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

Coffee is more popular than beer in Germany, that is except in the country's northwest. Tea is the number one beverage in the windswept coastal marshlands and islands of East Friesland, a blend with its own tea ceremony, and anyone preferring coffee is a Koffjenöös...Coffee Nose.

Francine A. McKenna

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

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

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.