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South Africans in Germany


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,

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

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


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 […]


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:…/sht-hot-fest-amsterdam… All EB tickets include a 10% voucher that can be used on 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 It will be a TEAMS meeting, you do not need Teams to participate […]

Some foods and drinks to try



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


Ice Cream

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



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


Aperol Spritz

Summer Drinks



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



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


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
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.


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