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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.

Don’t slip, but slide: Getting into the New Year, German style

Already made up your New Year’s resolutions? Do you actually believe in them? Let me go out on a limb: Probably not. And neither do Germans. Despite their reputation as being reliable and efficient: New Year’s resolutions are as silly in Germany as in the rest of the world. Other German New Year’s celebrations are just as stereotype-crushing. Germans can indeed be silly, noisy, jolly and … superstitious! „Guten Rutsch” is what Germans wish each other when they meet for the last time before the calendar changes to a new big number. This translates to “slide well”, and it makes lots of sense. The “Silvesternacht” is a huge party, and the next day, “Neujahr”, starts with a hangover for many in

Ore Mountains - legends of toys

Many of the stereotypical German qualities are born from a certain level of conservatism and a love for the status quo. Yet innovative ideas are just as German, embracing change and making the most of it, with dedication and an eye for detail. To experience this first hand, a trip to the idyllic Ore Mountains, the Erzgebirge in the Eastern state of Saxony, is a great idea. Bring your inner child, because what you find here are toys that made our grandparents happy and see a huge revival in times of ecological conscience and the search for holistic experiences. The Ore Mountains are a dreamy region full of nature, forest, mountains, clean air and idyllic villages. The area shares history with

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