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Here we will share with you in-depth information on German culture, local events and education twice a month. Please feel free to comment your own experiences and opinions on each post and let us know, which topics you would love to read about in future posts.

Black Forest Gateaux Recipe – Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte

Baden-Württemberg is the federal state which is home to the beautiful Black Forest, Schwarzwald. It is also the name given to one of Germany's most calorific cakes – the Black Forest gateaux. Slightly at odds with the naughty but nice gateaux are the health spas which the region is famous for. Baden-Baden has become popular for its thermal baths which have made it a sought after summer destination. It is famed world wide as one of Europe's most luxurious spa towns. The beautiful town of Calw is renowned for its picturesque buildings and market square. Most tourists begin their exploration if the Black Forest from Calw. There are bistros and restaurants where visitors can sample Black Forest

Mein Manchester

by Antje Timmermann and Prudence Clarke Manchester is our hometown - most of the the Deutsch Centre staff have chosen to live here, our blogger Prue was even born here. It is a city of diversity and vibrancy but the horrific bombing at the end of a pop concert earlier this week has drained the city of its colour. Manchester is a city in mourning for those who lost their lives and a city trying to heal whilst still under the threat of attack. This week we break with the tradition of this blog and write not about German culture but instead of the spirit of the great city of Manchester. The spirit of Manchester is unique. It is that of 'have a cup of tea' and carry on. The aim of attacks of thi

Music to Mein Ears

There exists a stereotype about the German people which suggests that they are a stoically unromantic race. That the collective desire for perfection and precision overrides any sentimental inklings or tendencies they may be harbouring. This is, of course, a nonsense. To suggest that an entire race is somehow genetically predisposed to behaving in one way is to make a rather sweeping and boorish generalisation. Germans are indeed proud to strive for perfection but they are a culturally rich nation; a nation of poets, artists and musicians. Far from being an unromantic country, Germany has produced some of the most beautiful works of art and the most talented people in world history. One of G

Learning German Outside

Our German lessons with Antje from the Deutsch Centre are the highlight of the week for my children. My 7 year old enjoys being a bit of a know-it-all with his German vocabulary whereas my twelve year old understands that learning German will be a huge advantage for him as an adult. Antje realises this and her lessons are tailored to the individual needs of both children. This week our lesson was taken out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. Arriving at the park where we had arranged to meet our tutor we noticed that large numbers had been chalked on the floor. This really piqued the children's interest as they were keen to find out just what was in store for them. The first part o

Marvellous May – A Month of Mayhem & Merriment in Germany

May has arrived bringing with it blossom, birds and brightness. It may be the month with the shortest name yet it is one of the most significant months in the calendar. May may just be one of the happiest and most cheerful months of the year. Traditionally the change from the unsettled month of April to May in the northern hemisphere was a cause for great celebration. The ancient Romans held a five day festival in honour of Flora, the goddess of flowers. The festivities began with a theatrical performance and concluded, as was often the case, with competitive events. Seeds were scattered, the people danced wearing flowers in their hair and the revellers prayed for a bountiful crop Just as no

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