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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.

Everything goes… especially the passenger - Public transport in Germany

“Well, in Germany buses are on time.” This was the famous answer of politician Gregor Gysi, asked about outstanding German qualities. Punctuality, reliability, quality are stereotypical German traits, and who would think that public transport is an exception? Trusting my own experiences and the posts on my Facebook timeline, I tend to believe that Germany still is a country of individual mobility rather than public transport – but the tide seems to turn. So are the buses on time in Germany? No. They are not. If you want a reliable service in public transport, Germany’s tram and subway systems are by far better than the bus network that can be so bad that some cities consider giving up on tim

Treats without tricks: St Martin in Germany

Every November brings a challenge for German parents: The candy collection. If you now think of Halloween, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. The very American habit of “trick or treating” has made it to Germany and is nearly as popular as in England. It is, however, facing stiff competition from an older tradition: The “Martinssingen” Candy comes without tricks and without any threats on November 11th (or someday around it), when Catholic communities remember the good deed of a Hungarian/Roman knight who shared his coat with a beggar to protect him from the bitter cold. A children’s song (video below) describes the myth, telling of the importance of sharing with the less fortunate: and it is

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