Category Archives: Things You Didn’t Know

Culture Shock: 13 things that may surprise Americans in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Willkommen to U.S Army Garrison Bavaria! Moving internationally can be incredibly stressful, so here is some useful information concerning the most significant cultural differences newcomers experience a permanent change of station to Germany from America.   1. Cash is king While credit cards are a universally accepted…

June 15th, 2022 Things You Didn't Know

How to de-winterize vehicles across USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With temperatures warming up and winter yielding to spring, community members may want to consider de-winterizing privately owned vehicles across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.   While community members in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels might be able to change their vehicles’ winter tires to summer tires a bit…

April 12th, 2022 News, Things You Didn't Know

Things you didn’t know: Easter traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When it comes to celebrations in Germany, colorfully decorated trees are not just for the Christmas season.   Roughly four weeks before Easter, which falls on April 17, 2022, handcrafted eggs dangle from the branches of birch trees — symbolizing new life and fertility. Towns of all…

February 23rd, 2022 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Weisswurstfrühstueck: Everything to know about Bavaria’s traditional white sausage

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One of the most anticipated meals in southern Germany is the “Weisswurstfruehstueck,” or white sausage breakfast. Eating Weisswurst, or white sausage, is one of the many traditions a person can partake in when coming to Bavaria. But why do Germans eat it, and what is the right…

September 7th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

9 German wedding traditions you should know

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some wedding traditions in Germany and the U.S. are pretty similar, others are way different, funny or weird from the other perspective.   Most of the traditions are German-wide, but there are also some regional traditions. Porcelain breaking parties, bride kidnapping or ten-foot long cakes — don’t…

August 10th, 2021 Things You Didn't Know

Farmers’ markets offer healthy alternatives

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Growing everything from the famous white asparagus to the eponymous Hallertau hops, Bavaria continues to be the most important agricultural state and the largest producer of food in Germany.   But farming in Bavaria is more than sustenance, it’s tradition.   For centuries, townspeople have flocked to…

March 19th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Hiking through the countryside to the Teufelstein

VILSECK, Germany — While COVID-19 is a frustrating obstacle that keeps community members from exploring many wonderous things that Germany has to offer, there are still some hidden gems in the local area that can be explored safely. One of these gems is the Teufelstein Loop, also known as the…

February 11th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs Editor’s Note: While 2020’s COVID-19 environment changes a few of these traditions, such as St. Nikolaus not making in-person visits and canceled Christmas markets, the spirit of these customs continues on.   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German…

December 3rd, 2020 Holiday, News, Things You Didn't Know

Amberg: A city full of rich history

AMBERG, Germany — Located only 30 minutes from Vilseck is the beautiful city of Amberg. It is full of rich history and locations ripe for exploration.   City tours are usually conducted by the Tourist-Information Center, but they are currently not available due to COVID-19. Instead, visit many of the…

December 2nd, 2020 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

German traditions similar to Halloween

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween is gaining popularity in Germany, with many local nationals celebrating it in the same fashion as those living in the United States. But before Halloween, Germans long celebrated a similar holiday in April, called Hexennacht.   Halloween was introduced to Germany in the 1990s, according to…

October 16th, 2020 Holiday, News, Things You Didn't Know