Monschau, aka the “Pearl of the Eifel”, is a small, historic…

Monschau, aka the “Pearl of the Eifel”, is a small, historic town in the German Eifel. Largely unchanged for over 300 years, the narrow, cobblestoned streets and traditional half-timbered houses have made this charming place one of the main tourist attractions of the region. Set in beautiful landscapes at a stones-throw from the Eifel National Park, it makes an excellent base for hikers and cyclists. While popular in summer, it only becomes truly overrun for its famous Christmas market in winter. Monschau is easily reachable from nearby cities like Aachen and Köln/Cologne, as well as from Belgium. Your best rail option is to get to Aachen. There are direct buses available from the main bus terminal Aachen Hauptbahnhof as well as from Aachen Rote Erde. Alternatively, from the Belgian side, you can get as far as Eupen by rail, from where you can catch the TEC bus that runs every two hours.

Regional German Food: Schweinshaxen also known as Sauhaxn from…

Regional German Food: Schweinshaxen also known as Sauhaxn from Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, are roasted ham hocks aka pork knuckles. A variation of this is known in other parts of Germany as Eisbein, in which the ham hock is pickled and slightly boiled, but it’s not nearly as popular as in Bavaria and thus, is a “typical” Bavarian food to try. It originally is one of the old rustic peasant dishes from centuries past, in which inexpensive cuts of meat were made delicious through particular cooking methods. Such cuts generally require long periods of preparation in which the meat is marinated for days, sometimes even up to a week. The Schweinshaxe is then roasted at low temperatures for 2-3 hours. The Bavarian version is classically served with potato dumplings and red cabbage, or with sauerkraut and potatoes.

Sonnenblumenkernbrot backen Random person’s video on how to…

Sonnenblumenkernbrot backen

Random person’s video on how to make sunflower seed bread. Darker bread with all kinds of seeds is very popular in Germany and it‘s very good, too. If you‘re visiting, you should try it from a corner bakery. Also comes as rolls.

NENA — Genau Jetzt (2016) Nena is a German institution and has…

NENA — Genau Jetzt (2016)

Nena is a German institution and has been around since most of us have been alive — she started in early 1980‘s with „99 Luftballons“ fame and has been around in some capacity since. Her lyrics are not particularly complex so would be good for language students to practice on. More about her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nena

Lyrics to this song:
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nena/genaujetzt.html