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What is the Bremen Freimarkt?

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Everyone knows about Oktoberfest, but it’s not the only big October Festival in Germany. In fact, the Bremen Freimarkt which starts the second week of October, attracts over 4 million people per year over 17 days! What is the Bremen Freimarkt? This 1000 year old festival is the largest festival in Northern Germany. Although it […]

Castle Frankenstein in Germany- A Castle Swirled in Mystery and Legend

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This summer my partner, Kevin, joined my daughter and I in Germany. Since he had never been to Germany before, and because I have a strange sense of humor, AND because Frankenstein was my daughter’s favorite book when she was younger, we decided to take him straight from the Frankfurt Airport to the Frankenstein Castle. […]

What is a Froebel Star – German Paper Folded Christmas Stars

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Finally sorting out a little confusion. While doing research on Moravian Stars (aka Herrnhuttersterne), I came across sweet little folded German paper stars. While they didn’t look like the pointed Moravian stars, but that’s what a lot of resources called them. But they were also called German Star, Advent star, Danish star, Nordic star, Polish star, […]

What is German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

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What is German Unity Day or the Tag der Deutschen Einheit? This National Holiday is the celebration of when Germany unified into ONE whole country. For 41 years, Germany was split between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany). They existed as two separate nations. On November […]

German Oktoberfest Foods- What to Eat at Oktoberfest

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When it comes to Oktoberfest, the first thing people seem to focus on is the BEER. But there are many traditional German Oktoberfest Foods that you will find served in the various Beer Tents and on the Wiesn. Feel confused by some of the names? Don’t be. It’s all GOOD. Here’s a list and pictures […]

A Visit to Seiffen Germany- Germany’s Spielzeugdorf

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I’m completely convinced that despite the North Pole story we were told as children, the real Santa’s workshop can be found in Seiffen Germany. This tucked away town in the Erzgebirge known as the Spielzeugdorf (Toy Village) is all about making wooden toys and traditional German Christmas decorations. The main road is lined with stores […]

What is Apfelwein?

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“Turn left at the main road, then cross over, and take the next right… you can’t miss it“. With those instructions from the Hotel Manager, my daughter and I headed out from our hotel in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt) to find  a Bembel of Apfelwein. It really wasn’t that hard. In fact, Sachsenhausen is KNOWN for it’s […]

My Favorite Things About German Food- a Guest Post

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Hello! It’s Katy, one of two daughters of German Girl in America here. This summer after graduating from college (WOOHOO!) my mom brought me along for a whirlwind road trip through Germany. To say I was stoked would be an understatement. You see, I actually have been to Germany a few times. Just in the […]

What You Should Know About German Beer Coasters or Bierdeckel

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When the server set the beer (and wine) in front of me with a coaster on top of it, a light bulb went off in my head. You see, German Beer Coasters are called Bierdeckel or Beer Lid, and I never quite understood why a coaster would be called a Deckel. Turns out, there’s some […]

Katja, a German Girl in the UK

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  I love when someone shares their story with us. Katja is a German Girl from Berlin who now lives in the UK and runs her own German Catering Company. Just thinking about it makes me HUNGRY. I know you will enjoy her story too. If you have a story to share, email me at […]