Missing Germany: 6/1/2010 - 12/31/2010
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Hi. What do I miss about Germany? Well, how about everything. Let's
start with how they drive the way we all should drive.
How polite and friendly they are. There is always a "Good Morning"
or "Good Afternoon" or "Good Night." I miss all the standard things,
including the food, the history, countryside, the combination of old and new.
Most of all I miss their way of life, the slower
pace of life, the pride they have in whatever they do or have.
lived there from 1983 to 1988 and I look at that time of my life
as the best part of it. My youngest daughter was born there. Lucky
girl! In 2007 we went back to show her where she lived and who we knew
there. We traveled to places we saw. In all my travels there, I never
had a bad experience.
I was born here and have made a good life here. I have a good job.
For 22 years, I have been a volunteer Firemen/EMT. But I would give
it up in a heartbeat to go back and live.
Guten Tag an alle Deutsche hier in Amerika.
Ich lebe seit fast 10 Jahren hier, 9 Jahre in San Francisco, CA,
seit Mai diesen Jahres in Tennessee. Wie die meisten Leute, die
sich an diesem Forum beteiligen, vermisse ich das gute Essen und
richtiges Brot mit Kruste!
Frohe Weihnachten und ein Glückliches und Gesundes Jahr 2011. Ihr
könnt mich gerne per email m.fulbright at hotmail dot com erreichen,
ich freue mich immer sehr mit Deutschen in Kontakt zu sein.
Ich lebe seit fast 40 Jahren in den USA, zZt in Florida. Habe mich
an vieles gewöhnt und vermisse inzwischen weniger als zuvor. Trotzdem
ist es schön, sich ab und zu, an ein paar deutsche Köstlichkeiten zu
Wünsche allen Landsleute ein gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten
Rutsch in ein gesundes und glückliches Neues Jahr - (To everyone who
enjoys the GermanDeli: Have a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy
PS - Dan & Shelly - I love and miss Granatsplitter, also. On my yearly
trip to Germany it's one of the first things I will buy!
Oh the things I miss about Germany! The beauty of the Bavaria. We
lived in Ludwigsburg and my husband was stationed at Robinson
Barracks, Stuttgart, '66-'69. The people were so friendly and
everything was so clean. I remember being so amazed when seeing
people actually scrubbing down their sidewalks in front of their
stores or homes. I miss the food, the rotewurst, Pommes Frites mit
Mayo, Currywurst, Salat, Schnitzel. And OMG! the bakeries with all
of those wonderful things to choose from. And Christmas was the
absolute best. To hear all of the bells chiming was magnificent.
We want to back to live there.
Dan & Shelley B.
I accidentally discovered the "What I Miss About Germany" page. I'm
surprised to read so many letters about the country where I was
born. I like the US, but miss the festivities during the Christmas
season and all year round. Also Brötchen, Bratwurst, italienisches
Eis and outdoor cafe's. I miss my brothers, their wives, cousins and all
of those living in Germany. I'm originally from Neunkirchen/Saar and was stationed
at Ramstein Air Force Base. I came here in 1963 and presently live in Fonda, NY.
Wish you all Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!
What don't I miss! I miss everything. I was born in Germany
(Karlsruhe) and then lived all over Germany and Switzerland.
When I was 11 my mother (from Ukraine) immigrated to the U.S.A.
after my father (from Russia) died.
So ever since 1961 I have missed Germany. Since I retired
from the Police Department in 1994, I've been able to visit
my foster family almost every year and it's such a blessing
to be able to do so.
I always look for the Maultaschen, Kuchen, Brötchen, Torte,
Wienerschnitzel, und so weiter (so on and so forth). I miss
the public transportation they have over there in Europe.
One does not need a car, as you can get wherever you're going,
without one. I miss my 'OMA', the lady that used to watch over
me. I miss my dad that died when I was 7. However at least,
I have a manuscript of a book that Mr. Jan de Kloe from Belgium
has written about my father's life. (son of Princess Tamara
Imeretinsky). One can 'google' "Cossack Warriors, a True
Story" ...and you can read what the book is about. I miss the
Weihnachtsbaum with the real candles.
Und Danke Schön, Herr Jurgen G. from Osterode für dein schönes
tamaramac51 at yahoo dot com
Hallo! Ich bin die Lilo aus Wiesbaden, lebe seit 25 Jahren in den USA
und davon seit 5 Jahren in North Carolina. Gott sei Dank habe ich die
"GermanDeli" entdeckt, und kann dort meine "Erinnerungs - Leckereien"
Seit 3 Monaten wohne ich in Hendersonville ca. 20 Minuten von Asheville
in NC und würde mich sehr freuen, wenn ich Kontakt mit deutschen
Landsleuten in der Gegend aufnehmen könnte.
Ich bin sehr froh hier sein zu dürfen, Hendersonville erinnert mich
an den Schwarzwald mit seinen Hügeln, (fast Bergen) hat 4 Jahreszeiten
die relativ mild sind.
Ich vermisse sehr das Treffen mit deutschen Freunden, Kaffe und Kuchen
am nett gedeckten Tisch, Tradition und Kultur und Erinnerungen an das
Leben von früher.
Natürlich gibt es für uns Deutsche in Amerika viel zu lernen und zu
erleben und in Deutschland bleibt die Zeit auch nicht stehen, aber
ich finde es immer sehr tröstlich, sich mit jemandem aus der alten
Heimat unterhalten zu können und "olle Kamellen" aufzuwärmen und
Sätze mit : "Weisst Du noch ....." / und "Kannst Du Dich noch ...
....erinnern .... zu beginnen !!!!
Wenn ihr in der Nähe seid und Lust habt, meldet Euch doch bitte mal
bei lilobayer at msn dot com .
Frohe Weihnachten und alles erdenklich Gute für 2011.
I miss many things, but I mostly miss a supply of Kühne Salatfix
Französisch (the label has since been changed to "French"). I
useD to buy this here in Fredericton, NB, Canada but it was
discontinued five years ago and I have only been able to get
it when visiting Germany. I would be grateful for any leads on
this product. Thanks!
info at brucenewman dot com
I was only nine when my Mom took me back to her home town of Weiden
for a visit. Although I was not born there, the three months we spent
during the summer of 1958 were the best of my life, even though my
grandmother, aunt and cousins were living in post war housing.
I loved the food especially the bakery, the chocolate and Wienerschnitzel.
I met a boy there named George (we called him Schoshi) who I loved
most of all and still do even after 52 years. Germany is a wonderful
place that everyone should visit.
Boy am I glad I found this website! My name is Dave, I live in Minnesota.
I also was stationed at Bad Aibling Station, only much earlier than George.
I was there from 1957 to 1959. What I miss about Germany is "Weisswurst".
I have been retired 13 years, and have been back to Bad Aibling each
year except 2009. I met my wife Adelinde there. She is from Kolbermoor,
and in May 2010 we went back to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in
a little "Dorf" called Kematen, at the Weingast Gästehaus. It is our
favorite because they make the "best Weisswurst", and have the best meals.
We always stay at a pension called Haus Morgensonne. Klaus and Anna are
Like George said, Bad Aibling is nestled next to the Alps,
and in the course of the last 13 years, I have hiked to the top of many
peaks, including Wendelstein, which is visible from most of the area
around Bad Aibling. Thanks for having this forum for us. Vielen Dank,
I'm George and I lived at Bad Aibling Station from 1990-94. I
miss all the wonderful food: foot-wide Schnitzels, the best
Pommes in the world served in a paper cone, all the cakes and
Kuchen, the great pork dishes, heindel's at the fest, actually
getting good food and service at a McDonald's, the beer, and
of course the one thing you can't get anywhere else, a .5 liter
bottle of Maxalrain Spezi.
Yes, I am preferential to Bavaria,
as that was our home. Nestled under the Alps, it is truly one
of the best places on Earth that I have been to. The people are
warm (once you get through the gruff exterior) and enjoy life
like few others I've met in my life. I miss going to Chiemsee,
to Garmisch Patenkirchen for the American movies, to
Augsburg/Nuremburg for the big PX and little league games. I
miss the Christmas markets, the Fasching festivals, the small
town spring and fall fests. I miss our little base in the
shadow of the alps, the little Imbiß on base that had the
world's best Currywurst mit Pommes. (It's still there, but it's
now called Chicken Joe's.) I miss the amazing pastries at the
Winklstuberl high in the mountains, going skiing during the ski
week that we had off school, exploring preserved medieval towns
like Rothenburg OBT, Regensburg, and Kufstein, among others,
going to the Salt Mines, going to the great local pools-also
Alpamare where you could grill your own steak!
I've been back once, with my family in 2004, and I really
want to make it back again soon! I guess I'll have to make
do with Jacob Wirth's in Boston and the Hofbrauhaus in Las
Vegas until then.
I am an Army brat and my dad was in the Army for 26 years. Most
of that time we were stationed in Germany. My mom is from Germany.
We were stationed all over. I was born in Würzburg where my mom
is from. I lived in Heilbronn 66-67, Heidelberg 68-70, Heilbronn
again 72-76, Ansbach 78-81, then I went on to University of
Maryland, Munich 81-83.
I miss the way of life there. There were the wine fests, Christmas
markets, going out with friends to discos, balconies with bright
flowers, the bakeries, traveling all over Europe, the gasthauses,
the army bases with the Px's, movie theatres, the high school
friends sneaking and buying german wines, the farmers' fields,
the shuttle buses taking us into town, the beer delivery man,
the German chocolates and candies, the Oktoberfest. The
volksmarches and Christmas were always great in Germany,
and the snow and sledding and eating Gebrannte Mandeln. I
miss it all. Luckily I also work for an airline so I get
to visit there and see relatives at least once or twice
a year. I miss living there, though, in the U.S. housing
areas and seeing friends. Visiting there is just not the
What don't I miss about Germany? I lived in Landstuhl from 1978-82 -
and I always dream of going back. I miss the Brötchen and
Knackwurst, Glühwein and Zwiebelkuchen, New Year's Eve when all 3
churches' bells sing, fireworks fill the night sky, and Burg
Nanstein's walls are aglow. I miss the festive street lights
glistening through the fog, Volksmarches, Eurail-ing with my hubby
and kids, and...the little old lady in woolen leggings who sat
so primly, so properly on the seat of an old green tractor in
her Sunday clothes while her husband drove through the village snow
on their way to and from church. I miss old friends that we lost
touch with, both German and American...even the village "character"
who bounced along Kaiserstraße dressed in a wirey, bouncy
Christmas tree on his way to the Schnellimbiß for another
drink. Oh, and the limousine school buses, WOW. Thanks for
the chance to "remember back"!
Patti S., NM
I miss Glühwein, Volksmarching, the U-bahn, Trier, Mainz, Wiesbaden,
Hahn, Rhein Main, Klein Gerau, Große Gerau, Darmstadt, München, Idar
Oberstein, Hot orange juice, curry ketchup, potato pancakes at the
Christmas markets, Jäger Schnitzel, bicycling everywhere, taking
trains and buses all over the place, Rindwurst, the Christmas markets,
the German stores, the travel, the culture, the people, the language.
I basically grew up there and traveled all over Germany. I loved the
food, the drinks, the candy, the culture, the friendliness, the views,
the clothes, the music, the fun. The Kriskindlemarkt.
So many places, so many things. I cannot put it all in to words.
I moved to Germany when I was 4 years old and spent roughly 7 years
of my childhood over there. Did so much traveling when I was there.
So many small towns, so many large cities, so many military bases.
The homes are really nice over there. One I lived in had marble
hallways and stairs, wrought iron railing, 3 floors, a walk in
attic with stairs and full attic. Enough room up there you could
have made it another floor. I love the windows, the balconies, the
architecture, the toys, the chocolate, the candy, the shopping,
the history, the castles, the palaces, Bavaria, Garmish, the alps, the salt mines, the Black Forest, their money,
the cars...there was so much I loved over there and so much I
miss. It is also my heritage besides being a place I lived.
Hallo und Guten Tag, mein Name ist Jürgen.
Ich lebe in Süd-Niedersachsen und verfolge ab und zu die Einträge hier
im Forum. Natürlich freue ich mich darüber, das so viele Auswanderer
und ehemalig in D stationierte US Soldaten und ihre Angehörige so
viel Positives aus meinem Land mit nach Hause genommen haben. Zum
Glück ist die Welt kleiner geworden und wir haben die Möglichkeit,
zu mindest ab und zu, das jeweils andere Land zu besuchen.
Ich wünsche allen Kunden von GermanDeli ein frohes und friedliches
Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr 2011.
What don't I miss about Germany?
Well I know my husband misses the bike paths. My son misses the beer and
the fabulous ice cream. I miss just everything, especially my very
warm-hearted German neighbors and friends. I also miss the well-made
German clothes, in fact I flew to my beloved Heidelberg just to go
shopping 2 months ago.
We lived there from 2000 to almost 2004. We had the cutest home. I
loved the Rollladen on the windows. I'm glad I bought some authentic
German lace curtains. I miss the wonderful German luncheon meats,
the Wursts, and the fabulous cakes full of plums, cherries and real
cream. They were not too sweet and just right.
I miss the cobblestone streets and the fact a woman is safe walking
down the streets at night. I miss the immaculate hotels and bringing
my German shepherd into restaurants and department stores with me. I
could go on and on. Ich liebe Deutschland!
My husband worked for the US Military from 1988-1994 (Frankfurt/Main)
and then again from 1997-2002 (Würzburg). We lived in the small
villages of Friedrichsdorf in the Taunus and then in Grünsfeld near
Tauberbischofsheim. Our two youngest sons were born at the Bürgerhospital
What I really miss about Germany is the slower pace of life in the
countryside, the fresh bread and pastries each day from the local
bakery, the Christmas Markets everywhere and the Christmas season
in Germany, the seasonal packaged Lebkuchen, getting our weekly
cases of Mineral Wasser and other drinks from the Getränk Markt,
the announcing oneself with Guten Tag whenever you entered a shop
and the cherry reply, shooting off of fireworks on New Year’s Eve
while enjoying the night with family and friends and most of all
the friends we made that we left behind when we moved back to the
states eight years ago.
My husband worked for the US Military from 1988-1994 (Frankfurt/Main)
and then again from 1997-2002 (Würzburg). We lived in the small
villages of Freidricksdorf in the Taunus and then in Grünsfeld near
Tauberbishofsheim. Our two youngest sons were born at the
Bürgerhospital in Frankfurt/Main.
What I really miss about Germany is the slower pace of life in the
countryside, the fresh bread and pastries each day from the local
Bäckerei, the Christmas Markets everywhere and the Christmas season
in Germany, the seasonal packaged Lebkuchen, getting our weekly
cases of Mineral Water and other drinks from the Getränk Markt,
the announcing oneself with Guten Tag whenever you entered a shop
and the cheery reply, shooting off of fireworks on New Year’s Eve
while enjoying the night with family and friends. Most of all, I
miss the friends we made that we left behind when we moved back
to the states eight years ago.
Hello, my name is Anke and I was born in Germany. We lived in
Idar-Oberstein, where I recall most of my fond memories. My brother
and I would go up to a church that was carved into a mountain, we
would crash people's weddings, just to collect the money and/or
candy that they would throw (instead of rice). We would then
buy ice-cream (popsicles) and go back up to the church eating
our ice-cream, while waiting for the next wedding to start.
Our house was situated by a river, which has now been drained and is
paved over by a road. Anyway, I remember when I was about
6 years old, I had on my Lederhosen and I went on the bridge
that extended across the river. I had a pole with a string on
it. Tourists would ask me what I was doing and I told them,
"I'm catching fish for my mother to fix her breakfast". My
brother's favorite memory is when I took him downtown to a
fountain in a church courtyard, we hopped in the fountain with
a bar of soap and told the tourists, "Our mother sent us down
here to take a bath". (Of course that was not the truth). We
had a nice cozy home (with a bathtub) where we could have taken
My Mother married my step-father who was serving in the Army
and was stationed in Baumholder. Soon after, we moved to Virginia
(USA) in 1975. I went back to Germany in 2006 to visit my older
sister. I would like to return next year, to visit her again.
Thank you for allowing me to walk down memory lane. Attached, please
find a picture of Idar-Oberstein and the church carved in the mountain.
What I miss the most about Germany:
There are several things I miss but it is mainly the way the German
people go about their daily living. They are always moving with a
purpose, never wasting time nor just goofing off. They work hard
and do things right with a sense of pride in doing a good job. I
too was stationed at McNair barracks with the Army in Berlin from
February 1961 until August 1963. During that time we were treated
so well by the German people and I really appreciated that. I
returned to Berlin in 1998, 2006 and again in 2010. On the last
trip we took one of our granddaughters with us and she too fell
in love with Berlin and its people. I also miss the Curry Wurst,
Brötchen, coffee and the little bakeries where we could buy the
I miss the great people of Germany. I was stationed in Berlin from 1959
to 1962. I was stationed at McNair Barracks with A-co 3rd battle group
6th Inf. I belong to the Berlin United States Military Veterans
Association of which anyone that has ever served in Berlin whether
they were Army, Air Force or whatever can become a member. We go
back to Berlin as a group with wives, grandchildren, children
or whatever every 4 years and we have a reunion somewhere in the
States every year that we are not in Berlin. So If anyone has
served in Berlin and is interested in joining, contact me at
my e-mail address (whosron at verizon dot net ) and I will give you
I was in Germany 1970-1973 compliments of the U.S. Army. I met my wife
there on a train and it was the Nuremburg express. I tell our friends
how we met and it is like a spy movie to them. Anyway, my favorite
thing I miss about Germany are the BELLS. Every little town has a
church with a bell tower in Germany and you need not go far to hear
the bells ring. Where I live out in the country in Washington state,
even in a good-sized town nearby, there are no bells ringing anywhere
and it is sad indeed.
I also miss the real German food and all the
different sausages. When I first met my wife she made me a chicken
dish that had some round potato balls with gravy. She told me this
was a traditional Bavarian dish called Knödels, (chicken dumplings).
That has been her nickname by me ever since. Her Dad continues to
live in Bavaria and we have been back to see him several times over
the years and he has been here. In the last 35 years Germany has
changed a lot, but it still has that Old World charm. We had a
wonderful white Christmas there in 2005 and saw the Christkindl
Markt in Rosenheim. This Christmas I do have a DVD of German
Bells that I will be listening to.
I was stationed at Wharton Barracks, Heilbronn from 1971 -1973, then
went to Belgium. I miss everything about Germany. I want to go back
Hallo. Mein Name ist Jürgen und ich komme aus Landau in der Pfalz.
Ich lebe seit 1986 in Amerika. In Heidelberg habe ich die Liebe
meines Lebens gefunden. Eine Amerikanische Touristin aus Los Angeles.
Wir haben uns sofort verliebt. Nachdem wir geheiratet haben 1985,
sind wir dann nach Amerika gezogen. Jenny hat mir dann 4
wundervolle Söhne geschenkt. Mit jedem einzelnen Tag unserer Ehe
war ich in Jenny mehr verliebt. Leider ist sie vor einem Jahr von
uns gegangen. Meine Kinder sind jetzt erwachsen und mich zieht es
wieder in die Heimat. Amerika war für mich ein wundervolles Land
und es war mir eine Ehre dort leben zu dürfen. Aber ich vermisse
jetzt meine Pfalz. Die Weinfeste, das Essen usw. Weiß gar nicht
wo ich anfangen soll. Vielleicht mit Leberknödel oder Neuer Wein
mit Zwiebelkuchen usw.
Am meisten vermisse ich die Möglichkeit in einer Waldhütte mich
an einen Tisch mit Pfälzern zu setzten und bei woi worscht und
weck, zu reden und Geschichten auszutauschen.
Meine Söhne unterstützen mich in meinem Vorhaben nach Deutschland
zurückzukehren. 2 wollen nachkommen. Ich weiß das mein Leben ohne
Jenny nicht mehr das gleiche sei wird. Dank Miles and more werde
ich 2-3 mal im Jahr nach Amerika zurückkommen. Es war ein tolles
Leben in USA. Thank you America for that. Aber Sterben möchte ich
in der Heimat.
In 1988, to my surprise, my dad came home to inform my family that
we were leaving to live in Germany and I was giddy. I was only
seven years old and had been raised by my mom and dad next door
to the German grandparents who had moved to the United States to
be closer to their kids. In the Fall of '88 I left Louisiana
and moved to Grünberg Germany and started a whole new life. To
say I miss it is an understatement.
I went to the base elementary
school at Giessen where I was diagnosed Dyslexic and not stupid as
my other school had said. My teacher got me from D’s and F’s to
A’s within one grading period. On weekends I spent time with my
extended German family including my Godmother/Aunt Lottie and I
started seeing the world through the eyes of the poet I was
destined to become.
I miss the long walks I used to take alone just absorbing the
countryside living in a valley, farmland surrounded by mountains.
The smell of manure from the nearby sheep, cow and horse fields
on the hill adjacent to my house used to wake me up. I miss
the wood and mortar homes and restaurants in the center of town
and the ringing of the cathedral bells every hour especially at
noon to signify the passing of the day. We had what I called a
Rapunzel Tower in our town and I use to imagine myself one day
getting married there.
Winter was the best! Coming from Louisiana,
where snow is a weather anomaly at best, to a place where getting
four feet in one storm was normal, was amazing. I thrived and,
despite my heart condition I did everything, much to my parents'
chagrin. I miss being able to walk everywhere. I miss spending
holidays with my extended German family there and having snow ball
fights from my balcony with my neighbor across the way. We even
stored the drinks outside in winter to have room in the fridge
for all the other foods. To this date out of all the poems I
have written the one I love the most is the one inspired by my
home in Germany.
Angels Dance 12/9/07 5am
“Glorious illusion of time
In this moment when my world is torn and shattered I stop you.
In my heart and mind I stop,
stop and turn it back the hands of time.
Back to being a naïve 9 year old girl on a windswept spring day.
Back on the top of my small kingdom counting the seconds to 12pm.
Days I have waited for my Angels Dance.
I thank heavens this road is dirt as I spread out my small blanket
Dead center where four roads met, where four town become one
My small blanket becomes a bed and I an infant await her daily story
I lay there and count down to Noon
And the arrival of peace
One bell rolls over the valley from the North, where my home is.
Then the bell to the East deeper in tone joins North’s alto ring
A trio now begins the South bells soprano rings and my ears shutter
Only for a second though
At last the West joins in and ties the chorus together.
For the next 2 minutes there is a beauty of sound in the valley
A ballet of color dance before my closed eyes, and at times I become its conductor
Angels dancing on the bells of old churches
Announcing the beginning of the new week
I breathe in this new day and drop the past weeks pains away.
This symphony will echo for while; as in the valley
It follows me home and into my day of play with friends
I will hear it tonight still in my ears.
I hear it now as I stand in stopped time.
The feeling returns, my peace restored
I start time again and with a deep breath walk into present time
Now I have heard the Angels Dance and can face anything
Giessen Grunber 88-93
Queenofpoets20 at aol dot com
I have lived in northern Mississippi (outside of Memphis, TN) for 45
years until last year when my husband and I retired and moved to the
Pacific Northwest outside of Seattle, WA to be close to our daughter.
We love it here. It reminds us so much of Germany with all the pretty
forests and mountains.
My hometown in Germany is Tirschenreuth in the Oberpfalz in northern
What I always missed about Germany is mostly the Brot and Wurst.....
.. but I was always able to buy all kinds of wonderful food from
GermanDeli.com, and have it shipped to me. Their staff is so
professional and I like doing business with them.
Thanks GermanDeli for all the good work you do!
Ein herzliches Moin, Moin! Ich bin aus Hamburg und lebe seit 1999 in
der Nähe von NYC, in Westchester. Ich bin erst vor Kurzem auf
GermanDeli.com gestossen und kann jetzt nach Herzen’s Lust meine
Lieblingsspeisen hier einkaufen – Knödel, süssen Senf, Lakritze,
Grafschafter Goldsaft und so weiter. Jetzt braucht meine Mutter
keine Kehrpakete mehr zu schicken! Ich freue mich Eure Briefe zu
lesen, die oft von Eurem Heimweh erzählen, dass auch ich fühle.
Das viele Amerikaner so schöne Erinnerungen an Deutschland haben,
freut mich besonders.
Jetzt wo der Winter naht, werde ich vermissen über die gefrorene
Hamburger Alster zu spazieren (es muss dann schon sehr kalt sein!)
und Sylvester am Hamburger Hafen zu feiern.
Herzliche Grüsse von der East Coast und vom Hudson River an alle
GermanDeli fans. Hummel, Hummel!
I discovered this wonderful site, accidentally, a little while ago.
I am originally from Frankfurt/Oder and lived around Augsburg from
1953 thru 1963. My Stepdad is a retired GI. I live in Amsterdam, NY
and fortunately my parents and my children live around here also. I
love this country but still miss the German Christkindl Markt along
with all the festivities during the Christmas Season.
What do I like? What do I miss?
I was raised in a German-American family: my grandparents, and
their two oldest sons, were immigrants. I have wonderful memories
of Oma. Mary K., Oma, was from Schwaben. Wolfgang, paternal
I was stationed in the BDR in the mid-80's. I lived in several
places: near Kaiserslautern, near Kuesl, not far from Saarbrücken.
I stood at Checkpoint Charlie and WISH I could have seen the wall
come down. I digress.
What my heart misses about Deutschland:
Autumn in the Hunsrück. Mohrbok crossing in the fog . . Fresh
Brötchen & Käse, Schwarzwald Schinken (never frozen)...dark,
rich, cradle-the-tasse, Kaffee. . . Frühstück .
Neighbors who would HELP you find mushrooms (Pilzen) and prepare
them with you, with Rehbraten and Rotwein. We love mushrooms here
but we are like CIA agents with them.
My dear neighbor, Dr. Rölf Müller, who showed me how special the
RegenbogenForelle in the Nahe tributaries were. And, how special
the Deutsch JagdGebrauchsHund were, and are still. I know you are
still alive, though you were 70-years old then. You taught me to
understand WHY we love the outdoors. You will always be a
ForstMeister, my old friend.
The bier. . . I'm ruined forever, left to brew my own and try.
Generally, everything. How long can this list be? Why did I leave?
Why do I not return?
kurzhaarguy at charter dot net
I was born in Northern Germany and have lived in Texas more than
40 years now. Texas is home, but I still miss the beauty of
Germany, the people and the food. I have many American friends
and some German ones here in Austin, but would like to get in
e-mail touch with someone that is from the north of Germany,
hopefully even living in Texas now. Thanks so much.
Ich wohne jetzt here in America für 10 Jahre, habe aber immer noch
sehr viel Heimweh. Bin aus Krefeld. Ich wohne hier in Florida.
Ich vermisse das wandern, radeln oder nur einfach in einem Cafe
zu sitzen. Das Essen. Die kleinen Läden wie die Bäkerei und der
Metzger. Ich vermisse den Rhein und die vielen alten Gebäude.
Ich kann nur etwa alle 2 Jahren nach Hause fliegen. Ich wohne
hier alleine in America, meine Familie sind alle in Deutschland.
Meine E-mail ist kerstin at tampabay dot rr dot com
Grüß Gott! Ich lebe seit 11 Jahren hier in Portland, Maine, und
komme aus Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, eine Stadt ca. 35
Minuten südlich von Stuttgart. Ich vermisse meine Heimat sehr.
Mein Mann ist ein gebürtiger "Mainer" und wir haben drei Kinder.
Der Jüngste wurde hier in USA geboren, meine zwei Mädels in Gmünd.
Ich vermissen den Weihnachtsmarkt, die Möglichkeit einfach zu
Fuss oder mit dem Rad in die Stadt zu gehen.... Ich vermisse
auch lange Wanderungen durchs Haselbachtal mit unserem Hunden.
Die Sonntagsnachmittage mit Kaffee und Kuchen, wenn die ganze
Familie bei der Oma zusammenkommt.
Ich habe oft grosses Heimweh. Hier in Maine gibt es keine deutschen
Spezialitäten Läden und auch kaum Deutsche die sich hier
niedergelassen haben. Ich würde mich über Kontakte mit Deutschen,
vor allem aus dem südlichen Gefilden sehr freuen, hoffentlich bis bald.
mrobert1 at maine dot rr dot com
wir sind erst im Januar diesen Jahres nach San Antonio gezogen.
Eines der Dinge die ich doch sehr vermisse, ist einfach mit dem
Radl in einen Biergarten zu fahren und bei lauen Sommertemperaturen
den Abend zu genießen. Oder ein super Eisbecher beim Italiener.
Ich vermisse auch die kleinen Bäckereien und Metzgereien, in denen
man nach ein paar Mal einkaufen mit Namen begrüßt wird und immer
einen „kleinen“ Ratsch halten kann. Am Sonntag Nachmittag ist man
spazieren gegangen, entweder in den Wald oder zum Windowshoppen,
nachdem Sonntags die Läden geschlossen sind. So schön.....
I spent 5 years in Hanau, outside of Frankfurt am Main, and another
5 in Martinshöhe (Rheinland-Pfaltz), all while under 20 years old.
Shopping downtown, where we would get a Zwiebelkuchen and an
Apfelsaftschorle would round out a day walking and trying on clothes
at C&A and H&M.
-running in the hilly farmland around Martinshöhe,
-seeing the seasons come and go as the dairy and potato farmers worked the fields,
-day trips to Metz to load up on French bread and pastries,
-discovering overnight that a little festival had popped up in a nearby town,
-the brass band that would practice at the school across the street from our house,
-getting up at 7am on Saturday morning to buy fresh Brötchen,
-waking up to a house so cold, I got dressed under the blankets (although I hated it at the time!),
-the way neighbors kept their sidewalks and driveways pristine, even through weeks of snow.
I was so lucky to have grown up in Germany!
I was in the U.S. Army, stationed at Landstuhl near Ramstein in
Rheinland Pfalz, working for Army Space Command between 1999 and
2002. I led U.S.O. tours in the Mosel River towns of Bernkastel-Kues,
Beilstein, Cochem and Zell. I got engaged in Kleinisch in the Hunsruck.
What I miss most are the Volksmarches. I did 2000 km in 2 years. The
best were in Saarland's farm belt (Urexweiler especially), but the
mountains between Kaiserslautern and Karlsruhe were a good area also,
and Bitburg, Stuttgart and Heidelberg get high marks.
I miss the rapeseed yellow fields, the single thin line of scraggly
round apple trees on the ridge of a hilly farm pasture. I miss the
huge spreading elm trees in the low mountains. I miss the small
stone chapels and niches with simple crosses and beautiful statues.
I miss the castle ruins in the snow. I miss the stone and cobble
barn-farmhouse complexes with arched gateways and thick wooden
doors and the smell of raw dairy and low snorts of the cattle.
I miss the Torte and the hazelnut chocolates and the bratwursts
and pommes frites with curry. I miss the giant cylindrical haybales
scattered over a freshly-shorn yellow-brown field. I miss the
windmills. I miss the sweet Riesling wines and the peach schnapps.
I miss the Christmas season in Germany! I loved going to visit the
Christkindlmarkt, the Glühwein, putting the kids’ boots out for St.
Nicholas, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I also miss the food!
We lived in the village
of Marnheim, in the Donnersbergkries, from 1987 to 1991. There
was a Gasthaus called Zum Kaisertisch that had the best
Jägerschnitzel I’ve ever eaten! I would phone ahead and order two
dinners, take my own containers from home and feed my family of
five. The owner always remembered that I had three sons and sent
candy for them, as well. Our village also had a bakery, a meat
market and a small grocery. I worked in the nearby military
sub-community of Weierhof, which had no such luxuries. A bakery
truck would make a daily stop near my office door, enabling me to
sample many delicious baked goods. Yum!
I lived in Augsburg, Germany from 1978 - 1981. I miss Bavarian sweet
& spicy mustard, Zigeuner Schnitzel, snow, and the people of Augsburg.
I taught my 2-year old to make snow-angels there. Since we are from
Texas, she'd never have learned that here.
Ich lebe in Kalifornien seit 2001 und ich vermisse Deutschland auch
sehr. Vor allem das Brot, Brötchen, Heringe, Rollmöpse, die Wurst,
die Gemütlichkeit, Weihnachten und, und, und. Das saubere und kleine
Ich lebte in einem kleinem Städchen Haltern am See, Erholungsgebiet
für Menschen aus dem Ruhrgebiet. Ich vermisse den Wald, 5 Minuten
vom Haus gelegen, die Fahradwege für Stunden durch die Wälder, am
See oder am Kanal. Ich musste keine Angst haben, dass ein Bear
oder Puma auf meinem Wege steht. Die Landschaft hier ist
wunderschön aber wild. Zuletzt war ich in Deutschland vor einem
Jahr, weil mein Vater erkrankte und kurz danach verstarb. Ich ass
haupsächlich die Schlesische Wurst, Heringe jeder Art, das Brot.
Deutschland hat mich im Januar begrüsst mit viel Schnee,
ungewöhnlich viel, und das für alle 3 Wochen.
Danke GermanDeli und auch Andy’s Deli in Chicago, IL für deren
hjlange111 at charter dot net
I am Canadian and was stationed in Germany in the 60's. At the time
I was given a recipe for homemade head cheese made with pork hocks.
It was beautiful. Since then, my wife passed away, and I don't know
what ever happened to that recipe. I'm sure someone can help me.
PLEASE. Thank you so much.
flyboyone at shaw dot ca
The people. I miss the open hearts and smiles I would see in the
park in the morning. I miss the Bakeries, the Lambrusco that was
just 3 Marks a bottle, the trains, the concert halls, the Fests,
the architecture, the rolling hills and the dramatic mountains,
learning to ski in Berchtesgarten, learning to appreciate good food
in Weiden. I remember the wonderful opportunity to
go horseback riding for a week at a time and just jumping on
a train and seeing where we would end up. Danke!
I also have a question about a Pfefferschnitzel that I used
to order at a place just inside the castle wall in Nuremberg.
It was a Schnitzel fried and then topped with a very deep red
pepper sauce and it was the BEST. The sauce was smooth and
full of flavor and I have been looking for the recipe since
I left Germany in 1973. I have been back to Germany 1000's
of times in my dreams. I live in So Cal and it's hard to
find even a good brat of any kind. I'm sorry, but Oscar Meyer
and Farmer John don't know anything about a true Bratwurst
on a roll with a little mustard (schumpf?), FOR BREAKFAST!
I visited Germany, for the first time, last January. It was the
realization of a lifelong dream, and Munich was my focus. Apart from
the city's beauty, and the Bavarian Alps, what I miss is the people!
I have never been so taken with a place, in all my life...and,
as my visit neared its end...I did not want to go home! The
generosity and kindness of Munich was astounding! Polished manners,
a willingness to help a lone female traveler, with courtesy and a
ready smile...How could one NOT love Munich, and Germany, overall?
If I could, I would live there...so warm was my welcome, and so joyful
was my experience! I am going back, October, 2011...and, cannot wait
Albuquerque, New Mexico
engel dot und dot geister at gmail dot com
I lived in Deutschland for most of my adult life ausserhalb Regensburg
und der stadt Zentrum von Amberg, from '95-'07. So there feels more
like home than the States do, I miss einfach alles was Deutschland
ist!! What I would say I miss the most is the lifesyle and the German
Mit Freundlichen Grüßen,
Floyd aus Dallas Tx.
If anyone wants to chat in English oder Deutsch, write to:
yahoo dot com
Germany is such a beautiful place to be. You will never appreciate
it when you are raised in Germany but you will always regret
leaving home once you have left. When I was in Germany I felt that
everything was odd. Now I regret leaving home. I miss everybody.
michael dot suede at yahoo dot com
Ich komme aus Käfertal, ausserhalb von Mannheim. Ich gehe nach
Mannheim jedes zweite Jahr um Familie zu besuchen. Einmal im Jahr
kommen meine Familie auch auf Besuch. Ich koche viel deutsche
Gerichten aber es ist halt nicht wie zu Hause.
Ich vermisse das gute Brot u. die Brötchen. Auch das gute Fleisch,
and die Wurst!!! Ist halt viel anders hier wie zu Hause. Obwohl
es hat sich auch vieles in der Heimat auch verändert.
Waldmeister-Sirup, Grafgschafter Goldsaft und Harzer Käse können
wir ja nun hier beim GermanDeli bekommen, aber meine Freunde vermisse
ich doch sehr. Grade hat man einen neuen Kreis gefunden und fühlt
sich wohl, muss man schon wieder umziehen.
Danke GermanDeli für alle die guten Dinge fron good old Germany &
für dies Forum.
Meine E-mail ist Uschisan at gmail dot com.
Tampa Bay, Florida
I miss the people, the Christmas markets, the chocolate covered
strawberries, steak and bread sandwiches, VIVA, that family court
show with that cute looking judge with the gray hair, the German
beer, Zeilgalerie in Frankfurt, Currywurst, Wienerschnitzel, Pommes
Frites, subways, trains, Bamberg, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Nürnburg,
Cologne, the urgency to get somewhere but the long lunches, dinners,
my friend's mom who loves to cook when I visit.
HELAU! HELAU! HELAU! When we returned to the Rheingau and Kiedrich
for a visit this past June and took our son (his high school
graduation present) it only took him about 4 hours to realize why
we always talk about missing our friends and the time we spent in
One of the first things our old friends took us to was the
Erdbeerfest in Erbach, followed on the next weekend by the
Rieslingfest in Kiedrich. What our son felt from the people he
met, the history he saw and the places he visited has already
made him wish to return as soon as possible.
For both good and bad we all now have to miss things again;
things like a walk along the Rhein or going for a cruise;
leisurely meals where simple foods can be so elegant; the
clean air; driving through the Taunus mountains; the way
Germany is so modern yet remains so traditional at the same
time; and again, of course, our friends, both old and the
new ones we made. Hopefully we don’t have to wait 20 years to
Viel Grusse zu Alles!
Jim, Marshall, TX
I miss everything about Germany. I am from Nürnberg and I am very
homesick still after 21 years. In 1989, I came to North Carolina
and I have never gotten over Germany.
I miss the food, the people, the coffee in the afternoon with
friends. I miss people going walking, Sunday lunch with the
Knödels und den Braten.
Thank God for GermanDeli!
Hallo! Ich bin die Viktoria, geboren in Aachen, lebe aber schon länger
in den USA, und bin mittlerweile Amerikanerin, auch wenn ein Teil von
mir wohl immer Deutsch bleiben wird. Ich vermisse einiges in D.'land,
natürlich das, was schon X-Mal genannt wurde, Familie, das Essen,
Aachen selbst, vor allem den Aachener Wald, sich gemütlich in Cafés
vom vielen Rumlaufen ausruhen, und die Mode. Irgendwie könnt ich immer
noch bei einigen Läden (H&M, Bijiou Brigitte, etc.) einziehen. Auch die e
uropäischen Musikcharts gefallen mir oft besser und das Fernsehprogramm,
halt sowas wie Lenssen & Partner, Zwei bei Kallwass, K11, Gerichtsserien,
etc. Zwar nicht literarisch wertvoll, aber irgendwo doch unterhaltsam.
Natürlich gefällts mir hier auch gut, ist ja mein zu Hause, lebe mit
meinem Schatz (ein gebürtiger Ami) und meinen 2 Bearded Collies in der
DFW metro. Kinder haben und wollen wir keine. Ich flieg jedes Jahr so
2 Mal nach D. Das ist immer sehr schön und immer VIEL zu kurz. Da hol
ich mir dann meinen Fix an o.g. bis zum nächsten Mal. Und dann
gibts ja GermanDeli.com, wo ich auch schon bald wohne.
Ich könnte jetzt nicht sagen, wo ich lieber bin. Wenn ich hier bin,
will ich nach Aachen, wenn ich da bin, will ich wieder nach hier.
Man kanns mir wohl nicht recht machen.
So, liebe Grüße, wenn jemand mag, kann man mir gern mailen. Don't
like to publish my email address, but maybe Nicole wouldn't mind
connecting us. Have an awesome day, if you are in TX, stay out of
the heat! ;) LOL
ich bin die Brigitte. Bin aus dem Nürnbergerland und lebe schon seit
1971 in Tampa Fl. Es hat mir schon immer hier in Florida gefallen.
Ich liebe das Wasser. Das meiste was ich vermisse ist meine Familie,
Eltern und Geschwistern und natürlich das gute Essen obwohl ich jedes
Jahr Heim fliege.
Es ist ja gut das man von der GermanDeli viele Sachen bestellen kann.
Wenn Ihr mir schreiben wollt meine E-mail ist brpd at verizon dot net.
Ich vermisse meine Familie. Meine Mami, Papi, Omi und Bruder. Ich
vermisse das tägliche Kaffeetrinken am Nachmittag, oft mit Kuchen.
Ich vermisse das Essen, die Backwaren, the Fleischwaren, die
Molkereiprodukte, die Süssigkeiten. Ich vermisse die Gemütlichkeit
und die vertraute und doch fremde Sprache. Ich vermisse die
Restaurants und Bars und ich vermisse die Märkte, vor allem in
der Weihnachtszeit. Ich vermisse meine Bayrischen Biergärten im
Sommer mit Obatz'dem, Radi, frischem Bauernbrot und einer Mass
Bier, oder Weisswürscht mit grobem Senf früh um 11 Uhr.. Ich
vermisse die Parks und das Shopping. Am meisten bin ich traurig
das meine Kinder so weit weg sind von Omi und Opi.
BUT! I do love my new country too with all my heart, I've lived
here since 1999 and I found my ways to cook and eat real German
Food, drink real German Bier and feel still German although I am
a naturalized Citizen. I love my husband and my kids but would
love to live with them in Germany again for awhile, maybe my d
ream will come true as my hubby still serves in the US Army -
Hooah! Although I bet that I would then miss my peeps here in
our great United States of America. :)
What do I miss about Germany? Ich wohne schon 30 Jahre in Amerika,
ich liebe es hier, ich mag die Leute und die Sitten. Aber irgendwo
in meinem Herzen bleibe ich wohl immer Deutsche. Ich vermisse das
Tanzen in der Faschingszeit, das singen und die guten Launen, die
Gemütlichkeit, das wunderbare Essen, die Wurst, die herrlichen
Brötchen, Schnitzelbrot, Currywurst, Zwetschgenkuchen und
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Man kann schon Alles bei der
GermanDeli kaufen. Vielen dank GermanDeli.
Wenn mir jemand schreiben moechte xenad107 at aol dot com
Greetings from Utah! What do I miss about Germany? There is so much-
I moved here with my parents when I was young, but have been back to
Hamburg many times, yet not enough. I miss the Fisch market on Sunday
mornings, the fresh pan-fried schole that my Oma used to make, the
fruit & eel vendors antics at the market! I miss my family there.
I miss shopping the Oster Strasse with my aunt, and the Dom in the
spring and fall. Luckily, we have visitors from Hamburg often,
and now, with Facebook, we keep in touch much more.
I have been living in the States since 1977 and really am more from
here than there by now. But what I miss is the entire culture thing.
After all these years I still just can't identify with the "locals"
if you know what I mean. If there are any Germans near where I live
(Madisonville, Tennessee), please contact me so we can talk (German or
Besides the people of course, I miss the food so much. I have tried
and tried to make "Amerikaner" and just can't get them to taste
like the real thing. Perhaps you have some tips for me...By the
way, I love GermanDeli.com. Very cool.
spanishteachervalle at gmail dot com
Looking for participants in an Oral History Project. I am a doctoral
student at a university in Texas and I am conducting oral history
interviews with German women who immigrated to the United States and
their experiences here as well as in Germany.
I am especially interested in women who came right after the war.
I live in the metroplex/DFW area but I can drive within Texas as
well as to Ok/LA/AR. Most interviews last about 1.5 hours and
will be conducted in English. If you are interested, please contact
me at: germanwomengwip at hotmail dot com or call Simone at
From 1972-1986, I lived in Bitburg and Hahn, Germany, thanks to my
Dad serving in the USAF. We've also lived in other towns.
What I miss about Germany is the food like the Jägerschnitzel,
the Brats with the spicy brown mustard, the Bier (of course);
the culture, Volksmarches; the castles....everything that makes
Germany, well, Germany. However, I returned in 2006 and found
Bitburg completely changed and Hahn AFB is nothing but a ghost
town. All that's left is the Class 6 store, the airfield and
control tower, whereas the housing area is deserted. To put
this down to 75 words would be near impossible for me to describe.
Ich bein ein Bitburger!!!!!
My mother was born in Munich, and emigrated to the US in the 1970's.
My father is from Dublin, Ireland. We often took family vacations
all over Germany, and I LOVED everything about Germany! I loved the
food, the people, the way of life. I never felt like an outsider,
everyone was so nice. Then I had a German Exchange student! He is
MY SON now!
I was THRILLED to find the GermanDeli! All of his (and mine) were
found there. We LOVE THE GERMANDELI!
Ich suche eine Bäckerei in Maryland, welche frisch gebackenes Brot
oder Semmeln anbietet das noch schön knusprig ist. Aber ich meine
nicht gefrorenes Brot. Das heisst nicht, dass (GermanDeli) Brot
nicht schmecken würde.
Suchen auch Kontakt zu Deutschen in Maryland, oder vielleicht
kann uns jemand sagen, wann und wo deutsche Paraden oder Feste
Peter und Susan M.
suenpete30 at yahoo dot com
Ich bin auch in Berlin geboren und aufgewachsen und habe 1958
einen Amerikaner geheiratet und lebe in einer Kleinstadt in
Louisiana. Vermisse meine Heimat sehr so auch meine Familie,
besonders an Feiertagen.
Falls Sie mir e-mailen wollen würde ich mich freuen.
I was born and raised in Berlin. Married an American GI in 1958.
I miss Sunday afternoon walks in the park, Outdoor Cafe's,
Schlagsahne und Kuchen, Bockwurst und Brötchen, my family and
friends. Most have died, but a few of my friends are still living.
Since coming to the states, I am living in a small town in the
state of Louisiana. I love it here, but there is still a piece of
me that is German. I am thinking about adding a German TV program
to my cable network site. It will also help my grandchildren and
great-grandchildren to learn the German language.
If anyone is from Berlin and reads this and would like to contact
me, feel free to do so.
I lived in München from 1957-58. However I still have great
Heimweh for the land. The church bells ringing and the different
smells in the air. The friendly Leute. Ich hab mein deutsch
vergessen, weil ich mit keinen Leuten gesprochen habe. Schade!!
Das Land gibt etwas andres, man kann nicht sprach wie es ist.
So many things to miss. Hearing Tina Turner on the radio on a daily
basis is a great loss. Her music is never played back here in the
US. The cool Imbiss stands filled with so many great comfort
foods. And I miss that laid back, Thursday feeling. Wish I
could go back to Trier and Bitburg, just to hang out.
cjdean at windstream dot net
I miss my friends and the people of Germany. The German people are
kind and friendly. I also miss family days on Sundays and having all
the stores closed. There are so many other things that I miss that
are too numerous to mention, but I do miss the fruit teas which are
next to impossible to find here in the States.
I visit once a year with the Kinder so they can visit Oma, Opa
and cousins. I love that we ride our bikes to the Edeka, walk
or ride in the woods, hear concerts in Herrenberg, see dicke
Fische in Hildrizhausen and do so many wonderful things with
family and friends.
There is no place like southern Germany! There is no food like
what Oma makes in her kitchen! There is nothing like Schwabisch
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