Category Archives: German Culture

Bookstores in Frankfurt, Germany

Die Wandeltreppe: A mystery bookstore in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  Photo: Nicolette Stewart

Die Wandeltreppe: A mystery bookstore in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photo: Nicolette Stewart

As an obsessive reader, book stores are one of the first stops I like to hit when visiting a new city.  Monuments?  Museums?  Pish-aaw.  I’d rather find out what books are waiting for me on the city’s shelves.  If I walk past a few sights on the walk between book havens, then that’ll be nice too.  Today I’ve compiled a list of a few of Frankfurt’s coziest bookstores for tourists who like to take a city by book.

die Wandeltreppe

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Wordless Wednesday: Impressions from the Leipzig Book Fair

The Leipzig Book Fair took place from March 12-15 this year.  Watch their website for news of next year’s event.  The photos below are courtesy of the Leipzig Buchmesse Pressestelle.

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One Year in Germany: WM Fever

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

The end-of-term workload has begun to pile up quickly. While I’ve been managing to chip slowly away at my three final papers, a game theory exam is still looming on the horizon. To top it off, I’ve got a German C-1 level proficiency exam next week, which will determine if I have the language skills to directly enroll in a master’s program here in Berlin. I’m familiar with the stress from the winter semester, but it’s nevertheless going to be a long couple of weeks before everything is officially over. Luckily however, the World Cup (German: Weltmeisterschaft, or simply WM) is in full swing and helps to take my mind off of all the work. It’s become all the more exciting now that Deutschland has moved on to the final round of the tournament after this week’s remarkable 7:1 victory over Brazil.

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German Comfort Food

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

“Do you want to come over for plum dumplings?”, I asked my friend Gabriele last week after I found a bag of Italian plums in the freezer that I had bought at a farm stand in late summer specifically to make those dumplings. Of course she said yes. Although she has lived in the United States twice as long as I have, she craves that stuff just as much as I do.

So here we were sitting in the kitchen, blissfully digging in. With this type of food, every forkful brings up memories of mothers and grandmothers in their kitchens who made it for us many miles and many years away. Nostalgia lingers in the air, leaving behind a few sprinkles of homesickness like the cinnamon sugar on our plates.

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One Year in Berlin: Being in Germany on May 1 and Games in the Park

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

For decades the first of May has been known as an International Worker’s Day all over the globe. In many countries, such as Germany, it’s a federal holiday during which demonstrations (usually peaceful) are held in support of the labor movement.

However, May 1st (known in Germany as “Erster Mai”) holds a somewhat special significance in Berlin. Since the late 80s extreme left organizations have organized protests in districts of the city such as Kreuzberg during which riots have unfortunately broken out, leading to violence and police intervention. In more recent history extreme right groups have also proven to become hostile in the streets of the capital city. The violence has thankfully declined in the past few years, but we were nevertheless all warned by our program director to be wary in certain neighborhoods.

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Ten German Love Songs

Songs can help language learners master a new language. But what about the language of love? These ten songs should help you with both.

Which song is your favorite? Is there a German love song we should have included on the list? Tell us in the comments!

Liebe by Sido

Für immer Immer by Fettes Brot

Liebe ist alles by Rosenstolz

Ich werde dich lieben by Rio Reiser

Weil es Liebe ist by 2RaumWohnung

Tag am Meer by Die Fantastischen Vier

Weus’d A Herz Hast Wia A Bergwerk by Rainhard Fendrich

Wenn das Liebe ist by Glashaus

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