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7 events not to miss throughout Germany in September

From Medieval fairs to post-modern artificial intelligence gatherings, we bring you a look at the top events taking place in Germany in September 2018.

7 events not to miss throughout Germany in September
The closing fireworks at Rhine in Flames in Koblenz in August 2018. Photo: DPA

India Festival, Frankfurt, September 1st

The organizers of the India Festival. Photo courtesy of Ajit Ranade. 

Germany’s Indian community is growing in size and influence, with close to 100,000 Indians or people of Indian origin now living in Deutschland. This Saturday’s first India Festival will showcase the southeast Asian country’s cultural highlights, ranging from flavourful food samples from several regions to yoga classes. The colourful Khatju Sapura Dance Company will be entertaining visitors throughout the day on the main stage, and vendors will also set up shop to sell their handcrafts ranging from scarves to ornate pots.

Hosted by the general consulate of India in Frankfurt and the umbrella organization Friends of India, a total of 6,000 to 7,000 visitors are expected, including Frankfurt’s mayor.

IFA Berlin, Berlin, August 31st-September 5th

Calling all tech junkies: you won’t want to miss the IFA, Europe’s largest technology fair, which opens its doors on Friday for a wave of new product launches from over 1,500 exhibitors. Take, for example, a “convertible laptop”, which can be used as either a PC or tablet, and are increasingly popular for travel. Or simply high powered washing machines which put even Germany’s mighty laundry-devises to shame.

Visitors can also test out several new AI-influenced apps, such as a handy one from IKEA that allows users to virtually try out the furniture giant's sofas or bookshelves in their homes. A day ticket will only run you €17.50 euros, with special deals for students and families.

Medieval Festival, Selb, September 6th-9th

If you’re a fan of camping in the woods whilst wearing Medieval garb, look no further than this sprawling forest-side festival along the Czech border a little north of Nürnberg. The long weekend also hosts a line-up of bands known for Medieval rock and world music, such as Elfenthal and Alan Stivell, the French man known as the father of Celtic music. 

Ninety minute long hands-on workshops will also teach participants about musical instruments from the harp to the wheel fiddle, handicrafts, and historic dances.

British Flair and Country Fair, Krefeld, September 7th-9th

 

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Fancy a cuppa tea at the backdrop of one of of Germany’s most gorgeous castles? Look no further than the Linn Castle along the Lower Rhine, the last of three Brit-themed festivals to come to the country this year. All aspects of British culture will be celebrated, whether Scottish Highland games, a sheepdog demonstration, or comic theatre. Even Paddington Bear will be on hand to tell children’s stories.

There will also be no shortage of Brit-infused options for shoppers, whether fish and chips, single malt whiskeys and wax jackets and hats.

Rhine in Flames, Rhineland Palatinate, September 8th, 18th-21st

Onlookers watch fireworks in Bonn at a Rhine in Flames celebration in 2016. Photo: DPA

There are hardly more impressive ways to celebrate the last days of summer than in an idyllic boat ride along the Rhine, as the sky explodes into colourful fireworks. The summer-long event, held at various cities and towns along the Rhine river, will host its grand finale in Oberwesel on September 8th and St. Goar and St. Goarshausen on September 18th-21st. A flotilla of boats will drift along the romantic river, illuminating the water as live music from a lineup of local bands plays.

Oktoberfest, Munich, September 22nd-October 7th

The Oktoberfest band Eisbachmusi present the official mugs for the 2018 world famous festival. 

Unless you’ve been living in a cave far away from Germany, it’s hard to have not heard of this pivotal German festival, which – contrary to its name – is a September hallmark that stretches into October.

Despite a beer mug slated to cost over 11 for the first time this year, the sprawling party is worth checking out at least once, whether or not you don a Dirndl or Lederhosen. If you’d prefer a more laid back, but equally festive and frolicky version of the event, Berlin also hosts an Oktoberfest during the same dates replete with Brez'n, pork knuckles and even a daily dirndl competition.

Interboot, September 22nd to 30th, Friedrichshafen

Located along the idyllic Lake Constance in southwest Germany, it’s no wonder that Friedrichshafen attracts boat enthusiasts from around the world for this nine-day festival. Almost 500 exhibitors from over 50 countries will present their products and accessories for sailing and leisure water sports. Guests can get their feet wet on one of the nearly 100 sail and motor boats available at the harbour for a test ride.

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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. Germany 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 being 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, come 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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