Miniature Germany: Mühlenplatz

Mühlenplatz

Mühlenplatz

By chance, I had read about Mühlenplatz in a flier detailing the local sights and a circular bike trail that could bring a body to a number of sights along the Fairy Tale Road. Mühlenplatz is an outdoor museum containing miniature models of many of Germany’s most important castles, buildings, and mills. It sounded slightly weird—in that roadside stop, “See the Biggest Rubberband Ball in the World” kind of way—and looked like the kind of thing I would like taking pictures of and a two-year-old would like running around.  Correct on both counts.

Read more about Young Germany’s editor’s trip to the beautiful, beautiful area outside of Kassel one rainy weekend, where she discovered an outdoor park that contains models of all the important castles and mills in Germany RIGHT HERE.

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German Food: What a (Kinder) Surprise

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelToo good to be true?

Just when I had thought I had seen everything Kinder Surprise could offer, I spotted this mini egg carton in the aisle of the local supermarket. Oooooh, something new to try! Jason raised his eyebrows as I put it into the shopping basket, but he was quickly reminded it was for our blog research.

It’s a good thing I saw them really. It’s actually better than the real thing! How is this possible I hear you ask? Well… let’s take a look inside.

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel

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The Week in Germany: Street Signs, Airports, Pumpkins, and Beer

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

The history of Berlin street names, illustrated.

I always wonder about the stories and the people behind the names on the street signs I see.  This project will help educate you about them in pretty illustrated form.

You, too, can visit the Munich Flughafen.

“One of the stops on bus 635 is the München Flughafen Besucherpark, or Munich Airport Visitor’s Park.  I could see from passing by that it had a bunch of old aircraft to look at, and an observation hill that looked over the airport, and I made a promise to myself to actually stop when I had time, instead of just noticing it on the way to or from the airport.”  Read more on Doin’ Time on the Donau.

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Fürst Pückler: The Man Behind the Ice Cream

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Long before ice cream flavors such as latte macchiato or crème brûlée appeared in German grocery stores, there was Fürst Pückler ice cream. With its layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, it is similar to Neapolitan ice cream except that it usually comes in the shape of a loaf cake so that it can be served by the slice.

In my childhood Fürst Pückler (Fürst means “Prince”) ice cream was a typical dessert after a Sunday lunch at Grandma’s, or on other special occasions. I never cared much for it; to me, the pale layers all tasted the same. But when a slice of Fürst Pückler was put in front of me I would eat it because I could never say no to ice cream.

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A Trip to Dresden: The Angels

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelWe only had very little time so we rushed into the museum and ran around all the floors. If you are properly into art, then I’m sure you would love it. But we were rushed for time and there was mulled wine to be had! So, if you are fan of the little angels, then pop into this place quickly and see them. If you are a general lover of art, you can easily spend a couple of hours here. Otherwise, I guess (and don’t hate me for saying this please, but…) it’s just an art gallery. Instead of paying a huge price to go inside, I would wander around the outside and see grounds, as they are free and pretty magnificent.

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The Week in Germany: Help With a Residency Permit, Castles, Moving Tips

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

I can’t get enough of the castles.  Germany is fairytale country.

“In addition to being a place of immense beauty, Baden-Württemberg is home to the Hohenzollern Castle, the former seat of the House of Hohenzollern. This intimidating and majestic castle is in the Swabian Alps, near the town of Bisingen, and is perched on top of a mountain.”  Read the entire blog post here.

Geek Mädel will help you with that permanent residency permit.

It will take some paperwork (I should know, I’ve been through the process too), but it isn’t impossible.  And with a little advice, you’ll kick its ehem.  Now click here to get to the good advice.

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