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What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 9:58 am

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.


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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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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 10:35 am

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

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

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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 12:18 pm

Let's see...

Lufthanasa and Rammstein.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 4:54 pm

Riesling, my favorite white wine  Big thumbs up
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 5:07 pm

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!!!!!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 5:36 pm

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]
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 6:27 pm

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!
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 7:06 pm

1. Autobahns
2. Cars
3. Shopping
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 8:17 pm

All those cars I can't afford. Least favorite? That old damn german car that won't stop breaking down!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 9:00 pm

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.

 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 10:38 pm

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!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 10:39 pm

Germany in general is a great country...

/Frederic
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 10:42 pm

My girlfriend

(oh bollocks, filler, filler)
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sat May 03, 2003 11:16 pm

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]
 
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Sun May 04, 2003 12:04 am



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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 12:05 am

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.
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 12:42 am

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

Ray
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 1:59 am

Lets see...

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

 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 2:01 am

Claudia Schiffer, definitely.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 2:42 am

In no particular order:

The German engineering and logic.

Streudel!

Schnitzels!

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!

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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 7:22 am

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








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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 7:40 am

Germany:

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
 
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Sun May 04, 2003 9:31 am





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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 9:57 am

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
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 12:17 pm

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

Great topic Racko!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 12:40 pm

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 repace the Volvo.



 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 4:11 pm

Exams are done...................Yeah!!!  Big thumbs up

But...

Last night I started to remince about the beir I used to drink. So I started looking out on the net.

And found it!!!

http://www.tucher.de/


And there is a company importing it into the US. YEAHHH!!!!

But...

They do not have a distributor in Alaska

So it looks like I am going to have to move.
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 5:19 pm

I was taught as a youngster that if I couldn't say something nice to remain silent.









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Sun May 04, 2003 6:44 pm

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 minute of it and definitely want to go back. Here's my top 10:

1. A gigantic Schnitzel with a huge plate of pommes
2. German Hockey (the way the leagues are set up its great, how if a team doesn't do well, they can get dropped down a league, etc)
3. German women (contrary to popular believe, they do shave)
4. Being able to get on a train and end up anywhere in Europe. Amtrak needs to take some notes and then maybe they'll be able to pull a profit in for once.
5. Being able to go places that people across the world want to go for vacation over the weekend.
6. Lowenbrau
7. German bakeries *drool*
8. German people. Granted many of them do seem to be uptight and strict, once you get to know them personally, they are a great bunch to be around.
9. The Autobahn (I wasn't old enough to drive, but it was nice to drive and actually get somewhere without worrying about being pulled over. Though I would hesitate to introduce something like that here in the states unless the licensing process was made more difficult with more training).
10. The mountains, I was only about 20 minutes from the foothills of the alps. Was so nice to look up whenever you're outside and see something that beautiful every day. They also are a plethora of things to do. Hiking, skiing, photography, whatever. Even just driving around them. Living in North Dakota you learn to appreciate every hill or mountain  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 7:05 pm

Although I drive an Audi an love it to bits...

...my favourite German thing is...

...the great British dislike of Germans!  Acting devilish

(note 1966 World Cup, WWII, the list goes on - how we never forget - LOL!)
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 7:59 pm

The best cameras LEICA and the best lenses Carl Zeiss.
Germany is one of my favorite countries , same as France and Japan .
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 8:09 pm

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?  Smile
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 10:36 pm

...my favourite German thing is...
...the great British dislike of Germans!


Darn, I forgot to mention this in the "Your Favorite Thing English"-thread.
Very entertaining, indeed. Keep it coming ...  Big thumbs up
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 10:39 pm

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 its history.

Two other nice things are:

Radio Eins Live, my favourite station

Schwarzbrot!!

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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Sun May 04, 2003 11:29 pm

Here are my favorite German things:

1. Their beer--but only if you can get the higher-alcoholic content version sold in Europe.  Smile

2. German cars--hard to beat a top-end Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Porsche car.

3. Their music--after all, the Three B's of classical music--Johann Sebestian Bach, Ludwig von Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms--are all of German descent.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 1:04 am

1. BMW
2. DaimlerChrysler
3. Audi/Volkswagon

German Engineering is the Best (at least when it comes to automobiles)
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 3:25 am

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 (construction workers, drug dealers, 21 yr ear ring boys, the new rich ..). VW is everybody's car, hmm, Audi perhaps...

Food the same, unnecessary amounts of meat, it cannot touch Italian, French or Greek cuisine

What I do like is things like
- commitment to democracy
- dislike of any bombing / war
- financial help to third world countries
- welcome approach to refugees
probably all historically determined
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 4:21 am



Gerhard Schroder

Germany has an excellent government.


I also like German beer and food.


German cars are over-rated and over priced.
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 4:33 am

I wish I could share that judgement about the German government Big grin but as far as the Iraq affair is concerned, Schroeder did - once - what the people wanted...

Keesje, thanx for your post, I was actually waiting for someone to say what you said, much more important than our food and beer Big grin

MAS777: Right!! Just imagine what all those guys at the SUN would do without Germans...what would I do to my English colleagues??

L-188 Congrats, now help yourself to a biiiig pot of Maultaschen, wash it down with a few boots of beer, and if you survive that without permanent damage, you're being made German h.c. Big grin
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 5:41 am

Here's one more...


Lufthansa's non-stop flight from...

...FRA... (Photo from Racko's site)

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Photo © Timothy Keeney


...to PHX!!!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 12:06 pm

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 Grandpa was born in the US, but is probably not second generation.

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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 12:34 pm

EGGD, did my siiliness wind you up? Relax a bit, it was typed in humour. You do rememer humour?
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 10:04 pm


Ein Pils "frisch vom Fass" ...
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 10:23 pm

My M5.
I just love it. (even if the RS6 blew it away in the recent C&D!)
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 10:31 pm

-The phenomenal DJ Paul Van Dyk

-Mercedes-Benz

-Porsche

-BMW
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Mon May 05, 2003 10:37 pm

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*  Big grin
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Tue May 06, 2003 12:45 am

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 from Salzburg to Lofer.

Other german things I like:

*Mercedes Cars (sometimes they suck, like mine, but in general some good cars)

*The cities on the romantical road (Nördlingen, Dinkesbühl, Rothenburg etc.)

*Speyer

*Worms

*Munich

*some parts of Berlin
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Tue May 06, 2003 2:50 am

Flight152, only until the new V10 M5 arrives  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Tue May 06, 2003 5:07 am

Flight152, only until the new V10 M5 arrives

Yeah, your right. What year is that supposed to be out by; 2005?
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite German Thing?

Tue May 06, 2003 5:32 am

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 have already been several sightings of covered E60 M5s.

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