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EU Open House: Virtual Edition

  • Embasssy/ Residence Tour Video: To celebrate this year’s EU Open House, we have provided a virtual tour of the German Embassy and the Ambassador’s residence. Follow along to take a peek inside!

  • MilAtt Video: Our military staff shares their German cultural highlights for this year’s virtual EU Open House.

  • Ambassador Recipe Video: Social distancing means spending more time trying new recipes. German Ambassador Emily Haber and Hansjörg Haber try a recipe for Grühnkohl-Eintopf with Mettwurst. This has long been considered Chancellor Merkel’s favorite recipe.

  • Download our EU ACTIVITY BOOKLET:

EU Activity Book 2020

  • “40 Songs for Quarantine – Corona Songs from Germany” We’ve put together a playlist of German songs for you that hit the mark for today’s socially distanced world. Some songs were recently recorded based upon current events and others are older , but have taken on a new meaning. Enjoy!

  • This year is a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. The coronavirus affected many events planned for the Beethoven anniversary year 2020. Some project partners and organizations are offering virtual performances. Learn more.
  • Germany is home to 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From lush natural treasures to vibrant cultural sites in cities across the country, there is something for everyone to explore. The German National Tourist Office makes it easy to travel to each destination from the comfort of your own home. WATCH to learn more
  • Coming soon to the USA! Enjoy a sneak peak behind the scenes with the film “Symphony of Now” as it explores Berlin and its diverse nightlife.
    • Germany has world class museums and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are among the very best. Spread over many different sites, it preserves, researches and displays treasures from across human history while educating the public about their importance. You’re invited to view its collections from the comfort of your own home through the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s cooperation with Google Arts and Culture. Pergamonmuseum online tour via Google Arts and Culture
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    • Enjoy the German film “Balloon” through The Avalon (cost $10). Winner of Audience Choice Award (D.C. International Film Festival)!

      “In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families — who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years — try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day.”

      WATCH the film here. 

    • Erdbeerbowle (German Strawberry Wine Punch)

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–          2 quarts Strawberries (washed, hulled and sliced)

–          ½ cup sugar

–          2 lemons

–          1 bottle white whine (dry)

–          1 bottle sparkling wine

–          Garnish: fresh mint or lemon balm

1.       Place sliced strawberries in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar. Wash the 2 lemons and zest them, then squeeze out the juice. Add juice and zest to the strawberries and let sit for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

2.       Drain and reserve the strawberry juice. Add 1 bottle of dry white to the strawberries and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Transfer the marinated strawberries to a punch bowl and add the reserved strawberry juice. Stir. Pour the one bottle of sparkling white wine into the bowl once the guests have arrived and serve.

3.       To serve, ladle punch and strawberries into the glass, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or lemon balm. Serve with a cocktail pick, so that guest can eat the strawberries.

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Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake)

If you are not born in Germany you cannot imagine that a German Cheesecake is totally different than a well known Cheesecake with cream cheese.

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The most important ingredient of the German Cheesecake is “Quark”. This kind of cheese is a light, creamy cheese – very similar to Greek yogurt or sour cream. It is much less fat than cream cheese and is higher in protein.

You will most probably not find quark in your grocery store. I suggest to use the same amount of Greek Yoghurt instead. It is easy to make prepare and most kids like it. The texture is more fluffy than cheese cake you know here and lighter. Hope you will enjoy it.

For crust:

1 cup graham cracker crumb

1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoon melted butter

For the filling:

5 eggs (separated)

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 pounds quark

¼ cup milk or better: cream

2 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

–          Mix the ingredients for the crumb in a bowl

–          Press the crumbs evenly in a springform

–          Bake for 7-10 min

For filling:

–          In a large mixing bowl mix egg yolks with sugar and vanilla extract

–          Add quark, milk (or cream), flour and lemon juice

–          Mix in a separate bowl the egg whites until they are stiff

–          Fold egg whites into the quark mixture

–          Pull the mixture into the springform onto the crust

Bake for 50-60 min until the cake has puffed up and gets light brown

After it is ready baked do not move the cake immediately out of the oven. Let it rest for around 15 min in the oven with open door.

Take cake carefully out of the oven and let it cool for some hours.

Enjoy!!! (Submitted by Anke Popper)

  • Looking for some information about Germany for the entire family? We’ve got you covered! “Facts about Germany” is for the adults to read, while the kids enjoy our “Do You Know Germany?” brochure. Even the littlest ones can get in on the action with our coloring book, “Get to Know Germany.” As a bonus the whole family can learn more about the design of the Residence of the German Ambassador.  Click here to learn more.

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More Virtual Cultural Offerings                                                             

Looking for more from Germany? Here is a short list of other place offering virtual tours, performances and more. (Some items may only be available in German.)

Digital Culture – Straight from Germany   is a curated list of the best high-quality content offered by the Goethe-Institut

Enjoy German literature via the cultural magazine Perlentaucher

Visit museums around Berlin via virtual exhibitions

Enjoy concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg offers livestreams, children’s programs and virtual tours through their program #ElphiAtHome

Listen to the transatlantic podcast series The Big Pond, a collaboration with radio producers and broadcasters from the US and Germany

Join the biggest virtual club in the world with “United We Stream”

Try out a crossword from the Süddeutschen Zeitung

Try training with  ALBA Berlin