation was that they wanted a restaurant on the side here and we thought alright let us do the restaurant too since that will bring more people to love and learn about jazz and give us a showplace where more people can see the young artists we promote. It all started for the artists and now the restaurant is more famous 25 years later than the Jazz Club and the Art that Winny loves!" says his adorable wife, Traudl. "The Jazz Club now is one of the biggest clubs in Germany."  And the artists? "Now we have Urban Planning? Is that right? It is the design of cities from various artists and it is here 2 months. I love when the restaurant guests stand up from their dinner and wander around to see the art. It is amazing how many more people see young artists's work here at the Beutel than say in a gallery. On opening night of a gallery for a exhibition people come yet they come much less during a exhibit. Here they see the work everyday. Winny enjoys finding new artists and helping them gain recognition." says Traudl.
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      Outside the haunting streets of Regensburg...

    Leerer-beutel and the Jazz Club is hidden down a cobblestoned alley and just the atmosphere lends itself to mystique and expectancy. A lovely jewel that, can I say?, is my favorite romantic place to dine in Regensburg.  Bertoldstraße 9/  49 941 58997. 

    You can catch a small duo on Thursday the 19th of January to see Scratching the Silence with Dieter Kohnlein and Uwe Kropinski 

The inside of the restaurant is delicate and elegant amongst wooden beams and century old stone walls that are covered with the artists work.  They have such heavenly dishes as Farmduck, Pumpkin Soup, Salmon and veal, and Venison! It is a real fine dining experience with the coolest artisitic owners to indulge in conversation with. 
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When I first met Winifried he tried to explain his love of art with 1/2 German and 1/2 English, "Tenacious" is how I would describe him. "Yes I am tenacious. I am young and I always try. When people ask me if it is fun to own a art gallery and a jazz club and a international restaurant I say that it is work. You must make sure everything is perfect and when you present  the food it must meet the expectations of the guests and the guest's expectations are rising every year." he has said in interviews with me. When you see the restaurant and if you have known him since 4 years you know that he puts a tremendous amount of love and care into showcasing all three venues. "The artists that I choose come from everywhere and I choose the theme each segment. I never ask a artist what does that painting mean? It is the interpretation of art and how it makes us feel that is important." Image may contain: 3 people, indoor
      Here is the Brewing Company giving a taste of Beer. "We have the actual bewmaster that comes and he talks about the beer and the process and we invite everyone of the Craft Brewer's to come and try. The students love it, the tourists love it, the Regensburger's love it. When I went to America about 4 years ago, my wife and I went to Philadelphia, New York, Cape Cod, Boston, Washington DC, etc. and we tried different beers and one person said to me you know when you are in Germany it is difficult to try new beers, they only have German beers. And I thought yes that is true. I came back here and we started the Craft Beers Festival. The first year it totally sold out of beer! And Spital Brewery is one of the sponsors and we still sold out of the beer! That is how many people came and drank the beer. And after that we opened the Craft Beer store! My advertising partner, Martin, and I thought it a good idea since it is the only one in Regensburg." Says Thomas.                                                                                                            www.birretta.de may contain: 9 people, people smiling
His partner, Martin and wife Carolyn I met today at the store and they invited me to see the new Birretta Beer bar. It is amazing seriously. It is 100% beer beer beer. From the bottle caps adorning every space in the place to the brand new custom bar that has real beer bottles unopened encased in hidden dark cave glass. "A architect took two months to totally redesign the bar and the space. It used to be a hungarian restaurant," says Katherine, who is a Reindenberger of the the famous family of beer. One of the 4 breweries that joined together to have taps at the bar. An additional 18 taps of craft beers are also available and change weekly. It is one of the most Gorgeous bars I have ever seen in my entire life. EVER. Image may contain: table and indoor
"Alright now I said that it is still fun," says Martin when I asked why he didn't have as much fun anymore now that they were distributing everywhere in Germany to other Craft Beer stores and Bars, "I said, I said that it is still fun?" he quips, "yet I am busier now! And the bar is where we can go and just drink. Us owners don't work at the bar, we only drink at the bar," he says and he and his wife, Carolyn, start laughing."Ask her what she does," Martin says and I ask Carolyn. "I am a educator and I work with handicapped children," she says. And when you're done with that stressful job you can come to the store and drink beer? I say and she laughs, "yes! And there is so many beers I don't think I could pick just one!" Martin says, "At some times we have 500 beers in here. At the Bar, which is located at Ostengasse 13, we have about 18 on tap and about 150 different selections.

“Here in Bavaria it is Unique I believe it is maybe the only Bavarian Bar and all of Germany where 4 individual breweries share taps with each other. It could be unique in all of Europe. Bavaria is known for the beer that owns the buildings. If you have a bar it usually belongs to a brewery and you must use that beer. We came up with the concept after the couple of years with the Craft Beer Festival that we organized and produced the last 3 years. We approached a couple of breweries that we ourselves respect and they said yes we would love to do it.” Says Martin. Let’s just say that the first thing you will notice about Martin is that he is a Type A personality. And he says, “Yes because I am a venture capitalist trader. Trading is very fast paced and it is stressful. That is where I make my foundation of money and beer has always been my hobby. Trust me if it is one thing you need to learn about German men is that they take their hobbies very seriously.” I start laughing at that. I am learning much about the German man! And woman. The women are cool because as we talk Martin’s wife starts taking the dolley and carrying tons of beer. I do that. I am a little person that usually does all the work myself and I smile when I think of the girls behind the Craft Beer Bars in America with their fluffy hair and nails and perfectly prepared makeup on being asked to bring kegs in from the distributor. WOULD THAT HAPPEN. 

    Germans? Different. Carolyn is a accomplished educator of handicapped children and looks very feminine, yet here she is carrying 4 stacks of beer cases in! last night as the Belgium distributor came in late!

     “Here is the showroom. It is a retail store. Yes it is fun since it is about beer. Yet you will never make tons of money in retail beer stores. The bars and restaurants are different of course. Yet when you ask me about the beer bar I say we have to wait and see. It is very young. Only 3 weeks old. And yes a lot of people come to see it because it is new and different. It is a gorgeously designed bar. Outrageously expensive. Did I lose sleep when it is being designed? Let’s just say I sleep well now. And it does have 18 beers on tap. That is unique too. The people love to come in and feel comfortable in the cellar bar! They love beer and at the bar they are surrounded by beer. Ask me in 6 months if it is going to do well.”

    I say that Rome has a concept bar such as his with about 50 beers on tap, all Craft Beers and just as many bar stools and you can never get a seat. “The concept is cool because you can come in a drink beer on tap and have about 5 different beers and settle for the favorites when you drink number 6 or 7.” Martin says, seriously. I start hesitating. Um…6 or 7? Okay that is definitely a Bavarian Beer thing to. In America you go to the sports bar on Monday night for Football and have a couple of pitchers of Miller or Bud with a table of 5 friends. Maybe the guys have 4 beers tops. The girls one or two. Yet here in Bavaria it is like give me another 6th beer! Ae here is strong!

     “The reason I do think the bar will do great is the people. The team is great. The bartenders are wonderful and they either know tons about the beers or are very enthusiastic to learn. That is most important. And our team of breweries are the best. They’re the nicest people and they really like us which, honestly, is the most important. We have Eichhofener, Riedenburger, Nittenauer, and Spital which is the Regensburg brewery. You met Katherine Riedenburger?” Martin asks. And I say yes that I had gone in and had a chat with Katherine. Who I loved. She told me that the pizza and the bread at the Bar is made with, of course, Beer! The entire place is bottle caps and beer! Have to see it.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoorAnd I wouldn't really say that we have competition in Regensburg. We're the only craft beer store and the closest is Nuremberg with the Die Bierothek's. Yet their's aren't cozy or comfortable feeling inside. They're like rigid and franchising and they don't have a special feeling to the stores. Here people come because they can feel special and comfortable." he says. "The bar is amazing. Wait til you see it, it is really gorgeous." And of course I run to see the bar.

   Comfy Funnky, Trendy, Hotel Luis and Eating Lounge...Call ahead for your next day breakfast and come eat in the newly revamped dining space. Read a novel, O what the heck write a novel and get to know your fellow neighbors and tourists that visit Regensburg.   Hotel Luis  At least that is my interpretation, however, once I talk to Leo he has a totally different idea of his hotel! "It is Vintage. I wanted to build a hotel that is a boutique vintage hotel and something totally special to Regensburg. Me and my partner, George, we went to the south of Germany and met Luis, which is the name of the hotel and he is the reason we named it that. Luis is a carpenter and he has about 5 to 6 warehouses that are full of old repaired wooden furniture. And it took us forever to walk through each warehouse and find the right items. We built the entire hotel around his furniture and that theme. He collects from Germany and Austria, Italy and Greece, Switzerland and France. Wherever he finds a real authentic piece of furniture and repairs it." says Leo   "The rooms we did floor by floor, the lst floor was ready in September, the next month the 2nd floor, til December we finally had the entire hotel finished. We're just getting ready with the bar in the two quiet months of Regensburg, which is January and February. It is the calm time. We only do breakfast in the mornings and the bar at night and the day. And of course students and tourists can come. It is open to the public. We would like to offer the hotel guests little tapas at night with drinks. Something to think about and we have events and live music planned a couple times a month. I am learning as we progress." he says.                                               Double Room Hotel Luis Regensburg
The place used to be a real old and real traditional Bavarian Local Hangout with a Hotel/inn owned by a 3 Generation Family of Regensburg, now it is a new modern beautiful trendy place to come have a drink and chat with young intellectuals. It has a revamped vintage look to the  hotel that just opened in December and a totally cool drinking and eating lounge with heavy brocade curtains and sofas and cool wooden tables. The walls are to die for! and with the funky handwritten tales on the chalkboards you'll feel totally comfy. The team is young and enthusiastic about life and the place they work and will fill your hour with funny stories. Cool place. Loved it 
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    Want to hang around totally cool young intellecuals while you have a Bavaria beer or maybe have breakfast in the morning in a charming rustic Indoor Renoir Room? Call ahead and mosey down to Landshuterstraße 24 and for breakfast in the morning call the day before at:  Call 0941 5674938 Regensburg Residents, Tourists, Students
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Yes of Course, Papa Geno´s, in Regensburg is beautiful. After it, is in the Danube, right? And the most beauty is the food that we eat. From chef or capo, Stefan and Tobias is the great restaurant. The capa and the chef is Stefan who made me some of his famous Tortellini stuffed with truffles and it is the first truffles that I ate. Ever. Yum. "We have a new restaurant that is opening after February is over. It is named UNIKAT and is the only restaurant physically in the middle of the univeristy. We hire some students and for the chefs and the cooks we must find others-educated qualified people for these positions." says Stefan. "We have found most and are training these here at the restaurant." I laugh when he says after hiring the students he must hire educated people! "Yes, you know since it is a Italian restaurant here when we hire people from Italy they come and rarely speak English or German. They learn and we learn from each other." he says.  is the facebook link for Unikat and is the facebook  link for Papa Geno's
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 I interviewed Stefan's partner two years ago and today Stefan. "My brother, Simon, helps me in the kitchen" says Stefan as I start to film the both of em. I am processing the little 3 minute video now! "Since I am a trained chef of the German system where I studied 3 years and apprenticed that long, I know how to cook all styles of food. I love the Italian food and the German's love the Italian food. When I hire the Italians it is a little funny and a little frustrating both since when a German says I am starting at 8:00am they truly mean 7:59am. When a Italian hears 8:00am they come in at 8:15am." he laughs and shakes his head. "Yes things like this we must get used to!" Mittelmeerkuche14, 93047 Regensburg, Tel. 0941 6308165
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   "Since the restaurant has outdoor seating next to the Danube people love to sit here in the summer  and of course in the winter they sit inside" says Stefan. "It's beautiful, it's cozy and good food and good wine."
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"When  we don't know what to do we ask the Italians to call their Grandmas in Italy. We use the recipes from the Grandmas and everybody in Regensburg loves our Italian food." says Stefan.
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"I love my team. I hired the team of cooks from the Pizza Guys which  come from Naples to the other cooks in the kitchen. They're a professional team and a fun team. Since I am the boss if I wanted to I could walk out of the kitchen and drink a glass of wine, yet I am a team player and so I don't do this!" he laughs.
  I first met Stefan, the affable always smiling owner of Hempys about 3 years now. He is always happy. Always. Must be the business! "We moved into the new store about one year now," he says when I say WOW the store is AMAZING! "I added the Garden Center. The tents and the lighting for heat can be used to grow herbs and tomatoes and lettuce and vegetables all year round. If you love to cook and want your own fresh vegetables you should buy one of these tents." he says. "The cost is from 1,000.00euros for the complete package to 1,600.00 for the largest tent and it includes the vents for air and the heat lamps." I say that he should contact every chef cooking in famous Regensburg and have them buy tents for the guests that come and want to eat fresh everyday! Located at:  Wahlenstraße 23 Call 0941 5 84 1091
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"Stefan hired me because I studied agriculture for the last couple of years and I am a farmer hence the Garden Center in the Basement." laughs Mathew, the new assistant! Below is the famous Medusa 840.00euros Bong.  No automatic alt text available.
"You know it is funny when you ask Amsterdam people how much they smoke legal weed they say that they have never smoked it! Yet they say that the biggest customers are the Americans and the Germans. And I have to laugh. Now with America making the states legal to smoke hash they aren't going to Amsterdam any longer!" How true is that! "Here we have mostly young and students and of course we smile and love when the older people come in and buy bongs. Mostly they buy pipes. They love the pipes." says Stefan. 
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Stefan and Mathew standing near the most expensive item in the store above is the ShiShas..."Muslims love the ShiShas since they don't "smoke"" says Mathew. And the most expensive item is Medusa which is 840.00 Euros...little do they know that it is true when I turn around you freeze! Ha Ha Ha! at                 Hempys.I don't have this problemo anymore but yeah I've had those days at previous jobs:

     Below is Stefan holding one of the prized Czech bongs! "Czech Republic makes these amazing bongs and the Americans make amazing pipes. One pipe is incredible and costs 1,000.00 euros that the Californian import guy brings in. I buy it! You know the movie stars can just slap down 1,000.00 euros no problem. The students have a little more difficult time! However we have 80 year old people that come in and we have students. I am sure at the exquisite handiwork of the Californian pipe that someone will snatch it up" says Stefan. If by the way you meet Stefan you will fall in love with his laughter. He is one of the happiest people I have ever met. Hmm...maybe it is because he owns a Hempy store! Image may contain: 1 person, standing, drink and indoor

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    Merlin the magician has struck again with MARPLE AND STRINGER, "I owned the amazing bar near the Classic Theater named Gloria about 8 years now, it is named,, Freiraum. And I noticed around Regensberg that they didn't have a UK or a American Bar and Restaruant. I thought, that is a classic style and real good food and the people of Regensburg would love it. I found the location and after one month opened it. I must say that I inspired the entire place. I did the design and the walls and the bar. All of it. I didn't use a architect and I didn't  use a interior designer. I bought most on Ebay. It is possible to create oneself." says Merlin. He truly is a creative genius magician. Marple and Stringer is located at:     Bismarckplatz 4
Call 0941 20904439  To make reservations or just walk in and have the one and only Fish and Chips in Regensburg.! 
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"I have never been to America, yet I would love to see America." says Merlin. "I have been to London and took much of my inspiration in designing the bar from London. I found the interior designers boring! And I wanted a place that the residents and the tourists and the students could come in and feel comfortable. Here in front of the bar is a intellectual corner with the leather settee for a image of a smoking jacket. And behind is 8 seats of real theater chairs and a table that took a long time to make, piece by piece. And the lamps? On Ebay. The walls I painted and designed all myself." he says. I am MOST IMPRESSED. It is GORGEOUS.
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"I admire and took my inspiration from the Television Star Ms. Marple and her companion Mr. Stringer." says Merlin. I know it is such a cool name that I interrupt him many times to say that I love that name! "It is both a blessing and a curse since when growing up and introducing myself to girls at a bar they would say WHAT! a Name! and now I love my name!" he says. 

           And the coolest? Say HEY I am from EMMEANESBOOK 

            and receive 2 for 1 cocktails! 

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Andreas owns Wurstkuchl and he says, "Yes I love the tourists but I wish we had less in the summer and more in winter... They come on the boats especially the Americans and they love to see the city.They always buy the mustard and take it home. Nowadays people are much more conscious about the choices in the food that they eat. I am looking for a new pig farmer to do new sausages. I only want natural fed pigs and pigs that are treated right. That way I have wonderful food with a pig that had a good life,"
    Summer at Wurstkuchl...and the quaint little 500 year old house 10:00am...
Inside the little stone kitchen is plaques where the water has risen over the years in addition to some of the cool pictures..."That one is my grandmother's mother," says Andreas as he shows me around the little seating area. "And o that is Heidi from the famous German Artist Regine Herzog," as I notice the funny sculpture that greets you as you walk into the main restaurant which is decorated entirely in white and fawn with a cool white bench hosting 3 baskets,  The other is a friend that I found online and he is an artist from Bavaria. He paints satirical religious art and a bohemian art style. They poke fun at the catholic church...not that priests aren´t human it is just hypocritical the portraits. I try to show the world who I am and I don´t like to cover myself generally as a rule." When you meet him it is true that he has a great outlook on the world and a wonderful sense of humor. Lovely to meet. Stay and try the sausages of real regensburg. I am totally fat now.  AT THUNDORFERSTRASSE love love the sausages
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          Come eat great sausages in the Bavarian tradition since 1316 and say hi to Andreas the charming owner.  0941) 466 21-0,  Thundorferstr. 3, "Every year the last 3 years I traveled to San Francisco to the fancy food show. We see the Italians have fancy booths and the french and the spanish but the Germans have this little box booth.It is funny since the Germans are all prim and proper. I give free mustard away at my booth but people complain because there was one booth a chocolate booth and they only had pictures... they should of had real things to show such as the mustard. Not chocolate? Only pictures. But the Americans enjoy the mustard and I bring it each year. I can only stay 3 or 4 days.  They have my mustard on the online and somewhere in San Francisco but I don´t know where. You can order my sausages and sauerkraut online and I ship it to America or whereever. It is in tins though so it is not so good." Says Andrea as he asks if I would love to taste the food at the famous Bavarian kitchen. Of course I say and they have great homemade cheesecake too. Yum.
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"Would you love to help us make Sauerkraut?" Asks Andreas today when he is eating lunch with his mother and I say hi. And of course I would love to help make Sauerkraut. How do I do that? I ask. "Alright. Come here on Thursday morning. What is your shoe size?" he asks. Um. 39 in German and 8 in America I say. "Alright I must buy Sauerkraut shoes to have you jump in the barrels and you squish the cabbage with the shoes for one hour." He says. Alright that sounds like fun! I guess it is like the French squishing grapes! yet it is German and I am to make sauerkraut. NOW THAT IS TOTALLY COOL! I say. 
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                         photo copyright to  port01 Regensburg Copyright Station Photography — with Markus Lebmeier at Dudes4. 

           I walked into the Cowboy Bar named DUDES and met Markus, "It's a Sports and Industrial and Cowboy Bar and you just happened to walk into the Bar on the night that I am playing RedNeck Cowboy Songs." says the owner, Markus of DUDES, the new bar in Regensburg. Why name it DUDES if not for the DUDE Ranches in America? "They have DUDE RANCHES in America? I lived one year in America and I didn't see any Dude Ranches, but the reason we named it DUDE's is actually a funny story. We were going to name it Shine for Moonshine but we choose DUDES," he says.             Call 01512 5206275   Unter den Schwibbögen 21

                        Only one Tuesday nights that is when

                            I choose the music and I pick



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"Yes I am totally happy now, " says Markus. "The night we opened is a Friday night and it was FREAKING CRAZY...and Saturday the same and I am talking to my wait staff and the girls are like What drinks do we have again? and I am throwing the stuff out the door into the garden and it is 2:00am and we stop serving alcohol and everybody is just standing around drinking the last drink til 3:00am. Crazy. On Thursdays it is Crazy since we had a live band and plan on having Thursday nights always live bands. The people love to dance on Thursdays and we had a group called Country DUDES came and played swear to God! That is the name. The Band Partner is named Thom, he is the 4th guy. The other 3 partner's would be me and Sasha and Mickey. We never know who Tom has gotten for the band and it is a surprise for me too! My brother is going to school for industrial engineering and he made the barstools that are way cool and the tables too." He is such a happy person when he talks about his way cool bar. Definitely come to see it Thursdays. 
         I spent one year in California and Everybody is a 

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    I have the word TATTOOED on my BACK!                                           DUDE

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       "I thought it was a curtained Gentlemen's Club


                          named DUDES" I say!                      

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                 Games Games Games 

               Love Love Love

since 2000 year I have been playing games in Regensburg...

    "I have owned the Games Store here since year 2000, Games much long" says the Young Kid who owns the store. Okay not so young..."30s" laughing "40s?" laughing..."come on Saturday and see the tournament of cards here at the store 5 hrs. and the ages are from 12 to 65. Everybody plays games. All ages!" he says. Pictured is "a guest". Who says, "I only come to play. The boss says take everybody else's pictures!"       It is located at: 

Weissgerbergraben 10
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Telefonnummer0941 59937214    We start talking about politics and Donald Trump and CNN and the reporters. "He would not yell and tell anyone to leave a tournament except maybe on Sunday and in private he might!" When I ask if he would ever yell at a player in front of a group of players. "On Sundays we play with invited guests and if someone we didn't like maybe he would close the door! Although Donald Trump is building car business in America!" We all agree. Yes that is about all we talk about during our interviews!

I love bicycles, I´ve always loved bicycles, especially when Albert rides bicycles- and I love the people that own these cool physical stores. They´re alway´s happy. They´re surrounded every day with totally cool and the latest tech fashion and colors of the coolest bikes. And the store of Feine-raeder is a totally exceptional beautifully designed store. "It has been 22 years and I love my life. I love the bikes and I love the people that come here and try the bike and take it around the city and they come back and say thankyou very much for helping me with my bike. It is my love and my life." says the real physical owner of Feine-Raeder, Claus. Yes Santa Claus!                                                                                 Feine Räder - Logo              

 Furtmayrstr. 10-12 · 93053 Regensburg

            Telefon: 0941-700 03 65           Urban

The coolest thing about the electric mom mobile as I tend to name it is that you can carry your children and do super mercato shopping without too much effort. It ranges from about 5,700.euros and although I asked if it could come in my favorite color pink, the owner said he has green, blue, white and black. Alright you can always custom order! 

"And we have 24 hr. repair, too, which is important for everybody yet especially the students. You know everyone of these students could afford my bikes. Do you know how much they spend on Beer?!" he says. And that is true...a good backpack at the store is saw 49.00 euors ot 139.00 euros. The bike is 799.00 and last 6 to 10 years." the owner says. I say that if they drink Radlers instead of beer they can spend 1/2 that amount to the bikes!  helme2


        Above the cool owner Claus:)

 "The students can come in here and if they spend 6 months or 3 years at Regensburg they can bike the 15 kilometer city every day. A bike if perfect for the city. Me? I ride my electric bike about 22 kilometers everyday back and forth to work. Yet the students love to do the fitness test. They come in and spend between 799.00 for a real good bike to 3,799.00 for the best bike.  And of course I don´t have any problem if they come in and spend 10,000.00 euros on the 5 kilo. carbon bike either...that is alright with me!" he jokes. 

"The electric bikes is a odd perception. People think it is a motor scooter and you can just sit there, but you have to pedal it. Of course the little battery does all the work, but it helps to power and support the bike when you pedal." Now that is a new info for me!  

Feine-Rader´s owner is Claus as in Santa Claus and is pictured above riding the mountain bike. You couldn´t meet a more genuine and nice person seriously.  And he LOVES biking. "I love the biking world and I use my Sundays and Mondays to have fun. My fun is biking!" he laughs all the time and loves his guests. The store is a architectural wonder!  "Yes we had a architect design it. The cool thing is that I almost 100% carry German Bikes. From the Specialized to the Stevens to the Reise-Muller they´re the best and when I need help from Hamburg they can help me that day. If I order parts from America it takes forever" he says. 


Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, drink, table and indoorJoin the Friendly fun loving 20 years Veteran! Thomas of Oma Plusch at his new Beer Garden on the Danube...right at the foot appropriately of the famous LOVE LOCK BRIDGE in Regensburg...The team is CRAZY FUN, the BEER is BISCHOFSHOFs and the MUSIC IS LIVE on the RIVER... I as I say  many times and most fond of the Oma Plusch team especially Oma who we now tease that is his name. "You know a funny story is that the other day I received a letter addressed to me saying Dear Mr. Omar Plusch." Did you think of me? I ask. He laughs. "Some people do think that is my name. Once upon a time there was 3 young kids and 40 years since they formed Oma Plusch and that is one of the names perhaps. I am kidding. It is a story." he says. As you can see he has gotten his hair cut. "It is 22 and 1/2 years now since I owned the Oma Plusch. Here the beer garden is my first and in the summer absolutely wonderful. Amazing. My first ever. The only thing is that the older people have a difficult time in the winter crossing the bridge. In the summer they come to do 3 things, drink beer, eat bavarian food and blah blah blah." he says. 


"My name is Moritz and I´ve worked with Oma Plusch, Tomas, since about 4 years as a drinking visitor and 1 year as a team member,"says Moritz...he is the tall one with the glasses above:)..."he is the nicest person ever." he says. i say that yes he is since the first person ever to help an independant writer(me) when I came to Regensburg is Mr. Tomas. The nicest person ever. "The beer is different since now after 20 years we have a new beer. It´s name is Bischofshofs and Weltenburger. That is the main difference and now we have a big Beer garden that holds 300 people, we are introducing big outdoor screens that will showcase the European Soccer Championships and live Bavarian Music." he says. Anything else? "Yes a couple of new items on the menus since Max, the youngest chef in Regensburg at the age of 21 has added some tasty items. The one that is the favorite for us is his big Pork...we love it. " Robert, who has been here one month, "That is my favorite is salty and a huge block of pork." Is it that real big pig? I ask. "No but I have cooked that whole pig for 20 people or more. As a matter of fact, when the groups eat it they´re real drunk and they attack the pig and tear it apart." says the young chef Max. REALLY? I ask. They all laugh. "Of course not! It is Bavaria. We have eaten with forks and knifes at least the last 10 years. Seriously. When we order the entire pig we eat with plates...but it is a tender pig and if you were at Medieval fair they would use their hands and shove it in their mouths!" he says.Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoor

"We have birthday parties for the little kids...say 6 of em about 110E and 12 of em about 189E. It´s totally crazy in here at birthday parties. They´re so excited and they have about 1-1/2 hrs of climbing. As early as say 5 years old." says Sebastian one of the owners of the Climbing Center. He demonstrates the little kids climbing techniques!
University students will love the place. For 8.90E they can climb all day! And it is open til 11pm every night. Although they do have alcohol at the cafe/bar and the height is max 4 meters please drink after the climb!
Sebastian says, "We made the first one in 2012 and it is the biggest in the world. We modeled the climbing system from the Fountain Bleu region in France that color coded the wall grades. Everybody else in the world had used the international system of numbers and we do colors."
He says,"It is cool becasue my girlfriend who started climbing only one year is a yellow climber which is the easy ones and I do the most difficult yet since the colors are right near one another we can climb together and both be challenged." I asked him if it is similiar to riding steeplechase horses and one jumps little jumps and one jumps high jumps?
  And of course for the real tired climbers you can buy cocaine at 5.50E   too from China! Just is a funny powder to help sweaty climbers climb! 
Right next to the Langnese Ice Cream!  CLIMBING POWDER

Sebastian laughs, "Yes my girlfriend rides the horses and when she asks me to ride with her I am sitting on top of that big horse and I just sit there froze! Horses are big! And she says just make it go and I say Make it GO! How am I supposed to do that?" It is funny to imagine that Sebastian scales mountains and yet he says that riding a horse is big! And the Little Trainees taking a look!
                                                           You can find the Antico Mola at
                                                      Uhlandstraße 19, 93049 Regensburg
                                                                  Telefon:0941 64095360
 On bus #1 Prufering to Goethestraße. Jump off and walk straight take the first right and walk 2 block. Then, now on the left side of Uhlandstraße is the restaurant.
"The most important thing for me everyday is that my guests feel like they are at home. When we invite guests to the home I want my guests at the restaurant to feel that way.Every night when everybody is at home and in bed he is on his computer! He writes the menu everynight. He does specials everyday and every item is kept in his memory...that is him" says Nicola and his Bosnian wife Doaeana. I say that at a bar called Palleti in the central city they have a picture on the wall that reminds me of the couple! They laugh and say they know it! Maria says that she "doesn´t like fish personally. I love his pizzas! All of my friends say the pizza is best in Regensburg." I somehow believe that since every dish that comes from the kitchen looks scrumptious. A fellow eating it keeps saying,"hmm, yum, hum..." at the near table and I figure it must be pretty good. "Yes and they love the fresh shark we buy from the Mercato, Metro, everyday. We see that the Germans love the Italian food. The tourists do find us, especially the Americans and the Chinese find us. Every Trip Advisor comment that they write is wonderful about us.We love when the people take the time to write about the restaurant. That is important for us that each person loves it here." they say.
"everybody that works at the restaurant is family! The nephew is the other cook!, the father is cook, the mother is service, and I bring drinks to the tables and hostess," says the daughter. "My father laughs since all the guests when they come here must kiss my mother!"
The daughter, Maria, translates for her father and mother. Her father is from Italy, Bari, and her mother is from Bosnia. "We met at La Gondola about 30 years now. In 2007 we opened the Antica Mola and we love the people that come here. That is most important, the guests. My wife greets the guests everyday and I cook."
"Yes the tourists kiss my mother too!" says Maria. "My father comes to each table and asks how the food is. He says that every plate that he makes he is alittle nervous although he has been a cook many years he says that each plate is new for him. He has 1,000 recipes and they´re all in his head. Every recipe is his." says Maria. The mother constantly and graciously asks me each time she passes the table if I would love to try the food. Honestly it "looks wonderful." she says! I say that I would love to try the shark!
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I honestly can say that one of the places that I always loved to eat at is the Kruetzers restaurant. Since I came to Regensburg I thought it such a lovely elegant upscale steak restaurant. If somebody (or me) doesn't recommend it you will never find it since it is hidden down near the river away from the center of the city, yet as with all finest treasures, once you do find it you will keep coming back to it. "The reason that I approached Nicholas and Mattias at the Kruetzer's restaurant is since I ate here 3 days per week. Seriously. I loved the meat and loved the restaurant. I thought...hmm I bet they have great connections to great meat around Germany and maybe we could deliver fresh everyday with the partnership of Kruetzer's. And when I approached my partners they said yes!" Manuel says. That is 2 years ago and today and the last couple of days I have had the interesting privelege of meeting Nicholas!  "Yes we do serve all of Germany with Fresh meat delivery and Czech Republic and now we are doing Switzerland. The problem is that the meat we deliver is fresh and can't fly say to America!" he says. "The meat at Kruetzer's is from everywhere in the world the best meat it is raced." he says. I say you mean raised to be the best and he google translates(which is always more fun than the actual interviews) and he says it is "raced" and I say he prefers the cow that runs really fast? "No" he says. "It means it is the best quality." I think he means raised right and therefore the best. Okay I guess go to Kruetzer's and eat and see which one you like the best! Located at: Prinz-Ludwig-Strasse 15...Reservations call: 09 41 5 69 56 50 20.

Nicholas is the owner of a couple of cool places, one the Mercato that houses the Wein and Mehr that is where I met him and of course drank wine, and the Kruetzer's restaurant and the Kruetzer's meat delivery everywhere in Germany, Prague and now Switzerland.  

Markthalle Regensburg


"Actually it is a silly story, I started about maybe 20 years now and started the wine business..." try to pin him down on the details and he is very humble and vague, "O you know I started in wine and about maybe I guess 6 years now I opened the Market here. It used  to be a parking a garage and the ground level is empty and I said alright let's put a gourmet food and wine market in and lease to merchants and that is the busy markets you see today. Actually it is the biggest square meters of food suppliers in  Regensburg and that I am proud of." If you want to know how to be a young successful entreprenuer you shall have to come to Regensburg and drink his great wine, chat with a lively political conversation of ALL of the movers and shakers in Regensburg including the Princesses and Princes of Thurn and Taxis and the Burgermeisters and the owners of Mulbacher's Jewerly since they all congregate here at the wooden tables to chat with Nicholas or eat his food and drink his wine!  The ladys dig wine so I 'm getting meself some wine...#vino!:

   Regensburg, home to the famous Thurn und Taxis family of such nobility that they were the Post Office system of the Roman Empire...Prince Albert 12th´s title today is Post Master that is a cool title! The most significant historical achievement of the Thurn und Taxis family is the organization of the imperial postal system of the Roman Empire and in 1615 all hereditary rights to the male heir of the Thurn und Taxis,                     

which as of today is Albert.

                                                         Bildergebnis für thurn und taxis the royal family

Below is the 2nd most famous Christkindle Mercatos in Spital Beer Gardens Germany, the first is Thurn und Taxis lovely castle...when I ask her if it is crazy her first hosts of the Christkindle? "It is my 2nd and yes it is crazy and wild and fun...I am the one who organized the entire event and we were so busy." When I say O you bought the sheep! Mrs. Sperger laughs! "Ahh not the sheep!" she says with a panicked look on her face! O dear? The sheep were troublesome? "A lot of people come to see the sheep!" she says. And to drink the great beer I say. "Yes I love the people and I love to talk to everybody and they love to drink beer. I personally don't drink beer!" she admits. WHAT! A beer garden owner who doesn't drink beer! I never heard of such! "Yes I am unusual. I do drink a Radler once in a while." she says.  "The Germans love the outside. They come here and when it is sun outside they sit outside and drink beer along the river. They bundle up and they drink hot glub wine. We're used to the cold weather. And we love being outside." she says.
"Yes, I am a Regensburger," says the adorable young wife,Cornelia Sperger, who owns SpitalGarten along with her husband Anton.,"When I am a young girl I came to eat at Spital and I never said to myself O I am going to be so rich as to buy such a famous place. One day I brought my husband here and he says, "I am going to buy it. I love it." And my eyes got real wide! I couldn't believe he is going to buy it!" she laughs, her eyes wide. I say that yes I am that way with the Virginia Pilot Newspaper's Military Newspapers that I worked in Virginia with. I say One day I am going to own the paper. And? O Alright I own Emmeanesbook. However, dreams do come true and here we sit talking about the HUGE SPITAL with 800 guests everyday in the summer! When I hear 800 guests I am overwhelmed! "O I am used to it as me and Anton owned the Beer Gardens in Thalmassing many years. Here the only item that I stressed at is the kitchen!" Cornelia says. "We must have a MUCH bigger kitchen. And we started renovations which in a couple of months is ready. We are redoing the Inn of 13 rooms too which is ready in one year. Now the traditional menu is small since we can not do deep frying and such until the new kitchen is finished in time for the huge people in the summer. Want to see the mess!" she jokes and leads to where people are remaking the kitchen!
photo below attributed to Lex.
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"Yes I am Bavarian and they love the white sausages which of course we have, yet I personally don't like them. I am lucky to own SpitalGarten. It is famous in Regensburg and many people love the beer. I love my job and I love the people. And yes since you ask if I want I can come here at 3:00am and eat anything I want and drink a beer or a Radler and for the last 12 years owning a beer garden I have free food and beer!" she laughs hysterically. "And I guess if you drink too much and you have a Inn you can sleep in the Inn!" she says. The question I asked is if the coolest thing about owning a beer garden is if you can eat and drink as much beer free everyday that you want! "most people are nice okay sometimes they shout yet they're usually nice!" she laughs. Below is a Bavarian version of pizza, "It is think and tasty and it is named Spital-Flammkuchen. And yes all the Regensburgers know it." She says when I say yum that looks lovely."Yes the young people love it. And I love the young people." she says.
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And speaking of is the love story of Anton and Cornelia? "O my bestfriend and Anton's brother were in love and I always tagged along. One day to get rid of me his brother said let me present Anton to you on your birthday as a birthday present! And we fell in love and married and now here we are!
 She says. I guess she won. "And we love Americans and America and last year when you met us a couple of months later our daughter says, " I want to study highschool in America. Now she is in North Carolina with a host family and we skype everyday. She loves America!" Cool.

                      Below:   GRAVENREUTHER Bavarian Restaurant

                                            at Hinter der Grieb 10, 094 15 5050  

You´ll love the young fresh style and attitude of the owners and team at the Gravenreuther...above pictured drinking a beer is Michael. "I want my team to have a good time and the guests, too. You should really decide what you want about the restaurant. Yet I don´t hire the traditional stocky stern German woman who comes to the table and when you ask for a little beer late at night they say...WAIT TIL YOU FINISH WHAT YOU HAVE!...You know. We have a young staff that only wears traditional dirndls on Sundays. They smile and laugh with the guests. We have something that is special to the Bavarian Restaurants in Regensburg...the food is of the highest quality and it is a little tiny bit more expensive than we have the famous Bavarian Tapas. I worked at one of the most famous Barcelona Restaurants 3 years...great fish etc. and of course the tapas. When I came back to Bavaria I really wanted to introduce Tapas my style...Bavarian Style...and I have. 8 different tapás from The torpedo prawns to the white fish that you are having now!" says Michael.  

"The thing that I am most proud of is my new store that has only been here 3 years. It is beautiful." the owner of the Muhlbacher store in Regensburg addition to the Rolex´s and Cartier they have their own signature designs. "When you´re surrounded by jewels all the time you still see the fascination. When I travel to Antwerp where everybody in the world shows the diamonds and the precious jewels I am always fascinated with these. I love the highest quality because of the brilliance of the cuts. The ones that range from 1million euros to 10 million euros of course we purchase only if a special client orders it but it is fascinating to see these. Every day that I see the jewels I love my job! It is the best. I am the 4th generation of the family to enter into the jewelry business. And the aspect that I enjoy the most is when I deal with the public. Ludwigstraße 1

"I am happy with the clients since they´re always happy of course when they come in to receive that special gift. Of course there is that person who was away and they bring the jewel in to return it and a couple of days later they want it back and I try to help as much as I can." He laughs. "Most of the time it is fun. The one thing that I learned never to ask is O Who is that gift for...I learned it is none of my business!" he laughs again and I say hmm.
  The store is gorgeous as is prestigious jewelry stores around the world and Mr. And Mrs. Muhlbacher are precious. "I love the rose gold which is my favorite, " she says shyly...a beautiful woman all decked out in jewels as I would if my husband owned a jewelry store I say! She laughs and shows me the diamond tennis bracelets she wears. As for him? "I only wear a watch!" he admits. WHAT! I say in that cool store with so much eye-candy? "Us Germans we´re conservative. Once I wear these..." and he points to cufflinks...Diamond ones I hope? "They´re nice ones." is all he will say. Wow dress up time?

"Yes that is a actual whole pig...the tourists love feeds about 20 people and we mostly serve it for groups. You know 5 people could have a difficult time eating this pig!" jokes the young fun owner of the Traditional Bavarian Restaurant with a twist on the famous Hinter der Grieb alley...named Gravenreuther..."For the famous family who owned the entire street in the 1800s. They had a castle and stores here and later they split the stores to famous restaurants such as ours." says Michael Schulz. (The alley has the famous Kasper5, Vitus which is now Amore Vino and Amici and my friends that own the South African Cape Grape wine store...right around the corner from the Orphee...) 

"We have a huge beer glass that holds 3 liters. Mostly stag parties or groups of girls will order that one...and it is relatively inexpensive. The one tradition with it is the table drinks one sip and the next person drinks one sip and the second to last person to finish it must pay for it...and of course some people drink or try to drink one liter of the 3 liters so that the person before them must pay...OOPS the problem is if the person doesn´t finish that one liter in one sip! Woops and the next person finishes it...Guess who pays! Some of the older traditional Bavarians and Germans come in and say we don´t want that tapa stuff...give us the white sausages etc and of course we have the high quality white sausages and Bavarian kitchen for these folks! And the beer garden...that is important too." He lets me try the white sausages tapas which by the way are only 2.70E each and it is a little meal...and yummy! I´ve had the soups a couple of em and the schnitzel here all very good...and his partner Rainer owns the dance club Zarap Zap Zap..."which is a late night dance pub and has Rock and Roll and people from 30 to people that love good music but not techno stuff...come try that too!" he says.



Of all the winter sports I´ve always thought snowboarding is the coolest and the one I would love to learn. When the pros go flipping up in the air and they swoosh through the powder it seems like so much fun. Meet the owners of the Adrenalin in Regensburg. The father Gosi and daughter 26, and son team all run the snowboard school and stores. The snowboard school is located in the Bavarian Forest and has 20 instructors! Cool. 24 to 25 years at the big store and he opened his first store 30 years ago. 

                  Check out of the goggles:)

"You can come at 8am on Saturday and Sunday and we take a bus with people to the snowboarding school. It is a 2 day lesson and it is about 50Euros. That is it! It is really inexpensive. The snowboards and equipment all day to rent is only 23Euros and Maybe it is too cheap. We should make it more!" she says."Every Saturday and Sunday you can come and snowboard and do the lessons or snowboard down the mountains. It is up to you."  Pictured below the snowboarders having fun. "You can learn to snowboard in one day,"she says. Her father says, "Yes it is easier to learn to snowboarding yet it is harder to master the snowboard once you learn it."  

 Gosi says, "It is my life. Snowboarding. I had the store a little one before my daughter Anja was born! It is my love. My hobby. I do it for fun." And when I ask his daughter to translate and ask her father the coolest thing about being the boss? He says, "A Holiday." really! All the snowboarders say they would love to work at the store it is so cool! "my brother goes every weekend to Austria and his favorite place to snowboard is Alpbachtal!" and her favorite?"I love to do powder and I´ve been to Norway already which is cool. My    father´s favorite is Kashmir In India. He and my brother do the Fun Parks while I do the powder. That is more fun for me. Since I am born I´ve been snowboarding it seems." she says. 

 An der Brunnenwiese 2      09404 641918

Nadine says, "If somebody comes in and asks if I can help find a handpicked wine I can of course.  I know the winerys that select these grapes for there and these grapes for there and they´re different you know? I have tasted every wine in the store. You have to. You need to know each one. I now have people that come in and bring cheese and bread and buy a bottle of wine and sit and chat. Soon I am having my own vegatables and cheese and at that point I ask if they can eat my food! and a bottle of wine and sit and chat!"
     Under the auspices of Italian Restaurants Ciao and the famous Spital Brewery on one side of the Stone Bridge is a little eclectic New York City Village wine boutique. Nadine says, "It is my little store and I am totally happz with it. I worked at the Orphee in the Restaurant and a import wine business a couple of years and finally bought the one here. And yes it is fun to buy wines and to let the customers taste them and see if they enjoy these or not."
Caroline comes from Austria, "From Salzburg actually, " she says in her wonderful voice, "most of the products come from Austria whether Innsbruck or northern Austria. The chocolates come from Tiroler."  I try the chocolates and they´re very good. Yum . "I started cooking here about 3 years now. Everyday it is a main dish and soup and everyday it´s different. I make all of my lunches homemade. And of course the apple strudel."
Seriously is that a cool kitchen or what!
Juniper is GIN answers Google to my question hmm who would of...?!

 +49 941 63 08 45 40

Obermünsterstraße 3  I love her little quaint cafe and her logo is cool too with all the colors!

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It is as  American´s picture the country of Austria....(yes we´re that country of stereotypes) we imagine the funky chalet authentic kitchens of Austria to look like. It is all homey and woodsy and is that country feeling to it. I love the homemade packaged little pestos and the real kitchen to the left where you can see the owner, Caroline, cooking every lunch. "Yes it is almost a real Austrian kitchen. In Austria the kitchen would have more wood in it but here I must use it for praticality and it is a little more modern." When I excitedly ask if I can take a picture of the kitchen and if it is a real one?  Since I love Witches her store´s name  translates to Witchcraft! "We have oils and wines and even soaps...milk soaps from upper austria.And yes that is GIN! What is that little berry that it is made from?" She asks ME! Do I look like I drink Gin? As a matter of fact...yes I do and hmm the berry? I need to Google it.      


y because we´re different.!"

eas around and My Muesli you know that Granola stuff?
If you want to drink and eat healthy you can do that too in the store! And her cosmetics are either vegan and/or vegetarian friendly.
"I started the store about 5 years now. My clothes have no harmful how does someone say that is biological safe colors?" she charmingly asks and I say that is called dye in English...? "Yes" she says, "the colors in the clothes are safe and all of the products that we carry including the makeup is free of any and all animal testing. We don´t promote animal testing." She says. Being a person that has almost 11 dogs(give and take a couple) and 5 cats? "in the summer it is more cats" she laughingly admits. She and trys to find everyday homes for dogs and cats and she is personally aware of any and all testing. Here is her personal email in addition to visiting her store if you would love to adopt
And the coolest? Okay yes expensive however the frietag bags about 380E each are unique and exclusive one of a kind made and a lesson to me...frietag is made from truck panels! Um okay... two brothers! started the company 15 years ago. And now? cool...
ttp://  The store is Gorgeous store. Benedict Wunschel is the owner of the religious store and has owned it 2-1/2 years. He is funny. "Are priests always nice? Hmm...lets see. Yeees and hmm let´s say if I have robes or casels and the older priests only want the old traditional ones and they say o that one is too modern. They want the ones they want. You know." he says diplomatically.                 I think ya they´re human."The one to the right is from the 18th century. It is very old. The person who owned it came and asked if we could take care of it. If somebody wants to come in and buy it and everything in the store that is fine."
The store has the most beautiful items in it. The goblets are amazing and range from about 300E to 6,835E. Yes each. Cool "You know if you´re friend is a priest you can come in here and buy him a gift!" he says. Yet I think...hmm maybe that goblet I can by for me instead of a priest! Wine anyone?
"You know the Vatican and Catholic church has allocated more churches to less priests. It used to have 15 priests and 15 churches yet nowadays that is changed. We have less priests that come in here. Here is my favorite, " says Benedict. "It is a handmade one that we do upstairs in the sewinng room. We do our own embroidery there." When I ask the price and it is 4,500Euros. I start laughing. Okay I say that is why the Vatican can only afford one priest for 5 churches. He laughs, "Maybe. Seriously though most, to be honest , the priests purchase the 650E Casels. However sometimes for marrying and special occaisions they purchase these. The one I have is my favorite though."
Bar 13 is a drinking bar. And , "On Monday nights we´re famous because we´re the only bar in Regensburg that has Karaoke during the week the others have it maybe a couple on the week-ends. It is twice as many people in here on Monday nights. I think we have the best Karaoke since that is my specialty the last 5 years. I went all around Bavaria in the 100 mile radius and had Karaoke gigs. It is a fun group of people a different group of people that do Karaoke...that is all I can say" the affable owner says. He has had the bar 11 years now.
A new brewery just bought the building that the bar is housed in and he had a couple of unsure moments, "there was a few weeks that I didn´t know where I would be and if the bar I would be able to keep it or not. But I negotiated a long contract with the brewery and now I am secure for     10 years. That makes me happy. I had an emergency situation where I thought maybe I can go to America and Florida and become a helicopter pilot if the bar doesn´t work out. I always wanted to do that. And now I kept the bar. Maybe somewhere in the future I would love to own a bar with a location of live music. Right now we can do Karaoke and DJ yet it would be nice to own a bar with a stage." He says about the new ownership of the building that houses the bar. The brewery is named Kuchlbauer. "The beer is okay and the guests like it. In the end beer is beer. It´s  not the best beer in my opinion such as Augustiner but it´s not the worst beer. As long as they own the building I have to use the Kuchlbauer beer. And it is expensive that is the bad side to it."                                                                                                        "My guests range from say 17 to 35 and every semester I have the new college kids. They like to watch the games on the sports tvs and to play fussball and just have fun. I am getting to old to go out every night with my team though! Now I like to hang out at home on the couch with my two cats, " he says. And how do new people know about his bar? except my website of course? "Every semester I do about 3,000 little presents of key chains maybe and flyers on the bar. I hope they remember me and come and have a good time." I ask if he makes his team stay on Sunday at 10:00am and wrap all the little presents? He laughs.".I used to when we opened the bar and now I have a company help me." It´s good to be the boss!

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  Here is the owners of the cool bookstore. Meet Ulrich Dombrowsky who along with his wife Daniela own Dombrowsky´s Bookstore Regensburg. The store won the award for the Best Book Store in Germany in 2014...Wow seriously that is incredible.
"Yes it is the award for an overall bookstore. For Everything. The atmosphere, the book readings, the children´s sections and my new idea the we say "Teenys" section." he says as he shows me the Blues Brothers posters on the wall and a little room just for the teeanagers. "They don´t want to be children and they don´t want to read adult books. They want their own section." Mr. Dombrowsky says. It is funny the little section where the teenys can sit and chat and talk about books that they love! The first of its kind "And we have about 25 to 31 guest authors every year that come and talk about their books. I choose the authors based on what I love to read. We work every year along with 8 bookstores in Germany and Austria and Switzerland to publish our own book named plus 5 which includes the best books of the year and why we included these books." He says. That is pretty cool is the website to see...

 "The bookstore is my love and my how do U say? My passion. I love books." he says. When I ask if he writes books himself he emphatically says, "ME? Write books!? Ah NO! I only sell books and I read books." The specialty of his store is children and adult fiction. And in addition to the books and the readings they have concerts and discussions here every year. It is a funny funky bookstore that has that cozy feeling to it. Hope you love it and the best is the online store if you´re out of town-buy these books!

Above the "teenys section"where Mr. Dombrowsky says "you have to know, you have to know teenys." And I guess he means that teenagers are teenagers and they want their own life... Below the children´s section of which all the little children everytime that I´ve been in the store run and grab books from! It is funny.
Below is one of the coffee roasters and to the right is the little tiny countries where they come the middle is my favorite Ethiopia and it is the best coffee anywhere it almost tastes the way brewed tea tastes. is a family business.The son Heiko says, "I love to visit the tiny plantations that grow coffee...they have a richness of life which is in nature. Their plantations are sometimes in dangerous countries such as Honduras where it is unsafe to travel after 6pm. The guide told me if I wanted to come with him that is fine but after 6pm I am on my own since it is dangerous. We had a police escort behind us. The beans are the best but it is dangerous. And when I find the little plantations in say Ecuador or in Panama I try to stay with the families. They´re very nice and they drive me everywhere. They say o I want to come to university at Germany and I say o I want to come to live in Panama. I guess everybody wants something that is different than they have. Where they live it isn´t the the richness such as mansions yet it is a richness of life." Wow As you can see from the picture of a little daughter of a plantation owner pictured here with Heiko! "She is a daughter of a tiny plantation owner and the tree is a tiny tree!"


Above a fellow American from San Francisco, "Yes I love Regensburg and I am learning a lot a way it is a small city and everyday it is getting smaller!" He says when I ask if he feels at home here or misses America..."I miss my family and that is about it!" I think of the song at Walt Disney World..."It´s a small world after all!" I guess when you live in a city everybody knows everybody. "I was a barrister in San Francisco and when I came here I met Heiko and he invited me to join him. " he says.

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The smoothest coffee I ever tasted is here and it is given to me as a tea set almost. It is fltered at the table and it has a tea taste to it. Unique to Rehorik along with the 190° coffee that is made in the ancient coffee roaster that heats to 190°...unique to the world.
Heiko says, "I travel everywhere to find the small plantation owners. The year of 2015 I would love to see Peru. And later Bolivia but now only Peru. It is far to travel and I have so much to do here in the store. But that is what I most enjoy. To visit the people and to know the people. I hope when my guests come here that they experience that international flavor of the plantation owners." And I see that they do. That is life and it´s all about learning cultures (and beans!) around the world...

 The owner is Alvin and he is hilariously cultured and sophisticated yet even those types clown around occaisionally as pictured above with his various poses..."My sister is Marketing and she does all of the Public Relations and Adverstiting Promotions to help me. Here is showing different styles!" It is adorable of course and I ask if I can show the pictures. Fun. Yet one of a kind.
"The Biedermeier name is famous world-wide since it only made one piece of each of its designs...take the chairs it is maybe 6 chairs which is rare in a series that all go together yet each table such as the one pictured above is only one made in the entire world..."the cost of such a beauty? 12,000E...I would expect it too be much higher after all there is only one. 
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Alvin shows me his favorite, the chairs and tables pictured above and I say that my favorite in the store is the red and black art deco chair and the matching vanity mirrored piece. "O these are the least expensive here...only 1,000E and 2,000E." he I say maybe after about 25 cities I can buy the chair! The furniture is beautiful and I ask if he has ever been to the World Famous South Beach Miami Art Deco Drive(the movie BirdCage was filmed in front of these beautiful buildings). He says that maybe he can visit Miami in the future and has a great American story for me. "Two people that came on the river boats on the Danube from New York walked into my store and fell in love with it. They bought 2 pieces and I sent them to America!" Wow. It is a small world.
The precious one of a kind chairs from Biedermeier and my favorite style of furniture the art deco piece pictured here is at the totally cool store named Coloneum in Regensburg. I´ve been trying to add these cool people almost 2 years and finally :)

 Um how do I explain Astrid and her husband, Stefan and his brother Hermann? It takes an entire afternoon to do that. Number one love is the first requirement...I could live in the garden of the Brandl Beer Gardens and Restaurant at least one youthhood...walking the wooden planks up and down the courtyard and garage, the ivy covered huge stone walls that enclose the old brewery fortress, the "would you love to see the 14thCentury to 15th section of the house that my husband's mother use to live in? I would love to make it a special guest house that wealthy Americans say come to and stay a day or a maybe week and see that unique part of Regensburg and history that they otherwise could only see in museums?" says Astrid the beautiful blonde wife of the 5th generation owner of the restaurant...Would i? Um the answer is YES!          

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"It is the oldest authentic real Bavarian Privately owned restaurant in Regensburg," Stefan the owner says, "I've been here 5 Generations." In walks Maximillion, "And here is number 6,"says his proud mother Astrid. Another member of the family comes and his name is Hermann,"Make sure that you write the name of our brewery beer it is Lammbraeu." And Astrid the perfect host says, "Would you like a beer to taste. I should of asked" That is after she has shown me the massive complex, her mother-in-law's quarters, and the American collection of Corvettes! 1965 and 1968 of her husbands...and I say that yes of course I would. We wander into the huge brewery gardens and sit and laugh and talk about life drinking Weiße beer when Hermann joins us and there is friendly hilarious banter back and forth between Astrid and her brother-in-law.  "My daughter is in Miami now and she loves it. She says mom and dad must holiday anywhere except Miami since she wants her distance and privacy!" So? they travel to Sicily soon for fun the two:)

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"We´re multi-cultural here, Tunisian lamps and shishas and Morocco and Syria. We have a mother of pearl and wooden inlaid poker table from Syria that you can´t get anymore since of the war. " says Al. It is precious. "In addition to all the hookahs too that students can afford since the shishas run about 60E. I don´t say O that chandelier is 300Euros and that shisha is 500Euros...everybody can buy shishas here. And my shisha lounge in about 30 kilometers from here has live music too!"

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The elegant boutique cafe and wine bar is kitty corner  from the Regensburg theater. Tucked away in the quaint cobblestoned alleys with the owner pictured here. "My husband is an architect and it is a risk to open the cafe for us. But almost 4 years now and I am very happy we have the cafe. An architect´s life is risky and here everyday I come...see the bar? I joke to my husband that he built a place for me to work! All of it in the cafe is built for me..." Julia says, when I ask her why she is always happy and smiling. "It is fun to come here everyday. I work upstairs  in the bakery with 3 people who bake for me. Cakes. And the cafe here is if you want to take a cake home maybe 2 pieces but people hardly ever will order 5 cakes say. It is a cafe with coffee that has cakes to eat while one drinks coffee." She says. The fact that it used to be a dark bakery is maybe why she is adamant about the coffee and cake thing. "Ya it was dark. Long. Definitely different in the bakery before we redid it! Now it is the perfect size."
The one thing that you will notice if you meet Julia is her laughter. She laughs and smiles all the time. A bundle of energy. "Yes I have fun here everyday. And I have two small children that love to come and eat the cakes and bake up in the bakery. But sometimes maybe the baker of the day doesn´t want small children baking cakes with them!" she laughs good-naturedly. "Sometimes the music people and the theater people from the Big theater next to us come in and they all know me and chat. They invite me to see the perfomances and I go. I love to meet these people and to see the shows. " Just then a friend walks in and hands Julia a ticket for the nights performance as if on cue! "See!" she says as she holds up the  ticket. "Tonight is a show I am seeing. " I told to Julia that it is fun to have such a life!
The owner of Kona Coffee in Regensburg is 31, "Yes I am young and I owned the cafe only one year. People come in and say that it feels different though. It is a feeling a mood. I let students exhibit from the photography workshop that is one thing that is mine and I kept the old with the new such as the writer´s quotes on the show that it is a lived in place. People can come and feel comfortable here. The mom´s all come with the babies. They know that is Kona´s specialty." Edward says. "I have 3 rooms. One is the classical coffee tables room, one is the kids and babies room where they all play and one is the have a drink eat the cakes etc. Each one has a different feeling and when the artists come to show me I always pick the ones that show that feeling." Lisa below has been here 3 years:)
Edward says, "I was in Sales before and when I heard that Kona is available I grabbed it. I had never been in the cafe before!" he says laughing. And again? "It was just a feeling that I had and I loved the cafe. I am happy now. it is fun to come to work everyday and the workers?" he searches for a word from German to English..."the workers are all different. They choose the music each morning and yes I let my people have freedom...sometimes..." he laughs, "too much!"
The mom´s are adorable as they show off their babies and one little baby keeps moving and hiding away...giggling the entire time...
I take a picture of the young teenagers being well teenagers... "Yes that shows the youth of Regensburg." he says. And indeed each room has that edgy young workshop feel to it. Edward says "feeling" a try to explain just what makes Kona different.
"Now the project in addition to seeing and interviewing for the workshop to improve lunch!" he says...although they have bagels.;) so 
and yes I am happy

The two? "We maybe would ride the horses if they were bigger. Some of our friends rode these and we took pictures. They had fun." Andrea Garburg herself with members of her staff at the two story sleek modern salon that she created and owned since 10 Years. Andrea speaks only German! yet we tried to communicate. With the help of Kate her blue haired assistant!, "We have all for the entire body massage upstairs and for the face and hair and nails. It is a full service salon, " says the shy blue haired Kate...
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I ask the gracious woman Andrea if she would be kind enough to pose in her kingdom and she says "Yes!" laughing. Here she is. The salon can be entered from the main floor or through a side door by ringing the buzzer market Garburg. And swoosh upstairs to the elegant private area where you can have the master´s work on your hair...seeing the beauty of Regensburg without being seen!
Andrea Garburg - Haare · Kosmetik · Wellness
I loved the friendliness of the staff in such a cool salon where sometimes the snobbiness makes me turn back around, "Let me grab Andrea to say Hi except she only speaks German..." warns the warm Kate when I first saw her, and off she runs to find the owner who is smiling and gracious and charming. Who says you need to speak the same language to be understood! Try it you´ll love it.
"We went to the filmbuhle club but first we came from Rosenheim and from Rosenheim we spent two hours drinking Bavarian beers and to a friend´s flat where we only knew 2 people and from here we met all the people at the house party the next 3 hrs and to the club at midnight and I Simon woke up at 7am at a different flat and I don´t know how I got there but this one here is Matthew he woke up in the friend´s flat at 8 and had a beer." they sheepishly giggle and the other one Sebastian says, "I went to the friend´s flat at 7 am and made it in although it is too early and slept." Would they want a new year at the 2015? "The entire last year is the best and we would do it all again. Every Saturday we party with friends and every Sunday we climb the mountains near King Ludwigs castle." says Matthew and Simon, but Sebastian who repairs roofs says, "I would love more holidays and motorcross!"
The two adorables..."we´re eating pizza somewhere and just grabbing a couple of slices...and lets see just walking from club to club to bar to bar spontaneously to find some fun place but we don´t want to pay a big price to enter a club!" they say and they are adorable trust me they tell me about a tradition that Bavarians do of putting a metal in heat and into water and in the water it makes a shape and the shape is a heart if that is the guess and it is of different shapes and that is a game that the Bavarians play and yes they say there is a Youtube video of it!     bleigiessen          
Here is a group of goofy students having fun at Sylvester, "Yes and here is a id it is a health id i think we found it on the table here..." okay i say lets include this too since he looks like the free syrian army guy in my photos on yolasite...sophie someone...okay sophie if you lost your id find it at the san francisco coffee company where we gave it to the lady in case you were looking for Um um Um um Um um... "we went to  the cafe Legato, " they say and say that they spent a lot of Sylvester there! , " I am Andreas in the middle and I would like to train more muscles, I am Leoni and I wouldlove to do better on my Alevels, and I am Michael and I wouldl ove to earn mmore money, spend less on alcohol..." they laugh and say that yes Michael spends tons of money on alcohol! I say that if you spent 3 Euros everyday on alcohol and put it in a little box bank instead that at the 31st of December of 2015 you would have 1,300E and could all go to Tahiti.

"We´re doing little cheese treats and we both isn´t like fondue I don´t know what it is called in English?" he says...that´s alright we know it is with cheese:) and I love cheese...:)

"We go to friend´s houses and we do dinner and sometimes we go out to clubs...yes fireworks is legal and everybody sets off fireworks at midnight which is 12am."
"we´re from Kroatia...and on New Year´s Eve we celebrate with a must wear red. That is the traditional color and it brings best of luck during the year of 2015." says the two girls from Kroatia one who has moved to Regensburg to make a better living for herself...and her friend who hopes to relocate here.
"I am Adriano that is a Italian name but I am originally from Poland and now I live in Germany since 2 years old...and I do a party at home with a little alcohol that I bought just a little you know...and you know guten ruosh...I like you I hope you have a great 2015 year emme..." me too Adriano.
Vinni,"I am waiting for a friend and when my friend comes we can go out to a club maybe and I brought a little backpack to stay the night:)"

 The beauty of a deserted alleyway late at night in the city...and on the way to the church early morning in Regensburg...

 "Yes alright take our pictures...we love working at McDonalds...:)" To the hard workers that work everyday at McDonalds and all we ever say to these sweet people...give me a Big Mac!

 "We´re having a home party where we have about 10 people and we´re all cooking and drinking and we´re maybe going clubbing after when midnight comes...yes we know the dinner for one! and yes we´ll probably watch it!"

Here is a lovely couple who, "we´re doing fondue with another couple. Only us and two other people. And um...funny hats and favors on Sylvester? Um, no, since the Germans they´re much more concerned with the way that they appear such as image. We would seem to silly to wear such things...and yes I know that Americans wear these things!" she says...I tell her if you google a 1,000Euros per plate dinner on New Years eve in New York city I can guarantee that not only will it come complete with pictures of these party favors but the people attending a 1,000Euro plate dinner care more about who has the coolest New Year´s Eve hats!
"We´re from Hirschau and we´re named the Stammtisch group...we named ourselves that! and we have about 12 then in the group. We´re here at Regensburg to see a movie," says the group chowing down on burgers and fries...New Year´s Resolutions?..."quite smoking, drink more beer, eat a little bit less, and learn more sports, and Marcos the chubby one, " says simon who is doing mostof the talking, "he is trying to drop 30 kilometers..." 30 kilometers? I say?  They laugh, "We say 30 kilograms! he wants to drop 30 kilograms." and as the waitress brings the food and yells out a huge burger meal Marcos raises his hand, "take it away take it away, " i yell but Marcos grabs it... see I say I am trying to help you Marcos but you need to stop eating these huge McDonalds burgers! "tomorrow, " Marcos says! and then there is Pascal,"I want to marry a beautiful woman in 2015" he says and they all laugh and say that yes that is all Pascal talks about!

The two characters being guardians of the gate at the Thurn und Taxis in Regensburg.

Students coming from Munchen to visit the Regensburg Christkindles all drinking 31Cent beers..."The way we see it you can drink 10 beers instead of one glub wine..." the famous mathematicians figure out!

Here meet Max who is a career army soldier in the German army and home to Regensburg, "I came to spend a coiuple of days til Christmas with my aunts and my grandmother. The one thing that my grandmother said that she would love for Christmas is for me to take her to the Christkindle markets. That is what I love to do spend time with my family."

 The Red Rooster in America and the um Roter Hahn in Germany...I am proud to learn German today and especially proud to have a association with such a beautiful restaurant and hotel in Regensburg. The Architecture is outstandingly superb with sleek streamlined features, steel welded stairs, all angles and elegance steering you into the modern world yet settling into a 12 century! house, pub, barn...what was this amazing structure you might ask as you sit down to dine on the international menu surrounded with religious art and the owner´s wife´s stunning paintings. 

Monika Schmidt is the artist of these paintings, "They only are hung here. It is works only for my home. The Roter Hahn is my home and I paint these with love. They are not for sale."  She says when I ask her if anyone comes in and wants to buy the paintings. "Yes they do but they fit here. I say o here is a wall that needs a color to fit it and I paint it and hang it here..." She says as behind her is one of my favorites of hers a wall of ivory with splashes of colors and words. They´re picassoish yet different...she has a world wide talent in her art and when I tell her that she is uninterested! She shrugs, "They only to my home. They fit here. Above the stairway in the main dining room is religious art depicting the giving and receiving of food as in the gift of life" and although these paintings take on the feel of the 1000 year old stone wall set below and behind the stairs where one of her modern paintings hang, they set the stage to let hers in. It is a elegant restaurant and hotel that showcases the beauty of the 12th century beams and the 15th century well, yet allows the famous Regensburg architect Martin Scheuerer to then create his beauty with steel structures and modernism.

Monika, "The history of the Red Rooster is that there used to be a street named the Scherer alley where how do you say..." she makes the charades of cutting material and I say, "o a sewing seamstress"... and Monika replys, "Yes and when the people with horses and carriages come here and they take lamb´s..." as she makes charades come alive I shout, "lamb´s wool! and it is a loom:" she smiles, "Yes and when they come they come from the shearing to the pub. At the time it is the biggest pub in Regensburg and they all come here. It wasn´t a restaurant at the time only a pub and now it is a catering, hotel, restaurant. My children both they´re involved in the business.My daughter studied at the Sansibar in Sylt which is world famous and my son is studying to a chef. He has 1 and 1/2 years of master classes:)" is number 3,083th in the world.   okay would you love to see the biggest and the coolest and the friendliest and I am saying again and again the friendliest music store in Regengsburg...check out the Sound Aktuel in Gewerbepark. 0941-46443-0

Im Gewerbepark A 25,is where you can find these crazy guys...

Alright and the big question is...does it really matter if the guitar costs 100Euros or 5,000E? "Yes it does. The guitars that sound the better quality is the 5,000E ones. They sound better and you can definitely tell the difference. That is about the range in the store. And no we don´t carry Gibson guitars from America simply because they will only deal in high volume and we deal in smaller quantity and high quality. We do have Fender from America." I ask if he could pose for a picture and you can see that he is a real guitar player since he doesn´t just stand near the guitars but actually picks one up and plays:) Since it is the biggest and  first musical instrument store in Regensburg they know tonsof people in the Music business and he says that he sends a lot of people to the Music Academy to learn. It is fun at the store and I played the drums in the private drum

The number of people in the owner´s band he says, "Is about 12 to 13. We play about 5 times per year. I play the guitar only and everybody else in the store is a specialist in thta musical instrument...such as drums and keyhboards. Hmm and the way that I choose the guitars? That is easy I choose the guitars that I love to play myself. I try each one and play it."