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Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

My Heidelberg: Café Gundel’s Christmas cookies (Weihnachtsgebäck)

A short sensory list

•   Sights of the Weihnachtsmarkt: bright lights; Christmas pyramid; red and yellow stars; unveiling of the Backwaren (backed goods) made especially for the holiday season.

•   Sounds of the Christmas market: the klang of full mugs distributed and empty ones collected, shouts of laughter from conversations scattered throughout the area.

•   Smells and tastes of the Christmas market: candied almonds, cashews, and peanuts; roasted chestnuts; balls of fried dough with powdered sugar; mugs of hot mulled wine, available in several fruit flavours; grilled bratwurst; fried potato pancakes with apple sauce.

When the Christmas season brings out special baked goods, it’s time to pay attention. In Heidelberg, my favourite café in the university town doesn’t hold back as photos of the “Backwaren” (baked goods) show. There’s something for everybody at Café Gundel.

And on it goes: small lifetimes can be spent, seeing, smelling, and sampling the entire collection.


A short exchange

Noch einen Wünsch?

Something more?“, asks the lady behind the counter when I’ve ordered a few of this and a few more of that.

Das war’s leider. Komm ich wieder morgen …

Unfortunately, that’s all. I’ll come back tomorrow …” I reply, with the sound of hope and promise in my voice. I’m sure she’s heard it all before. And yet, she humours me with a smile and a chuckle.

“Wir sind noch für Sie da …”

We’ll still be here …


Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Window, 1 of 3

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Window, 2 of 3

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Window, 3 of 3

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Frücht-Brot | fruit-bread w/ nuts, almonds, raisins, and fruit pieces (including lemon, orange); and a shot of rum

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hildabrötchen | little Hilda cookies, with raspberry-currant jelly

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hönig-Nussminten | honey-nut chunks

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Butterspritzgebäck

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Heidelberger Kurfürstenkugel | “Electors’ balls”, small cream cake spheres with a core of nougat creme, surrounded by a mantle of marzipan and a chcoolate crust

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Gluten- and lactose-free Basler Bruns, made with chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Buttersterne | butter stars

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Malteser, topped with chocolate and filled with raspberry-currant jelly

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Zimtsterne | Flour-free cinnamon stars filled with almonds

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Mandel Florentiner | gluten-free almond florentines

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Husarenkrapen | Husars’ cookies filled with raspberry-currant jelly

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Nussecken | Nut wedges

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Basler Lackerli | Baselers’ tasties, spiced mini-Lebkuchen with almonds

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Heidelberger Pflasterstein | “Heidelberg cobblestone: fine small almond sponge cake with chocolate flakes, nougat cream filling, and a delicate layer of marizpan under a milk chocolate coating with an extra thin slice of chocolate on top”

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Schwäbisches Buttergebäck | Schwäbisch-style butter cookies

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Mandel-Hörnchen | gluten-free almond crescents

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Flammendes Herz | flaming heart with nougat cream

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Vanillekipferl | vanilla crescents

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Schokladierte Mandelplätzchen | chocolate-covered almond cookies

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Apfel-Strudel: the “never go wrong stand-by”

Weihnachten, Backwaren, Cafe Gundel, Karlsplatz, Hauptstrasse 212, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Liebesknochen | Éclairs, with generous portions of nougat creme


Café Gundel is located at the eastern end of the Hauptstrasse near Karlsplatz, site of one of the Christmas markets in Heidelberg.

I made the photos above on 25 and 26 November 2014. I wrote about Café Gundel as one of my first ever experiences in Germany. City and regional public transport was provided by the city of Heidelberg. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6eL.

2 Responses to “My Heidelberg: Café Gundel’s Christmas cookies (Weihnachtsgebäck)”

    • fotoeins

      Danke, Ramin! A complete inventory through Gundel’s Christmas selections (or similarly at a neighbourhood Bäckerei) must be considered a worthy resident’s “life-long” project. I even miss the “chain” bakeries so ubiquitous at any Bahnhof. 😉 Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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