Cologne City Break Guide

Living in Berlin can make you feel like you don’t need any other city. Every weekend feels like a city break. There are so many places to explore, although I…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sides of Oktoberfest

Having had the time to recover, it’s time for my highlights of Oktoberfest. It’s safe to say that one really should experience the largest folk festival in the world, even…

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Dirndl-Schleifen, Lederhosen and Preparing for Oktoberfest

Find out the best way to prepare for Oktoberfest for this year’s 2017 celebrations in Munich. I offer a few tips to blend in and respect local customs, traditions and seem more culturally aware.

Neukölln Café Culture

Photo by Nathan Dumlao In Berlin’s multi-kulti district, Neukölln cafés seem to come and go. It is becoming a hub for bars, small clubs… Neukölln cafés are slowly replacing the…

15 Untranslatable Words That Make Us Love German

Throughout many languages there are untranslatable words which crop up often in conversations between linguists.  We tend to run down a list in Miriam Webster assuming there is a direct…

10 Cultural Differences In Germany

Understanding cultures is very important, especially when learning a language. In Germany the culture is not particularly different to someone coming from France or the UK, however for others travelling further it can be a shock.

72 hours in Munich

City trips are my favourite. Munich is Germany’s third largest city with a population of 1.5 million. The majority live quite densely in the city centre – so it can…

10 things to do in Berlin in spring

Berlin is one of those cities where you can do the conventional tourist sightseeing trips, or you can explore entirely differently. As the weather picks up in spring, Berliners spend…

Registering a flat in Berlin when you arrive: the Anmeldebestätigung

Registering a flat: Anmeldebestätigung photo source: Tagesspiegel Registering a flat can involve lots of bureaucracy. In some countries it is more present than others. Sometimes they can really make it…

The longest German word

German’s complex grammar and structure is balanced out via its very logical compound nouns which can provide moments of hilarity for those who have even a basic understanding of German.…