Category Archives: German Culture

Wordless Wednesday: German Roamers

We’re switching things up here at Wordless Wednesday (oh no, WORDS, I have broken the Wordless Wednesday code!) and instead of sharing a regular old photo (gorgeous and interesting as they often were), featuring our favorite Instagram photo from the previous week every Wednesday, or a handful from our favorite accounts.  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, tag your photos with #myyounggermany. See you behind the camera.

For our debut, we’re featuring one of our favorite Instagram accounts, German Roamers. Their photos are truly extraordinary.

Let’s get lost in this german fairytale. Photo by @hannes_becker #roamsaxony

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100 Interesting Facts About Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!

2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.

3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!

4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy.

5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.

6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings.

7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Hamburg, Summertime, Etc

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

It has been very hot so you should probably go swimming in Berlin.

Maybe at Strandbad Wannsee. Or at Sacrower See. Or maybe go stand-up paddle boarding. The options sound pretty much endless. It’s no Venice, but in its way, Berlin is a water city.

Meanwhile, everybody is talking about Wedding.

The New York Times say its the next big thing, whatever that even means any more.  If you’d like to find out for yourself, Slow Travel Berlin offer a Wedding tour that you should probably take.

Or you could just ignore Berlin and go to Hamburg.

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Expat Life in Berlin in Pictures with Sole Satisfaction

This week on Young Germany’s Instagram account, we’ve got an insider look into expat life in Berlin with photos from Kate of Sole Satisfaction.  Her photos will make you wish you lived there too…so come on over and follow along. Check out a few examples of her lovely photos, every one a story:

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Life in Wiesbaden, Germany

Morning, readers. Today I’m giving the Young Germany microphone to British expat foodie and travel writer Christie of A Sausage Has Two. But she won’t be on the blog. She’ll be over on Young Germany’s Instagram account all week sharing pictures of her life in Wiesbaden, Germany. Ever wondered what the day to day of expat life is really like? Follow her photos to find out.

Every week in August we’ll be featuring a different expat Instagramer in a different German city to give you a diverse view into expat life in Germany. Tune in!

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Traditional Bavarian Weißwurst

by California Globetrotter

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Bavarians are proud to eat their Weißwurst – a soft white sausage usually eaten for breakfast with a salted pretzel and a glass of beer. There is a saying that the sausages should never hear the chime of the 12 o’clock bells, therefore, they are to be eaten only in the mornings.

If one is to learn to become a true Bavarian, then one needs to learn to cook, peel and eat a Weißwurst like real Bavarian. Although, when I say eat, I really mean the traditional way. The traditional way, called “zuzeln” is by sucking the wurst out of the skin. But, I will save that for only diehards looking to do things the traditional way. I know my Bavarian family would be ashamed of me for saying this, but I will stick with slicing, peeling and then cutting my Weißwurst into pieces like a normal person. :)

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Learn German With Music

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Combine youtube with music videos and language learning.  Mix.  And *bam* you have Lyrics Training.  I’ve written about the theoretical side of musical language learning before, and it is well known that music can be a helpful tool in acquiring foreign languages skills.  Lyrics Training offers a free option for those interested in putting the theory to the test.

Geek Mädel, an Aussie expat blogger, drew my attention to the service in her own quest to master the German language.  And off I went to try it out.

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