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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.

Der Alte Fritz and his relatives: Aristocracy in Germany

Are you a native English speaker? Did you try to speak the name “Der Alte Fritz” in the headline? If so, we would love to hear it! The name “Fritz” is one of the most iconic German names from the point of view of many English speakers, and they do fantastic things to its pronunciation. Send us an audio-file, if you like! Fritz, however, is the short form of Friedrich (in English usually spelled Frederik), and when it comes to German nobility, this is a name of high reputation, coming with plenty of chances to be confused. Did you know that Frederick the Great (the infamous “old Fritz” of the headline), was actually Frederick II, son to Frederick the I, who was himself the son of Frederick Wi

The German gardener

“My home is my castle” – it might be surprising, but this English term can be found on the wall of many German households, often in handmade stitching. It fits all too well with the German attitude of “schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue” (hustle, hustle, build a house). Getting out of rented accommodation and into your own house might not be as common in Germany as it is in England, but it is high on the list if you strive to be a successful citizen. But that is not our topic today. We talk about what comes with the house: The garden! If you buy (or build) a house, a garden is a must-have. It is also, ironically, the reason for many people NOT to buy a house. “I don’t like lawn mowing”, they say

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