Speaking Spätzle: What to Know About this Quintessential Swabian Favorite—and How to Make It

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May 16, 2024 / 0 comments

Plump and misshapen, with a soft, chewy texture that’s reminiscent of pasta or gnocchi, Spätzle belongs in its own culinary category altogether.

Pervasive in Germany, Austria, and Hungary, and stretching into Switzerland and other neighboring European countries, the popular pasta comes in several varieties. But the miniature dumplings usually share a few common threads – a simple dough, heavy with egg and flour, and a cooking method that involves dangling the dough over simmering water so that it cooks on contact.

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A Blue Card in Germany: Requirements and Eligibility in 2022

Germany is home to one of the largest foreign-born labor forces and has an admirable work culture. Many expats find the high standard of living, strong economy, impressive productivity levels, and good job opportunities here appealing. If you’re a newcomer looking to enjoy these benefits, you need to understand the basics of the German Blue Card visa application.

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Saxony Streams Online German Advent Calendar

Advent calendars have been a cherished German tradition since the 19th century. They act as a delightful door to places we cannot see but can imagine. They also serve as a countdown to Christmas Eve, beginning on the first of December. Each morning a new door is opened. What’s behind the door, remains a secret, until that day. Children naturally prefer Advent calendars filled with chocolate, an invention from Dresden. SIGHTGEIST – THE SAXONY MAGAZINE‘s video Advent calendar is filled with intriguing true stories from Saxony.

10 Places Where History Comes Alive in Munich

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Nov 12, 2019 / 0 comments

The capital of Bavaria, Munich, has a plethora of historical sites. However, time was not in our favor. Our first trip was limited to just a couple of days of touring. To sample Munich’s history, we relied on a friend and our private guide, Chaim Eytan, to show us around. Perhaps a future trip will provide more options. For the time being, here are 10 places where history comes alive in Munich.

History Comes Alive in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Sep 30, 2019 / 0 comments

It’s rare to find a town that has survived for centuries. Natural disasters, wars, and human intervention usually cause buildings to be destroyed and replaced by more modern structures. It is, however, possible to go back to medieval times by visiting a walled city between Frankfurt and Munich. Travelers to this region can see history come alive in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

History Comes Alive in Rüdesheim am Rhein

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Jun 20, 2019 / 0 comments

Like many international travelers, I have landed in Frankfurt on my way to another destination and then departed a short time later. Until recently, I never considered exploring the city or any nearby destinations. After seeing history come alive in Frankfurt, we drove into the countryside to Rüdesheim am Rhein in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

History Comes Alive in Frankfurt am Main

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May 14, 2019 / 0 comments

We arrived in Frankfurt on a cold, rainy morning. Just a few hours before sunset the skies cleared as we walked to the New Frankfurt Old Town. Listed as one of Frankfurt's top attractions, it is a perfect place to explore after a long overseas flight. 

New Frankfurt Old Town. From History Comes Alive in Frankfurt am Main

Black Forest Cupcakes

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Aug 28, 2018 / 0 comments

Gorgeous house in the Black Forest. From Black Forest Cupcakes

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Travel Back in Time at Schloss Sigmaringen


Perched atop a steep cliff, nestled in between the town of Sigmaringen and the Danube River, Schloss Sigmaringen (Sigmaringen Castle) is a fairy tale come to life.

The brightly-colored roofs lead the eye past the surrounding mountains to the sky, in the town of Sigmaringen, located in Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany.

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Taking a Fashion Tour of Berlin

Berlin is a fashion city like no other. It produces a myriad of everything from stylish but casual daywear, high tech fabrics, avant-garde designer dresses, and cutting edge work wear. Germany is the richest economy in the EU, and new enthusiasm from its consumers in its major cities reflects this. The fashion business is blooming in Berlin. It's time to go and catch the heady scent of success.