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Things to do in Leipzig

It was back in 2014, when I worked out of Houston and went for a weekend trip to San Francisco. There I was on one of these sightseeing busses. At one bus stop I bumped into a couple and was asked to take a photo of them. What has this to do with Leipzig, you might wonder… Well this...

Apple Cake Old German Style / Altdeutscher Apfelkuchen

Apple cake has a long German tradition. Like lemon trees in New Zealand, we have apple trees in our backyards. Since the medieval age, apples have been used in autumn to bake and cook sweet dishes. Now that we have apples available all year round, there is no need to wait till autumn and harvest season. However now is...

Lübeck

Lübeck is, again, one of the cities of the Hanse trade union that Hamburg, Rostock, Bremen, Wismar and many others belonged to. Lübeck is only about 45 minutes away from Hamburg. So, if you are in the area around Hamburg, take your rental car or the Regio train from Hamburg main station, which goes every half hour and have a...

Wholegrain Bread / Vollkornbrot

When you go into a German bakery and ask for a German wholegrain bread- this is what you usually get. I can assure you - this wholegrain bread will be as tasty, if not even better than what you expect. If you have someone staying over for dinner and you only have coldcuts- this is what you want to serve. The wholegrain...

Schloss / Castle Drachenburg

Schloss (Castle) Drachenburg and Germany’s oldest Rack Railway It is a great place to go visit on a Sunday afternoon. The journey starts probably with the ferry from Mehlem crossing the Rhine over to the other side to Königswinter. Carry on walking straight ahead through Königswinter for another 10 minutes and you are at the bottom station of Germany’s oldest...

Quick Four-Grain Bread / schnelles Vierkornbrot

  This German bread is absolutely amazing. The big advantage is that you only have to wait about an hour until the dough has risen and is ready to bake. I have tried many different kinds of seed combinations inside and outside the bread. One of the best, if you like caraway, is to roll the dough in caraway seeds, as these add...

Hamburg’s Franzbrötchen with marzipan

The bread rolls from Hamburg are my all-time favorites. You used to find them only in Hamburg, but now it seems they are becoming popular all over the country and slowly make their way down south. I have seen Franzbrötchen in Berlin, but the original authentic sweet Franzbrötchen will only be found in Hamburg. The "franz" inside is basically...

Top Things to Do in Schwerin

Schwerin say "Shverin"- only an hour by car from Hamburg or two hours from Berlin. It is the capital of the federal state Mecklenburg Vorpommern "Meckpomm" or simply MV and home to approximately 100.000 people. You might wonder, why on earth you should visit Schwerin. It is probably not mentioned in your travel guide "Top 10 cities in Germany" nor...

Open-Air Performances

For all those open-air performances and festivals it is quite helpful not to say elementary to speak German. However I would like to introduce some of those performances to you, as you might be able to speak German after all or you just want to see the show and enjoy a theater performance outdoors. They are out there, you only...

German Stereotypes

Punctuality and Efficiency A typical German thing is punctuality. If you are going to meet a German, show up on time full stop. Train and bus schedules are written down to the exact minute and everything is planned so transport works as efficiently as possible. The only German institution, which does not adhere to this is the Deutsche Bahn, the...

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My name is Juli. After I had the pleasure of traveling excessively the past years and after having made many local friends, who showed me around in their countries, now it's my time to show you around Germany.