We have those same wind patterns here in Western Canada, we call them Chinooks. We had one just a few days ago- the weather went from -35° C to 4° C. Now we’re back in the deep freeze, but it was a welcome break

Hi there. I think you were referring to this post http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/foehn and Canadian weather is really impressive. Northern Germany is around the Canadian Souths‘ longitude, but weather patterns here are different, in part due to the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Drift. I think I might die at -35 Celsius — more of a warm weather person and so not into snow! I mean, it looks pretty and all and frozen lakes are fun, and icicles are pretty… but after about a week of it, I‘d rather sit under palm trees on a beach, sipping ice cold drinks. 🙂 We have a lot of rain and (depending on location) more or less ice and snow in Germany in winter but unless you‘re in the highest mountains, temps rarely go below – 10 C or – 12 C, and for most of the country probably linger more around – 5 to + 10 for the winter on average. When I was a kid there was more snow, too.

Winter: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/winter
Weather: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/weather Climate: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/climate Snow: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/snow

Deutschland im mittelalter

That‘s a VERY BROAD TOPIC, indeed. My Middle Ages tag is here:
Were you looking for anything specific?

My favorite place in Germany? I dont have one, rather areas where I will not find too many Tourists about… towns like: Rhede, Bocholt, Neckargemünd, Tuttlingen, Ham, Fulda, Lorrach, Münster, Hildesheim, Offenbach usw. That way I may enjoy the locals and their lifestyles. Read a local paper, eat local foods, have the afternoon Coffee Break, go to the Kneipe at night and listen in as what really is happening in Germany. Of course speaking & understanding a local dialect? Prima! RP

I agree, best way to travel, especially if you‘re really interested in the inner workings of a place. For first or second trips, some may benefit from the tour guide type of pure sightseeing trip as to not be overwhelmed, especially when time is short, they don’t want to drive or figure out public transportation, and don’t know much about the country yet. But even then, others just like to explore randomly on their own or meet locals to get the insider tour instead (this has been my personal favorite way of traveling in most countries on 5 continents). Easy to do now on a budget between low budget couchsurfing.com or hostels/motels/Pensionen/B&Bs, and low, medium to very nice airbnb.com or similar sites. I try to post about all the smaller places, too, and have been for years now, but there‘s always more that hasn‘t even been mentioned here yet, including some of the places you listed. 🙂

Is that why everything in Germany says “made in Germany” on it but it’s in English? lol

I’m going to quote from DW:

“125+ years of ‘Made in Germany’

A little label on German products was supposed to keep them from gaining popularity in Great Britain. But the scheme backfired: the ‘Made in Germany’ trademark eventually made items sell like hot cakes.

The “Made in Germany” label is not a German invention. It came about as part of the British Merchandise Marks Act, which took effect on August 23, 1887. The act aimed to ensure that all foreign products – which could potentially threaten the success of British merchandise – were branded with a label. It was an attempt to prompt British buyers to “buy British.” Each trading nation that wanted to do business in Great Britain had to label its products with their country of origin.

“This was particularly aimed at Germany because people suspected that Germans were copying British products,” Werner Abelshauser, economic historian at the University of Bielefeld in Germany, told DW. “It affected cutlery, scissors and knives manufactured in Solingen, for instance, but it also affected machinery made in Saxony.”

Protection and defense
Abelshauser believes that two notions played a role in creating the law: on the one hand, there was the aim to protect British consumers from buying shoddy imitations of the high-quality cutlery made in Sheffield. On the other hand, German mechanical engineering – which was already superior to the British even then – was supposed to become stigmatized by being given a negative label.

The plan backfired. The label “Made in Germany” ultimately developed into a sign of quality, though it took a while. In the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1891, most trading nations agreed to ban false information about origins from being printed on products. Products were not to be part of “false flag operations.” Each member nation of the pact agreed to use its own “Made in …” label.

When the First World War began in 1914, the “Made in Germany” label grabbed more attention: merchandise with this marking was not allowed to be offered for sale on markets controlled by the British and their allies. But the real triumph of the label did not occur until after Word War II – when people realized that Germany, unlike the United States, aimed to offer not mass-produced items, but focus instead on its ability to provide quality work and “post-industrial custom-tailoring,” as Abelshauser describes it.

Quality and customized work
“The German economy is – still, even today – specialized in close customer relations,” said Abelshauser. “It delivers according to exact requirements: whether complete installations, infrastructure projects, or intelligent machines.” It’s a total contrast to systems of mass production. The more popular the products manufactured in this fashion became, the more assertively German businesses began using the “Made in Germany” label for marketing and advertising. The method worked well. The label continues to be well-respected even today, and is a significant reason people choose to buy a product, Abelshauser maintains – especially in industries where German products are world leaders: vehicle and machine engineering, electronics and chemicals.

Highlighting strengths
In this context, economic historian Abelshauser points out a major misconception. Those who believe they suffer disadvantages from trading partners copying their products are wrong, he says. It’s a notion enjoying particular popularity in Germany right now with regard to China. But from an economic-historical perspective, it’s just not true in his view. The German export economy has never made its earnings from trading with less developed countries, but instead, nearly always with those benefitting from the same level of development, the historian stressed. “We should actually be hoping that China will achieve our level so that we can really get going doing business with them.” The greatest benefit for all comes when trading partners concentrate on their own core strengths. The logic of economics can sometimes be that simple.” Source: http://www.dw.com/en/125-years-of-made-in-germany/a-16188583

After months of research and deliberation, I just booked a one-way ticket to Germany because fuck it. I’m young, I have a degree, a savings account, some B2 Deutsch, and as it stands currently, I’m already underemployed here in Canada, so why not? I’m excited and scared and freaking out a little bit, and I really needed to tell someone.

Oh cool. Have you been to Germany before? Where are you going?