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  • hello and greetings from Saale-Unstrut today we  are visiting the northernmost of germany's 13  

  • wine growing regions which sits along the 51st  parallel north the wine history here dates back  

  • over a thousand years with the first vines being  cultivated by monks in the year 998 a.d and it's  

  • as picturesque a destination as you can find  this is a place where terrace vineyards come  

  • spilling down the hills where medieval castles  sit atop cliffs and where churches stand guard in  

  • the heart of the old town we've said it before and  we'll say it again germany has some pretty magical  

  • destinations to discover so without further ado  the following is our travel guide to Saale-Unstrut  

  • for visitors looking to have an action-packed  and wine fuel day good morning good morning  

  • guys greetings once again from germany today  is such an exciting day because it is all about  

  • wine tourism here exactly so we have arrived in  Saale-Unstrut and we are going to be here for  

  • only a day but we have an action-packed schedule  we do that's going to include some wine tastings  

  • staying at a wine hotel yes we're going to be  visiting freyburg visiting the cathedral in  

  • nambuch and also did i mention staying atwine hotel where we're going to be drinking  

  • more wine (wein) apparently this wine hotel has  a 24-hour bar and you access it with your card  

  • yeah just wind by the glass it's pretty amazing  exactly and i'll also mention in the afternoon  

  • we're going to be visiting a forge master  and creating a little souvenir of our own  

  • so we've got that fun activity coming up yeah  but anyways we've just arrived the day is just  

  • getting started so we're going to bring you along  and have fun on this little adventure let's do it

  • so we started the morning with a guided  walk through the town of freyburg  

  • which is considered the wine capital of the region  we found the town to be super walkable and full of  

  • charm with lots of cheerful pastel shades vines  crawling up the side of buildings and rooftops  

  • with eye-shaped windows that kind of made it  feel like you were being watched from above

  • we also popped into saint marion for a visit  which is the lutheran church in the center of town  

  • it is considered the little sister of naumbu  cathedral which we will show you later in the  

  • day but back to the sightseeing one thing that  really caught our attention during our walk was  

  • that we were surrounded by vineyards vineyards  and more vineyards yes we knew we were visiting  

  • a wine town but i don't think either one of us  expected the vines to be right in the town and  

  • so accessible all right how are we doing  over there we've had a great walking tour  

  • of the town so far so many historic buildings to  visit but what impresses me the most is just how  

  • the vineyards come spilling into the town like  we are right on the we were just walking down  

  • a path and then we suddenly came upon this  we looked up and like wow it's spectacular  

  • it just gives this town such a a distinct  a distinct backdrop i would say yeah

  • and speaking of wine that morning we also visited  hotkepien mum a winery that dates back to 1856 and  

  • specializes in sparkling wines hot gepin mum  makes up nearly half the market for sparkling  

  • wine in germany and they're also one of the five  largest producers of sparkling wine in the world  

  • they do offer tours in german but another option  if you don't speak the language is to just visit  

  • the shop and peruse their various sparkling wine  offerings because certain bottles can only be  

  • obtained at this particular location well today's  our lucky day we got a special sparkling orange  

  • lucky day okay so we just visited which  means little red riding hood um this place  

  • specializes in sparkling wines this is  kind of like their main headquarters here  

  • and we've just acquired a very special bottle gold  seal apparently you can only get it from here you  

  • can only get this bottle over here so right here  so yeah we'll tell you more about them later today  

  • once we're back in the hotel we've got this to  try and we've got the wine (wein) at the hotel  

  • to also try it's gonna be a boozy day so if you're  a wine lover i think you're gonna enjoy this video

  • all right guys so we drove up to the abbey church  of saint bonifas and honestly i think these may be  

  • some of the best views we have come across like  this is truly impressive behind me you've got  

  • the whole valley with the river that flows  through that's how the region gets its name  

  • from the saale river and the unstruct and  you can see cute little villages and towns  

  • freyburg where we were this morning is just back  there and yeah it is so so charming it was well  

  • worth the drive check out the views we get of the  town from here and there's a beautiful bike path  

  • that i would love to do someday to go visit the  vineyards maybe with my dad would you imagine the  

  • two of us doing that oh yes the two cyclists and  the family we'd probably be taking naps along the  

  • along the trail after every bottle this is  probably a good time to tell you that cycling  

  • trips are really popular in this area so if your  idea of a really good holiday is cycling through  

  • scenic countryside hopping from one winery to the  next and stumbling upon a few castles along the  

  • way well this is the place and it has hundreds  of kilometers of bike paths along the zale  

  • and unscott rivers but as for us we were here to  drink some wine so let's take you to our next stop

  • for lunch we visited hertzoglihel weinberg  which is a terraced vineyard that has been  

  • preserved in the style of a baroque  vineyard from the late 18th century  

  • it sits at the foot of the unstruct river and  it has neurenberg castle watching over it from  

  • the hilltop this may very well be one of the most  scenic vineyards we have ever visited some of the  

  • grapes you can find in this vineyard include  pinot blanc sylvaner and pinot noir plus they  

  • also offer a picnic lunch to accompany their wines  which makes for a really nice quick meal on the go  

  • so lunch time and we are having  a picnic at a vineyard how's that  

  • oh this is amazing we've got olives both colors  black and green we've got slices of salami  

  • stuffed peppers with cheese little tomatoes  well and some bread to go along with it and  

  • the star of course is the peanut butter the  very famous wine from this area let's try that  

  • oh and they gave us a nice big glass gotta  love that it's above the line look at that

  • beautiful beautiful tasting dry white wine  (wein) from here so sam is normally a red  

  • wine drinker this is unusual for you to be  trying some white i'm learning to appreciate  

  • whites more on this trip we've beenmean germany is famous for its white so  

  • i wouldn't say it's an acquired taste i love  wines of all flavors and colors yeah this is  

  • this is definitely a good one so let's  also try a little bit of a bite here  

  • it's a perfect way to spend an afternoon  here in germany sipping on wine  

  • local wine i should add and  having a nice tasty snack

  • afterwards we couldn't resist going to neuenberg  castle for a closer look so we drove up to the top  

  • this castle was built around the year 1090 by the  turingian count ludwig the leaper and yes there is  

  • a story behind his name according to local legend  which may have been quite embellished over time  

  • after stabbing a ruling count and then being  incarcerated ludwig the leaper leapt from a castle  

  • tower into the river where a servant was waiting  for him with a boat and his favorite white horse  

  • named swan where he made his perfect escape  sounds like the stuff of german fairy tales i know  

  • but either way it was a cool castle  to visit with equally impressive views

  • next up we continue to the nearby town of naumbuk  to visit the cathedral which not too long ago  

  • was recognized as a unesco world heritage site  also known as the cathedral of saint peter and  

  • saint paul this is considered one of europe's  most important cultural monuments from the high  

  • middle ages and what makes it unique is that  it's the only church in the world to contain  

  • two choir screens from the high medieval period  the main attraction is definitely the west choir  

  • which features 12 statues depicting the church's  top donors dating back to the mid 13th century  

  • these statues were crafted by a medieval stone  sculptor now only known as the noun bulk master  

  • the most famous statue of all is uttar which  is said to depict the most beautiful woman of  

  • the middle ages and rumor has it she may have  also been the inspiration for the evil queen in  

  • disney snow white during our guided visit of nambu  cathedral we got to climb up a spiraling staircase  

  • that led to the attic which then led to one of the  towers where you can enjoy views of the town below

  • so

  • we also toured the cathedral treasury vault  which is one of the largest romanesque  

  • vaults in central germany and houses sacral  works of art all in all a really cool visit

  • then for afternoon activity we drove tobroken lunch medium for a foraging workshop

  • all right sam this is right up your alley  here tell us what are we doing this afternoon  

  • i remember like about half a year ago we were we  were in a hotel and we were like binge watching  

  • forged in fire for the first time i'm not  making a sword but i am going to make a small  

  • device and i'm really excited i don't have  any skill in this area so i don't know if  

  • it's going to turn out but i'm willing to try  that's for sure okay so for this next activity  

  • it probably makes sense if i show  you the little tote which says

  • means handmade and like in this area they're  really trying to promote like craftsmanship  

  • and just the arts like artisanal  things that you can create  

  • so you can come as a visitor and take part in  workshops so right now we are visiting a forge  

  • and sam who is a huge fan of that forging tv  show is going to have the chance to create  

  • something i don't even know what you're making but  you're making something so hopefully i don't know  

  • well you've got the look yeah it feels  good it's very sturdy i'm gonna need it  

  • i'm sure there'll be things you  know flying all over the place

  • okay

  • so we took part in the forging workshop but i want  to mention that there are all sorts of workshops  

  • and experiences to choose from as part of the  han gemacht program that means you can meet with  

  • candy makers beekeepers woodworkers and whiskey  producers so there are all sorts of experiences  

  • to be had based on your interests and if you  haven't figured out what sam was making by now  

  • it was a fireplace log poker i honestly  thought he would be making some small ornament  

  • but the forge master lucas put him to work  and guided him through the whole process  

  • the end result was a really cool souvenir  with a unique travel story behind it

  • sam show us your creation your fire poker  well i had a lot of help but the end result  

  • is definitely impressive this is  going to be taken back to canada  

  • and put to good use yes and the fireplace yeah  when we go to the the cottage later in october  

  • with with your whole family take it with us  and the name for this in german apparently is  

  • fire director fire conductor fire conductor yeah  fire director there you go very cool log poker or  

  • something yeah yeah that was a cool activity  hence the show i've put in the work awesome

  • home for the night was the freilhan wine hotel  in freiburg where of course we had to sample  

  • one final glass of wine all righty  good evening everyone good evening guys  

  • time for one final cheers guess what in  this hotel it's one o'clock at any hour  

  • any hour you want probably  coolest feature in the whole hotel  

  • is downstairs in the lobby where there's a diy  wine bar you basically just put in your room key  

  • you choose the wine you want white rose red all  local german wines from this particular region  

  • and they're all fantastic by the way enjoy you  can do your own guided tasting basically you can  

  • drink to your heart's content wake up at three in  the morning a little bit of insomnia yeah go down  

  • there get yourself a little glass why not i meanprobably wouldn't recommend that approach but yes  

  • technically you could so i'm gonna show you what  i got i went for well a white as you can see  

  • it's so late in the day i do not actually remember  the grape i selected pardon me same here i got a  

  • red um this is my second red my second german red  of my life and they've both been fantastic amazing  

  • taste like complex taste but a smoothness of like  almost like a merlot and aside from the wines  

  • we may have had what was our our most fun  day of the entire trip honestly today was  

  • great like looking back on everything we did  just the variety of activities what we saw  

  • the vineyards the cathedral sam getting to do the  forge master thing yeah like it was super cool  

  • and we obviously had a guide taking us around  but if you wanted to do this on your own you  

  • can definitely rent a car because all the  distances of what we covered today were super  

  • short everything was really close by and oh we  need to mention dinner tonight we had dinner at  

  • the hotel's restaurant which is 51 degrees  yeah that's apparently because you can grow  

  • wine producing grapes up to the 51 degree latitude  here in northern europe yeah i'm not gonna lie  

  • best meal of the trip for me that was amazing that  um that steak was like on point they cooked it to  

  • perfection and that was juicy and they had just  an amazing herb butter that was melted on top oh  

  • and for myself i got the gnocchi with pumpkin and  radishes and mushrooms and it was so delightful  

  • the sauce was so creamy and the handmade  gnocchi were just absolute perfection  

  • so a wonderful meal a wonderful time in town  yeah couldn't recommend this part of germany more  

  • like go go do some slow tourism in the  wine (wein) wine region yes of germany

  • very much worth it very much worth it

  • good night good night we're done

  • you

hello and greetings from Saale-Unstrut today we  are visiting the northernmost of germany's 13  

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