Anyway, this whole strawberry experience - which includes not only a delicious cornucopia of strawberry preserves, liquors, and various other predictable products but tons of household items, a cafe, alcoholic drinks, ice skating, an aquarium, and so on - is something that Hannes thought I'd find cute, so we went shortly after arriving in Germany and had a really nice time, because he was totally right.
The first thing we noticed after walking into Karls Erdbeerhof, or Karl's Strawberry Barn, was that for some reason this original location decided to get into The Guinness Book of World Records by collecting over 27,000 ceramic coffee pots. Alrighty then.
Then I had a strawberry latte macchiato and Hannes had a Chai tea.
Solid chocolate tools, presumably from Santa's workshop
Strawberry gluhwein, definitely a winner
This strawberry-bearded guy is also a definite winner
Anyone who's known me for a while would understand my weird temptation to get one of these large blue ceramic lobsters, on clearance for only 2 euro. I didn't of course, but I mulled it over for a while.
This was a big, postapocalyptic, Fallout-esque decorative contraption
Another area, which was almost completely closed down in winter but in summer has various other animals, food stalls, and probably little shows and stuff, just had some super derpy but very friendly goats when we were there. I say "very friendly" because they understand the universal gesture for "stop" when you feel like they're getting a little too munchy with your pants or shoes.
Seriously though, they weren't fucking around with that whole coffee pot thing
The fruit jams, chocolates, etc. are made right in front of you
This thing right here was both a fantastic idea and a terrible one: giant glass bulbs of various kinds of liquor ranging in alcohol content from around 14% to at least 42% that you can try as shots for 50 cents each.
50 cents you're supposed to put in a little lockbox as part of an honour system.
So, you know, like, 21 or whatever cents each.
I think I got through 6 of them before I decided I needed to stop.
These are minerals and crystals but look like rice crackers or something here.
"Bitch say whaaaat?!"
So many teas to try as well~
Check out their mead and mead horn selection!
The other kitschy, rustic thing Hannes took me to do outside his hometown was making candles at another interesting specialty barn, der kerzenscheune.
Here's some of that waiting I was talking about, lol
so vintage. such antique. wow.
That's not just cheesecake, it's German-style with sour cream.
And this sweet potato soup, the only non-wheaty vegetarian choice, was delicious.
These are what we ended up with:
And we videoed the whole brain-explodingly exciting process, too: