Is it possible to find detailed, English-language information on the initiation rituals, and other rites and customs, of 19th-century German dueling societies, or "burschenschafts"? I've found some excellent overviews (like this one) but I'm looking for a step-by-step account of exactly how a new member would be initiated. [more inside]
Moving to Germany next year, how best to stay in touch with everyone back in the US? [more inside]
What awesome German engineered products have I yet to discover? [more inside]
I rented an apartment in Bonn on very short notice, and it turned out to be a loft. When he weather was cold it was ok, but once it got to 85 degrees it became unliveable. Of course there is no ac, so me and my pregnant wife went to a hotel till it cools off. Is there anything we can do regarding the rent? Do you think it's reasonable for someone to rent out a loft without mentioning that it is one? If I can't sleep in the apartment and he offers no solution but a fan, is this ok somehow? I was referred to this guy through the institute we are visiting, so maybe the secretaries can make him pay if I have a case.
I need an weather proof outdoor webcam. I have intermittent power and wifi. What are my options? [more inside]
In Berlin for the month, looking for great live outdoor music! What's going on? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me what this is? I've had this for many years but now am clearing out my "collections" so my kids won't have to. Before I send this off I'd like to know what it is, and that would probably help interest someone in having it. Only marking is "Germany".
I'm a big fan of sausage - all kinds of sausage. Street vendor sausage, fancy sausage, pork sausage, chicken sausage, beef sausage. I am traveling to Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna for a few weeks in July. Where can I get the best (for whatever definition of "best" suits you) sausages, whether it be a quick lunch at a vendor between sights or a sit-down dinner?
Help me plan an awesome Christmas vacation to Berlin! [more inside]
American ex-pats living in Germany, what things that can be mailed did you miss from/about the US? [more inside]
I posted this question a few months ago and have since narrowed down our options. Need help deciding please! [more inside]
Moving to Berlin from San Francisco in October, and I'd like some advice for finding both a cell phone plan and a broadband service for my apartment. [more inside]
I need some help planning a family road trip in Europe (Germany, Czech Republic and UK) this summer. Special details inside [more inside]
I will be traveling in Germany for a week soon, and will need a cell phone while there. I won't be able to use my personal cell phone (incompatible with Europe) but I have an unlocked GSM phone that I've used in Europe before. Please help me find a SIM card (with German phone number) that I can order now and get delivered to the US before I leave for my trip. [more inside]
I will be moving from Canada to Germany later this year, and would like to gain from your collective experience. Do you have any tips on making a long-distance, semi-permanent move, or things that you wished you'd known ahead of time? [more inside]
I'm getting my CELTA in July in Germany, and I'd like to teach English there afterwards. Help me be a good applicant for teaching jobs and an attractive tutor for freelance work! [more inside]
What are some good movies about Berlin? [more inside]
What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
Returning from London or Rome? [more inside]
Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
[Apartment Exchange Question] I have looked through the archives and didn't find anything recent that was on point. I am in search of recommendations on reputable apartment exchange websites... [more inside]
Considering a weekend in Schwarzwald (The Black Forest) in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany; Is the Schwarzwald actually as picturesque / interesting as I've grown up to believe? (or is it more like Sherwood Forest in the UK; small, crappy, not much of a 'forest' and best avoided?) [more inside]
Are there any study guides available for the TestAS? [more inside]
Where can I buy an EU charger plug with USB connector in Germany? [more inside]
What are your favorite books (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc) and films about contemporary life in Paris, Munich, and/or Zurich (or their environs)? (Translated into English, of course). [more inside]
Need some advice on renting a car in Europe this summer [more inside]
Can Anyone recommend any Book/s that deal with The Stasi/Secret Police in the DDR or East Europe [more inside]
Suggestions for must-attend events, festivals or activities in Northern Europe this summer, to add to my summer "dream" vacation itinerary? [more inside]
I'm an American, planning to visit Germany for the first time in a few months; I'll be there for about a week, mostly in Berlin. I'm a musician (I do electronic pop -- I had a track on MeFiComp!), and I know my music has at least a handful of fans in Germany. So I'm thinking about trying to book myself a gig. I'm fairly confident that I can find a place to play, and transport my gear over there. What I haven't been able to figure out from my internet research is the legal side of things. Do I need to get a special visa if I'm going to do a paid performance? What about an unpaid performance? Will customs give me a hard time if I show up with music gear and no paperwork to explain what I plan to do with it? If so, how would I go about getting the necessary permit(s)?
I'll be spending a Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany in February. Can you please help me decide where to stay? [more inside]
I've read that two-thirds of the German populace are against European bailouts as a fix for the Euro crisis. One of the political parties in the ruling coalition, the FDP, is against bailouts. But in recent state elections, they did terribly. Why is this? [more inside]
I'm considering going to France, Belgium, and Germany in late April for 3 weeks, what should I do and see while I'm there? [more inside]
Would the Army have kept my father in Germany if he was supposed to go to Korea? The whole story is inside... [more inside]
What is this German hairstyle? As seen recently in Berlin on a hip young man and not-hip young child, it seemed shorter on the top than on the sides but not a mullet (my memory is a little hazy), like it must have been a traditional quick n' easy home haircut possibly done with clippers but not something I've ever seen in the states. Bonus: how do you achieve this hairstyle?
Does anyone have information about collecting Kinder Surprise Toys in Canada or getting German goods into Canada affordably? [more inside]
Can you help me think of a neat way to give money to my sister to use toward a trip to Germany? A German-themed presentation for giving her money for Christmas? [more inside]
Looking for a present that will remind a grandmother of her German heritage. [more inside]
Just starting to plan a trip to France (mainly Paris) and Germany (mainly Munich) with three kids ages 17, 14, and 11. We're from the US and do not speak German or French. We've done Europe before, but never these countries. We will go in June of 2012. I need resources so I can research the heck out of this thing. [more inside]
Planning to attend a language course in Bremen, Germany early next year. Need extensive MeFi advice/help! [more inside]
Oktoberfest is here. Looking for recommendations for mail order purveyors of 'Philly' and/or 'Bavarian' soft pretzels in the U.S. Which companies/websites do you recommend?
I am moving from the US to Germany in two weeks. How should I plan transferring (most of) the money in my US checking account to the bank account that I will setup in Germany? More info follows... [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a documentary which reunited Third Reich denouncers and their victims. I believe that I saw it in the late nineties, but I can't find any references to it on Google.
EuroTravelFilter: Help us determine stops, a route, strategies, tips, dangers, etc. for our Summer 2012 Rome-Baltic odyssey, currently in its very early planning stages. What can we hope to achieve in ~2 weeks and $3-4k? [more inside]
I want to take some intensive language classes in Germany for 6-7 months. I'm not affiliated with a university, and I have a bunch of question about visas and one short question about stipends from the Goethe Institut. [more inside]
I'm having trouble getting my deposit back from a Berlin, Germany, apartment rental agency. [more inside]
What should I expect for a 4+ hour "RE" train ride in Germany? Nürnberg to Dresden. [more inside]
Looking for advice about moving from the United States to Germany for a year. Have any? [more inside]
Is there a German equivalent for American Drain-O? I'm having problems with a sink that won't drain. [more inside]
I want to travel to Europe (France, Germany, Austria, and maybe Poland) this fall. I have never left the United States. I have absolutely no idea how to plan this. Many details inside. [more inside]
What are the best books (or book chapters) on the end of WW2 in Germany -- and particularly the chaos of the immediate post-war period (1945-46)? [more inside]