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What is a Biergarten : An Essential of Bavarian Culture!

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With the rise in popularity of craft beers, there has definitely been an uptick in the number of Biergartens around the world. But are they Biergartens? Or Beer Gardens? Exactly what is a Biergarten? and what makes them so special? For 200 years Biergartens in Munich been a welcome place for everyone, regardless of age […]

Kaltschale Recipe – Chilled Fruit Soup for Hot Days

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When I was growing up in Southern California, my mother would make a wonderful “beat the heat” meal…Chilled Fruit Soup also known as Kaltschale. This wasn’t dessert… it was the meal. And so refreshing.  The past few days we’ve experienced a heat wave in my part of the world, and started craving this cold and […]

What was Peasant Life Like? Our Daily Bread: German Village Life 1500-1850

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Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 Most history books give you plain facts… you learn about wars, you learn who was king, and where the borders changed. What you don’t usually get, is what was it LIKE to be a peasant and have battles raging around you? To actually struggle to feed a family? […]

St Paulus Dom in Münster- A Small Cathedral with an AMAZING Clock

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Unfortunately, the St Paulus Dom Münster seldom makes it onto anyone’s must-see bucket list. It’s just not very big (compared to the Cologne Cathedral, it’s downright small).  And, it has a lot of competition in Münster! As churches go, it takes second place to the much more famous Lamberti Kirche. (Face it, cages hanging off […]

Father’s Day in Germany

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Father’s Day in Germany is proof that fathers in Germany have it figured out. Think about it… on Mother’s day, you get a card, a messy kitchen, and some flowers. In Germany, Fathers spend the day walking around in groups drinking while pulling a Bollerwagon full of beer, wine, schnapps and grill-able snacks! And! Since […]

Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America

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Because we have readers on both sides of the Atlantic, this special guest post is full of Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America.  Moving to America as a German poses many new challenges. There are many American ways of doing things that take some getting used to. Differences in taxes, tipping, […]

Germany Tours Packages Discounted for Tourradar World Touring Sale!

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Planning a trip to Germany can be a bit stressful. If you don’t have family to stay with, or your wish list of sights is long, it can almost be a full time job plotting the whole trip! Also, I know some people are uncomfortable with the idea of driving on German roads or the […]

Deutsches Auswanderer Haus or Emigration Museum Bremerhaven

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Wohin und Warum (Where to? And Why?) Are the words that greet you in my favorite room at the Bremerhaven Auswanderer Haus . Known as the Gallery of the 7 Million, it is FILLED with names and stories. This room is a treasure trove of history, and it’s only a fraction of what you can […]

Moist Rhubarb Cake Recipe – Almost like my Oma’s!

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The first cake I ever baked in my Oma’s Kitchen was a Rhubarb Cake… Rhabarbarkuchen. It was Oma’s Doppelkopp day, and the ladies would all be coming over for cards, cake and gossip… so she let my cousin and I bake the cake (all these years later, and I’m still STUNNED that she turned over […]

Everything You Need to Know About German White Asparagus Season

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German White Asparagus Season, and the mania that surrounds it, can be a bit confusing for anyone who grew up in America. It’s a vegetable… who gets excited about vegetables? I can still remember the first time I was taken to a specialty restaurant during German White Asparagus season. What’s the big deal? It’s just […]