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6 events from around Germany you can’t miss in September 2017

There are a slew of varied events taking place all across the country this month that you have to put in your diary.

6 events from around Germany you can’t miss in September 2017
Visitors at Rhine in Flames in May. Photo: DPA.

1. Holi Festival of Colours, Leverkusen (September 9th)

Grab your paint powder and an old T-shirt to join crowds of revellers surrounded by a cloud of rainbow-coloured mist in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Originating in northern India, Holi Festival was initially celebrated to herald the arrival of spring and to praise the victory of good over evil.

Today it is widely celebrated in cities all over the world where thousands of people gather to bust out their best moves and throw paint at people.

And since the Holi festival in Hamburg on September 2nd and the one in Munich on September 3rd are both sold out, your last chance to get colourful with paint is in Leverkusen next weekend.

Why wouldn’t you want to throw colours at people whilst jamming to bands such as Die Atzen and Izzy Trixx? Live music will be spinning from noon until 10pm.  

2. Interboot, Friedrichshafen (September 23rd – October 1st)

For boaters, all-around water sport enthusiasts or just about anyone interested in making a splash, Interboot is a unique event in Germany you'll just need to see for yourself.

The nine-day-long event features exhibitors showcasing boats, innovative water sports concepts as well as interactive chances to get your feet wet.

Around 100 motor and sailboats directly at the Friedrichshafen harbour on Lake Constance will be available for a test ride.

The wakeboard competition at Interboot in 2016. Photo: DPA.

There will also be activities on offer such as stand-up paddle boarding and wakeboarding. The less adventurous can look forward to watching other thrillseekers perform tricks in a wakeboard competition.

In its 56th edition this year, Interboot attracted a whopping 90,500 visitors last year. Not too shabby for an exhibition that goes all the way back to 1962.

3. British Flair and Country Fair, Krefeld (September 8th – September 10th)

We were just as surprised as you might have been to find out that an event dedicated to all things British existed in Germany.

On the second weekend of September, visitors interested in taking part in the British way of life may do so at the British Flair and Country Fair located at one of the oldest castles on the Lower Rhine – Linn Castle in Krefeld.

Top attractions include a presentation of the popular “Dinner for One” stage sketch, sheepdog demonstrations, wellie (rubber boot) flinging activities as well as Scottish folk music entertainment.

Foodies will be delighted to know that there’ll also be an expansive open-air shopping area where one can try out different kinds of single malt whiskies and eat fish and chips and fudge.

4. Rhine in Flames, Rhineland Palatinate (September 9th and 16th)

Prepare to be amazed as the sky explodes into glorious colour, when amazing fireworks cast a beautiful glow over the Rhine river and surrounding landmarks.

Meanwhile, a flotilla of 50 illuminated boats will cruise serenely down the river, creating stunning reflections on the water.

The Rhine will go up in flames of fireworks on September 9th in Oberwesel and on the 16th in the towns of St. Goar and St. Goarshausen.

Rhine in Flames in 2016. Photo: DPA.

The spectacle has been a tradition at the feet of the Loreley cliff by St. Goarshausen and the nearby romantic Rheinfels castle for over 60 years.

Accompanying the fireworks, there will be live music and a wine festival – what's not to love?

5. Sculpture Projects 2017, Münster (June 10th – October 1st)

On only until 1st October, this month will be your last chance to catch a glimpse of the installations, sculptures and performances dotted across the university town of Münster at the city’s famed yet very rare Sculpture Projects art exhibition.

Only once every decade are artists from all over the world able to showcase their works in the city. The first edition took place in 1977 and since then, every ten years the exhibition has gotten bigger and better.

Ayse Erkmen's art installation entitled “On Water” in Münster. Photo: Shelley Pascual

READ MORE: Introducing the Münster art exhibition that’s rare than a solar eclipse

This year, 35 radical works create something like an outdoor sculptural playground suitable for adults and children alike. What’s more, entrance is free.

Ayse Erkmen's “On Water” is one installation you won’t want to miss. Erkmen set up a bridge that connects two sides of Münster's Dortmund-Ems canal so that visitors can try their hand at crossing it and while they're at it, appear to be walking on water.

6. 44th BMW Berlin Marathon, Berlin (September 24th)

40,000 runners from 100 different nations will race through the German capital for the 44th BMW Berlin Marathon later this month – a sight to truly behold.

The 43rd BMW Berlin Marathon in 2016. Photo: DPA.

Besides, one of the most versatile male long distance runners in history will be there, according to Running Magazine.

Kenenisa Bekele, who was also the winner of the 2016 Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:03:03, was recently added to this year’s list. 

The athletes will take on 42 kilometres in this annual sporting event.

While the starting places have long been taken by professionals and amateurs alike, it's not too late for you to cheer for the contestants among a crowd of over one million people and turn this sports day into a party.

LIVING IN GERMANY

REVEALED: The most commonly asked questions about Germans and Germany

Ever wondered what the world is asking about Germany and the Germans? We looked at Google’s most searched results to find out – and help clear some of these queries up.

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Hasan Salihamidzic, the sports director of FC Bayern, arrives with his wife at Oktoberfest in full traditional dress. Photo: picture alliance/dpa |

According to popular searches, Germany is the go-to place for good coffee and bread (although only if you like the hard kind) and the place to avoid if what you’re looking for is good food, good internet connection and low taxes. Of course, this is subjective; some people will travel long stretches to get a fresh, hot pretzel or a juicy Bratwurst, while others will take a hard pass.

When it comes to the question on the bad Internet – there is some truth to this. German is known for being behind other rich nations when it comes to connectivity. And from personal experience, the internet connection can seem a little medieval. The incoming German coalition government has, however, vowed to improve internet connectivity as part of their plans to modernise the country.

There are also frequent questions on learning the German language, and people pointing out that it is hard and complicated. This is probably due to the long compound words and its extensive grammar rules, however, as both English and German are Germanic languages with similar words in common, it’s not impossible to learn as an English-speaker.

Here’s a look at some of those questions…

Why is German called Deutsch? Whereas ‘German’ comes from the Latin, ‘Deutsch’ instead derives itself from the Indo-European root “þeudō”, meaning “people”. This slowly became “Deutsch” as we know it today. It can be a bit confusing to English-speakers, who are right to think it sounds a little more like “Dutch”, however the two languages do have the same roots which may explain it.

And why is Germany so boring? Again, probably a generalisation, especially given that Germany has a landmass of over 350,000 km² with areas ranging from high rise, industrial cities to traditional old town villages and even mountain ranges, so you’re sure to find a place that doesn’t bore you to tears.

Perhaps it is a question that comes from the stereotype that Germans are obsessed with strict about rules, organised and analytical. Or that they have no sense of humour – all of these things being not the most exciting traits. 

Either way, from my experience I can confirm that, even though there is truth to German society enjoying order and rules, the vast majority of people are not boring, and I’m sure if you come to Germany you’ll meet many interesting, funny and exciting people. 

READ ALSO: 12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Germany

When it comes to the German weather, most people assume a cold and cloudy climate, however this isn’t entirely true. While the autumn and winter, especially in the north, comes with grey skies and sub-zero temperatures, Germany can have some beautiful summers, with temperatures frequently rising above 30C in some places.

Unsurprisingly, the power and wealth of the German nation is mentioned – Germany is the largest economy in Europe after all, with a GDP of 3.8 trillion dollars. This could be due to strong industry sectors in the country, including vehicle constructions (I was a little surprised to find no questions posed on German cars), chemical and electrical industry and engineering. There are also many strong economic cities in Germany, most notably Munich, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg.

READ ALSO: Eight unique words and phrases that tell us something about Germany

Smart and tall?

Why are Germans so tall? They are indeed taller than many other nations, with the average German measuring a good 172.87cm (or 5 feet 8.06 inches), however this may be a question better posed to the Dutch, who make up the tallest people in the world.

Why are Germans so smart? While this is again a generalisation – as individuals have different levels of intelligence in all countries – this question may stem from Germany’s free higher education system or their seemingly efficient work ethic. Plus there does seem to be some scientific research behind this question, with a study done in 2006 finding that Germans had the highest IQ in Europe.

So, while many of the questions posed about Germany and Germans on Google stem from stereotypes, we can confirm that some aren’t entirely made up. If you’re looking to debunk some frequently asked questions about France and the French, check out this article by our sister site HERE.

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