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  • Word of the Week: Partnerstadt

    Have you ever strolled around your city center, only to find a street, town square, or even public transportation seemingly honoring another city? Are there regular cultural festivals based on…

  • No Cowboys or Princesses! Why German Halloween costumes are ‘spooky only’

    American Halloween and German Halloween are very different! In the US you would expect to see all sorts of costumes- cowboy, skeleton, princess, witch, movie characters, etc. Halloween is not…

  • American pilot shot down in WWII makes emotional return to German town

    A remarkable story of German-American friendship recently took place in the small town of Gerolzhofen between Frankfurt and Nürnberg. A former American pilot who was shot down over Germany and…

  • Word of the Week: Republikflucht

    When East Germans escaped over the inner German border during the Cold War, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) described their actions as Republikflucht, which means “desertion from the republic“ or…

  • This map shows every single Oktoberfest in Minnesota… (we could find)

    It’s that time of the year again! Oktoberfest in Munich kicks off ever so soon! That means soon the beer tap will be broken and cries of “O’ Zapft is”…

  • Word of the Week: Geisterbahnhof

    Have you ever been on a metro train that passed through an empty station? The word Geisterbahnhof means “ghost train station” – and as its translation implies, it signifies an…

  • Berlin opens highly awaited bridge to Museum Island

    If you’ve ever been to Berlin, you know that the city is filled with art, monuments and interesting buildings. The city is rich with history; in fact, Berlin is home…

  • Word of the Week: Spinnefeind

    If you have a spinnefeind relationship with someone, the other person may be toxic and scare you away. But even though though this German word translates to “spider-inimical”, it describes…

  • Gummibären – a German delight since 1920

    Go to the candy aisle of any grocery store and you’ll find at least one gummy product. There’s gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy Smurfs and gummy rings. Maybe you’ll find…

  • German brothers brought grocery empires to the US

    German-Americans are the largest single ethnic group in the United States, and their influence can be seen across all industries. From cuisine to businesses to holidays and traditions, Germans have…