Fürth | Germany

Stadtpark, Fuerth

By on January 25, 2012

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Visiting Fuerth means frequent trips to the city park. It is a 15-minute walk from Mom-in-law’s place and we can feed ducks, follow the geese around, look out for birds, play waterguns or simply blow bubbles and run about.

There’s also a mini-golf complete with all 18 holes. The kids didn’t give up one bit and finished all of them.

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There are also swings, seesaws and other outdoor toys for children to play with but the greenery is so welcoming you’d surely love to wander about, running with siblings or as mentioned, geese.

There’s a statue of the famous dog, cat and rooster sans the donkey by the playground and on the other side, as visible in photo, a statue of the Frog prince. The 3 former animals mentioned are characters in the children story “Town Musicians of Bremen” (Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten). 

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If you’ve forgotten, let me make you recall.

“In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there.

On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each other’s backs, they decide to perform for the men in hope of gaining food. Their ‘music’ has an unanticipated effect; the men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening.

Later that night, the robbers return and send one of their members in to investigate. He sees the Cat’s eyes shining in the darkness and thinks he is seeing the coals of the fire. He reaches over to light his candle. Things happen in quick succession; the Cat scratches his face with her claws, the Dog bites him on the leg, the Donkey kicks him and the Rooster crows and chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that he was beset by a horrible witch who scratched him with her long fingers (the Cat), an ogre with a knife (the Dog), a giant who had hit him with his club (the Donkey), and worst of all, the judge who screamed in his voice from the rooftop (the Rooster). The robbers abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals live happily for the rest of their days.”

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City Park Fuerth is one of my kids favorite places in Germany, we do hope to come by often even when they’re older…

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Fürth | Germany | Playmobil Funpark

Playmobil Food

By on September 25, 2011

For a Funpark as big as Playmobil, restaurants and eating joints are fun because they’ve integrated it in a playful environment as how the park is. The Burg café is castle inspired, following it’s name (Burg=castle). You can see Playmobil guards stationed up the walls as they would in real life castles of old. As we were having lunch, we opted for the bigger restaurant which offers a wide selection of food and desserts. It’s lovely with glass roofs and a second floor but we opted to dine below, al fresco.

It was a charming setup of tables in a garden full of flowers and greens. Shutterhappy me was taking photos of the flowers while waiting for the food. There were petunias, cosmos and other flowers I’ve yet to know the names of. Despite having light rains earlier on, the benches and tables were wiped dry and comfy for us to sit on.

Knowing that the kids would be happy to be back playing, hubby bought them what they could easily eat without forcing them. Chicken fingers and fries…to justify, we’ve been eating healthy at our parent-in-laws house. Always with fish and meat and a serving of veggies so having this for once is okay. teehee! Also, mom-in-law is a great cook, the kids would always eat second servings!

Hubby and I had the Turkey Schnitzel with fries, would you believe we shared a plate? The serving is good for two and because I have this habit of eating after the kids are done I’m good with it, most of the time, the kids don’t finish theirs. I’ve always done it like this – to not waste food. I’m glad that condiments as ketchup and mayonnaise are free to take and would not cause an extra 0.20cents each…the kids love dipping their fries in them.

For dessert, son1 had chocolate pudding while dawty had Milchreis. It’s rice cooked slowly in milk making it sticky. It is eaten hot or cold which would remind me of Champorado back home, rice with cocoa powder and sugar – especially when we put Ovaltine on top. Milchreis is served with that, or either chocolate powder, applesauce or a combination of cinnamon and sugar.

That’s son1 with his fries (and unseen chicken fingers) and chocolate pudding , he kept  annoying his older sister. That’s annoying C plastered on his face and on the right is the face of an annoyed sister….

Dad-in-law had Schweinshaxe or roasted ham hock (or “pork knuckle” and called Stelze in Austria) served with potatoes and a special sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playmobil Funpark
Brandstätterstraße 2 -10
90513 Zirndorf, Germany

 

 


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