Candice Gärtner on 24/09/2020

Kaffee und Kuchen

In Italy you call it merenda, in France it’s quatre-heures and in Germany it’s Kaffee und Kuchen.

Heidrun Strobl on 17/09/2020

Schrebergarten - home of gnomes

The traditional German Schrebergarten (allotment garden) is a leased property, which is confined by fences or hedges and managed by clubs.

Ulrike Winter on 03/09/2020

No school without the “Schultüte”

Most of us remember well our first day at school. In Germany, when the so-called “Schultüte”, or “school cone” played an important role:

Tim Jacobi on 27/08/2020

Abendbrot - German evening customs

When Germans have dinner, they usually call it either “Abendbrot” (literally = evening bread) or “Abendessen” (= evening food). The main difference between the two terms is the formality of the meal.

Jutta Triebe on 13/08/2020

Still kicking...?

Having lived most of my adult life outside Germany, it is a challenge for me to write about German stereotypes. But let me have a go.

Evi Rauscher on 30/07/2020

Summertime - Beer Garden Time!

The German “Biergarten” is well known all over the world but where does it come from and when did it start? Of course everything started in Bavaria …

Jan Loeschner on 23/07/2020

Leipzig's dark side

Since 1991 the city of Leipzig has been turning ‘dark’ every year over the four days of Whitsuntide. This is the time when the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) takes place (Treffen means meeting) with over 150 bands and artists from all over the world.

Tim Jacobi on 16/07/2020

"Ich bin ein Berliner" - Sure but what does it mean?

When Kennedy said those famous words, every German knew what he meant. Nonetheless, there might have been some confusion in the Rhineland; there, “Berliner” also refers to a type of pastry similar to a Donut.

Jutta Triebe on 09/07/2020

A potato success story

It is known that the Germans have a mind of their own, but even so, the following is an anecdote of a special kind. The potato is a staple of traditional German food these days, but it was not always so.