German Culture

Francine A. McKenna

Germany is a "Bread Paradise". With over 3050 registered varieties, almost all available types of grain used, from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch. While bread rolls go under so many different names in the various regions it is easier just to point.

Francine A. McKenna

"Putz anfallen", show no sign of ending. Those "cleaning attacks", necessary or not, day or night and at any time of year, although even more so in spring. An "enjoyable", even compulsive, pastime in the German speaking world...but with rules and traditions of course.

Francine A. McKenna

With seven league boots, or even by bicycle or car, Germany's Fairy Tale Road is a fascinating journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm. Through medieval villages and unspoiled nature, to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas and legends, wicked stepmothers and evil witches.

Francine A. McKenna

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, each change of season means makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. Colorful plant filled containers everywhere, on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies, down historic buildings and ancient farmhouse walls. A wonderful sight.

Francine A. McKenna

In Bavaria it is a food, "flüssiges Brot/liquid bread", it's important not to forget to raise one thumb when ordering, and it has its own day "Tag des Deutschen Bieres". Fun facts you probably don't know about German beer.

Francine A. McKenna

Germany's Black Forest, home to: the first Cuckoo Clocks - invented during the long snowbound winter months, centuries of history and tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman era health resorts, a famous cherry cake, the world's largest cuckoo clock. And a fascinating Clock Route.

Francine A. McKenna

Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rouladen", or even "Roll-Em-Ups", thin slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, in a wine sauce. Once saved for celebrations or Sundays, now the delicious German classic is a popular "every day" dinner choice during the cold weather season.

Francine A. McKenna

What is a Currywurst? Well life without it would be unthinkable for many Germans. A grilled sausage with special curry sauce far tastier than ketchup and curry powder, or the contents of a packet, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere. Its story and authentic sauce recipe.

Francine A. McKenna

They disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting Germany's gardens. Garden gnomes are as much a part of Germany as Bratwurst and Fussball/soccer. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.

Francine A. McKenna

Nature's preschool for children. Waldkindergärten, Forest Schools. Open air, the natural world and exploration, replace classroom walls whatever the weather. Favorites with children and parents, waiting lists are long for this 19th century system from the man who invented the Kindergarten.