Help for people from Ukraine

I collected information for help. If you have something to add, write.

I want to note that this is a tragedy not only for those who have lost their homes or loved ones, although it is the hardest for them, but also for millions of people of both nationalities around the world. You can at least help by not inciting hatred and spreading prejudice. Many do not know anymore if they will ever see their relatives and friends.

Information about helping in different countries, including Germany

Accommodation in Berlin
Haus 2
Oranienburger Str. 285
13437 Berlin

Station „Karl-Bonhoeffer-Nervenklinik“ underground U8 or train S25.

Arrival Center Addresses (see Ankunftzentrum): https://www.bamf.de/DE/Behoerde/Aufbau/Standorte/standorte-node.html

Addresses for refugees in Stuttgart, unfortunately, all together, don’t know which address should come first https://fluechtlinge.stuttgart.de/item/show/609021

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Carnival vocabulary

The German carnival has many traditions and special words. Here are the most important of them. What is Jeck and Larve? What does a Funkmariechen do?

Read about the carnival here.
Swabian-Alemannic carnival in Ulm
Swabian-Alemannic carnival in Reutte

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Deutschtest für Zuwanderer (DTZ). Writing letters 5

We continue to study possible subjects of letters for the DTZ exam (B1).

Letters 1, Letters 2, Letters 3, Letters 4, Letters 6
Dialogues Part 1, Part 2
Images description
Everything about the #Orientierungstest (Test Leben in Deutschland) is here.

Communication with the school, courses, Vereine

The topic is quite extensive, but it can also be reduced to a basic set.

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Neuchatel Lake. 1. Estavayer

Lake Neuchâtel is the largest inland Swiss lake, a paradise for watersports and bird lovers. For the former, numerous campsites are provided, for the latter – protected areas along the entire eastern coast, which begin immediately beyond the borders of a few and small settlements.

The lake is divided by several cantons (quite funny, there are even exclaves and enclaves: Vaud, Friborg, Neuchâtel and a bit of Bern). This is very inconvenient when preparing, since the sites of each of them try to talk more about their sights, although they can be quite far away from the lake, and less mention of the sights of other cantons, although they are within easy reach.

Next, I’ll talk about Estavayer-le-Lac (part 1) and the sights around the lake (part 2).

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Pregnancy in Germany. Part 4

Finally we got to the decisive stage of pregnancy. This part is about what things to take with you to hospital, about the stimulation of labor, pain relief and time in the hospital after giving birth.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

If this is your first birth in Germany and you don’t speak German very well yet, be sure to bring someone with you who can translate for you. Some husbands don’t want to be present, but foreign women need it. A woman in labor can forget German from pain. In German maternity hospitals, not in large international cities, women are often treated disrespectfully if they cannot respond perfectly to the German language during childbirth. The head of the maternity hospital in Öhringen told me that I should learn German better, when I did not immediately answer him, because I got out of bed and could only think about the pain in my lower back. I also heard ridicule at women who did not understand German. For some reason, the midwifes think that they are not being heard.

How you should get to the hospital

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Carnival in Germany

Carnival – Faschingsumzug or Fastnachtsumzug – a favorite entertainment not only for children, but also for adults. Carnivals are not held in all German cities, usually larger or tourist ones in western and southwestern Germany.

The largest (most visited) are carnivals in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Mainz.

Read also: about carnival words, about the Swabian-Alemannic carnival in Rottweil and Ulm.

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Heidelberg

Heidelberg is an old student town, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.

A half-ruined ghost castle on a mountain, the blue water of the Neckar, an ancient bridge, university buildings – all this gives the city a special charm.


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Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 3. Zugspitze, Alpspitze, Eibsee

From Garmisch you can clearly see the Alpspitze – a very beautiful and expressive peak with a recognizable shape. In contrast, the Zugspitze is often closed by the Kleiner and Großer Waxenstein. But you can also find points (if you climb further and higher in Partenkirchen), from where you can see all the peaks.

This page is about the Alpspitze, the Zugspitze, the Höllentalklamm and the Eibsee lake. Read about other mountains and sights of Garmisch in the first part and the second part.

Alpspitze on the far left, Zugspitze on the right

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Linderhof

Ludwig 2 of Bavaria managed to build several palaces. But only one he brought to perfection – external and internal.

Linderhof is a must-see attraction. It is located in a secluded valley near Oberammergau (about Oberammergau and Ettal at the end of the topic).

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Schwangau. Füssen. Part 2

We continue the story about the surroundings of Neuschwanstein Castle. We will go to Tegelberg, walk along the gorge, visit Füssen and rest on two lakes.

Read about the two castles and the lake Alpsee in the first part.

Schwangau

The area in which the Neuschwanstein castle is located is worth spending a few days there. Schwangau is the best place to stay. The village is located in the very center for tourists – an average of 30 minutes walk to Hohenschwangau, to the Tegelberg cable car, to the Schwansee lake, to the Forggensee lake.

Then we will move through the sights starting from Neuschwanstein Castle counterclockwise.

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German Synonyms. Increase

Increase, raise, rise – there is not one, but several rows of synonyms at once. Let’s take steigen and steigern, erhöhen and erheben, zulegen and zunehmen

First look at steigen, steigern, erhöhen. All of them suppose changing the level.

Rise

The basic meaning of the verb steigen is “to climb”: to move from below upwards, for example uphill, step by step. Be higher – on a mountain, on a step, on a horse, in a train (you also initially need to climb a stairs there). Gradually rise higher and higher – an airplane, a kite, a balloon …

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Gymnasium. First year

Of course, a covid year can hardly be called normal learning, so it is rather difficult to objectively assess grade 5.

My comments concern a boy with normal grades (official tested as above average). That is, we project onto weaker children for the worse. By the end of the post, you will understand why most children need a private tutor.

So far, the diagnosis is as follows:

Deeply outdated education from 19th. century, with a mass of unnecessary information, based on the message “learn by heart” rather than “think”, which they are afraid to reform like a sacred cow, for some reason assuming that the gymnasium gives a good education, and if they touch it, then everything will fall apart.

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Lake Constance. Lindau

The harbor of Lindau just asks for a camera. Especially when a pleasure boat gracefully enters it.

The island and the old town are small. In an hour you can slowly walk around all the streets. When choosing a hotel in Lindau without car, make sure that it is located on or near the island. So that you do not have to get to everything by local buses. The coastal part of the city is not small at all.

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Technik museum Speyer

Speyer

Technik Museum in Speyer (link), one of two in this region (second – in Sinsheim).

There are more cars and military equipment in Sinsheim. There are planes and a couple of steam locomotives, but the rest of the set is more interesting for those who are fond of cars. Speyer has a more varied exhibition.

Speyer can be:
included in the route along the Castle road (part 1 from Mannheim to Eberbach, part 2 from Zwingenberg to Bad Wimpfen),
along the Rhine routes
visited from Heidelberg.
About Speyer himself – here.

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What is new in 2022 in Germany

Let’s see what awaits us in the new 2022.

There are changes in social, pension and tax calculations that do not depend on the will of the average person – the tax scale changes slightly, the tax-free base increases, the pension scale is moving, and so on, so I will not consider them.

First, about what did not fall into the category. On May 15, a selective census of the population will take place – it was postponed due to pandemic.

Mobility and energy

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a city with a medieval look, which is located on several tourist routes at once: Romantic Road, Castle Road and Favorite Valley of the Tauber River.

Old streets that seem to have survived from ancient times, half-timbered houses, fortress walls, the picturesque nature of the Tauber River valley (although the river is too loud a word for this stream) … A significant part of this medieval appearance has been restored from ruins after the bombing, according to old drawings and photographs. But walking here, you completely forget about it.

It is worth visiting Rothenburg during the holidays, especially on Easter and Trinity, when locals, dressed in costumes, try to recreate the life of the city in the Middle Ages and important historical events for the city.

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From Bregenz to Innsbruck. What to visit

Voralberg is a very mountainous region, where even the highways mostly run in tunnels, and there are several toll sections with fees independent of a general Austrian vignette. The main attractions are mountains, entertainment – they are the same. There are many cable cars (I will not list everything), rope parks are relatively common, but other entertainment infrastructure is spreading slowly in this region. It is designed more for hiking and extreme sports (especially rock climbing).

By searching, keep in mind that Austrians usually refer Kletterwald (rope park) as Kletterpark or Hochseilgarten, and Klettergarten are rock areas for training climbers and there are a lot of these areas. The number of attractions increases towards Innsbruck.

Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.

  • 1 – top
  • 2 – very good, although not so well known
  • 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
  • 4 – local or specific, not for everyone

Green marks – I was there (there are links to the posts). Blacks – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective

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Bern

Bern

For the capital, Bern is a rather small city, but, like any normal capital, it is filled with people rushing somewhere. The historic center is small, for some reason trams and buses run on it, and this, especially trams, does not paint it at all: the narrow streets are entangled with wires, and tourists all the time strive to get under the wheels.

A couple of hours will be enough to inspect the center, to which, if you wish, you can add a museum or a zoo, a botanical garden, a thermal pool.

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Moselle: Eltz, Cochem and Trier

The Moselle is a very beautiful river. In truth, we liked her more than the Rhine, clogged with transport, muddy, with brown water.

To make the river navigable, it was dammed in the middle of the 20th century, but still there are very few barges here. On one (left) side of the river there is a railway and a road, and there is a road partly on the right. There are also castles on the banks of the Moselle, but the main attraction is the local wines. We were in Cochem and Trier, visited the Eltz castle.

More about cities on the Rhine.
Read about German wines here.

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Secondary school in Berlin – Brandenburg

The rules are different in these federal states, but since a significant number of the Brandenburg population is concentrated around Berlin, we will consider them together. Attending a school in another federal state is possible subject to availability (the rules are hier).

For more transparency the states have different color. The brighter the color, the higher the education

Education scheme in Brandenburg

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Essay description in German. 1. Way

Description of the way (Wegbeschreibung) pops up several times in different grades and at different levels. Not all teachers decide to write this essay, some take it verbally. And in VERA, too, there was a similar task.

Read more about VERA

The training method is very simple: we open a map of the area, a city plan (for example tourist plan from tourist office) and ask to describe the road from and to.

To complicate things, we add additional conditions:
the boy was with gypsum, it was an old woman with a stick (you need a short and safe path without stairs),
it was a cyclist,
it was a tourist (wants a more interesting route),
it was a small kind (you need a safe path without streets crossings) etc.

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How system kills blogging

On my sites you will see a nasty full page ad that requires you to agree to cookies. I know it got you. It got me too. But I have no other choice as the European data protection law is written in such a way that it requires you to actively, not passively, consent to cookies. That is, you must press the button yourself. In doing so, it requires:

– so that absolutely all cookies are registered. And this is statistics, newsletters, services from WordPress like contact forms, advertising statistics and even fonts, etc. etc.

– so that you can refuse both all together, and from each separately

– so you can change your mind

– so that all these services, except for those that completely destroy the site, are disabled until you agree.

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Feasts in Germany. December – January

​​Christmas in Europe is a special time. A Christmas market, trees and decorations, Christmas carols … But all this you find not on Christmas itself, but earlier – on Advent. From December 23 to January 27, Europe is not the best place to visit: just before Christmas, everyone completely empties the store shelves and lies at the bottom: long weekends, no one works, except gas station, Donners and a few restaurants. The interval between Christmas and New Year and after the New Year is the time of sales of old clothing collections. And immediately after January 6, the holidays are completely over: the lights and the trees are removed.

Advent

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Bavaria. Allgäu. What to see

In Allgäu there are such tourist monsters as Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Füssen, but no less interesting for hikers and natur lovers are Oberstdorf mountains and the Zugspitze Arena (around Reutte).

Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.

  • 1 – top
  • 2 – very good, although not so well known
  • 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
  • 4 – local or specific, not for everyone

Green marks – I was there (there are links to the posts). Blacks – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective

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Innsbruck. Part 1. City

Innsbruck is a boring city in bad weather and pretty cute in good weather. A city occupying the most advantageous position at the crossroads of gorges and roads, where it was simply impossible not to become large and prosperous.

It is one of the few large cities in the immediate vicinity of mountain peaks and ski slopes. It is not surprising that the Olympic Games have been held here twice.

Инсбрук

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Schwangau. 1. Neuschwanstein

Perhaps you do not know what it is called and where it is located. But the view of this castle is almost certainly familiar to you – from puzzles or from the Disney cartoon “Sleeping Beauty”. It was impossible to be in Munich and not to visit Schwangau.

In this part about two castles, Alpsee and Schwangau in the winter. In the part 2 about attraction arond Neuschwanstein.

Neuschwanstein, Schwansee and Füssen in the background

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Joint building ventury (Baugemeinschaft)

The joint building ventury Baugemeinschaft is a popular form of organizing the construction of apartment buildings in Germany.

How can you find it?

You can find it by looking at advertisements on real estate sites – communities drop advertisements among ordinary sale advertisements. You may well declare your interest – even if you are not satisfied and you will not join there, your interest will be recorded and you will be included in the lists that are selected by architectural firms.

It is also recommended to ask at the town hall – they are also interested in this form of building.

Major cities have online offers of societies open to membership – for example, Munich or Hamburg.

Why is it so popular?

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Deutschtest für Zuwanderer. Writing letters – 4

We continue with different types of letters.

Other types of letters – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5.
Dialogues Part 1, Part 2
Images description
Everything about the #Orientierungstest is here.

Type 4. Private ads, services to colleagues and friends

This type of letter is very diverse, but the structure is the same. You need to know general phrases (questions about price, condition, where is the information from, offer of help) and figure out what you can ask about typical second-hand things (furniture, tools, bicycles, things)

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Christmas cookies in Germany

This post is for those who have just met the German cookie fanaticism and don’t know where to start. You can easily find a couple of hundred cookie-themed recipes on the Internet, here are the most basic ones for beginners.

As soon as the children go to the kindergarten, the kindergarten and school “tribute” begin. For St. Martin, to sell at the Christmas market, to fundraise for the trip, for Basteltag, for the pre-Christmas breakfast in the garden, for the school Christmas breakfast, for Easter …

The easiest way is to get off with muffins, but if you intend to feed a large crowd, it turns out to be expensive (in form mini-muffins is ok). Cakes are welcome for flee markets, but otherwise rather not. Buying something is easier, but expensive (when they ask for fruit, for example). For large events, cookies are most convenient – it’s easy to make, but it’s tedious and long to decorate. However you can involve the whole family in the process.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 2. Around Partnachklamm

We continue our story about Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This time, it’s about what activities and routes await you around gorge Partnachklamm – starting from the ski stadium.

The first part (the city and the nearest cable cars).
Part 3 Zugspitze and nearby Austrian Zugspitze Arena.

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German synonyms. Different and other

This is such a classic problematic synonymous series in different languages: the words “different” and “other”. The German version is mainly about verschieden – unterschiedlich – anders.

Let’s start with the forms so there is less confusion.

verschieden, unterschiedlich, ungleich, fremd, andersartig – are adjectives, change endings

unterscheiden – verb

Verschiedenheit, Unterschied, Unterschiedenheit, Unterschiedlichkeit, Anderssein – nouns

ander – pronoun (attributive pronoun or pronoun adjective – as you like), changes the endings

anders – adverb, does not change

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 1. City, Wank mountain

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known primarily for the fact that it is near the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen unites two settlements, respectively Garmisch and Partenkirchen. In 1936, the Olympic Games were held here, for which, under strong pressure from the authorities, the two villages were united.

Read about Zugspitze and what is nearby in the part 3. In this part about other attractions of Garmisch (city, Wank mountain)
Partnachklamm gorge in winter and summer, other possibilities in part 2.

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Potsdam. Sanssouci park. Part 1

Potsdam, a satellite of of Berlin that smoothly turns into Berlin itself, is associated primarily with the Sanssouci Palace. This is a very green city, with huge expanses of water around, there are not one or two palaces in it, although it is not necessary to visit all of them.

Potsdam can be a good base from which to explore Berlin and the surrounding area. It is cheaper to live here than in Berlin, you can rent a good apartment. But you need to settle either not too far from the station, or have access to highways, that is, do not go deeper into the city center.

Since the reunification of Germany, the complex of gardens and palaces of Brandenburg and Berlin is constantly being restored. For current openings and closings, see the site of the palaces.

Next – Sanssouci New Palace and New Garden.

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Upper Normandy. Seine-Maritime – 2

In this part everything east and north from Rouen to Dieppe and Treport.

Part 1 – west from Rouen and south from Dieppe (Fecamp, Etretat, Seine, etc)

Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.

  • 1 – top
  • 2 – very good, although not so well known
  • 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
  • 4 – local or specific, not for everyone

Green marks – I was there (there are links to the posts). Blacks – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective

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Rouen

Rouen is full of half-timbered houses and in general a nice, green city. I cannot remember cities of this size with so many unkilled half-timbered houses. It is all the more surprising that the city had a rather turbulent life (they could have burned or destroyed everything) and a good income (they could have rebuilt everything in stone).

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Pregnancy in Germany. Part 3

We continue the topic of pregnancy and childbirth. In the first part there was infertility and miscarriage, in the second part – mandatory and additional tests, illnesses and inconveniences accompanying pregnancy.

Part 1.
Part 2

In this part, we will see what is written in Mutterpass, we will learn how to get a midwife and why you need one at all, and decide where to give birth.

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Spessart. Castle Mespelbrunn

I don’t know too many German films. But “The Spessart Inn ” and “The Haunted Castle” are familiar even to me.

Spessart are wooded mountains, quite high in places, located between the A3 and Main and further beyond the A3 towards Fulda. Through the Main to the south, the mountains continue, but are already called Odenwald. And Odenwald then goes to the Black Forest. And it turns out such an extended mountainous-wooded strip up to Switzerland.

The name Spessart in its original form meant “woodpecker mountainous forest”.

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Fighting mold and condensation

Mold (Schimmel)

Fighting mold is an essential part of life in most German homes. The problem is blamed on users. They say tenants do not ventilate, overcool, etc. etc. In reality, of course, builders have crooked hands and save at the expense of residents. Our friends lived in Holland and did not observe this problem there, although Holland is clearly ahead of most German cities in terms of humidity.

It makes sense to complain about the mold to the landlord only immediately after moving, in the first months. If you have been living for more than six months and complaining, you will be accused of misusing the apartment and forced to dry and repair everything. In most cases, in the courts such issues are lost. It is cheaper to be silent, to quietly clean the consequences and take preventive measures, hoping that when you leave your apartment, the issue will not come up.

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Zugspitze Arena. 2. Lakes

Looking at the photos in the first part, you may ask – where are these lakes, there is only a meadow and wooded mountains. Nevertheless, three decent-sized lakes are hidden in the forests, and in the neighboring valley towards Reutte there are two more large lakes, on which there are even pleasure boats. And there are many small mountain lakes and reservoirs, some of which are used to provide snow for trails, and in the summer they are very beautiful landscapes.

Mountain lakes were hidden under clouds, but in the forest ones we even managed to swim.

Weißensee – Mittersee – Blindsee

Three lakes, linked by a 4 km hiking trail, lie at the foot of the Fernpass.

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Saint Martin Feast. Songs

The main children’s autumn holiday is on the way – Sankt Martin. Processions with lanterns are timed to this holiday.

The memory of Saint Martin is celebrated on November 11th. But processions in his honor usually take place after All Saints’ Day, that is, after November 1, and small processions of one kindergarden or urban area can be scheduled for any day of the last week of October.

All about lanterns: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5

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Deutschtest für Zuwanderer. Dialogues – 1

Tasks are taken from reviews of real exams shared in Internet.

I give possible supporting phrases, since sometimes it is difficult to figure out what to talk about there. Please note that these are not ready-made dialogues, but possible pieces of phrases, a set of words. It is not necessary to memorize them as a complete dialogue, but use for your own.

I see three main groups of dialogues:
the first, the most numerous, is the organization of the event,
the second is that one person asks another for advice, discussion of the problem,
and the third is helping someone.

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Technik museum Sinsheim. IMAX cinema

There are two large technik museums in the region: in Speyer and Sinsheim (Link). They have different content, but if there is a lack of time, it is quite possible to choose one.

We like museum in Speyer better: that set of exhibits is more interesting to us. But this does not mean that there is nothing to watch in Sinsheim.

The main differences are as follows. Speyer has more large technik, an entire pavilion is dedicated to space, steam locomotives are better represented, there are two ships and a submarine.
There are a lot of cars in Sinsheim, whole lines of Mercedes from the very first car, a lot of military technik, which Speyer doesn’t have. But in Sinsheim there are no ships and space.
Nevertheless, in Sinsheim, there are several locomotives stuck in the corners. And in Speyer there are some vintage cars.

The most interesting objects in this two topics (about Speyer museum read hier).

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Traunsee. 1. Gmunden

Gmunden is located on the edge of the Salzkammergut. A little further – and already the mountains come to an end, industrial zones begin, highways intersect around Wels. But in Gmunden you still enjoy the mountain scenery.

Gmunden is suitable as a base for exploring the region around Traunsee, Bad Ischl. It’s not near to Hallstatt for day trip, although it is still possible. But for a real exploration of the mountainous part of the Salzkammergut, it is better to find an accomodation closer.

Map of sights Salzkammergut.

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DIY lanterns for Saint Martin feast. 5. Silhouettes

We end our big review with silhouettes: red leaves and black figurines.

Often silhouettes are deko for lanterns-“houses” and cylinders and less often – for lanterns-“drums”.

Read more: part 1 – lighting possibilities, basic materials, part 2 – papier-mache, lampions, papier bags, part 3 – polygons, “cheese package”, part 4 – “houses” and “drums”.
Separat about feast and songs for it.

Leaves

I really like the way the burgundy leaves glow. I tried several times to combine them with lanterns. The problem is that the lantern should look good in daylight and glow well in the dark. One of two things often suffers.

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Сlassification of German wine and wine regions

Since we live in a wine region, we had to explore German wines. And they are not bad at all.

Wine production in Germany is regulated by the wine law. There are clearly fixed regions and types of wines. The EU has its own classification by territory, but it was successfully integrated into the existing one, so that nothing has changed significantly.

In this post about different classifications (classic German classification + EU, taste, VDP), wine regions, popular sorts.

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Autumn in Shwabian Tuscany

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Autumn in Swabian “Tuscany”

Swabian Tuscany, this region was nicknamed for tourist purposes because of the warmer climate (here comes the air from the Rhine) and vineyards. Wine, perhaps, is not so good as along the Rhine, but in the end of October this section of the Castle Road becomes an independent goal.

Posts on #Castle Road. (Burgenstrasse)
Classification of German wines and wine regions.
What is Besen

In a not too rainy and cold autumn, all vineyards become bright, but not all are truly picturesque. For this you need a suitable relief – the most rugged hills possible.

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DIY lanterns for Saint Martin feast. 4. “Drums” and “Houses”

“Drum” – the simplest and fastest form. The choice of motive is limited only by your desires and imagination. “Houses” are cubes or other prisms. Here you have to work more and plan more time, that is, this is an option for older children. For “drums” and cubes, a blank base is sold.

Read more: part 1 – lighting possibilities, basic materials, part 2 – papier-mache, lampions, papier bags, part 3 – polygons, “cheese package”, part 5 – lanterns with silhouettes.
Separat about feast and songs for it.

“Drums”

It can be a sun, a tiger, a hare, a cow, a dinosaur, a fish or an owl … and even a car – whatever your and your child wants and you can picture or copy from the Internet.

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Stuttgart zoo Wilhelma. Animals

I think the previous topic has convincingly proved that Wilhelma is worth a visit for the sake of flowers alone. Now let’s add the animals as well. Map is on the end of the post.

You can read about Stuttgart itself here.

Aquarium

The Wilhelma aquarium is better than some stand alone aquariums. The only thing it doesn’t have is a large pool with big sharks and rays. And so everything is in place in excellent quality: fish of the northern seas, fish of the tropical seas, electric eel, small sharks. Seehorses of two kinds and jellyfish. Assorted crayfish and crabs. Mangrove fish with eyes on top. Several big crocodiles, turtles, lizards, pythons and poisonous snakes, poisonous frogs.

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Stuttgart zoo Wilhelma. Flowers

The zoo-botanical garden, unique in Germany, was built in Stuttgart in the middle of the 19th century for King William (Wilhelm) 1 of Württemberg. Therefore the name Wilhelma. About 9000 thousand animals are represented. Greenhouses are open to the public: among the most important are collections of orchids, magnolias (March), camellias (winter).

About Stuttgart.

It would seem that over the years we have studied Wilhelma inside and out. And nevertheless, each visit brings at least small, but discoveries.

Wilhelma is a large park. It will take 3 hours to examine it at a fast pace. As it turned out, it also takes time to talk about it, so the topic was divided into botanical and zoological parts.

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Zugspitze Arena

The Zugspitze Arena is a ski region that embraces the Austrian slope of the Zugspitze and the surrounding mountains.

In winter, the region is extremely popular with the Germans, as it is nearby, and prices are lower. The owner of the apartment said that traffic jams after snowfalls in the season can be up to 7 hours. After all, there is only one road – Fernpass. And there are not even tricky side streets that only the locals know about. It stays also in the summer, although not so catastrophically, but from Friday to Sunday surely.

If you manage to book a hotel / apartment place here, you will find out that it is very pleasant to rest here also in the summer: there will be enough attractions for a week, and if you capture Garmisch, Füssen or cross Fernpass, then for two weeks.

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4th grade. Gymnasium or Realschule?

High-school choice

Which high school to go to is not as obvious now as it used to be. Secondary education in Germany has changed significantly over the past 15 years.

I have so far examined the structure of education in half of the federal states (see the topics “Schools after the Grundschule”) and will continue to do so.

The main conclusion: the idea “if you want to go to a university, you need to fight to get into a gymnasium” in most Bundeslands no longer works. The strictest vertical is preserved in Bavaria and Saxony.

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Holiday at the state expense. Corona-Auszeit

The state believes that during the pandemic, families tensed the most – and this is true. Many were unable to rest last year, and some unhappy families did not go anywhere this year either. To reduce the psychological and financial burden, the government proposes to pay for 90% of the vacation costs for families with limited income.

Who can claim compensation?

Families with limited income and families with disabled people (with more than 50% grad).

The “limited” income is very high and depends on the age and number of children. Thus, a family with three children and an income of less than 114 thousand gross is entitled to a holiday payment. You can count here.

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DIY Lanterns for Saint Martin feast. 3. Polygons, “cheese package”

Next possible forms and techniques – polygons and cylinders (“cheese package”).

Read more: part 1 – lighting possibilities, basic materials, part 2 – papier-mache, lampions, papier bags, part 4 – “houses” and “drums”, part 5 – lanterns with silhouettes.
Separat about feast and songs for it.

Technique 4. Lanterns-polygons

These lanterns do not require any special additional decorations, except for coloring. As their original form already attracts attention in itself. You can find templates for a variety of shapes. I liked the pentagon lantern.

It is done quickly (1 hour), it looks very good. Ideal for the little childrens as it is small. For this lantern, you need thick paper (e.g. watercolor paper) – that’s all.

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Castle Road. 3. From Sinsheim to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Neckarbischofsheim and Heimsheim, which are on the route between Castle Gutenberg and Sinsheim, can be skipped as they are of local importance.

#Castle Road.
Part 1 (with map for whole route) Along Neckar from Mannheim to Eberbach.
Part 2 Along Neckar from Zwingenberg to Bad Wimpfen.

Sinsheim

Sinsheim is interesting primarily not for its city, but for the technics museum and the thermal pool.

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Diy Lanterns for Saint Martin feast. 2. Papier-mache, lampion, bags

In the first part, we looked at the possible lighting options and basic materials for lanterns. Now let’s see what typical forms and what techniques are used. I must say, that the imagination is inexhaustible and every year new variants for lanterns appear. I tried to collect most of the ones already invented.

In this part about papier-mache, lampions and paper bags.
part 3 – polygons, “cheese package”, part 4 – “houses” and “drums”, part 5 – lanterns with silhouettes.
Separat about feast and songs for it.

Technique 1. Papier-mâché

You will need: a balloon, paper, flour paste and a lot of patience and time.

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Castle Road. 2. From Zwingenberg to Bad Wimpfen

In the first post about Castle Road, we traveled from Mannheim to Eberbach.

From Neckarsteinach to Zwingenberg it is the most beautiful part of Neckar for cyclists. From Zwingenberg there is no separate cycling path upstream to the Neckargerach and also from Hasmersheim to Gundelsheim. The map is in the first post.

Part 1 From Mannheim to Eberbach.

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