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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Recent Study Shows German Cell Phone Users Don’t Care Where They Take Your Call, Even While In The Bathroom

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Did you hear a strange echo the last time you called someone in Germany?  Chances are that it wasn’t a problem with your phone.  According to a new study conducted by the Stiftung Internetforschung, 17.5 percent of Germans have no issue taking your call while using the bathroom, and when you …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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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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Fasching, Fastnacht, Carnival – Helau!

By CaliforniaGermans.com on Email

Are you ready for the last days of Fasching? Yes, the Carnival or ‘närrische Zeit’ of the year as some name it is coming to an end. The last week of Fasching, the actual ‘Fastnachtswoche’,  is starting this today with the Weiberfastnacht culminating in Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) and  Faschings-Dienstag (also called Veilchendienstag) before Ash Wednesday calls an end to …

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Collection of 1,000 Braun Products Go Up For Auction on Ebay

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Do you have an extra $472,000 lying around that you don’t know how to spend?  If so, I want to be your friend, and you could spend it on a 1,000 piece collection of Braun’s most iconic work from 1955-1995.  The German based company was known for creating beautiful consumer …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and and the History of Candlemas

By Francine McKenna on Email

According to a German legend the forerunners to the Groundhog Day tradition were hedgehogs, which are now a protected species in Germany with their own Hedgehog Hotline, open to anyone with an Igel emergency, countrywide support associations and specialized food available in almost all supermarkets. Most healthy hedgehogs enjoy their winter hibernation, sleeping …

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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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Germany’s Dried Fruit People, the Zwetschgenmännla

By Francine McKenna on Email

Prune Men, or Prune People really because over the years Zwetschgenmännla, prune boys who have been around since 1790 were joined by prune girls or Zwetschgenweibla, are one of the most popular traditional German handcrafts to be found all year, but as “Good Luck” symbols especially around Christmas and Silvester (New Year). Also known as Pflaumenmaennchen and Quetschenmaennchen, …

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Museum Featuring The Works of Martin Scorsese Opens in Berlin

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Fans of the American Directing icon Martin Scorsese will have to board a plane to Germany if they want to visit the first ever museum dedicated toward his work.  The Academy Award winner has directed a vast amount of film classics including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed, which …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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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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