German Culture

Francine A. McKenna

Germany is a "Bread Paradise". With over 3050 registered varieties, almost all available types of grain used, from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch. While bread rolls go under so many different names in the various regions it is easier just to point.

Francine A. McKenna

First graders in Germany are lucky, their first day at grade school begins with large, colorful, gift and candy filled School Cones. A custom that began in the early 19th century, Schultüten are as popular as ever, and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family and friends.

Francine A. McKenna

Summer in a glass. Cool beverages for hot days...from all types of Frucht Bowle and Radler, to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. "Erfrischend" (refreshing), that little bit different, and ideal for sunless and sun filled summer days. There is something to suit everyone.

Francine A. McKenna

Gardening is a passion in Germany, and the garden often a "Schrebergarten". A century old tradition. Tiny houses in small allotment gardens, on a city edge, in its center surrounded by asphalt and exhaust fumes, perhaps alongside rail tracks. Pride and joy of millions of city-dwellers.

Francine A. McKenna

It wouldn't be summer in Germany without a cold beer enjoyed under a leafy chestnut tree. Originally a way of using shaded areas covering underground beer storage cellars in 19th century Bavaria, visits to a Biergärten soon became a popular pastime, and a German tradition that traveled the world.

Francine A. McKenna

German Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest would not be the same without "Steckerlfisch". A Bavarian specialty for anyone who likes fish and has hunger pangs, it's a delicious well seasoned grilled fish, complete with head, tail and a stick running through it. And perfect for a BBQ.

Francine A. McKenna

Rumtopf, for centuries a delicious way of preserving summer fruit. Beginning in early summer, with strawberries, cherries and rum of course, fruit is added as it comes into season until early autumn to make a taste of summer in winter. Easy to make, hard to mess up and so good...

Francine A. McKenna

Federweisser looks like grape soda but is young wine with a powerful KICK, and short end of summer season. Its traditional harvest time accompaniments are Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst, a rich onion pie and sausages marinated with grapes then fried, and enjoyed at any time of the year.

Francine A. McKenna

For first graders in Germany their first day of school is a big celebration. Accompanied by their whole family for welcoming speeches, songs, photo calls, then Schultüte/School Cone held close it's time for their new "Lebensphase" to begin. With link to DIY instructions for your own Schultüte.