Homes in Hamburg-Blankenese, Northern Germany

Homes in Hamburg-Blankenese, Northern Germany

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

Frozen Elbe River in Hamburg, Northern Germany

Frozen Elbe River in Hamburg, Northern Germany

Hamburg-Blankenese in Northern Germany is located on the right…

Hamburg-Blankenese in Northern Germany is located on the right bank of the Elbe river. It’s one of Europe’s most affluent neighborhoods, with Hamburg being one of Europe’s richest cities. Blankenese has a long history as a fishing village. In 1060, Archbishop Adalbert of Bremen built a provost’s residence at the site of an older settlement on the hill. Later the counts of Holstein built a castle. The stunning river views have resulted in highly desirable properties and expensive real estate prices. The hillside residences boast many tiny, pedestrian-only streets and 4,864 stairs. The Strandweg is home to the Strand Hotel, built in 1902, plus little cafes and restaurants. There are two lighthouses, a garden, a doll museum, and many parks and walking trails.

Misty Maschsee with Rathaus, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Northern…

Misty Maschsee with Rathaus, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Northern Germany — no, it‘s not the Taj Mahal, just Hannover‘s very shiny city hall. 🙂

Butterkuchen aka Zuckerkuchen is a simple German sheet cake….

Butterkuchen aka Zuckerkuchen is a simple German sheet cake. Flakes of butter are distributed on the dough which will form the characteristic holes. The cake is sprinkled with sugar, streusel, toasted almonds or a sugar-cinnamon mix, then baked. It’s a favorite on Northwest and North German coffee tables as part of the Kaffee und Kuchen ritual. It may also be served at weddings and funerals and is sometimes called Freud-und-Leid-Kuchen (“joy and sorrow cake”) because of it. A recipe in English:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/16561/deutscher-butterkuchen-german-buttercake