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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.

The Cult of Purity: German beer and why it is the best in the world.

Legend has it that beer was popular in ancient Egypt. The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi mentions beer in 1754 B.C. and lays down explicit rules regarding brewing and serving of the beverage. The Mesopotamians even knew a God of beer, featuring holy prayers that doubled as recipe. Nothing of that matters. There was no real beer before the introduction of the Reinheitsgebot – the German Beer Purity Law – in 1516. That’s when beer became beer. That’s when the best beer on the planet was born. To this day no other beer can compare to proper German Flüssigbrot (“liquid bread”). The best beer of all is brewed in Cologne. You haven’t had beer until you enjoyed a “Kölsch” in a 0.2l small glass called

The 5 most important things you need to know about driving in Germany

Extract from the blog article "Life is a highway - Germany's Love of cars" Driving abroad can be a challenging venture and requires a bit of courage. But with some idea of what to expect and where rules and local driving behaviour differ from what you know, you can prepare for your journey. So here are a couple of tips for driving in Germany. German road users are very stuck to traffic rules, so much so that you will see pedestrians waiting at Zebra crossings, in the middle of the night, on a street devoid of any traffic. They won’t walk. The light is red. 1. The right speed Speed is measured in km per hour. Speed limits are 50km/h in towns, 100km/h on ordinary highways and 130km/h on the Au

Life is a highway - Germany’s love for cars

There’s magic in the air when it comes to German motorways – “die Autobahn” is famous among motor enthusiasts around the world. Legend has it that Germany does not have a speed limit. And it’s true: Roughly half of the German motorway network offers “freie Fahrt für freie Bürger” (“free speed for free citizens”), and any discussion about introducing a national speed limit dies a quick death due to public opinion. Germans love their cars. And they demand quality. That doesn’t only apply to the vehicles themselves, although the German MOT (called “TÜV” after the main provider of these road safety checks) is much tougher than the British equivalent. It also applies to the drivers, with the driv

Organized Germany: Nonprofit associations are a backbone of society

Legend has it that there is nothing more German than proper “order”, well sorted administration and neat bureaucracy. That might be true in some ways, especially when it comes to taxes and accounting, yet it’s painfully false for travelling on German trains, for example, or for councils trying to prepare the streets for snow in winter. There is one area, though, where German bureaucracy peaks, and that’s the idea of a “Verein”. There’s no such thing in Britain, so the English language lacks a proper term for it. A Verein is a club, an association, an organisation that is not a business – a group of people caring for a special cause or issue. A British person would consider starting a Ltd, pe

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