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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.

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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

Spring is finally here, but let’s not get overly excited, as temperatures will still take a few weeks to rise.
Although the trees will only begin to bloom in  April, nature blesses us with the most beautiful flowers, like the cheerful Crocus, the elegant Narcissus and the stunning Tulips. These flowers can be seen in most gardens and meadows, adding a touch of colour and beauty to our surroundings.
There is also the anticipation of the upcoming Easter celebrations, and most houses and gardens will be decorated accordingly, creating a festive and welcoming atmosphere.
Another great thing about March is the increase in daylight, which gives us more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery around us. Every day the sun comes up a minute or two earlier and sets a bit  later. 
Keep in mind that some places may still have snow, especially in the mountains. So, let’s embrace this transitional period with open arms and cherish all the little joys that come with it!

SeasonSpring
TimeCentral European Time (CET), one hour behind South Africa until the last Sunday of March, when Summertime starts (26 March 2022).
WeatherThe temperatures average between 0.2 °C and 7.4 °C.
Depending on the location, it could be warmer or colder.
The average daily sunshine is 3.8 hours.

Here is a list of food traditionally eaten in Germany over the Easter period

Gründonnerstag:
Gründonnerstag sounds like green Thursday although it is derived from the old German word greinen, which means crying. Thus many people celebrate by eating green dishes, such as the following:
– Seven herb soup / Sieben Kräutersuppe
– Chervil soup / Kerbelsuppe
– Eggs in green sauce / Eier in grüner Sauce

Karfreitag:
Church bells are silent on Good Friday. Families may go to church and in some towns, such as Bensheim you will see processions.
Dancing is not allowed on Good Friday, neither are weddings. The shops are closed.
It is a tradition to eat fish at dinner with your family.
– Fish cakes with green sauce / Fishfrikadellen mit grüner Sauce

Ostersamstag:
In Northern Germany, people light Easter fires (das Osterfeuer) as a symbol of light in the darkness.
These fires are sometimes lit on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Ostersonntag:
Families come together to celebrate. They may go to church together and then have a big brunch or a festive dinner.
The main dish is often lamb.
Children hunt for Easter eggs.

– Colorful boiled eggs / Bunte Frühstückseier – served with Black Forest ham and Emmentaler cheese
– Easter bunny brioches / Osterhasebrioches
– Roast leg of lamb with juniper berry sauce / Lammkeule mit Wacholderbeerensauce
– Biennenstich cake. Click on this link for other Easter cake recipes
– Easter lamb cake
– Hefezopf
– German Sweat Bread nests

Ostermontag:
Easter Monday is a day of remembrance and reflection.

Other Foods:
Before Easter, you will find Easter bread (das Osterbrot) in most bakeries.
Brightly colored boiled eggs and of course beautiful chocolate easter eggs in the bakeries
The asparagus season (die Spargelsaison) starts in the middle of April.
Traditionally the white variety is eaten with hollandaise sauce, potatoes, and ham.
To find out how to buy and store asparagus, as well as some recipes,  read our page about the German white gold.

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

During the festive season of Easter, several towns organize colourful Easter Markets and embellish the town fountains with eggs. Known as Osterbrunnen, these intricately decorated fountains are a sight to behold. But that’s not all, people also adorn trees and dried sticks with eggs, creating enchanting Easter egg trees, also known as Ostereierbäume.

Snow Info

Looking for information on the latest snow conditions? Check out these resources:

Holidays

HolidayDateInformationStates
Public Holidays
International Woman's Day2024-03-08Berlin, MV
Good Friday / Karfreitag2024-03-29KarfreitagAll
Easter Sunday / Ostersonntag2024-03-31OstersonntagBrandenburg
Observations
Meteorological start of Spring2024-03-01All
Josefstag / Saint Joseph's Day2024-03-19BY
Astrological start of Spring2024-03-20All
Palm Sunday / Palmsonntag2024-03-24The Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates
Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Maudy Thursday / Gründonnerstag2024-03-28Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the day during Holy Week that commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospelsAll
Karsamstag2024-03-30Six days before Ash Wednesday
More info
All
Start of Summer time2024-03-31Clocks are turned forward by one hourAll
Festivals and events
St Patrick's day2024-03-17 The St Patrick's day parade in Munich is one of the biggest in Germany. There is also one in Berlin.
School Holidays and Terms
Easter HolidaysVariousSchool HolidaysAll

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

09/12/2024 @ All Day – To keep things fair and add benefits to our members, here are the current rules: By placing an advertisement on our Facebook page, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions: You will post only once a month on the Monday specified by the Admin team. Notice hereto will be given in advance. For the […]

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

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.

02.

Mussels

During the months that contain the letter “r,” which typically run from September through the beginning of spring, seafood lovers can indulge in a variety of delicious options including oysters, scallops, and clams. Be sure to savour these delectable treats to the fullest during March!

03.

Spinach

The delicious, nutrient-packed leaf spinach (Blattspinat) season typically begins in the month of March.

04.

Morel (Morcheln)

Morels, also known as Morchella, are a delicious and versatile type of sac fungi that can add incredible flavour to any dish.  Here are some recipe ideas

05.

Starkbier is as the name suggests a strong beer.  Starkbierzeit is called the 5th season. It is during Lent (From Ash Wednesday (14.02.2023) to Easter). Read more here

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

Springder Frühling
Wild garlicder Bärlauch
Morelsdie Morcheln
Chervilder Kerbel
Turnipsdie Steckrüben
Radishder Rettich
Lamb’s lettuceder Feldsalat
Scallopsdie Jakobsmuscheln
Oystersdie Austern
Clamsdie Venusmuscheln

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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

February

February is a month of great importance as it is known for love. This event is celebrated with great vigour and passion in South Africa, where lovebirds often exchange gifts, plan special surprises, and indulge in delicious, romantic dinners. However, it is not celebrated with the same intensity in Germany.
In general, most restaurants and hotels in Germany do not offer any special deals or promotions for Valentine’s Day celebrations. However, some shops offer special deals and sales on Valentine’s Day.
So, if you’re interested in celebrating this day of love in Germany, you might have to be a little creative in planning your celebrations. Nonetheless, with your loved ones by your side, any day can turn out to be a special day filled with love, happiness, and cherished memories.

 

SeasonWinter
TimeCentral European Time (CET), one hour behind South Africa
Weather

The temperatures average between -2.4 °C and 3.5 °C. It could get much colder, depending on the location.
Snow is likely in the mountain areas. Coastal cities have a milder climate and the possibility of snow is low.
The average daily sunshine is 2.7 hours.

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

Carnival

It is an exciting time in Germany as the Carnival season, also known as the fifth season, is in full swing. This time of year is marked by colourful parades, lively music, and elaborate costumes. People from all over Germany come together to celebrate in a joyous atmosphere and things can get a bit “Narrisch”. This playful German word loosely translates to crazy or chaotic, and it is a testament to the spirited nature of Carnival season.  
Carnival is a celebration of excess and includes parades, floats, dancing, formal balls, wearing costumes, noise and a lot of partying. It is the period before Lent, that starts on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is a time of repentance and abstinence in preparation for Easter.

So what is Carnival, Fastnacht and Faching
These are basically regional names for Carnival.

  • Fasching – Austria, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen
  • Fastnacht – Baden, Franconia, Hesse, Saarland, Mainz, Swabenland, Switzerland and Luxumbourg
  • Karneval – Rhineland: Aachen, Bonn, Köln and Düsseldorf
 

Narrenzunft
This is yet another version of Carnival.
The local carnival clubs of the Swabian-Alemannic and some of the Rhenish clubs describe themselves as fools’ guilds. These guilds are mostly organised in the legal form of a registered association (Verein).
You can find the “Zunfttermine” here.
You can find a list of the associations / Vereine here.

Holidays

DateHolidayInformationStates
Public Holidays
-
Observations
Women’s Carnival / Weiberfastnach08.02.2024All
Fastnachtssamstag10.02.2024
Fastnachtssonntag11.02.2024
Rose Monday / Rosenmontag12.02.2024
Fastnacht / carnival13.02.2024
Aschermittwoch/ Ash Wednesday14.02.2024A Christian holy day of prayer and fasting, and the first day of LentAll
Valentines Day14.02.2024All

Events

For concerts and shows, have a look on Eventim

Going to the movies

It is always exciting to plan a visit to the movies! There are so many things to consider, like choosing the right movie theatre, picking

Events listed on our website

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

Krapfen

This delectable treat is also known as a Berliner or Berliner Pfannkuchen. The soft and fluffy doughnut features a generous filling of sweet and tangy jam that adds a burst of flavour with every bite

02.

Hearty Food

Stay warm in winter with hearty German dishes like Eisbein, Sauerbraten, Falscher Hase, and Kartoffelsuppe. These dishes are rich and savoury, perfect for satisfying your cravings. Warm up with a glass of Glühwein for added comfort. Don’t let the winter blues get you down, indulge in these delicious and cosy meals to brighten up your day!

03.

Reibekuchen

Potato pancakes, more commonly known as Rosti, are a classic culinary creation that is sure to please your palate. These delectable pancakes are available in a variety of serving styles, ranging from sweet to savoury. You can enjoy them with a side of delicious Appel sauce for a sweet and tangy taste sensation, or opt for a more savoury flavour by pairing them with egg or onion.

04.

Himmel und Erde

Himmel und Erde, which is also known as “heaven and earth” in English, is a mouth-watering and delightful side dish that has been enjoyed by many people for centuries. It is a traditional German dish consisting of mashed potatoes and mashed apples sautéed in a pan with bacon bits and onions.

05.

Kölsch

Kölsch is a light, clear (filtered) and top-fermented beer with an average original gravity of 11.3 °P and an average alcohol content of 4.8%.. It must be brewed in Köln

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

Narrenrufe

The origins of these “fools calls” are not always clear and their exact meaning is also lost in time. Most villages have their own call.
Here are some of the most well known:

CallWhereMeaning
HelauMainz, Düsseldorf,
Koblenz
 
AlaafBonn and AachenAlles ab or
everything down
Kölle alaafonly in Köln 
Wau-Wauall over 
Narri-NarroSchwabenlandI’m a fool,
your are a fool
AhoiLudwigshafen and
in the North
 
Hasi PalauPaderbornDie Hasen.
Palau is a different
form of Helau.
Alleh hoppSaarlandLos geht’s

 

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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

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

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Ah, September is such a beautiful time of year in Germany! As the leaves begin to change colour and the air starts to feel crisp and refreshing, it’s a gentle reminder that the summer season is winding down and making way for autumn. The start of autumn brings with it a whole new host of activities for people to enjoy – from apple picking to pumpkin carving to cozy evenings spent with family and friends. And, let’s not forget about the delicious seasonal foods that become available during this time of year, like warm soups, hearty stews, and comforting baked goods.
The mornings now have a hint of chilliness in the air, signaling the changing temperature trends. However, the beautiful fall weather is still warm and inviting enough to enjoy the outdoors during the daytime. In fact, it’s the perfect season for indulging in a wide variety of physical activities ranging from hiking to biking, camping to picnicking.
If is also the perfect time to visit any of the stunning Mediterranean countries. The weather, while still hot and balmy, is a pleasant change from the scorching heat of summer. Plus, the crowds of tourists have headed back to their homes and schools, meaning you’ll have more of the beach and other attractions to yourself.

SeasonAutumn
TimeCentral European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (29 October 2023).
Weather

The temperatures average between 9.6°C and 18.3 °C. It could be warmer or colder, depending on the location. The average daily sunshine is 5.2 hours.

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

The most famous festival in Germany, the Oktoberfest in Munich, starts on 16 September. Another great beer fest to visit is the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart from 22 September. Similar festivals will be celebrated all over Germany and you can search for Oktoberfest and your town to find one close to you.
Autumn is also a time for  wine festivals.
If you love Pumpkins, head out to Ludwigsburg for the biggest Pumpkin festival in the world. It will run from 25 August until 3 December 2023.
Farmers across the region will start harvesting. This is celebrated with traditional harvest festivals or “Erntedankfest”, which is celebrated with church services and processions on the last Sunday of September or the first Sunday of October.

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

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Some foods and drinks to try

Berries

Make your own Rote Grütze and serve it with Ice cream, Milchreis or pudding. Rote Grütze is a traditional German dessert that is both delicious and easy to make. Originating from northern Germany, this dish has become a favorite in homes throughout the country and beyond. To prepare your own Rote Grütze, simply gather a mixture of red fruits such as cherries, raspberries, and currants, and cook them together with sugar and a bit of cornstarch to create a thick, fruity sauce.

Take a look at this selection of delicious recipe ideas with berries
We can also recommend this delicious Milchreis recipe 

Hearty Food

When the weather outside is chilly and cold, there's nothing more comforting than a warm and hearty meal! Why not try some German classics like Rouladen, Linseneintopf or Kartoffelsuppe? Rouladen is a delicious beef dish that is stuffed with bacon, onions and pickles, while Linseneintopf is a hearty lentil soup that is both filling and nutritious. And if you're in the mood for something more potato-based, you can't go wrong with a steaming bowl of Kartoffelsuppe.

Pumpkins

During the autumn season, the markets and farms are vibrant with an abundant variety of squashes and pumpkins waiting to be discovered and savored. Don't miss out on the chance to explore the many shapes and sizes of these delicious vegetables. Some of the popular types of squashes and pumpkins include butternut, acorn, spaghetti, kabocha, and sugar pumpkins.

More information about the varieties of squashes and pumpkins.
Try a hearty pumpkin soup with pumpkin seed oil or Stuffed Hokkaido Pumpkin.

Zwetschgen

The Damask Plum, also known by its German name, Zwetschgen, is among the delicious and flavorful fruits that are enjoyed during particular seasons. It is important to know that these plums are not to be confused with the more common plums, known as Pflaumen, which are more widely available in many grocery stores. The Damask Plum is unique in its taste and texture, with a slightly tart yet sweet flavor which makes it perfect for use in a variety of dishes.

Here is a recipe for Zwetschgendatschi. Eat it with a big dollop of cream or ice cream.
You can substitute the Zwetschgen for Mirabellen

Beer

The breweries in Munich prepares a special Festbier for the Oktoberfest. Up until 1970 it used to be a Märzen bier but was replaced by a much lighter lager.

The difference between Festbier and Märzen. More information about Marzën bier

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

Autumnder Herbst
Autumn leavesdie Herbstblätter
Damask plums

die Zwetschgen

Plumsdie Pflaume
Pumpkinder Kürbis
Pumpink seed oilDas Kürbiskernöl
Blueberriesdie Blaubeeren
Raspberiesdie Himbeeren
Elderberriesdie Holunderbeeren
Mirabelles or yellow plumbsdie Mirabellen  (Marillen is Apricots)

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Pumpkins

Pumpkin season in Germany is from July to January. In Germany, it is called Kürbiszeit Some facts about pumpkins Pumpkins belong to the Squash (Cucurbita) family They are native to North America and originated from northeastern Mexico and the southern United States Grown on all continents except Antarctica There are

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 few other people ever use a bike after you’ve left school. However, the scene in Germany is significantly different. A

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 need to embrace all kinds of weather conditions.Most Germans will tell you that there is no bad weather, just bad clothes. The best outdoor activity

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 the cool/temperate climatic zone in which humid westerly winds predominate. In the northwest and the north, the climate is oceanic

Season Summer
Time Central 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 24 degrees Celsius.  The days are becoming shorter. It is mostly sunny and dry.

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

The meteorological autumn starts on the 1st of September, meaning August is the last month of summer.
It is also the holiday season in most of Europe. For travel ideas within Germany, we created a travel page for each State (Bundesland) and added some Geheimtipps from locals.
If you feel overwhelmed by the types of accommodation available in Germany, hopefully, our page about accommodation types will help.
For travel within the Schengen area, check what rules currently apply by following the links on our Schengen Travel page.
For some countries outside the Schengen area, like Croatia, you don’t need a visa when travelling on a South African passport, see where else you can travel visa-free.
Also, see the page about July, for more information about holiday options.

For last minute holiday deals look at websites like Secret Escapes and Last Minute

Holidays

HolidayDateInformationStates
Public Holidays
Maria Himmelfahrt15.08.2023PenAssumption of MaryBY, SL
Observations
None
School Holidays and Terms
SommerferienVariousShool Holidays 2023

Events

  • 22 July –7 August:  Sommerwerft, Frankfurt (theatre and arts festival)
  • 24 July & August 6:  Klassik Open Air, Nürnberg (series of free classical concerts and fireworks in Luitpoldhain park)
  • 12 – 21 August Berlin Leutchtet, light fest

Foods and drinks to try

  • The weather is perfect to have a braai or to visit friends for a grillfest. See rules for braaing here
  • Berries like Strawberries (Erdbeeren), Red currant berries (Johannisbeeren), Blueberries (Blaubeeren) and Goose berries  (Stachelbeeren)
  • Cherry (Kirschen) season is until the end of August
  • Zwetchen (Damask Plums). The season starts end of August. A delicious desert is Zwetschgendatschi
  • Mirabellen (Mirabelle plum)
  • Ice cream – the best you will find at Italian Gelato shops. Do try Spaghetti Eis
  • Aperol Spritz
  • Campari Orange
  • Elderflower Cocktail (Hugo)
  • Spritzers(Schorle)
  • Fruit Punch (Fruchtbowle)
  • Cold Duck (Kalte Ente)
  • Sangria
  • Beer and wine cocktails
  • Pumpkin season starts in August, if you are close to Ludwigsburg, visit the yearly Kürbisausstellung, which is the biggest in the World

Vocabulary

Holiday / Vacation der Urlaub
Holiday home das Ferienhaus
Accommodation die Unterkunft
Lake der See
Ocean das Meer
Beach der Strand / der Badestrand
All inclusive price die Pauschale

Fruit and Veggies in Season

August

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