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Goethe Institut – NYC Announces Stammtisch

Goethe Institut – NYC Announces Stammtisch

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fresh from the Goethe Institut – New York for those in the NYC area: Join us for the Goethe-Institut Stammtisch on the second Friday of every month at 6:00 pm. A Stammtisch – German for “regulars’ table” – is a) an informal meeting held on a regular basis, and b) also the large table around […]

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Berlin: The City on the Water

Berlin: The City on the Water

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Experience the Capital from the Water A holiday in, on and around water is no problem in Berlin! There’s no other city in Germany in which you can enjoy so much nature and culture from the water. In addition to a wealth of forests and large parks, the capital offers 51.7 km² of water, including […]

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A Taste of the Red Bull X-Alps Competition

A Taste of the Red Bull X-Alps Competition

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wow! If I only had the nerves and anything that even resembles athleticism!

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2015 Red Bull X-Alps Competition Prepares to Get Underway

2015 Red Bull X-Alps Competition Prepares to Get Underway

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

As of this morning, 30 men and two women from 18 countries have descended on the Red Bull X-Alps base camp just east of Salzburg, Austria as they prepare to race from one end of the Alps to the other by foot and paraglider only. One of the US participants is Dawn Westrum, 37, a […]

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Davenport, Iowa Celebrates Bix Beiderbecke

Davenport, Iowa Celebrates Bix Beiderbecke

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The German American Heritage Center will be active partners in the 2015 community celebration of our own jazz legend, Bix Beiderbecke.  Members of the Beiderbecke family were originally German immigrants to the Quad City area and were respected and prosperous members of the German community for decades.  The Quad City area is  proud and delighted […]

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German, Austrian, and Swiss Streets make New York Times List of “12 Favorite Streets in Europe”

German, Austrian, and Swiss Streets make New York Times List of “12 Favorite Streets in Europe”

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Romantic streets in Europe abound and Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have plenty of wonderful options. The New York Times thought so as well and saw fit to include a street from each country in their recent feature, “12 Favorite Streets in Europe”. The selected streets are: Germany: Berlin’s Rüdesheimer Strasse Austria: Vienna’s Kärtner Strasse, Graben […]

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Bamberg: A Piece of Living History with Italian Flair

Bamberg: A Piece of Living History with Italian Flair

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Smoky beer, half-timbered charm, and tons of history make this city along the Regnitz a must-see for visitors. By Alevtina Altenhof If I were asked to describe Bamberg in just one sentence, I would probably write the following: It is a city on the river Regnitz with the best breweries, Italian flair, and an unforgettably […]

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Art Deco at High Speed—The Schienenzeppelin

Art Deco at High Speed—The Schienenzeppelin

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although it would ultimately fail, the working designs of this rail vehicle succeeded in setting land speed records. By Eric Bryan The world speed record for a rail vehicle was broken by a German railcar in 1931. Designed in 1929 by Franz Kruckenberg, the Schienenzeppelin (“Rails-zeppelin”) was a retro-futuristic propeller-powered railcar. It was so-called because […]

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Aloha – Ja!

Aloha – Ja!

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Learn the German, Swiss, and Austrian connections to America’s Pacific paradise. By Peter von Buol For nearly two-and-a-half centuries, the Hawaiian Islands have captured the imagination of visitors from the German-speaking world. Many consider it to be the epitome of tropical paradise and each year, more than 40,000 Germans, Austrians, and Swiss visit the 50th […]

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Fellowship, Talk, and Beer!  The University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union

Fellowship, Talk, and Beer! The University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mural art celebrates 19th century German student culture in Madison, Wisconsin. By Peter Vogt Photographs courtesy Peter Vogt. After a long trip from McMurdo Sound, Antarctica—basking in 22°F late summer warmth—I arrived in Madison, Wisconsin to begin graduate school one subzero morning in February, 1963. I first reported to the professor who had hired me […]

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