Germany for beginners

Everyday and special things. Not only for interested persons, tourists, guests, expats and recently immigrants. Also for Germans, because national culture concerns everyone.

Beispiel für Fahrgeschäft auf einer Kirmes: Ketten-Karussell


  • Bavarian Volksfest

    Bavarian Volksfest

    Peteris, my friend from Latvia, likes Bavarian folk festivals (Volksfest) like I do. In 2018 we visited as many festivals…


  • Carnival (Karneval / Fasching / Fastnacht)

    Carnival (Karneval / Fasching / Fastnacht)

    Carnival: Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht… As so often in Germany there are different names for one and the same thing depending…


  • Christmas


    After writing about the Christmas season in another post, I would like to write about the festival itself. About what…


  • Christmas Time

    Christmas Time

    I would like to give an overview of the Christmas season and Christmas itself with some of its customs. I…



  • small lexicon of insults

    small lexicon of insults

    Insults or swear words – these are often the first words you learn in a language. I grew up not far from the German-Polish border. The first words I learned…


  • Surnames in Germany

    Surnames in Germany

    Here I will write about surnames in Germany. That this can be interesting, I have noticed several times. For example, when a friend from Ethiopia told me that he always…


Hochhäuser in Frankfurt

Arbeit / Wirtschaft

  • corporate shares and share culture

    corporate shares and share culture

    One of the first questions I asked my friend David from Australia when I met him was: “Which bank do you have your account at?”. This was because I bought shares from Australian banks shortly before (I was actually a co-owner of his Australian bank). We often exchange ideas about stocks, cryptocurrencies and the like.…


Reichstagsgebäude in Berlin

Politik und Gesellschaft

Messel in Hessen

Geschichte und Sightseeing

  • UNESCO world heritage “Messel Pit”

    UNESCO world heritage “Messel Pit”

    The Messel Pit fossil site (Grube Messel) is part of the World Natural Heritage. Here I briefly describe what it is all about and give practical tips for a visit.


whats “Germany for Beginners” about?

Germany for Beginners imparts cultural knowledge about Germany. I am writing here about everyday and special things. For people who have come to Germany for a certain period of time: Keyword integration. Or Germans with a recent migration
history: Keyword assimilation. But also for Germans who cannot do anything with the concept of the German Leitkultur. Also for those interested in Germany and tourists who want a deeper insight. I know from people all over the world
what the questions are that people ask about Germany. These are my inspiration.

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