Adventskalender
Heidrun Strobl on 30/11/2020

Adventskalender

Der Adventskalender - a must have in Germany

Germany's Dream Team: Socks and Sandals
Heidrun Strobl on 29/10/2020

Germany's Dream Team: Socks and Sandals

When we talk about “Germanness” we also have to talk about stereotypes. I would claim that the ultimate stereotypical German is the one who wears white socks with sandals (I won’t even mention the unshaved hairy legs).

German words you wont find in English
Jutta Triebe on 15/10/2020

German words you wont find in English

Compound words are typical of the German language. This creates creative combinations that can hardly be translated. Here are some expressions and my attempt at explaining them:

Kaffee und Kuchen
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.

Schrebergarten - home of gnomes
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.

No school without the “Schultüte”
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:

Abendbrot - German evening customs
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.

Still kicking...?
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.

Summertime - Beer Garden Time!
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 …

Leipzig's dark side
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.

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

A potato success story
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.