German Culture

Francine A. McKenna

Germany is a "Bread Paradise". Over 3050 registered varieties, with 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...although with rules and traditions of course.

Francine A. McKenna

A Bavarian specialty for anyone who likes fish and has hunger pangs. Steckerlfisch, a well seasoned grilled fish, complete with head, tail and stick running through. German Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest would not be the same without them, delicious and perfect for a BBQ.

Francine A. McKenna

It is a food in Bavaria, "flüssiges Brot/liquid bread", has its own day the "Tag des Deutschen Bieres", and don't forget to raise one thumb when ordering. Fun facts you probably don't know about German beer.

Francine A. McKenna

They disappear in autumn, 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.

Francine A. McKenna

Nature's preschool for children. Waldkindergärten, Forest Schools, where open air, the natural world and exploration replace classroom walls. Whatever the weather. Favorites with children and parents, a 19th century system created by the man who invented Kindergarten.