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July

Most people in Germany take their summer holidays in either July, August or September.
For most Germans, Spain is the number one summer holiday destination, with Mallorca being the most popular island to visit. Greece and Italy are also highly sought-after locations, with their beautiful beaches and rich history. Another great summer holiday destination is Malta, where they speak English and offer a unique blend of European and North African cultures.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home, there are plenty of amazing travel destinations within Germany to choose from. The Ostsee, NordseeSylt, and Lake Constance are just a few of the top-rated destinations that offer beautiful scenery, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

Tourist accommodation types

Germany, known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities, offers a diverse range of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s needs. Here’s a guide to some

Travel in the Schengen Area

Travel within the Schengen Area “The Schengen Area is a zone comprised of 29 European states which have officially abolished passports and other types of border control at their mutual

The weather is perfect for outdoor activities and al fresco dining. The Germans calls a braai grilling, and they like to grill sausages, vegetables, and even cheese.  There are some rules around braaing at your home and also for doing it in a public space.

Grilling in public

When you do not have braai facilities at home or want to have more space while meeting your friends for a braai, you can use the grills/fireplaces at a

Braai Season

Summer is finally here and it is time to invite friends to kuier around the braai.  But before you light your charcoal, check out the rules and regulations that

In summer, public swimming facilities (Freibad) will be open to visitors. Other options are to swim at a beach, a Baggersee or a lake.
You can find a list of all the lakes (der See/Seen) in Germany on this website.
Other outdoor activities that are very popular during summer are hiking and biking. There are many websites and apps available with easy-to-follow routes.

Most fruit trees will be heavy with fruit by now. In Germany, there are rules about when you are allowed to pick fruit from trees that do not belong to you. The general rule is that if the trees belong to a fruit farmer you are not allowed to pick the fruit, if the trees do not belong to a fruit farmer, then you can pick fruit for your own use.
For each Bundesland, there might be different rules. Here is a short article about it (in German).
Websites with more information on where you can go pick fruit, also from farmers,  are Mundraub and https://www.streuobstwiesen-boerse.de/,

SeasonSummer
TimeCentral European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (30 October 2022).
Weather

The average day temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. The days become shorter.
There are still many hours of sunshine.

There might still be some Pollen in the air, have a look at the Pollenkalender here

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

The warmer weather and long nights mean that the summer Festivals are in full swing.
Cities come alive with street parades, music, markets, food and enough to drink.

Events listed on our website

Kearsney College Choir

29/06/2024 – 06/07/2024 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The renowned Kearsney College Choir and Rainbow Agency, KwaZulu Natal, have the honour to inform you that former Federal President Professor Dr Horst Köhler is the patron of the choir’s concert tour to Germany from 28 June to 6 July 2024. Professor Dr Köhler will attend a concert of his choice. Kearsney College Choir has […]

Trevor Noah Tour – Berlin 01.08

01/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

Fokofpolisiekar / Die Heuwels Fantasties 12.07

12/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm – After a sold-out show in 2023, Fokofpolisiekar is back. This time they bring their friends from Cape Town, Die Heuwels Fantasties, as support. There is no better live combo showcasing the best of African rock and African alternative music than these two acts. It will be energetic, melodic and full of nostalgia as these two […]

SH*T HOT FEST AMSTERDAM 24 – 21.07

21/07/2024 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – We hope to create a lekker gathering of South Africans living abroad. Food, music, hot sauce, chilli eating competition, drinks, sunshine, good vibes only. Are you joining us? Tickets just went on sale. Early Bird Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/sht-hot-fest-amsterdam… All EB tickets include a 10% voucher that can be used on Runder.nl plus an iconic welcome drink […]

SA in Germany – 2 pot retirement presentation

25/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Chad Jouber will do a presentation about the new 2 pot retirement rules in South Africa You will then have time to ask him questions If you have any questions you would like to send so long, please send them to admin@southafricansingermany.de It will be a TEAMS meeting, you do not need Teams to participate […]

12/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – From 22 July to 25 August, international award-winning Cape Town-based comedian, award-nominated radio sports broadcaster and podcaster Dalin Oliver will be performing his one-man show “90 Day Comedian” in Europe. Dalin Oliver is heading to The Wall Comedy Club, Grünberger Straße 84, 10245 Berlin, to make his BERLIN debut on 12 August 2024. Tickets on […]

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

Mirabellen

Mirabelle plums are sweet and delicious, bursting with flavour that will satisfy your taste buds. Try them as a snack or in culinary creations.

02.

Ice Cream

You will find the best ice-cream at Italian Gelato shops. Do try Spaghetti Eis

03.

Berries

Strawberries (Erdbeeren), Red currant berries (Johannisbeeren), Blueberries (Blaubeeren), Gooseberries  (Stachelbeeren) and Cherries (Kirschen) are still in season

04.

Aperol Spritz

Summer Drinks

05.

Zwetschgen

Another seasonal fruit is the Damask Plum ( Zwetschgen). It is not to be confused with normal plums (Pflaumen). Most bakeries will sell Zwetschgenkuchen or Zwetschgendatschi. Eat it with a big dollop of cream or ice cream. You can also substitute the Zwetschgen for Mirabellen

06.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a staple ingredient in many popular German recipes, such as rhubarb cake (Rhabarberkuchen) and rhubarb compote (Rhabarberkompott). Its tart flavour complements sweet dishes well, creating a unique and delicious contrast that many people enjoy.

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

German Barbecuedas Grillfest
a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.die Gemütlichkeit
Man-made quarry filled with water

der Baggersee

Lakeder See
Oceandas Meer
BeachBeach
Vacationder Urlaub
Tripdie Reise
Accommodationdie Unterkunft
StreuobstwiesenMan-made Orchards and a form of fruit growing that is designed for multiple uses.
The tall trees that are “scattered” in the landscape carry various fruits such as apples, pears, cherries, plums or walnuts.
The meadow can be used as pastureland.

Sources

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Swimming in Germany

Swimming options Private swimming pools are not so popular in Germany, but there are good public swimming options available. Public swimming pools / Öffentliche Schimmbäder

Cycling

The entire cycling scene in Germany took some getting used to when I arrived here. In South Africa its sort of all kitted out serious

Outdoors

Most South Africans love being outside the house. This can sometimes feel like a challenge in Germany, but I have learned very quickly that you

Weather in Germany

German Climate Germany’s climate is temperate and marine, with cold, cloudy winters and warm summers and in the south occasional warm föhn wind. The greater

The beginning of Summer and the longest day of the year will be on 20 June. This is a special day that marks the peak of sunlight and is celebrated by many cultures around the world. In Berlin, the sun will rise at 04:43 and set at 21:33, giving us nearly 17 hours of daylight to enjoy. The long days are perfect to take a stroll in one of the many parks, enjoy a refreshing swim in a nearby lake, or just sit back and relax in a beer garden with your friends.

Germans love to grill and take advantage of the warm weather. You might find yourself invited to German Grillfest, a popular tradition where friends and family gather together to enjoy grilled sausages, vegetables, and even cheese. Just know that a grillfest is nothing like a South African braai 🙂 

Grilling in public

When you do not have braai facilities at home or want to have more space while meeting your friends for a braai, you can use the grills/fireplaces at a

Braai Season

Summer is finally here and it is time to invite friends to kuier around the braai.  But before you light your charcoal, check out the rules and regulations that

It is also time to get your cozzies out as some public swimming facilities (Freibad) will be open.
Other options are to swim at a beach, a baggersee or a lake.
Hiking and riding your bicycle or mountain bike are also very popular activities. Great websites for trails are Outdooractive or Komoot.  Both are available as apps.

Unique weather conditions: 
die Schafskälte – Between June 4th and June 20th (usually on the 11th of June), there is often a cold snap in Central Europe. The cool and humid air flowing in from the northwest causes the temperature to drop. When this happens, the weather changes significantly, which can lead to the first – severe – thunderstorms of the year and put a considerable damper on a good summer lookout.

Folk saying (Bauernregel) Die Siebenschläferregel – “Ist Siebenschläfertag ein Regentag, regnet’s noch sieben Wochen danach” – According to this rule, the weather conditions that occur during the period around 27 June can significantly influence the weather for the rest of summer.

SeasonSummer
TimeCentral European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (30 October 2022).
Weather

The average day temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. The days become longer and there are more hours of sunshine

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

The warmer weather and long nights means that the summer Festivals are in full swing.
Cities come alive with street parades, music, markets, food and enough to drink.
Summer solstice will be on the 21st of June. It is still custom in many areas to light bonfires or use fireworks to celebrate.

Events listed on our website

Kearsney College Choir

29/06/2024 – 06/07/2024 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The renowned Kearsney College Choir and Rainbow Agency, KwaZulu Natal, have the honour to inform you that former Federal President Professor Dr Horst Köhler is the patron of the choir’s concert tour to Germany from 28 June to 6 July 2024. Professor Dr Köhler will attend a concert of his choice. Kearsney College Choir has […]

Schalk Bezuidenhout keeping up – Berlin 25.09

25/09/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Newly married, Schalk feels older, wiser and much more mature (possibly), but all he wants is to stay “hip with the youth”. Can he do it? Can he Keep Up? As seen on Netflix and Comedy Central and fresh from supporting Trevor Noah on his arena tour. This is an external event,  we are not […]

Trevor Noah Tour – Stuttgart

03/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

Trevor Noah Tour – Berlin 01.08

01/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

Fokofpolisiekar / Die Heuwels Fantasties 12.07

12/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm – After a sold-out show in 2023, Fokofpolisiekar is back. This time they bring their friends from Cape Town, Die Heuwels Fantasties, as support. There is no better live combo showcasing the best of African rock and African alternative music than these two acts. It will be energetic, melodic and full of nostalgia as these two […]

Bok van Blerk & Riaan Benade 17.10

17/10/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Welcome, music lovers, to an evening dedicated to the unforgettable sounds of Riaan Benade and Bok van Blerk. From the vast plains of South Africa, these two extraordinary artists come together to enchant us with their unique voices and enchanting melodies. These artists enjoy world fame in their home country, so prepare yourself for an […]

SH*T HOT FEST AMSTERDAM 24 – 21.07

21/07/2024 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – We hope to create a lekker gathering of South Africans living abroad. Food, music, hot sauce, chilli eating competition, drinks, sunshine, good vibes only. Are you joining us? Tickets just went on sale. Early Bird Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/sht-hot-fest-amsterdam… All EB tickets include a 10% voucher that can be used on Runder.nl plus an iconic welcome drink […]

SAiF Summer Braai happening on Saturday, 20 July at 15:00

20/07/2024 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – ONS GAAN NOU BRAAI !!! Bring your own meat, sides, desserts, and everything you need for the braai (including serving spoons). To use Ganter’s cutlery and crockery, simply pay €2 per set on-site. Please refrain from bringing your own drinks; Ganter has the beverages covered. Anyone who wants to arrange boerewors beforehand can contact Sandra […]

SA in Germany – 2 pot retirement presentation

25/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Chad Jouber will do a presentation about the new 2 pot retirement rules in South Africa You will then have time to ask him questions If you have any questions you would like to send so long, please send them to admin@southafricansingermany.de It will be a TEAMS meeting, you do not need Teams to participate […]

12/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – From 22 July to 25 August, international award-winning Cape Town-based comedian, award-nominated radio sports broadcaster and podcaster Dalin Oliver will be performing his one-man show “90 Day Comedian” in Europe. Dalin Oliver is heading to The Wall Comedy Club, Grünberger Straße 84, 10245 Berlin, to make his BERLIN debut on 12 August 2024. Tickets on […]

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

Berries

Berries like Strawberries (Erdbeeren), Red currant berries (Johannisbeeren), Blueberries (Blaubeeren) and Cherries (Kirschen) are all in season. 
Make your own Rote Grütze and serve it with Ice cream, Milchreis or pudding. You can find some more recipes here.

02.

Braai

With the sun shining so bright and a gentle breeze blowing, it is the perfect weather to gather around with friends and family for a delightful braai.

03.

Asparagus

04.

It is still Spargalsaison until the 24th of June, which means you still have time to enjoy the seasonal asparagus dishes that this time of year brings.  For more inspiration visit our Spargel page

Ice cream

 The best Ice cream you will find at Italian Gelato shops. Do try Spaghetti Eis, a delicious concoction of ice cream shaped like spaghetti noodles, topped with a sweet strawberry sauce that will make your taste buds sing. Trust us, this dessert is not to be missed!

05.

Aperol Spritz

Summer cocktails

Relax and fully immerse yourself in the sunshine by trying out some refreshing cocktails such as an Aperol Spritz, a classic Italian cocktail with a twist of orange zest and soda water, or the Hugo, a delightful blend of elderflower, mint, and Prosecco.

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

German Barbecuedas Grillfest
a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.die Gemütlichkeit 
Man-made quarry filled with water

der Baggersee

Lakeder See
Oceandas Meer
Beachder Strand / der Badestrand
Blueberriesdie Blaubeeren
Raspberriesdie Himbeeren
Elderberriesdie Holunderbeeren
Strawberriesdie Erdbeeren

Sources

Summer Holidays

The school summer holidays are during July and August.  Schulferien has an up-to-date school calendar.  Start planning your summer holidays well in advance. Below are some tips and information that might be helpful

Tourist accommodation types

Germany, known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities, offers a diverse range of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s needs. Here’s

Travel ideas within Germany

Germany is a beautiful country with diverse landscapes and many regional specialties.To add your suggestions please submit it via this form Below are some travel

Travel in the Schengen Area

Travel within the Schengen Area “The Schengen Area is a zone comprised of 29 European states which have officially abolished passports and other types of border

Traveling to the UK

If you only have a South African passport, you need a visa to visit the UK, it does not matter if you have Permanent residence

Related content

Swimming in Germany

Swimming options Private swimming pools are not so popular in Germany, but there are good public swimming options available. Public swimming pools / Öffentliche Schimmbäder

Cycling

The entire cycling scene in Germany took some getting used to when I arrived here. In South Africa its sort of all kitted out serious

Participating in Sports in Germany

Sports in Germany South Africans are generally a sport-crazy bunch. Not just watching it, but also actively taking part. Participating in sports here in Germany

Outdoors

Most South Africans love being outside the house. This can sometimes feel like a challenge in Germany, but I have learned very quickly that you

Weather in Germany

German Climate Germany’s climate is temperate and marine, with cold, cloudy winters and warm summers and in the south occasional warm föhn wind. The greater

In May, we celebrate the changing of the seasons. The sun is shining and it is much warmer during the day. 
The days are longer and people are enjoying beer and “gemütlichkeit” in the beer gardens.

On the 1st of May (Mayday and also Tag der Arbeit), in most small towns, people will come together to put up the Maypole. Most will wear traditional clothes for the event. It is a tradition in smaller villages to steal each other’s poles. To get the Maypole back, the town has to pay a hefty ransom (mostly beer). Once the Maypole is up, the music, dancing, and feasting can begin.
The tradition of putting up a Maypole dates back to the 16th century. Other traditions include dancing or  “Tanz in den Mai”,  “Maisprung” or May Jump where the brave jump over bonfires at midnight.
Because it is also Workers Day, you can expect trade union marches.

In South Africa and Germany, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Father’s Day is celebrated in June in South Africa but in Germany, it is celebrated on Ascension Day (Hemelvaart/Christi Himmelfahrt) and thus falls on a public holiday. Ascension Day is always on a Thursday.

Many of the public swimming facilities (Freibad) will open. Other swimming options are to swim in the ocean, a Baggersee, or a lake.

Swimming in Germany

Swimming options Private swimming pools are not so popular in Germany, but there are good public swimming options available. Public swimming pools / Öffentliche Schimmbäder / Freibad Freiseitparks like Europapark Baggersee (Man-made lakes) Lakes The ocean / Nordsee or Ostsee Rules for swimming in Lakes Never dive/jump into a lake

With such beautiful weather, endless opportunities exist to indulge in fun outdoor activities. Whether you’re interested in hiking, biking, picnicking, or simply soaking up the radiant sunshine, the possibilities are endless. 

Participating in Sports in Germany

Sports in Germany South Africans are generally a sport-crazy bunch. Not just watching it, but also actively taking part. Participating in sports here in Germany has its challenges, mostly due to the weather. But, as the German saying goes – there isn’t something like bad weather, only bad clothing and

Season Spring
Time Central European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (29 October 2024).
Weather

The average temperature is between 7.2 and 16.8 degrees Celsius. The days become longer and there are more hours of sunshine.
It is also pollen season. You can have a look at the Pollenkalender here

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

Many towns will host spring festivals. Two famous ones are the Frühlingsfest in Munich and the one in Stuttgart.
Tip if you are interested in the  Summer night concert in Schönbrunn, which is in June, get your tickets early.

Holidays

HolidayDateInformationStates
Public Holidays
Tag der Arbeit / Worker's Day01.05.2024Tag der Arbeit / Worker's DayAll
Christi Himmelfahrt09.05.2024Christi Himmelfahrt / Ascension of ChristAll
Pfingstsonntag19.05.2024Brandenburg
Pfingstmontag20.05.2024Whit Monday or PentacostAll
Fronleichnam / Corpus Christi30.05.2024Corpus ChristiBW, BY, HE, NW, RP, SL
Observations
Father's Day09.05.2024All
Mother's Day12.05.2024Same as in South AfricaAll
School Holidays and Terms
PfingstferienVariousShool Holidays

Events listed on our website

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

Asparagus

Asparagus season in Germany only lasts from April to June 24th.  For ideas on how to make the most of the season, check out our updated  Spargel page.

02.

Bärlauch

Also known as wild garlic or Ramsons. The taste is a cross between onions and garlic. Do not pick them yourself, as they can be mistaken for Lily of the Valley which is poisonous. Bärlauch can be added to omelettes, soups, and stews or used as a pesto. We recently added a page to our website with more information

03.

Kohlrabi, also called German turnip or turnip cabbage is a nutritious vegetable that belongs to the brassica family. It has a fresh, slightly sweet taste, and can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes. For delicious Kohlrabi recipes, check out Chefkock for inspiration!

04.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb (der Rhabarber) is a versatile plant that can be used in many ways. It’s great in pies, desserts, compote, jams, chutneys, and savoury sauces. Chefs and home cooks love rhubarb’s unique tart flavour.

05.

Beer

Indulge in the exquisite taste  Maibock beer. This beer boasts a complex flavour that satisfies any palate.

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

Maypole der Maibaum
a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. die Gemütlichkeit
man-made quarry filled with water

der Baggersee

Lake der See
Ocean das Meer
Beach der Strand/der Badestrand

Sources

Related content

Cycling

The entire cycling scene in Germany took some getting used to when I arrived here. In South Africa its sort of all kitted out serious

Grilling in public

When you do not have braai facilities at home or want to have more space while meeting your friends for a braai, you can use

Spargel – the German white gold

Bis Johanni – nicht vergessen – sieben Wochen Spargel essen! The Asparagus season in Germany starts towards the end of April and ends on the

Braai Season

Summer is finally here and it is time to invite friends to kuier around the braai.  But before you light your charcoal, check out the

April

April in Germany is a beautiful month with the arrival of spring. The weather starts to warm up, trees and flowers begin to bloom, and outdoor cafes and beer gardens start to open up.
It’s a great time to explore the country’s picturesque landscapes, visit local markets, and enjoy traditional spring festivals like Easter markets and the blooming of cherry blossoms.
People also start to spend more time outside, enjoying activities like hiking, biking, and picnicking. Overall, April in Germany is a lovely time to experience the country’s natural beauty and vibrant culture.

One of the most breathtaking sights that you can witness during this time of the year is the cherry blossoms and magnolias blooming in all their glory. If you’re looking for a great place to watch the magnolias bloom, check out the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart. With over 70 trees, it’s a paradise for nature enthusiasts and provides an unforgettable experience.

With pollen season in full swing, taking care of your allergies is important. You can stay up-to-date with the latest information using the Allergie website‘s Pollenkalender.

SeasonSpring
TimeCentral European Time (CET), the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (30 October 2022).
Weather

The weather can vary depending on the region, but generally, it marks the transition from winter to spring. Temperatures typically start to warm up, with daytime highs ranging from around 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. However, it’s important to note that mornings and evenings can still be quite cool, so layering is recommended.

“April, April, der macht, was er will”  – meaning the weather can be very fickle.
It can change from hot to snowing within days and it is very difficult to make long-term forecasts.
The average daily sunshine is 5  hours.

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

Many towns throughout Germany celebrate springtime with lively festivals filled with music, dancing, and delicious food. Among the most famous of these festivals are the Frühlingsfest in Munich and the one held in Stuttgart. These events attract visitors from all over the country, eager to enjoy the festive atmosphere and take part in the various activities and traditions.

Holidays

HolidayDateInformationStates
Public Holidays
Easter Monday / Ostermontag2022-04-01Ostermontag
Observations
Walpurgisnacht2022-04-30All
School Holidays and Terms
Easter HolidaysVariousSchool HolidaysAll except Hamburg

Events listed on our website

12/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – From 22 July to 25 August, international award-winning Cape Town-based comedian, award-nominated radio sports broadcaster and podcaster Dalin Oliver will be performing his one-man show “90 Day Comedian” in Europe. Dalin Oliver is heading to The Wall Comedy Club, Grünberger Straße 84, 10245 Berlin, to make his BERLIN debut on 12 August 2024. Tickets on […]

SA in Germany – 2 pot retirement presentation

25/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Chad Jouber will do a presentation about the new 2 pot retirement rules in South Africa You will then have time to ask him questions If you have any questions you would like to send so long, please send them to admin@southafricansingermany.de It will be a TEAMS meeting, you do not need Teams to participate […]

SAiF Summer Braai happening on Saturday, 20 July at 15:00

20/07/2024 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – ONS GAAN NOU BRAAI !!! Bring your own meat, sides, desserts, and everything you need for the braai (including serving spoons). To use Ganter’s cutlery and crockery, simply pay €2 per set on-site. Please refrain from bringing your own drinks; Ganter has the beverages covered. Anyone who wants to arrange boerewors beforehand can contact Sandra […]

SH*T HOT FEST AMSTERDAM 24 – 21.07

21/07/2024 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – We hope to create a lekker gathering of South Africans living abroad. Food, music, hot sauce, chilli eating competition, drinks, sunshine, good vibes only. Are you joining us? Tickets just went on sale. Early Bird Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/sht-hot-fest-amsterdam… All EB tickets include a 10% voucher that can be used on Runder.nl plus an iconic welcome drink […]

Bok van Blerk & Riaan Benade 17.10

17/10/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Welcome, music lovers, to an evening dedicated to the unforgettable sounds of Riaan Benade and Bok van Blerk. From the vast plains of South Africa, these two extraordinary artists come together to enchant us with their unique voices and enchanting melodies. These artists enjoy world fame in their home country, so prepare yourself for an […]

Fokofpolisiekar / Die Heuwels Fantasties 12.07

12/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm – After a sold-out show in 2023, Fokofpolisiekar is back. This time they bring their friends from Cape Town, Die Heuwels Fantasties, as support. There is no better live combo showcasing the best of African rock and African alternative music than these two acts. It will be energetic, melodic and full of nostalgia as these two […]

Trevor Noah Tour – Berlin 01.08

01/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

Trevor Noah Tour – Stuttgart

03/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

Schalk Bezuidenhout keeping up – Berlin 25.09

25/09/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Newly married, Schalk feels older, wiser and much more mature (possibly), but all he wants is to stay “hip with the youth”. Can he do it? Can he Keep Up? As seen on Netflix and Comedy Central and fresh from supporting Trevor Noah on his arena tour. This is an external event,  we are not […]

Kearsney College Choir

29/06/2024 – 06/07/2024 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The renowned Kearsney College Choir and Rainbow Agency, KwaZulu Natal, have the honour to inform you that former Federal President Professor Dr Horst Köhler is the patron of the choir’s concert tour to Germany from 28 June to 6 July 2024. Professor Dr Köhler will attend a concert of his choice. Kearsney College Choir has […]

SA Connections: Monthly Virtual Meetup for South Africans in Germany

11/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – We invite you to join us for our monthly get-together in the virtual space. Our objective is simple yet meaningful – to foster camaraderie and companionship among the vibrant and diverse community of South Africans. Connect with fellow South Africans, share your experiences, seek advice and offer support. With a bustling network of individuals, we […]

Market Monday – South Africans in Germany page

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Some foods and drinks to try

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Lamb is not very popular in Germany, and it can be hard to find good quality. Apparently the best lamb in Germany is from Taunus mountains near Wiesbaden.

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Bärlauch

Bärlauch (Wild Garlic) is in season. Wild garlic can be bought at markets or you can harvest it in the forests. I would not recommend harvesting Bärlauch yourself, as the leaves can look similar to those of the Lily of the valley – which is poisonous.

03.

Asparagus

The Asparagus season in Germany starts towards the end of April and ends on the 24th of June (St. John the Baptist Day)

04.

Rhubarb (Rababer)

Rhubarb has a tart flavour that becomes sweeter when cooked with sugar.  It is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and potassium. 
Rhubarb is commonly used to make pies, crisps, jams, and sauces. It can also be stewed or roasted to bring out its natural sweetness. 

05.

Beer

Starkbier is as the name suggests, a beer that packs a punch with its high alcohol content. Depending on the brewery, it can range from 7% to a whopping 12%.  If you want to learn more about the history and culture behind this beloved tradition, check out this article.

Fruit and Veggies in Season



Vocabulary

Happy Easterich wünche dir frohe Ostern
Easter bunnyder Osterhase
Easter eggdas Osterei
Easter lambdas Osterlamm
Chocolate bunnyder Schokohase
Daffodilsdie Osterglocke

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Starkbier

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In Munich, Starkbierzeit is called the 5th season. It is during Lent (From Ash Wednesday 14.02.2024 to Easter).

Cycling

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Spargel – the German white gold

Bis Johanni – nicht vergessen – sieben Wochen Spargel essen! The Asparagus season in Germany starts towards the end of April and ends on the 24th of June (St. John

Weather in Germany

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