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Water Castles or Wasserschlösser in the Münsterland

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I was a child, I always drew my castles the same way. A medium large building with a turret on each side, completely surrounded by water. I wasn’t drawing Neuschwannstein or Burg Eltz… I was drawing the Wasserschlösser  or Water Castles I remembered seeing in the Münsterland. You see, whenever we visited my Oma and […]

When is Oktoberfest in Munich?

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Germans are notoriously precise with their speech… after all, this is the language that gave us words like Schwangerschaftverhütungsmittel (Pregnancy Preventing Remedy) and and Dudelsack (A bad that makes a doodleing sound aka. Bagpipes)… so it’s incredibly confusing to so many people OUTSIDE Germany that Oktoberfest does not start in October. So, when is Oktoberfest […]

German Sour Cherry, Chocolate, and Cognac Gugelhupf Cake

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Growing up, my mother would frequently make a Sour Cherry Chocolate Cake in a Gugelhopf form. The cake was moist and sweet, with a bit of a bite from the sour cherries, and there was just enough chocolate to give it flavor, but not be overwhelming. Yet, there was always another elusive flavor in the […]

Traditional Foods at Oktoberfest- What To Eat in the Biertents

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A great way to soak up all the German beer you drank out of those liter Steins at Oktoberfest, is to pair the beer up with some fantastic Oktoberfest FOOD. Yes, they serve food at Oktoberfest! The Traditional foods Oktoberfest tents serve are really good, and hearty enough to tackle any appetite! And don’t think […]

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee

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Many people think that the German Fest events, like the one in Milwaukee, are all about “Bavarian” attire. I’m happy to report that not only are other regions of Germany represented in food and culture, the Tracht from other parts of Germany are seen around the grounds…. and on Saturday, there is a special Traditional […]

Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

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In the end, two boys are ground up by the Miller in the giant flour mill, and then eaten by ducks. Sounds like the latest horror film to come out of Hollywood doesn’t it? But this is the ending of Wilhelm Busch’s “Max und Moritz: Eine Bubgeschichte in sieben Streichen” (“Max and Moritz : A […]

Sounds of the Alps- The Alpine Echos play Alpenhorns

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There was a huge crowd near the Welcome Gates of German Fest in Milwaukee…WHY? The Alpine Echos were performing, and it’s not every day you see a half dozen Alphorns playing real music! I’m sure it was the first time many people even heard the Alp Horn outside of a Ricola Ad! (You can hear […]

German Language Schools in America For Kids and Teens

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When I was a child, I went to German School every Saturday for 3 hours here in the US. While it was sometimes torture (who wants to go to school on Saturday!?!), in the end it was well worth the effort, and I really appreciate the extra miles my mother put on the car to […]

This German Rhubarb Compote Recipe is Easy to Make!

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While walking through the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, I was happily surprised to find a vendor selling Rhubarb, and I couldn’t resist buying every stalk she had on display. The problem is, it’s too warm to bake (and eating raw rhubarb is a non-starter!). What to do with 12 stalks of Rhubarb? Now, when I […]

What is Spanferkel? A Roasted Pig, Perfect for Any German Festival!

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I’d heard there would be Spanferkel at Germanfest, and I was a bit confused… What is Spanferkel? A “Ferkel” is a little Pig” (it’s also what my mom would call me when I came home particularly muddy) and “Span” is wood chips. Pig in Wood Chips? That can’t be right. It was time to learn […]