willkommen-in-germany: ITALIANS IN GERMANY



There are 556,145 Italians citizens living in Germany and 830,000 people with Italian ancestry. This means Italians and those with Italian ancestry make up ~5% of those with migration background in Germany. Places with significant populations include Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, the Ruhrgebiet, Frankfurt/Main, Stuttgart, and Cologne. Italians in Germany are ethnic Italian migrants and their descendants, both those originating from Italy and those from Italian communities in Switzerland. Over time. most Italians came to Germany for work. Some arrived for personal relations, studies, or political reasons. Today, Italians in Germany form one of the largest Italian diasporas in the world and account for one of the largest immigrant groups in Germany.

Large numbers of Italians have resided in Germany since the early Middle Ages, particularly architects, craftsmen, and traders. During the late Middle Ages and early modern times many came to Germany for business as relations between the 2 countries prospered. The political borders were also somewhat intertwined under the German princes’ attempts to extend control over all the Holy Roman Empire, which extended from Northern Germany down to Southern Italy. During the Renaissance many Italian bankers, architects, and artists moved to Germany and successfully integrated in the German society. When the huge Italian emigration of the 19th century began, only a few Italians moved to the German Empire under Prussian rule. With Germany’s post-WW2 economic boom (Wirtschaftswunder), a large wave of Italians relocated to Germany. The 2 countries have been joint members of the European Coal & Steel Community/European Economic Community. Since the establishment of freedom of movement for workers between the 2 countries in 1961, more than 580,000 Italians migrated to Germany for work, mainly from southern and northeastern Italy. Italians in Germany today are actively involved in regional and federal politics. They’ve had a substantial influence on the development of Fine Arts, and Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Italians in Germany often run restaurants, cafes, and delis, work in retail and fashion, and art and media. Italian-run Assicurazioni Generali and Unicredit are some of Germany’s largest insurance and finance companies and employers. Notable people include: 

Alessandro Abruscia, football player – Mario Adorf, actor – Johannes Agnoli, late scientist – Marco Baldi, CEO of ALBA Berlin – Angelo Barletta, football player – Bernhard Bolzano, mathematician – Lujo Brentano, economist – Clemens Brentano, poet/novelist – Ferruccio Busoni, composer/pianist – Leo von Caprivi, general/statesman – Diego Contento, football player – Rudolf Caracciola, racing driver – Luigi Colani, industrial designer – Gianluca Gaudino, football player – Maurizio Gaudino, football player – Giuseppe Gemiti, football player – Daniel Caligiuri, football player – Marco Caligiuri, football player – Johann Maria Farina, perfumier – Giuseppe Gemiti, football player – Vincenzo Grifo, football player – Romano Guardini, Catholic priest – Bruno Labbadia, football player – Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer – Vincenzo Marchese, football player – Denis Moschitto, actor – Oliver Neuville, football player – Massimo Ornatelli, football player – Marcello Pirani, scientist – Franka Potente, actress – Nicola Sansone, football player – Elia Soriano, football player – Roberto Soriano, football player – Angelo Vaccaro, football player



“Moin” is a German greeting from Ostfriesland, Southern Schleswig, North Frisia, Flensburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Kiel, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, parts of the Netherlands, and Southern Denmark, meaning “hello” and in some places “goodbye”. It’s also used in the Danish dialect Southern Jutish and some Finland Swedish dialects, where it’s spelled “mojn”. Moin is used at all times of day, not just in the morning. The reduplicated form moin moin is often heard, although some locals regard it as tourist usage. Etymology: Although many people think that moin derives from (Guten) Morgen, the word actually comes from the Dutch, Frisian, and Low German word mo(o)i, meaning “beautiful” or “good”. Similar forms in Low Saxon are mooien Dag, mooien Abend, mooien Mor(g)en. Moin is semantically equivalent to the Low Saxon (Plattdüütsch) greeting Dagg and has now replaced it in many areas. Unlike Guten Morgen, moin can be used 24 hours a day. In Southern Jutish, mojn is used for hello and good bye, but mojn mojn is solely used for good bye. The double form is also used as a greeting in the Swedish region of Scania. 

willkommen-in-germany: Der Berchtesgadener Ho…


Der Berchtesgadener Hochthron (1972 m) as seen from the Hirschkaser above Ramsau, Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany

It’s the highest peak of the Untersberg massif in the Berchtesgaden Alps. Its summit offers one of the best views of the region as it has an unobstructed view over the valley as well as all 9 massifs of the Berchtesgaden Alps, the Chiemgau Alps, the Austrian mountains of the Salzkammergut, and the Tennengebirge. There are several marked trails that lead to the summit; most are moderately strenuous hikes. The numerous rock climbing routes of the south wall are among the most popular and historically significant climbs. The most difficult ones are usually attempted in November on the “Old South Face” ( Level III +).



Das Schloß Liechtenstein overlooking the Echaz valley near Honau and Reutlingen is a Gothic-style castle, built in the 1840s. It was damaged in WW2, but has been mostly restored. The modern castle was inspired by the novel Lichtenstein (1826) by Wilhelm Hauff.

Hours: April – October 9 am- 5:30 pm, closed Jan & Dec, Nov/Feb/March only open weekends 10 am- 4 pm. Fee: Courtyard Entrance, Adults €2, Children €1, Guided Tour, Adults €8, Children €3.50. Address: 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany

willkommen-in-germany: Germany seems to be do…


Germany seems to be doing pretty well with “only” 4.5 road fatalities per 100,000/year, despite the fact that large parts of the Autobahn still do not have a speed limit. That said, we also have a rather lengthy (and expensive!) system when it comes to getting your driver’s licence and the minimum age for driving is 18 years old. Read the full article – “Are Germans the best drivers in the world?”