This is the personal site of me, Robert Behrendt. Here you will find informations about myself and things I publish. Next to some technology stuff I work as an independent tour guide in the Mecklenburg Lake District, a region just 1 hour by train north to Berlin. It is famous for its beautiful nature with more than 1000 lakes, including the biggest one in Germany, a national park and nice small cities as Neustrelitz. If you are interested in my tours visit seenplatte-guide.de

Germany for Beginners: cultural knowledge

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

Beitragsbild Schrebergärten
will be translated soon “Schrebergärten” oder “Kleingärten” sind für manche Ausländer, aber besonders für nichteuropäische erklärungsbedürftig. Davon habe ich nicht nur gelesen, sondern diese Erfahrung auch persönlich gemacht. Scheinbar ist es für Beobachter von außen nicht ganz klar, ob es dauerhaft bewohnte kleine Häuser sind oder […]
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 in Polish were “Kurwa” and “spir dalay”. With a Turkish friend, I pondered which groups are […]
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 […]
Peteris, my friend from Latvia, likes Bavarian folk festivals (Volksfest) like I do. In 2018 we visited as many festivals as possible. We looked for the dates on the Internet and “tested” them. We called it our “Volksfest-scouting”! It inspired me to offer something like a […]
Introducing political terms in Germany. Their meaning and use in political discussion.
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 wonders what qualities the ancestors of a person named “Stein” (stone) must have had. Or when […]
Carnival: Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht… As so often in Germany there are different names for one and the same thing depending on the region. In Germany it is often described as this: controlled excess! terms Mainly these 3 names are used:(Der) Karneval -> that comes from the […]
Here I would like to list some important or recommendable German films, series and television series. Background: Until 1933, the German film had world renown. Today he is not that important internationally. But there are still good films and some good series that are fun and […]
After writing about the Christmas season in another post, I would like to write about the festival itself. About what is closely related to time, Christmas Eve, the Christmas holidays and the time after Christmas.
I would like to give an overview of the Christmas season and Christmas itself with some of its customs. I can only show a section, because there are many regional features of which I don’t know myself. Each family also has its own traditions and procedures. […]

seenplatte.guide: guided tours in the city of Neustrelitz and Mecklenburg Lake District

 I offer guided tours in Neustrelitz and the wider area (100 km north of Berlin) . Primarily for individuals or small groups. Check out my  tour offer on my website or plan an individual tour with me. Contact me by email, contact form or phone if you have any questions or want to book a tour. I offer you an authentic experience of our cultural and natural landscape in the Mecklenburg Lake District, especially in the Strelitz region.

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