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Issue #144 September 2, 2019


The G-ZINE — the Germany Magazine — provides you with news, updates and happenings in and around Germany. While saving you valuable time, this e-zine prepares you and sets you up for an unforgettable Germany experience.

September 2019 Topics

In this issue . . .

  1. Must-See And -Do Events
  2. German Phrase
  3. German Quote
  4. Trip Tip
  5. Good To Know
  6. Next G-ZINE's Preview


From Marcus' Travel Desk...

Usually I start the G-ZINE on a lazy quiet morning, coffee in hand, fantasizing I'm able to do all of the Must See & Do Events of the current month. Not this time.

Today I'm starting the September G-ZINE on a hot summer night fantasizing about when the weather will turn cooler. That's not to say I'm not interested in what's to do around Germany this month, I just want the mercury to come down some while I do it.

It's hard to imagine in today's world with air-conditioning the struggle of summer during the real medieval period, so everyone headed to Selb for the Medieval Festival have it a lot better than the folks did centuries ago.

And there wasn't any electricity during Beethoven's time. So while you're heading to Bonn for the annual Beethoven Festival—think of poor Ludwig sweating his heart out over some of the most beautiful music the world has ever seen. I mean, heard. Well, you get the point.

There's more to this G-ZINE than me droning on about events like the Oktoberfest (albeit that's one of Germany's most famous). You need to hear about the Trip Tip—and I honestly thought I'd head back to Bavaria, but nope, it's on to the University Town of Konstanz in... Baden-Württemberg (love it).

As for me mentioning any kind of university, it brings us all to the German Quote of the Month by Paul Tillich. Born in what was then part of the Province of Brandenburg in the town of Starzeddel (now Starosiedle, Poland) in 1886, Herr Tillich went on to become a 20th century Lutheran Theologian and existentialist philosopher.

I'm not exactly sure what that last thing is, but I do know Tillich taught at the University of Leipzig, the University of Marburg, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Berlin, and also acted as a Chaplain in the German Imperial Army during World War I. He moved to the United States after losing his position when Hitler came to power in the 1930s, so we he went on to become a professor at Columbia University and Harvard instead.

That was one smart guy—and here I am barely able to tie my own shoes some days. ;-)

And you'd think I'd have an entire month to find something to write about in the Good To Know, but I don't always know what's good to know, ya know? Very unGermanlike, wouldn't you say?

Don't judge me, I"m not as smart as Tillich. Although I'm sure to have figured out something by the end of all this. Until then, keep reading.

But someone might have to stay back and help me tie my shoes. ;-)


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Must-See And -Do Events

Festival Mediaval (Medieval Festival)

  • September 6th-8th
  • Selb

Part fantasy, part history, and part music fest can be used to describe the Medieval Festival (called Festival Mediaval on postings, not a typo!) held in the Bavarian town of Selb. Come see the bands play, the jugglers keeping everything mid air, and enjoy all the creature comforts of modern day while immersing yourself in centuries past. If anything, you're right along the border of the Czech Republic, and the scenery of the Fichtelgebirge will have you entranced better than a medieval witch.

Beethovenfest (Beethoven Festival)

  • September 6th-9th
  • Bonn

Beethoven might've only lived 56 years, but the music from one of Germany's most famous composers has transcended centuries. And nowhere else but in the city of his birth could truly give a hometown boy the love and adulation he truly deserves. This almost month-long festival has concerts held in various venues throughout the city; I'd gander to say you'll be delighted with any one you choose. Although the Marktplatz makes quite the striking venue for listening to his works.

Internationales Literaturfestival (International Literature Festival)

Shhh, keep it down, I'm reading... There's something relaxing and magical taking place while reading a book—and it's possible you'll find something to strike your fancy at the International Literature Festival here in the capital city. And whether you're into non-fiction, poetry, or the young adult genre, you're bound to love it. This festival isn't just about selling & buying books, you'll find workshops, readings, and even discussion panels to attend.

Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt (Dürkheim Sausage Market)

By its name you'd think the Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim is just about the sausage. But, oh no, my friends, this goes well beyond encased meat. The market is part food, part wine, part musical, part amusement rides, added to more than a smattering of history (like some 600+ years of it). More than a half-million people coming every year can't be wrong, can they? Nope, they're all coming to take in the flavors of more than the delicious meaty snack—they're coming to experiencing the largest wine festival worldwide!

Nacht der Kirchen (Night of the Churches)

In a city known for its eclectic nightlife, come to the Night of the Churches and you'll find an opportunity to visit some of the city's most stunning houses of worship. No, it isn't just about attending religious services. Consider this a chance to explore some of Hamburg's most amazingly beautiful architecture filled with art and history. More than a hundred churches within Hamburg will open their doors, their hearts, and their stories with you along the way.


  • September 21st-October 6th
  • Munich

Here it is, probably the most famous of Germany's festivals known worldwide. What started as a wedding celebration is now Munich's crowning glory of beer tents, amusement rides, dirndl and lederhosen clad folks singing and dancing the days away. There are parades, church services, gun salutes, music events, and more food than anyone could ever eat. So, come party Bavarian style.

Deutsches Weinlesefest (German Grape Harvest Festival)

While Oktoberfest is known for its beer, the Palatinate region is known for its wine. And here in Neustadt you'll find some of the best German made stuff, along with a Wine Queen, amidst half-timbered streets and the gaiety of amusements. The colors of the Grape Harvest Festival Parade await, but then so do the fireworks, music concerts, and regional culinary treats.


German Phrase of the Month

  • English: I'm in slight/severe pain.
  • German: Ich habe leichte/starke Schmerzen.
  • Pronounce: Ihk hah-beh laihkte/shtarrke shmear-tsen.


German Quote of the Month

"He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being."

—Paul Tillich


Trip Tip

You know that saying, "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there"? Well, whoever said this has probably never seen the Baden-Württemberg town of Konstanz. But whether you do live here, or only get to visit, you'll just love it.

Situated ever so nicely along the border of Switzerland and the majestic Bodensee (Lake Constance), Konstanz is a delight for those who appreciate natural beauty, history, cultural events, or any combination thereof.

One particular place that you shouldn't miss seeing is the Island of Mainau, known for its parks and gardens. It's also known for its Schmetterlinghaus, which is full of tropical plants and butterflies. And make sure you see the Schlosskirche, too.

History buff that I am, I found the Rheintor (Rhine Tower, built around 1200) and the Pulverturm (Powder Tower, once used as a prison) picture perfect. There's also Schnetztor, once part of the City's wall that dates back over 500 years. Another medieval wonder is the Münster, a church that's also a venue for concerts.

Turns out, by the way, the Imperia isn't as old as it seems. The rotating statue sits right on the harbor, and the view may distract you from the fact the statue has two naked men (one representing a Pope, the other an Emperor) sitting on the woman's hands.

Imperia Statue in Konstanz, Germany

Now you nice folks can't live by history alone, so head to Konstanz for events like Carnival. Come the second weekend of June when there's a gigantic Flea Market flocking thousands of bargain-hunters. And the second weekend of August when the Lake Night Festival brings on the fireworks.

Add in a local Oktoberfest, a Christmas Market, and a New Year's Eve Swim, you'll find you're never without something to do. City tours (some themed) are available for anyone wishing to learn all they can about this University town. Between us, I"ll take the Halloween-themed tour that's got scary stories and witch tales.

All this activity can make you hungry, and Konstanz offers up a variety of establishments of cafes, wine bars, and restaurants. If you go hungry here, there's nothing on this planet that'll satisfy you.

What is satisfying is a visit to the Sea Life Center, an underwater adventure what you'll find in the Bodensee & the Rhine. On top of the water you'll have an opportunity to sail or swim.

Sadly I don't get to live in Konstanz, so it's time for me to go find another Trip Tip worthy spot in Germany. However, don't you go running off just yet, you should stay here a while to enjoy all of it. :-)


Good To Know

There's no question life is short, but that doesn't mean you're not afforded the ability to learn something new every day of it. And what's better than learning something? I'll tell you... Learning something while having fun doing it. :-)

Throughout the centuries, Germany has been a forerunner in education. So it's not out of the ordinary you'd find ample opportunity for learning experiences all over the country. It's even better when you've got some unique discovery (as I like to call it) options to mixing education and fun time.

Good to know, right?

One amazing discovery spot is found in Jena at the Zeiss Planetarium. This family-friendly spot easily transports you to the far reaches of space on an odyssey of Galileo's constellations, to time travel where you're on an adventure to learn about the Big Bang created Earth and the other planets in our solar system.

The Zeiss Planetarium hosts "Moonlight Dinners" that are incredibly popular, offering up chances to dine under the stars without actually being outdoors (oh yes, no insects!). The Space Rock Symphony brings the sounds of the Rolling Stones, Metallica, and other Rock Music groups to Space. Chances are the kids may appreciate learning about dinosaurs instead.

Even better that the Planetarium offers these educational (yet delightful) experiences in a handful of languages including English, Chinese, French, and Russian.

Learning about Space is pretty gosh-darn exciting, but there's so much fantastic stuff here on Earth. Like, do they have lions and tigers on Mars? On Venus? On Pluto? It's an emphatic no-we-do-not, but we do have them here in Germany.

What? African lions and Indian tigers in Germany? Yup, you'll find them at the Stukenbrock Safari Park in the town of Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock in North Rhine Westphalia. The entire park carries an African theme throughout in another family-friendly atmosphere.

Kids, and kids at heart, can spend the day learning about efforts to save the white lions and white tigers (and how they're not albinos), get to see giraffes, cheetahs (aren't they beautiful?), zebras, and elephants, plus enjoy an amusement park, too.

Fridays (excluding holidays) are Family Days, so discounts are available to save some Euro. Which is good, by the way, so you can use it to stay at the African themed Safari Lodge.

Honestly, lions and tigers don't scare me as much as the infamous Megladon. What? I know they don't exist (anymore), but you get to come face to face with one at the GONDWANA Das Prehistorium in the town of Schiffweiler (in the Saarland).

Learning about dinosaurs comes to life here with wonderful 3-D shows, and even (if you're lucky) to see real scientists at work. Dinosaurs fascinate children of all ages, so this Natural History Museum is a perfect place to learn lots on Paleontology.

Want something that's great to know about the museum? It offers entrance discounts for kids aged 4 to 17, discounts for United States Military Personnel, and on Fridays discounts for anyone 60+ are available.

I got to admit I loved these uniquely designed museums—but the Autostadt in Wolfsburg stole my heart. It's not some stuffy garage reeking of fuel and exhaust; oh no, you're afforded an opportunity to unique off-road driving, safety driving instruction, educational programs for students and teachers, and even a factory tour.

The Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Lamborghini Pavillions are a wealth of knowledge on these wonderfully designed machines. Oooh, Porsche, you get my motor revving.

On the other hand, you might like the Car Towers, each designed to hold 400 vehicles in a modern, German technologically advanced garage.

Even if you're not into automobiles, you're able to enjoy yourself at the Autostadt. It offers a Summer Festival program of concerts, and there's even a "beach" area for much needed relaxation.

Yes, I know, lounging around isn't really "learning." Consider it a chance to reflect on all the incredible things you've discovered.

I gotta go though, there's more to learn for the next issue of the G-ZINE... ;-)


Next G-ZINE's Preview

Short 'n sweet, here's what's coming up next in Germany — a preview of the next G-ZINE:

  • A von Kempen Quote
  • Please Bring Me To Bavaria
  • No Crying For Onions


Published by Marcus Hochstadt

Ortsstr. 52
76891 Rumbach, Germany

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