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South Africans in Germany

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

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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

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 […]

Annual South African Meetup 2024 15.06

15/06/2024 @ 1:00 pm – 11:45 pm – It’s that time of year again!The biggest South African jol of the year! Every year we get together at the Rheinpark Golzheim to share some South African treats, braai, have a dop too many and dance to the beats of our very special DJ, DJ Doritos. Time: 13:00 – LatePlace: Rheinpark Golzheim, Düsseldorf. As you […]

Bongeziwe Mabandla in Berlin 23.05

23/05/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – After his sold-out concert on 3 March, award-winning South African musician Bongeziwe Mabandla is back in Berlin on 23 May hours at the Kulturbrauerei. Mabandla is a South African award-winning singer, musician and songwriter from the rural town of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape. He has recorded four highly acclaimed albums and has performed on […]

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  

The African Picnic Festival at the Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall 31.05

31/05/2024 – 02/06/2024 @ All Day – The African Picnic Festival at Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, is the brainchild of Mthunzi Fesi, a young South African, who is also a promoter for South African artists touring Europe. The festival was first hosted on 16 June 2014. This year, the ninth edition of the festival will take place from 31 May […]

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 […]

Thabile – Read my lips – Hannover 24.05

24/05/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm – @Thabilé is a South African-born singer and was rightly chosen as “Artist of the Year 2023” at the African Festival Award (AFA) in Würzburg. Today, Thabilé lives in Stuttgart and campaigns for better coexistence, especially for the rights of women, who are not only oppressed in South Africa. Her songs tell of difficult living conditions […]

Afrikaans is lekker in Amsterdam 25.05

25/05/2024 @ 4:00 pm – 11:45 pm – BOBBY VAN JAARSVELD, JO BLACK, DEMI LEE MOORE, REFENTSE EN DIE GROOTSTE AFRIKAANSE SOKKIE.  VIR SLEGS EEN AAND IN AMSTERDAM The event is not yet listed on the Theater Amsterdam website Tickets can be bought on the Eventbrite website This is an external event and we are not the organisers  

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

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.

02.

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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Meat

German meat cuts are different from those in South Africa. South Africa tends to follow the British way of cutting meat.Below is a explanation of the German Beef Cuts German beef

Starkbier

Starkbier is as the name suggest a strong beer. It is a legal generic designation for beers in which the original wort content is over 16 °P (degrees Plato). The alcohol level is between 5% and 10%. Most of them are seasonal.
In Munich, Starkbierzeit is called the 5th season. It is during Lent (From Ash Wednesday 14.02.2024 to Easter).

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 health fanatics on bikes, and

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 public

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

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 part of Germany lies in