Review: 2013 Christmas Markets of Bavaria

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Beginning in late November and celebrated through Advent, one can discover some of the most enchanting Christmas markets in Germany. They are filled with tempting aromas, festive music, glühwein, delicious regional specialties and beautifully decorated stalls offering handmade ornaments, candles and toys. The world-famous Nuremberg Christkindelsmarkt in southern Germany boasts …

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The Origin on May Day and Why The US Chooses To Celebrate It In September

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Labor Day, or sometimes referred to as May Day or May First, is celebrated on the 1st of May in over 80 counties, including Germany, but we’ve often wondered why the US chooses not to use this worldwide date? May Day originated in North America as a rebellious spirit, spurred …

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Celebrating Easter in Germany

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

After a long winter, Easter in Germany for many families is the first time to celebrate outdoors. A variety of traditions and customs provide fun activities surrounding Easter… the greatest feast of Christianity. The Easter festival is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Easter …

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Dear Tante Lene: How Should I Tip In Germany?

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Dear Tante Lene, “For good service, I will gladly pay a tip… but how much is appropriate in Germany? And what do I do if I was not satisfied?” Your nephew, Sam H.   Dear Sam, To tip is not only polite in many service occupations but appreciated.  In Germany, restaurant …

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Hofbräuhaus Chicago Officially Opens For Business. Don’t Miss Out On This Chicago Must See

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Hofbräuhaus Chicago reveled in Bavarian traditions as it officially opened Monday the 21st at 9pm. The bustling Beer Hall, “Schwemme”, and quieter King Ludwig Room, featuring a blend of stylish Bavarian ambiance and twenty-first century flair, were filled to capacity. In the Beer Hall, just like the original Hofbräuhaus in …

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Jugendschutzgesetz, the Youth Protection Act in Germany

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

The Jugendschutzgesetz, or Youth Protection Act, in Germany specifically deals with the rights and responsibilities of adolescents. When traveling abroad it is always good to know if there are any age restrictions. Corinna Bienger, our German correspondent, says, “these laws in Germany are the most complicated laws I ever read. There …

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Hofbräuhaus Chicago Opens Its Doors This Monday, January 21

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

The wait is almost over… the Chicago Hofbräuhaus is ready to open their doors after breaking ground back in November 2011.  This Monday, January 21, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will launch with a soft opening from 9pm until midnight where you can be one of the first to visit the much-anticipated location. Die …

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Dear Tante Lene: Why Don’t German Eggs Have To Be Refrigerated?

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Dear Tante Lene, “While traveling in Germany, I noticed that the eggs in supermarkets are not refrigerated. Is this a potential health issue and are they safe to eat?” Your loving nephew, Mark P   Dear Mark, Many consumers traveling through Germany may wonder why, even in the hottest summers, …

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Highlights of the 2012 Weihnachtsmarkts in Germany

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

For many of us, the most wonderful time of the year starts the end of November, when the Christmas markets open in Germany.  They are marked by the smells of anise, potato pancakes, lebkuchen (gingerbread) and glühwein (mulled wine) and a surrounding of festive lights. This year, four of us …

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German Children Will Soon Awake To Find A Special Gift From St. Nicholaus In Their Shoes

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

“Lasst uns froh und munter sein, und uns recht von Herzen freun (…) bald ist Nikolaus Abend da!” “Let us be happy and cheerful, and rejoice from our heart (…) Nicholas Eve is almost here!” This song is known by almost everyone in Germany, but have you ever thought about …

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