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  • hello and greetings from celle germany  today we're taking you on a whirlwind  

  • tour of this northern german town that's a  popular stop on the german timber frame road  

  • together we'll visit the historic  half-timbered houses of the old town  

  • we'll sample some potent liqueurs with secret  recipes we'll transport ourselves to the future  

  • with a walk through a bauhaus neighborhood we'll  tour the castle grounds where we'll encounter all  

  • sorts of unique creatures plus we'll also  put our taste buds to the test by sampling  

  • a local meat dish that is served completely  raw all that and more on today's visit to cele  

  • good morning good morning people we are still  in germany and today we are coming to you from  

  • celle lower saxony and this is a super cool  town i'm really excited to visit because  

  • it's got a beautiful collection of medieval  baroque and bauhaus architecture that we're going  

  • to be showing you and right behind us a german  castle worth exploring so all of that coming up

  • our first stop of the day was the  town's main attraction celle castle  

  • starting with a walk through  the beautiful castle gardens  

  • now to give you a bit of history an early version  of celle castle was built around the year 980 in  

  • the form of a fortified tower however the current  german castle was first documented in 1315.  

  • over the century celle castle has grown evolved  and been redesigned and redecorated into what we  

  • see today which explains the mix of renaissance  architecture and baroque style staterooms

  • i have to say that was the coolest goose okay  he was having a nap eyes were closed and he  

  • was balancing himself on one foot can you do  it could you fall asleep on course i do that  

  • every day what are you talking about come on  come on oh man that was the best that just  

  • made my visit walking through the grounds and  seeing that goose so we've come across a pretty  

  • cool sculpture yes it's a horse and a trainer and  that's pretty much what it would look like if i  

  • was learning how to train a horse the horse would  be just opening and acting wild i'm pretty sure  

  • we actually ended up joining a tour for part of  the castle visit because it's the only way to  

  • gain access to certain parts of the building  like the chapel which is stunning the castle  

  • chapel is pretty special because it's the  only religious building north of the alps  

  • with completely preserved renaissance interiors  you can only view the chapel from behind a glass  

  • barrier in order to preserve it but it was  a real highlight and well worth the visit

  • after visiting the german castle we continue  towards the old town which is renowned for  

  • its medieval half-timbered houses and in fact  celle has the densest concentration of them  

  • nowhere else in all of germany or even europe  can you find so many half-timbered houses so  

  • close together without any gaps in between it's  essentially like stepping into a fairy tale plus  

  • some of these houses have narrow passages that  lead to tiny courtyards which makes it feel like  

  • you're stepping into a secret garden you could  easily lose a few hours in the old town not only  

  • admiring the architecture but also wandering  into all sorts of cafes and specialty shops

  • one of those stops we made was at alter provisor  which is an old pharmacy turned gift shop  

  • this place is well known for an amber colored  herbal liqueur that has been made for over  

  • 100 years following a highly secret family  recipe we got to do a fun little tasting here  

  • very very delicious in the ginger i like it  it's a bit like liquid honey you know it's so so  

  • sweet and soft yes it was sweet but it was also  like fire it immediately warmed up my mouth throat  

  • and chest so if you find yourself in town that's  another thing to try we also visited the italian  

  • garden which is less a garden and more residential  neighborhood designed in the bauhaus style by  

  • architect otto hessler the buildings have a very  modern look with bright splashes of red and blue  

  • that help highlight their cube-like shape it's a  really interesting place to visit because you're  

  • propelled from medieval times to the future just  by walking a few short blocks from the old town

  • then for lunch we went to ratzkeller which  

  • is located at basement level  underneath the old town hall

  • guys so i ordered the three-course lunch  i've already had a bite of the soup  

  • and i can tell you this was the right decision  and this right here is a cream of mushroom soup

  • oh absolutely love it oh so creamy then for  his mane sam ordered the currywurst with fries  

  • this is more of a fast food dish that consists  of a steamed and fried sausage seasoned with  

  • curry ketchup and served with a side of  fries i just love this sauce saturate it  

  • and for my mane i got the venison stew served with  cabbage a puff pastry a pear and cranberry sauce  

  • that was followed by a panna cotta  with wild berries for dessert  

  • it was a good meal and we also  enjoyed the dimly lit cozy ambiance

  • this is our post lunch walk waddling off  lunch it was a very good lunch oh my god  

  • let me tell you if you're looking for hearty food  you cannot go wrong with the venison soup because  

  • that was just delicious yeah my three-course meal  was as well i mean that's a really good restaurant  

  • everything we had was was a really high quality  and my goodness am i ever full i'm not used to  

  • having three courses for lunch so we really need  to go for a nice long walk yeah and for that we  

  • have chosen the french gardens which are kind  of just south of the old city of the old town  

  • and even though the name is the french gardens  apparently they have been modified to have more  

  • of an english landscape park style so once upon  a time they were french-looking now they're not  

  • very symmetrical in here yeah you have these two  beautiful avenues of linden trees and it is so  

  • green and just so quiet and yeah a beautiful  spot to check out for sure it really is

  • then we went back to our hotel where we noticed  we had been left a few treats so of course  

  • we had to do a little taste test for you guys  okay hello hello so we are back at the hotel and  

  • we're back for a little bit had a quick rest  um before we head out again for the evening  

  • but before we go out we wanted to show  you some little drinks and little treats  

  • yeah that the hotel gave us and also things we  acquired in town that's right okay so there are  

  • two mini bottles that we're going to show you  two little drinks like little schnapps this  

  • was a gift from the hotel and this is a bottle  that was gifted to us when we went to do a tasting  

  • so my goodness was this ever good it was really  one of my favorite hard liquor drinks i've ever  

  • had in my whole life yes that's how good it  was which one would you like to start with  

  • well let's start with the one we haven't tried  today okay so that one is called ratze putz  

  • and it says it's a brand name of a schnapps that  is produced here in celer and the flavor carriers  

  • are extracts of ginger root which are said to  have a beneficial effect on the stomach well  

  • we've been having our share of big meals so this  is my roots there you have it timely the bottle  

  • lovely nice color kind of like an amber they've  been making it for over a hundred years but you  

  • gotta look me in the eye when you say cheers  in germany kind of like the person in the eye

  • and you know what you need to do you need  to unscrew the cap oh i'm trying it too  

  • okay yeah of course you are this is 58 alcohol

  • oh that is a gingery treat hey  you take it easy it's 58 oh

  • my mouth is on fire oh my gosh that that activates  the cavities the ginger is is very strong i like  

  • this one i love anything that has ginger so  the strength of this is extremely potent so  

  • this should be something this is definitely  a digestive it warms it warms the mouth  

  • the tongue the throat the stomach definitely  a winter a drink something you can sip on a  

  • cold winter's day okay now let's try the other one  okay this one is from alta proviso um yeah we went  

  • into a shop when we were walking around the old  town we were doing a two-hour uh guided walking  

  • tour and this was one of our stops you know what  i love about this one it has a secret recipe yes  

  • this one talking about ingredients yes and there  was nothing revealed so yeah that's kind of cool  

  • exactly they would only tell us it has a ginger  flavor and yes it does that is the main thing  

  • you taste but there are other things happening  in the background okay that's right wait wait

  • cheers

  • oh yes this is the taste of christmas  oh does it taste stronger now than it  

  • did this afternoon or this morning when did we  do it you're just not used to these that's all  

  • wow so this one is 50 alcohol by volume so i'm  gonna be brutally honest i like them both but this  

  • this is a is a winner for me this one  this is something i would take home  

  • for personal consumption yeah or as a gift i i  just love this one this one is very nice it's i  

  • would say it's quite similar to the razza puts but  this one it's got a bit more of like a honey-like  

  • sensation that it produces in the mouth it's very  sweet i think it has potentially more ingredients  

  • too yeah it just has a it has a ginger and a and  a christmas blend of spices yeah that's how i  

  • would describe it they told us lots of herbs and  spices and sam actually guessed cinnamon as one  

  • of them but they wouldn't say yes or no since  no there wasn't to know maybe i'm inferring it  

  • yeah it might be a little cinnamon maybe it's very  good and that shop is a beautiful place to visit  

  • it used to be an old pharmacy where they would  produce medicinal drinks to give to people when  

  • they weren't feeling well yeah there's a beautiful  display in there there's a little tasting  

  • garden in the back definitely check it out  if you're visiting uh celle lower saxony  

  • and okay aside from that our hotel left  us a little platter with some fresh fruits  

  • i believe there were three macarons there were  more in the day maybe there was a a rodent that  

  • came for a nipple huh i had a pistachio one  oh brost frost try it and see how you like it

  • those macarons just melt in your mouth  so that was a nice little precursor  

  • to the meal we're going out we're going out for  dinner should we tell the people what we're having  

  • no keep it a surprise a surprise okay  this is weird for me but i think it's  

  • going to be great you can only eat it here so  we're doing it let's do it see you in a bit

  • so we are going for our evening stroll around  the town i've got to say this place is really  

  • quiet in the evenings like it was buzzing  in the days it's a bustling hive of activity  

  • it mind you it was a saturday afternoon that we  were here that's true there were performers cafes  

  • and restaurants were buzzing yeah and people were  out shopping and doing all kinds of things out on  

  • dates out with families it was a very lively  uh town center and that made for uh you know  

  • you just felt the the energy and the spirit of the  town and now by contrast it just feels like things  

  • are winding down there's a few people having an  early dinner like at a cafe or an outdoor patio  

  • but it's like you kind of have the streets for  yourself if that's what you enjoy when you travel

  • and then it was time for dinner  that evening we ate at tears  

  • which is technically a sports bar but they  served one of the town's specialty dishes  

  • roulade and what makes it special is that here in  celle germany it is eaten raw okay guys so this is  

  • the big surprise dish we were talking  about what we wanted to show you  

  • it's called the raw roulade so it is a super super  thin slice of beef and it's been rolled up with  

  • onions with gherkins and with mustard uncooked  okay some cracked pepper on top i think this is  

  • only the second time in my life i'm trying raw  beef first time was a few days ago in hamburg  

  • beef tartare they're like this is what we'll do  here keep the good times rolling keep them rolling

  • that's not bad yeah wow not bad  huh so i am surprised by how tender  

  • the meat is like when i chew it i don't know  i just imagine you know raw beef would be  

  • tough but it is not and then it's like  what is it like like i'm eating salmon wow  

  • that's amazing i can't wait to try it myself  in terms of the texture it reminds me like of  

  • a smoked salmon wow and just a combination of the  onions and that pickle juice and the mustard like  

  • that kind of sourness it really works i'm gonna  eat all of this like i came here thinking i might  

  • order this dish have a bite and not be able to  handle it but this is actually good wow i'm a raw  

  • beef eater now apparently look at that i don't  even know what to say and i got some potatoes i  

  • had the option of getting bread or potatoes with  my dish yeah i'm graceful i went for the potatoes  

  • hey dinner you went adventurous and  i'm going with the classic the spatula  

  • amazing cheesy goodness pasta look at that with  crispy onions on top gotta love that yeah this is  

  • a dish that's very popular in the south of germany  this puts like mac and cheese from north america  

  • to shame oh is so much better wow i just love the  texture of the spatula i love the crispiness of  

  • the onions that crunch that too we've had really  good luck with pub food in germany on this trip  

  • fantastic portions big big hearty portions  reasonable prices and good quality food so  

  • this is awesome yeah and that is it for our visit  to sale we hope this video gave you a few ideas  

  • of some of the attractions you can enjoy onbrief visit as always if you enjoyed the video  

  • don't forget to subscribe and we'll see you  in the next episode where we visit another  

  • medieval town and go in search of more timber  framed houses more food and more adventures tata

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hello and greetings from celle germany  today we're taking you on a whirlwind  

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CELLE TRAVEL GUIDE: Visiting a German Castle + Trying Unique German Cuisine (Raw Meat Dish: Roulade)

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