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What's Your Favorite German Thing?  
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Posted (13 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

Maybe a new trend? Anyway, what's your favorite German "thing" ?

What I'm really proud of is how the country was rebuilt after the war, turning a completly country into the world's 3rd biggest economy and one of the most modern countries in the world.



When it comes to products, I gotta go with the one and only, BMW:

And of course the best way to use them, the Autobahn:

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User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

".......how the country was rebuilt after the war....."

With a little help from your friends across the pond, right?


"In God we trust, everyone else bring data"
User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4737 times:

Let's see...

Lufthanasa and Rammstein.

User currently offlineSIA Fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

Riesling, my favorite white wine  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1531 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

I love Germany because it's Germany. I'm absolutely sure that it's the best country in the world and I think there's a thing which make all of this possible.

The Germans.

But... yes, ok, German cars are the top of the world!!!!!

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4715 times:

Things I miss from my two years over there...

We covered MAULTASCHEN last week  Big thumbs up

I miss.....

Stuttgarter Kristall-Weisen, Tucher Kristall wasn't bad either, I have an hour before my medivac flight comes in, I might do a little on-line searching for it.
Tucher Hefe-Weisen
Really good Schnapps...There was that one brand over there, can't remember the name....It was distilled by monks.
The wursts. The fact I never got one of those 1 meter of wurst certificates in Wuzberg is one of my great regrets in life.
The history. If you ever get a chance to visit the salt mines in Berchesgarten and take the boat on the underground mine lakes...DO IT!!! And if you are flying into Stuttgart make a trip around to Echterdingen. In a group of trees just off the side of the autobahn there, is a rock where Count Zepplin crashed, If memory serves, The R5 Zepphlin....That is aviation holy ground people.
Soft Pretzels from the street vendors in Stuttgart.
The Red Hot chili Peppers..City of Angles...Don't Laugh, but the first time I heard that song was the day after I arrived in Germany. Hard to imagine that song about L.A. would remind me of Germany.
Gyro Stands.....A much more civilized Turkish alternative to fast food. Real gyros use rotissary lamb. Not that seasoned crap they try and sell you over here. Actually the bread on those is very similar to my moms taco flatbread, so I may be able to reproduce over here.
Shnitzel.....When I was over in Illisheim, you could still find a 5 Mark Szhitzel in that part of the world. Inflation was starting to get you in other parts of the country through.

[Edited 2003-05-03 10:49:26]

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

But... yes, ok, German cars are the top of the world!!!!!

That coming from an Italian is the greatest compliment I could imagine WOW!!!!

Yes indeed we did cover Maultaschen extensively...how did your exams go?
Just one hint, before the Turkish members here come in: That's Doener Kebab you're talking about, Gyros is the Greek version! And the best one is served in Stuttgart behind C&A (amazing!!) and in Berlin of course! Berlin...home of Rammstein...aaaahhhhh (at least I hope the rockband is meant here, the US military airport is Ramstein.

But I guess what it comes down to in the end: Germany does have so many problems right now, most of them of domestic origin, many of those are problems that many other countries do have as well (including USA), but I'm quite glad to see that we have learned some lessons from our history of the last 100 years, as could be seen in 1989...hopefully others do learn from this experience, too. That seems to be the best German thing to me!

I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

1. Autobahns
2. Cars
3. Shopping

User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

All those cars I can't afford. Least favorite? That old damn german car that won't stop breaking down!

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4649 times:

Mmm, let's see.

Your chocolates, sweets, salami sausages, cars, trains and cafes.

However, I think the German language sounds horrible, and sometimes service attitude on your carrier (Lufthansa) ranks below that available at other major European carriers. But these are minor problems, on the whole you are a great asset to European culture. I love Bavaria and its people; mentally strong and intelligent.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

German people, in their own country they are very friendly!! Some of the nicest people on A.net are from Germany.

Cars, obviously Audi is my favourite, but I do think BMW are GREAT cars, definetely amongst the best in the world. Audi and BMW constantly set standards.

The Autobahn, yes, its pretty lame, but the Autobahn is probably the best road network in the world. Simply because you can get wherever you want quickly, safely and legally!

Logic, Germans are renouned for their logic, and it comes in all shapes and sizes... Their products, the way they build Cities, buildings, roads, cars, everything.... Great place.

Just a great country!

User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

Germany in general is a great country...


User currently offlineAirways1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

My girlfriend

(oh bollocks, filler, filler)

User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4610 times:

First on the list, German cars. When I came to Austria my first car was a 22 year old VW. Wow, what can I say? The car simply refused to quit, it never once broke down, it handled well at ANY speed, doing 170/180kph (105/110mph) on the Autobahn was no challenge, I was just amazed. I guess it's what they say about German engineering, not sure any 22 year old American car could perform as well.

Second, Berlin. It's incredible what they've done with this city. For those of you that have never visited there, I would highly recommend it. It's as if they simply poured billions and billions into Berlin, and it has certainly paid off. The city is designed to show off German wealth and ingenuity, and it does so on a breathtaking scale. It's very modern, clean, everything perfectly designed and situated, the trendiest cafés and bars for miles, lots of museums and sites to see, East Berlin alone deserves special mention and let's not forget it's very unique history. After a trip to Berlin, you'll have no doubt that Germany's a very rich and sophisticated country.

Third, the ICE Train. What can I say? You've got to ride it to know what I'm talking about. It's like travelling business class. We have nothing that even comes close in the U.S.

Fourth, German tolerance. Decades of devastation and war has taught the German people how to be tolerant of the differences in others. The modern German has been taught very carefully since day one that intolerance was what lead to their awful past and that it's intolerance that can very easily bring it back again.

[Edited 2003-05-03 16:32:46]

User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4594 times:


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9411 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

I like the sophistication that many of "us" put into the things they do. For example, VW were really proud of having reduced the joint measures of their cars by some 50%... Might make you laugh in the first moment, but it really does look better.

Another thing is the value that's given to education, at least at the "Gymnasium". That's the longest-lasting of our three kinds of highschool, and especially during the last two of its seven years, I felt like cuddled by the entities that pay for my school. If only the teachers didn't have to do all that administrative stuff as well...

Government funding for cultural activities is also a very nice thing. It makes movies (like "Knocking On Heavens Door"), a vibrant theatre scene and a whole lot more possible - it's just not that easy to actually "sell" a piece by Schiller, great performance or not.

The Autobahn... Well, what could I possibly add to what was said.

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4580 times:

1. My VW Polo
2. Dusseldorf Airport's viewing decks
3. The Practika camera that started me off on this plane/photo journey


User currently offlineLufthansaUSA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

Lets see...

- Lufthansa (Hence the Username!)
-German Girls
-The German Language: By far one of the world's best

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15242 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4544 times:
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Claudia Schiffer, definitely.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4540 times:

In no particular order:

The German engineering and logic.



Original VW Bugs (an almost indestructable vehicle!)

German people (in Germany). As stated above, some of the friendliest people on the planet!

Munich and the Hoffbrau < sp? > House!

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool

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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 4493 times:

I agree with Hepkat's description of Berlin. The city is modern (but historic), pleasant, vibrant and cosmopolitan: not just one of my favorite things German, but one of my favorite cities anywhere.

Photos above from www.kurfuerstendamm.de

Photos above: © BTM / Koch, from www.berlin-tourism.de

Photos above: Günter Schneider, berlin.de

User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 4485 times:


Favorite things:

1) Berlin http://berlin1.btm.de/infopool/jsp/e_sw_alexanderplatz.jsp
2) the Bauhaus movement
3) Audi 100
3) Lufthansa
4) Straubing, Bayern

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 37
Reply 22, posted (13 years 21 hours ago) and read 4457 times:

(Neuschwanstein Castle)

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 21 hours ago) and read 4448 times:

Here are some more from my list:

The VW Beetle

Picture from www.vwbeetle.org

The New Beetle (I know it was designed in the US, but it's still a German car):

Photo from www.volkswagen.de

German Wurst

Photo from www.germany-tourism.de

User currently offlineLufthansaUSA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (13 years 18 hours ago) and read 4425 times:

Man, just seeing these pictures makes me want to go to Germany again...

Great topic Racko!

25 Post contains images Flight152 : I'm a proud owner of an excellent 1997 BMW 328i. (Similar to one in picture) I'm hoping to see in the future a new Mecedes E320 or a BMW 530i to repac
26 Post contains links and images L-188 : Exams are done...................Yeah!!! But... Last night I started to remince about the beir I used to drink. So I started looking out on the net. A
27 IMissPiedmont : I was taught as a youngster that if I couldn't say something nice to remain silent. .
28 Post contains images Dragogoalie : Ooooohh...Where to start. I lived in Germany for 6 years. Hated it at first, but once I got old enough to do things on my own I absolutely loved every
29 Post contains images Mas777 : Although I drive an Audi an love it to bits... ...my favourite German thing is... ...the great British dislike of Germans! (note 1966 World Cup, WWII,
30 FLYING MACHINE : The best cameras LEICA and the best lenses Carl Zeiss. Germany is one of my favorite countries , same as France and Japan .
31 Post contains images EGGD : I was taught as a youngster that if I couldn't say something nice to remain silent. So why did you post? To wind people up?
32 Post contains images NoUFO : ...my favourite German thing is... ...the great British dislike of Germans! Darn, I forgot to mention this in the "Your Favorite Thing English"-thread
33 Post contains images Aloges : after having read all the posts above, I'll have to put a number one on my list: 1. I really think it's great how many people like my country despite
34 Post contains images RayChuang : Here are my favorite German things: 1. Their beer--but only if you can get the higher-alcoholic content version sold in Europe. 2. German cars--hard t
35 Fanoftristars : 1. BMW 2. DaimlerChrysler 3. Audi/Volkswagon German Engineering is the Best (at least when it comes to automobiles)
36 Keesje : Well I dont like the hard bread, I dislike the beer & never would buy a Mercedes or BMW. IMO they have an image problem, to many people buy them (cons
37 Post contains images Superfly : Gerhard Schroder Germany has an excellent government. I also like German beer and food. German cars are over-rated and over priced.
38 Post contains images Andreas : I wish I could share that judgement about the German government but as far as the Iraq affair is concerned, Schroeder did - once - what the people wan
39 Post contains links and images PHX-LJU : Here's one more... Lufthansa's non-stop flight from... ...FRA... (Photo from Racko's site) View Large View MediumPhoto © Timothy Keeney ...to PHX
40 L-188 : Actualy Andreas, I am half-German already. I know for a fact that my grandmother came over on the boat when she was about 5. I am pretty sure my Grand
41 IMissPiedmont : EGGD, did my siiliness wind you up? Relax a bit, it was typed in humour. You do rememer humour?
42 Krushny : Ein Pils "frisch vom Fass" ...
43 Greg : My M5. I just love it. (even if the RS6 blew it away in the recent C&D!)
44 Mika : -The phenomenal DJ Paul Van Dyk -Mercedes-Benz -Porsche -BMW
45 Post contains images Flight152 : My M5. I just love it. (even if the RS6 blew it away in the recent C&D!) So did the *cough* Mercedes E55 AMG *cough*
46 Zauberfloete : My favorite german thing: "The German Corner" This is a part of germany between Salzburg and Tyrol, and the part of Germany I am used to drive through
47 Post contains images Racko : Flight152, only until the new V10 M5 arrives
48 Flight152 : Flight152, only until the new V10 M5 arrives Yeah, your right. What year is that supposed to be out by; 2005?
49 Racko : Yes, originally 2005, but maybe earlier. BMW doesn't like the fact that both Audi and Mercedes have overtaken them with their supersport-sedans. They
50 Jan Mogren : Uli Roth Contax Carl Zeiss Fransiscaner Dunkel /JM
51 Post contains images SAS_A330-300 : I have never been a fan of him. But when someone says "Germany", the name Michael Schumacher comes into my mind. Simon
52 Greg : Late 2004 for the new M5. Already have my deposit....I'm number 8 here in Houston. V-10....511hp. Will be worth waiting for. Mercedes is for old folks
53 Racko : Greg, are these fixed numbers (i.e. do you have it written on paper by your dealer?), or are these estimates guessed/predicted numbers?
54 Rickster : Munich Spätzle Schwäbisch schwätzen Biergarten the difference between Austrian and German language rgds.
55 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : When i hear 'Germany', it reminds me of the scoreline 5-1.
56 Post contains images Andreas : Why not include Wembley 1966, too, when you needed the help and temporary optical breakdown of Russia and Switzerland? Actually I've been waiting for
57 Arsenal@LHR : The most recent scoreline between England and Germany is what counts, so i keep the boasting until (if) you beat us again next time. lol
58 Post contains images Andreas : The most recent thing I remember is the World Championship 2002...somehow I seem to remember that Germany ended up 2nd, whereas England...hmmmmm.....t
59 Post contains images Racko : Andreas, let them have their fun. We can celebrate achievements at championships, they can celebrate unimportant qualifying games.
60 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : Watch, don't speak too soon, we might just kick your ass in Euro 2004.
61 Post contains images Scotty : The Munich S-Bahn and Bratwurst mit Weissbier. Mmmmmm........
62 JAL : The German efficiency and the famous BMW.
63 Post contains images Andreas : Quote: Watch, don't speak too soon, we might just kick your ass in Euro 2004. ROFLMAO!!! Yes of course..like Star Wars: Once upon a time in the future
64 Post contains images Racko : "Watch, don't speak too soon, we might just kick your ass in Euro 2004." hooo. *shudder* Like you did on your home soil in Wembley in '96?
65 Corocks : Favorite thing would be Heidi Klum.
66 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : That was the past, this is now. We have a dislike of anything continental, and football ain't no different, specially anything Franco-German.
67 Post contains images Andreas : And as far as football is concerned... You even have a reason to dislike Germany...several...many many many reasons in fact
68 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : I just want England to win the world cup and in the process beating Germany, Argentina, France and Brazil lol.
69 Post contains images Andreas : ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!! I guess if you go to Ladbroke's and bet one pound on that happening in the foreseeable future, say the next 2,000 years or so, you'll
70 Arsenal@LHR : Only another 3 German-style demolition jobs are needed, not asking much ya' know!.
71 Post contains images Andreas : Not only do you want the impossible, you want it done in style, too?? Wow, that's not asking much indeed... Well, cutting Beckham's hair would be a go
72 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : Not only will we do it in style, Beckham will score with a trademark free kick beating Oliver Kahn from 30 yards, Michael Owen will skin 3 German defe
73 Racko : Arsenal@LHR, try that in a world-cup game, not in some unimportant "we're both going there anyway" game.
74 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : Hehe, the perpetrators of the usual A v. B, U v. F/G, I vs. P threads could learn something from this thread (or its last 20 posts) Isn´t actually 0-
75 Post contains images Andreas : Sorry for the late reply, I spent the last night rolling around my flat busting my guts laughing!!! Quote: Not only will we do it in style, Beckham wi
76 Post contains images Superfly : Magnetic recording tape. The only classy German car I like is the Mercedes SL560 The VW Dasher Diesel stationwagon is a very economical car/wagon.
77 Andreas : Revox Studer is Swiss I'm afraid! Unfortunately.... Yes, the old SL line is indeed a classic!!
78 Post contains images Superfly : Andreas: I should have acknowledge that 'Revox Studer' is Swiss but magnetic recording tape is a German invention. German cars are still good and all
79 Keesje : magnetic recording tape is a German invention sure ? thought it was Philips ...
80 Andreas : Superfly is right: It was invented by Dresden-based engineer Fritz Pfleumer in 1928!!
81 Post contains links L-188 : BASF wasn't it? Don't hold me to that though. Superfly, you should have picked something made by Grundig. http://www.grundigradio.com/asp/home.asp htt
82 Post contains images Andreas : Not quite, but close: he was a freelancer, so to speak, but sold the invention to AEG, who built the famous Magnetophon K1 that was presented at the F
83 Delta767400ER : The sign that says Italian Border 1Km -Delta767400ER
84 Post contains images Andreas : Delta...have fun looking for that sign it'll take a long long time!!!
85 L-188 : I was about to say, I thought that was more of a swiss thing.
86 Sabena332 : The sign that says Italian Border 1Km You will never find a sign like this in Germany. Patrick
87 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : >>>The sign that says Italian Border 1Km >>>You will never find a sign like this in Germany. You´ll find a a sign like this as soon as Rapid Vienna c
88 Andreas : L-188: could be Austrian, too! (and a few others, but not German speaking) Israel vs. Palestine, good Lord how could I forget!!! Nice weekend all!
89 Post contains images Srbmod : The famous Wankel Rotary Engine:
90 Post contains images AWspicious : The women aw
91 Post contains links and images AlexG : What I like in my home country: - Munich and surroundings - landscape, weather (most of the time) - current government (doing a job as good as possibl
92 Post contains images Delta767400ER : Sorry about that, I feel lower than mold right now. Let me correct myself My favorite German thing is the sign that reads "Switzerland Border 1km". -D
93 Racko : AlexG, I agree that it's by far better than some people try to paint it. Everytime I go shopping on a saturday I see tons of people with fully-packed
94 DeltaASA16 : Favorite German thing: Their world famous chocolate... DeltaASA16
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