Happy Easter – enjoy the traditions!

There are lots of traditions in Germany for each festivity and especially for Easter. That makes it quite difficult to decide which traditions to present to you. We decided on these ones: Easter Fire Easter is a Christian tradition – celebrating the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus – but the Easter Fire is a pre-Christian, a Saxon tradition for which there are several explanations: It might be that the Saxons believed the seasons were like God-like creatures and that, around the time of Easter, Spring was battling with Winter. So the Saxons lit the fires to help Spring chase away […]

Printing books – a German tradition

Despite the digital revolution, books still are an essential part of everyday life as well as scientific research. Did you know that the Printing Revolution started in Germany, paving the way for a modern knowledge-based economy? The introduction of printing books with movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century changed everything, and not only in Germany: Information suddenly was available for everyone and literacy increased. The political and religious elite found themselves in a difficult position because their authority was being questioned. In the end, Gutenberg’s invention changed the whole of society by making mass communication possible. Apart […]

Walpurgis Night celebration with the Welcome Center

On May 30th our Walpurgis Night celebration took place in the yard of the restaurant “Kümmelschänke”, located in the west of Dresden. Bonfires are lit in all parts of Germany this night, of course we had our own as well: We organized some wood and lit a great fire for a cosy athmosphere and a great BBQ. To feed about 70 hungry guests, Siavash did a great job as our grill master. The queue in front of the grill was constantly long, but Siavash handled the rush very professional. Jasmin and Nicole meanwhile took care of the drinks and draught beer for the […]

New German course teacher

As Rebecca will take a baby break, we warmly welcome our new teacher Inga Welzel! Inga has more than 7 years of teaching experience, both in Germany and abroad. From 2010 to 2012, she worked in China and learned a lot about Chinese culture and German culture as well. Back again in Germany, she continued to work as a German teacher and started to run ”Partizip 2”, which is focused on German and communication training. Our German Language Course will start on Thursday, April 3rd, 6 pm. The course is open for beginners and partners and children are very welcome […]