This recipe comes from the Lower Rhine Valley and has the characteristics of typical Northwest German Potato Salads, that is, a Mayonaise Base, but without other vegetables or pickles. It's made more interesting by the use of apple vinegar in the dressing.
Though this recipe comes from the Lower Rhine, potato soup and beer can be found anywhere in Germany, so it's more of a modern take on a classic potato soup recipe.
Many of the region's most famous recipes combine both the "Apple of the Sky" and the "Apple of the Earth". This recipe is a slightly different interpretation from the standard German potato soup recipe, incorporating sour apples that the region was once known for.
The Battle of Hürtgenwald was a rare Allied Defeat on the Western Front in WWII. Unlike other failed campaigns such as Market Garden or Kasserine Pass, the Battle of Hürtgenwald was a devastating meat grinder. The Kall Valley formed the initial assault vector for the allied attack. The steep hills and inclement weather created immense difficulties for Allied Forces. This hike combines the beautiful natural landscape of the Eifel with the traces of this devastating conflict.
The Battle of Hürtgenwald was a rare Allied Defeat on the Western Front in WWII. The critical losses suffered in this campaign were enabled by the German fortification of rugged and inaccessible terrain. This same terrain has also largely preserved the Battlefield today, with traces of the conflict evident throughout the forest.