German baker Axel Schmitt
Food & Drink

German baker plays music to give his bread extra flavour

A baker in Germany claims his bread tastes better because he plays music to his dough at deafening levels – and says he has the science to back it up. “There are two loves in my life,” declares German baker Axel Schmitt. “Music and baking. And so I wondered: What …

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German Leberkäse with bread
Food & Drink

Leberkäse – A True German Classic

German Leberkäse (sometimes known as Leberkas or Fleischkäse) is an authentic German snack popular in parts of Bavaria, Austria and parts of Switzerland. Similar to a frankfurter and the equivalent of North American meatloaf, the name literally translates from German into “liver” (leber) “cheese” (käse) but thankfully contains neither. In fact, it …

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German pop music in the 1980s
Living

Cold War Yes, But 80s German Music Was Cool

Deustchland 83 was an engrossing and compelling drama with a cool 80’s soundtrack, but 1983 was not the only time the world listened to German pop music. German music has been very influential since the 1970s, probably more so than any other European country other than the UK. A high profile …

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Talking German

Das Jahr geht zu Ende

The song “Das Jahr geht zu Ende” (The Year Comes to an End) by Rolf Zuckowski is  a popular and classic tune for German families at this time of year. Rolf Zuckowski is one of the most famous and best loved children’s singer-songwriters in Germany, with Das Jahr geht zu Ende taken from …

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kids Kraftwerk Roboter cover
Talking German

Kraftwerk Cover Video Goes Intergalatic

A German primary school class has become a YouTube sensation in covering the iconic song “Die Roboter”  or “The Robots” by legendary electronic band Kraftwerk. Suited and (re)booted in homemade cardboard robot outfits, 16 children from Lemmchen Grundschule in Mainz-Mombach performed Kraftwerk’s 1978 song under the direction of their teacher, Lars Reimers. Taken from Kraftwerk’s “The Man-Machine” …

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Talking German

Applaus, Applaus

“Applaus Applaus” or “Applause Applause” is a song by German indie rock band Sportfreunde Stiller. Hailing from Germering, near Munich in Bavaria, the band was founded in 1996 by singer/guitarist Peter “Balboa” Brugger, drummer Florian “Rakete” Weber and bassist Rüdiger “Rüde” Linhof. The band’s name is derived from their former soccer …

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