They might look like slums or homes for garden gnomes. Those peculiar settlements of tiny little houses with allotment gardens, known as the "Schrebergarten," are a typically German phenomenon.
In Germany, stripping down to your birthday suit is a popular pastime for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. For the Meet the Germans series, DW's Kate Müser explains where clothes are optional.
Want to grill like a German? Then bury your clichés. Germans probably don't throw BBQ parties like you think they do. Here are 10 things to stay clear of when throwing the perfect German grill party.
Planning a trip to Germany? Then learn these useful expressions first. They might just be more helpful than your travel guide.
Missing German bread is a common woe when Germans travel abroad. But as Kate Müser finds out on Meet the Germans, there are a few other very German things they miss as well.
School's out and work is slow. If they're not off traveling the world, here's where you'll find many Germans during the mild mid-year months.
It's summer in Germany. That means people go on vacation, jump into their local pool and enjoy the warm sun. Here are 11 German words you might hear often this time of year.
When it comes to weddings in Germany, broken porcelain is a good thing - and brides should beware of kidnappers. On Meet the Germans, Kate Müser shares the German wedding traditions that surprised her the most.
Germans don't eat sausage, sauerkraut and potatoes all the time. Here are some of the lighter dishes they'll typically prepare during the summer. (You can still expect a few sausages and potatoes, though.)
In Germany, wishing someone happy birthday on the wrong day could get you in big trouble - and getting old can also get expensive. Join Kate Müser on Meet the Germans for more birthday dos and don'ts.
Colorful bins in their backyards are there to collect different types of trash: Germans are said to take their waste separation very seriously. Here's what you need to know about it.
Admittedly, not all Germans are deeply enthusiastic about these cultural habits - but you shouldn't be surprised if you meet one who is.
What do pigs have to do with luck and zebras with crossing the road? Kate Müser gets to the bottom of funny German animal expressions on Meet the Germans.
From specialized breakfast equipment to an army of binders, here are 10 things you're likely to find in most German households.
When you get a country's humor, you're a step further in understanding its culture. Some of these 10 different types of German jokes may get lost in cultural translation - but Germans actually do have a sense of humor.
In German, a flying dog is not a dog and a washing bear is not a bear. Meet the Germans host Kate Müser explores some of the cutest - and most curious - German animal names (with the help of some stuffed friends).
A bread roll is not a bread roll everywhere in the German-speaking world. From Bavaria to Berlin, the German word you use for these foods will reveal where you come from.
Germany is famous for its delicious cakes - but some of them have names that don't sound particularly appetizing. Meet the Germans host Kate Müser meets with a pastry chef for a tasty language lesson.
From funny German idioms to faux-pas you should avoid in Germany, Meet the Germans presents an inside look at everyday life here. Come back every week for new videos with Kate Müser, plus picture galleries and articles.
Eggs are everywhere ahead of Easter. In Germany, they even grow on trees and are eaten with special miniature utensils. Now that's true love.
German cakes may be world-famous, but which varieties are the most popular? Meet the Germans host Kate Müser heads to a cake shop to find out.
Could you name 10 off the top of your head? DW walks you through some breeds whose origins are very much German, even if their names might suggest otherwise. They've since become famous around the world.
Do you "spider" or "talk around the hot porridge"? In German, you can. Meet the Germans host Kate Müser asks bilingual colleague Michael Knigge to explain some of the best German idioms. (Watch for outtakes at the end.)
They were once guarded by the king and are sometimes eaten with apple sauce. Here are some things you maybe didn't know about potatoes in Germany.
You mastered some long, hard-to-pronounce German words in part one. Join Meet the Germans host Kate Müser again as she enlists native speakers to tackle more great German tongue-twisters.
Sometimes facial expressions and hand gestures can communicate more than words can, but they also vary greatly from culture to culture. Here's your DW video guide to understanding and emulating typical German gestures.
There are two ways to say "you" in German and using the wrong one can lead to some serious misunderstandings. Kate Müser finds out how to avoid "du" and "Sie" faux pas - and learns that Germans make mistakes, too.
Love it or hate it - Germany is famous for its sausage. Here are 10 popular variations of the meaty treat.
Is German a harsh language? Not if you're talking to your sweetheart. From "mouse-bear" to "Schnucki," Meet the Germans presenter Kate Müser discovers lots of cute and funny nicknames Germans use for their loved ones.
Does grippe have you in its grips? Cold and flu season has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. In Germany, we have a few unique folk remedies to combat the germs. Whether or not they work seems to be a matter of belief.
You go me on the cookie? In translation, some German idioms are hilarious. Meet the Germans presenter Kate Müser met up with German learners who try to guess what German idioms mean, and this is what happened.
Want to fit in in Germany? Then you'd better know when to wish someone happy birthday and how to light your cigarette. Here's our guide for avoiding faux pas in Germany.
Germans certainly don't skimp on breakfast - especially not on the weekend - and bread is the most important ingredient. DW's Kate Müser finds out what else you'll find on a German breakfast table.
Germany's comfort foods may not be as famous as Italy's, but the "deutsche Küche" offers plenty of options to cook heart-warming meals for the coldest winter days. Here are some of the best.
German is known for its long, hard-to-pronounce words. Join Meet the Germans presenter Kate Müser as she tracks down native speakers to help with the pronunciation of some of Germans' best tongue-twisters.
Discover these classics of Germany's children's literature. Beware: Some of them do not end as well as Disney's fairy tales.
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