Category: Germany

Tips on Tipping: Europe

The topic of tipping is enough to stir up minor anxiety when traveling to a new place.  While it’s commonplace for those of us from the States, the rules change by country, situation and region – confused yet? Don’t be. To avoid an awkward faux pas abroad, give these tips on tipping a look. Basic moolah tips …

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Your Style Guide to Oktoberfest

  We live in a sad day where there exists only one appropriate place and time to don our trachten—traditional garments from German-speaking countries—to casually stroll and stumble from A to B. This place and time, of course, is Oktoberfest. While the notion that one can’t wear leather short shorts with overalls every day is …

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Oktoberfest is Coming: Pretzel-Fueled Beer-Drinking in Munich!

Author Moses Wolff has written one of the most entertaining guides to Munich’s Oktoberfest. Meet Me in Munich: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oktoberfest is an homage to the sheer joy that is this pretzel-fueled, beer drinking festival. Germany’s beer culture is remarkably different than America’s. Public alcohol isn’t illegal; the drinking age for beer is 16 (for …

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

  Take a half-day trip to Auschwitz, the most infamous Nazi concentration camp in Europe. Also continue to the nearby Birkenau Concentration camp and see the existing structures and ruins. Get an up-close look at one of the darkest spots on the world’s history. Get there with EF College Break on the Highlights of Eastern …

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The Swiss Alps with Kianna Chang

“Wow” is the first thing that comes to mind when I think back on my EF College Break trip to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.  The trip went beyond my expectations.  I started out with an open mind, a packed bag and some pre-travel jitters.  This was my first time leaving the country alone.  What would …

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Hello, Beer Gardens! by Tyree Constantine

Beer is a staple component of Germany’s national culture and identity.  The number of professional brewers is nearly endless, with 5,000+ producing beers in over 50 well-documented, diverse flavors. It’s a pretty big difference from American beer culture that still largely revolves around Budweiser, Miller and Coors. If you are a beer enthusiast, you’ll be at …

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Lederhosen and dirndls back in fashion in Munich

As you probably know, right now Munich is in the thick of Oktoberfest. Though I’m not there in person (and, if you’re reading this, chances are you aren’t either), we can still live vicariously through the millions who will participate before it’s all said and done. It runs until October 4, 2015. I was just poking around the …

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