What I Miss About Germany
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I lived in Germany two different times, as my father was in the Army. The first was from 1983-1985 in Pirmasens and the second from 1990-1995 in Kaiserslautern. What I miss most is the food. It was always delightful and most scrumptious. I also miss the Gummi Truck that came around every afternoon that was stocked full of nearly every candy/gummi you could imagine. I wish that I could go back to live there forever. It is just such a beautiful country, rich in history and plenty of sights to see. If I had one wish, it would be to move there permanently with my husband and children so that they could experience how wonderful the country is!
What I miss most about Germany is the people and culture! The Germans are what makes Germany great! There is no doubt in my mind that the world would be a much better place if it were germanized.
I miss Germany. The transport system was great and reliable.... I miss the food, pretzel most especially and I so miss the forest and playgrounds and lastly I miss my host family....big up to family Von Waldow in Frankfurt-Bad Homburg.
Every time I read the "What I miss about Germany," I remember another thing. I so miss the outside cafes, the Church Bells, the quiet hours and even Spargel. It took a while to get used to eating the white Spargel, which grew in our area close to Gross Gerau, but now I so miss it, and I miss the weekend flea markets. I am an American, but I am so homesick for my adopted country.
I am from Bielefeld, Westfalen. Besides missing everything mentioned in previous comments I dearly miss Westfälischer Pickert, das Aroma von gebrannten Mandeln am Weihnachtsmarkt, Fischbrötchen, das jährliche Weihnachtskonzert in der Oetker Halle, das Weihnachtsmärchen im Stadt Theater, Spaziergänge durch den Teutoburger Wald, Apfelkuchen mit Schlagsahne im Cafe der Sparrenburg und ganz besonders die Kirchenglocken!!!!!
from Uschi in Quincy, Massachusetts
Nachdem in der britischen Militär Community für etwa 15 Jahre gelebt,
die Ausgaben etwa 2 Jahren jeweils in Lüneburg, Minden, Hilden, Verden
/ Aller, Mönchengladbach, und Rheindahlen und das, was ich am meisten
vermisse ist die über Deutschland 6 Maisbrot. Kein UK Bäckerei macht
es, soweit ich weiß. Sehr schade!
Louis FR in Bournemouth, England.
I took a family trip to Germany last year with my boyfriend’s family.
He grew up there and lived there until his parents returned to the U.S.
when he was in his early 20s. We spent two weeks there and I have been
homesick ever since! One trip is all it took to make me fall in love
with the people and the culture. I have traveled to other places, but
none of them touched my heart the way Germany did.
I miss waking up to the bells of the Dom and strolling through the
Kurpark in Wiesbaden. What I would give to have five minutes in that
park right now! I am so excited to find your website, GermanDeli.com!
Being a schnitzel fanatic, I can at least get a taste of Germany until
I find my way back there.
Ach Du liebe Zeit. - What do I miss about Germany.
Ich lebe hier in Los Angeles seit ca 22 Jahren und komme aus Augsburg.
Obwohl nun die USA meine "Heimat" ist, ich vermisse meine Familie und
Freunde. Den Geruch von frischen Brötchen aus der Nachbarschaftsbäckerei,
das gemuetliche Essen in einem Wirtshause in dem man stundenlang mit
Freunden oder Familie sitzt ohne die Rechnung hingeknallt bekommt und
mehr oder weniger zum gehen veranlasst wird, gut essen, einen guten
Schnapps danach und dann Kaffee und Kuchen (vor allem Käsesahnetorte).
Ich vermisse die kleineren Bierfeste in jeder Stadt. Ich vermisse sogar
am Samstag, Sonntag und Feiertage, dass die Geschäft zu sind und man
wirklich merkt, dass es das Wochenende ist oder ein Feiertag. Ich vermisse
meine Sprache und Kultur. Den öffentlichen Verkehr und unsere sozialen
Absicherungen, wie Krankenkasse für alle, gute Mieterrechte und Arbeitnehmerrechte.
Einen schönen langen Urlaub ohne Angst zu haben die Arbeit zu verlieren. :),
ich vermisse sogar die Pruede von manchen meiner Landsleute. Seit ich hier
in den USA lebe, habe ich gelernt mein Heimatland zu lieben und zu vermissen
und zu respektieren. Denn ich habe in den Jahren hier gelernt:
Das Gras ist nicht immer grüner woanders.
Doch um meine Wehmut nach deutschen Lebensmittel zu lindern, gibt es Gott sei
Dank "GermanDeli.com". Das macht es um einiges leichter. :)
Hello - I live in the UK since 2000 with my British husband and we
have 2 girls born here. The longer I am here the more I miss my family
back home in Germany. I would like to say hello to Rita who also posted
here earlier. I am from Amberg too :-) my Email is jesslina2 @ gmail
We just moved back to the US last month from Germany after 5 years of
living there as active duty military. Several of my most favorite German
cake recipes that I got from my German co-workers require Eierlikör and
I was really concerned that I wouldn't be able to find it here. I
happened upon this site in search of the Lotus Karamellgebäck cookies
(my vice) and found a post about Eierlikoer. THANK YOU ULRIKE for sharing
this recipe on 1/4/2014. I am making up a batch tonight since I have all
the ingredients. I came home with probably 100 packets of
Like everyone else, I am missing my local Bäckerei and of course the Edeka
down the street from my house. I am still having a hard time getting used
to the US supermarkets again.
Thanks for your website!!! At least I know that on occasion I can get a
few things that I miss.
I miss the afternoon tea, the
Brötchen. I like the way of life.
My father came to the US via Ellis Island. He first settled in Chicago,
then on to Northwest Iowa. He came from Emden, Germany up by the North
I have visited Germany 6 times. The last time was in May of 2013. I would so
love to go again, as I still have cousins in Northern Germany. My
father's family home is still there. It has been remodeled into a very
nice home. One of my cousin's daughters owns it. I miss the cousins if
I had the $$$$ I'd go back.
Hallo Leute, howdy folks :-)
Mein Name ist Markus. Ich selber lebe in Deutschland und war leider
noch nie in den USA, aber ich interessiere mich für die Deutsch-Amerikanische
Da bin ich durch Zufall auf GermanDeli.com und das Forum What I Miss
About Germany gestossen.
Viele Leute schreiben das sie grosses Heimweh haben und deswegen wollte
ich einfach die Gelegenheit nutzen und allen einen schönen Gruss aus
good old Germany schicken.
Habt eine gute Zeit und wenn ihr mögt und könnt dann kommt doch einfach mal
über den grossen Teich in die alte Heimat zu Besuch auf Brötchen, Bier,
Schnitzel und Kartoffelsalat.
Grüsse aus Norden(Ostfriesland),
Markus' message in English:
My name is Markus. I live by myself in Germany and I must admit that I
have never been in the U.S.
But I am quite interested in German-American Friendship. So I happened
to find GermanDeli in the WWW and this "What I miss About Germany"-Forum.
I couldn´t help but notice that many of the Users there are homesick. So
I´d like to take the opportunity to send Greetings from good ol´Germany
to all these folks.
Have a good time there and if you's like to (and are able to) then visit
the old "Heimat" in order to enjoy some Brötchen, Schnitzel, Beer and
Greets from Norden(East Frisia),
What I miss most are my German father and grandparents who were from
the Frankfurt am Oder region in Germany.
My German father Gerhard and his parents Erich and Anna came to the
U.S. in 1927 by boat via Ellis Island and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I was conceived in Austria in a little town called Vöcklebruck, where my
father and mother were living while he was in the U.S. Army in 1947. My
mother returned to Milwaukee for me to be born as most of our relatives
What I miss most are the outstanding Sunday noon German dinners that my
grandmother Anna prepared, which were always waiting on the table after we
arrived from church. Anna was an exceptional cook while my grandfather
Erich was a fine baker, besides being an engineer, making the best butter
stollen I have ever eaten.
I have tried many times to duplicate the stollen and grandma's potato
dumplings with Sauerbraten, but have never made it as well as she.
I also really miss the many parties my grandparents held whenever a relative
had a birthday to celebrate. Ahhhh....the steak tartare, real German
sourdough rye bread, my mom's German Potato salad (which I have mastered),
and the special desserts that were always present.
My father passed away in 1989 and my mother Ruth is doing fine at 93 years
I was fortunate to work for two companies that allowed me to travel to Europe
many times, particularly Germany, Austria, and Italy.
I have many great memories of Germany including many Oktoberfests, trips
down the Rhein, traveling the Fairy Tale Road as our last name is Grimm,
seeing where my grandparents were from (Fünfeichen), castle hunting, and
enjoying Bavaria and the German Alps among others.
The high point of my last trip with my then recent bride Carol, was attending
the 2010 Passion Play in Oberammergau with several other lifetime close
friends. It was very special indeed....something you never forget.
We have already started to plan a trip back to Germany to enjoy the 2020
Passion Play and maybe a trip or two in between.
What I really miss about Germany are the Backerei and buying the various
rye breads and Brötchen for a quick lunch with my favorite sausage, the
Grobe Mettwurst, which I cannot find here in the U.S.. The taste of these
German made foods is unmatched.
Unmatched until I discovered the GermanDeli. I have bought many German made
items over the last several years, but especially like the Brinker German
Sourdough rye bread and Brötchen and a variety of the brats and sausages.
Thank you GermanDeli!
But if anybody knows where I can buy the real German style Grobe Mettwurst
here in the states, let me know. If not, I may have to make it myself!
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Ich wohne seit 2012 in Bridgeport, Ohio. Aktuell habe ich das Glück 2x
pro Jahr nach Hause zu fliegen um Familie und Freunde zu sehen und
trotzdem vermisse ich wie die meisten das gute Essen und die
„Öffentlichen“ um mal schnell in die Stadt zu kommen. Ich versuche immer
noch Ersatz für diverse Lebensmittel zu finden und bin dabei über
Würde mich freuen von jemanden aus der Heimat zu hören, schreibt einfach
an „mail4ricarda at gmail dot com“.
Ich lebe nun schon über 40 Jahre lang in den USA. Mein Traum ist es,
im Rentenalter wieder nach Deutschland zu ziehen. Viele Leute raten
mir ab, weil sie meinen ich könnte mich nicht mehr eingewöhnen. So
bin ich interessiert, die Meinung von Leuten zu hören, die nach langem
Aufenthalt hier in den USA wieder nach Deutschland zurück gekehrt sind.
What I miss about Germany is being able to walk to the nearby Bäckerei
for some fresh Brötchen und Butter Hörnchen on Saturday mornings. Most
of all, I miss my mother and siblings who still live there. I was born
in Bad Kissingen, but lived most of life in Schweinfurt. Moved to the
States in 1997 with my husband whom I met @ Würzburg High School.
My mother actually came across the GermanDeli.com website and suggested
for me to give a try, since it's so expensive for her to mail anything
to me. Plus, it removes the risk of customs opening the package and removing
items. (Yup, it's happened before).
I just placed my first order yesterday. I'm so excited and can't wait til it gets here. Anything helps to bring me closer to my Heimatland.
Grüße aus San Antonio,
Mein Name ist Rita. Hallo, wie geht's euch?
Ich bin in den USA seit 1974. Habe meine 3 Kinder hier gross gezogen
und die wissen wo Mama herkommt und meine Enkelkinder wissen es auch.
Ich koche noch viel Gerichte von zu Hause und das schmeckt ihnen. Aber
je älter ich werde, vermisse ich mein zu Hause in Bayern, eine
kleine Stadt Amberg in der Oberpfalz mehr und mehr. Ich vermisse die
Sprache, die Kultur. Ich vermisse einfach alles.
Eigentlich gar nix!
Sonst wär ich ja nicht in 1993 ausgewandert. War mir schon klar dass
man kein gutes Bier hier bekommt und dass es keinen Käsekuchen mit
Aber da gibts ja nun den Stiglmeier für die Wurst, den GermanDeli
für alles andere und ein deutsches Bier gibts auch im Laden. Was will
man mehr! Ach und die Gemütlichkeit. Die kann ich selber mit Freunden
und Familie produzieren, das klappt immer ganz gut.
Sooo, was sonst noch….hmmmm….immer Feste überlegen….ach ja Maultaschen
auch genannt, "Mauldaschaa". Das sind gefüllte Teigtaschen! Sodele, also das wars dann schon was ich vermiss.
Viele Grüße von einem waschechten Schwabe der schon sehr lange echter
Ich hatte eine lange Zeit in Regensburg gewohnt. Hatte viele Freunde
und auch Verwandte. Sonntags waren wir immer zusammen, aber hier machen
die das nicht. Jede Familie geht seinen eigenen Weg. Oh bin schon
etwas alt, denn ich wohn schon Lange hier 60+ Jahren. Regensburg ist eine
schöne Stadt. Ich vermisse die Biergarten mit Tanzen. Ja manchmal habe
ich das Verlangen wieder dort zu sein mit der großen Gemütlichkeit.
Für Essen da kann ich gottsei dank schöne Sachen kaufen von GermanDeli.com.
Mache Schluss, bin etwas traurig.
Hallo. Ich bin von Regensburg. Möchte etwas gerne von einen Regensburger
I was so happy to find your website and ordered a couple of my favorite
goodies that I really miss.
My story is a long and windy road. I was adopted from Germany (born in
Karlsruhe in 1949) and brought to America in 1951. I had a very good
childhood and finished by upbringing in Marietta, Georgia. But something
was always missing so in 1978 I began my search for my birth family, and
as things happen in life I find myself in retirement with more time on my
hands. So in 2011 my husband and I flew to Amsterdam and went on a Rhine
River cruise and a search for my roots. While in Karlsruhe, with the
kindness of strangers at the Standesamp I was given information about myself,
and then the ladies gave me another stack of information about an aunt
that married an American soldier and made it to the USA. They had a baby
but I didn't know her married name. So after finding out that my aunt and
uncle had passed away I sent for their death certificates from the state of
Michigan. On my aunt's death certificate was my cousin's married name. So
just out of curiousity I googled her name and she popped right up. She had
her own website because she is a massage therapist. So I called but no answer.
I left a message saying I was going to be in the area that next Monday and
she called me on the morning of October 17, 2011. I asked her several questions
about her mom (my aunt) and she started getting suspicious so I told her, "Well,
your mother and my mother are sisters, HI COUSIN!!!" She was VERY surprised
and happy. Now it was time for me to be surprised because when in Germany I
had learned that my birth mother had died in 1997 and I had had a little sister
that only lived one day. So I thought I was alone with no blood relatives. But
boy was I wrong! My cousin then said, "It's time for you to be surprised, you
have a brother, and I visited with him in 2005!!!" Well, I nearly fell out of my
chair. So I looked and looked but could not find him. So I sent an email to the
little hotel where my cousin had stayed when visiting with my brother. Come to
find out his girlfriend's family owned the hotel. So finally on the morning of Jan
1, 2012, I received a call from a man with a very heavy accent. IT WAS MY BROTHER!!!!
We tried to talk but we were crying too much!! (Smile) So he wrote me a letter
and called again in the afternoon and read it to me. We both cried again! To make
this story a little shorter we have been emailing and Skyping every day since we
found each other. He was all alone with no more living relatives and his girlfriend
had died and also his little dog. But now he has his little sister!! I am sixteen
months younger. We are now 65 and 66 years old.
We met for the first time in July 2012. I got off the train in Bad Neustadt an der
Saale and flew into his arms leaving all the luggage for my husband to pick up!
(Ha! Ha!) From that moment on I felt like I was really home for the first time in my
life! I went alone in July 2013 and spent five weeks with my dear brother. He is
the sweetest and most loving man. He drove me all over Bavaria, and we laughed and
cried and ate wonderful food! Ice cream, breads and pork dishes, and so many yummy
things I don't even know the names of, but they were wonderfully delicious. I feel
completely at home and thoroughly happy when I am in Germany and with my brother. I
will go again this summer and enjoy another five weeks! First of all I miss my brother,
then the wonderful breads, and ice cream! Being able to sit outside and enjoy watching
the people walk by and getting to know his friends. I enjoy the slower pace. My
brother won't let me rush around like I have to do at home.
Anyway, it has been a dream come true and there is much more to the story if you would
like to chat on email. My email address is: gandsputnam at tds dot net. My name is Susie P.
and I was renamed by my brother as Susie Petra Josie. (Petra - female form of Peter after
my brother, and Josie after our mother Josefine)
I'm active duty military and I spent most of my career in Germany. I
fell in love with just about everything in that country and even though
I was born and raised in Texas, I feel like Germany is my home. Sometimes
I miss it so much I get a bit home sick. I received a bday gift from
this site by some good family friends I've known for about 6 years now.
I was given some of my favorite foods and drinks that I haven't had
since I've been stationed back in the states. I am so grateful to them
and I hope to return home to Germany one day for good.
Ich vermisse die Sicherheit, die das soziale Netz mit Krankenversicherung
und Rente bietet.
Ich vermisse das Datenschutzgesetz und ähnliches.
Ich vermisse meine Freunde und Familie, und die ähnlichen Ansichten, die ich
mit ihnen teile.
Ich vermisse Bäckereien, Metzgereien und ähnliche Geschäfte, ich vermisse
gutes Brot, Brötchen und Bretzeln, Gouda Käse in großer Vielfalt, jung,
mittelalt, alt, Flohmärkte und Biergärten, Kneipen und gute Gespäche.
Aufschnitt, gute Butter und Quark.
Die Weihnachtsmärkte zur Weihnachtszeit und St. Nikolaus.
Ich vermisse Köln, den Kölner Dom, Kölsch (als Sprache und das Bier LOL), und
den Rhein. Ich habe die meiste Zeit meines Erwachsenenleben in Köln gewohnt.
Ich vermisse hervorragende öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, wo ich auch meine Hund
ohne Schwierigkeiten mitnehmen kann. Ich vermisse die Hundefreundlichkeit.
Bin seit 2005 in den USA und war bereits 50 Jahre alt, als ich immigiert bin.
Habe meinen Mann im Internet getroffen.
Moin moin von Frank & Gisela, sind hier seit 1998 am Lake Texoma, haben
uns einen Tante Emma Laden aufgebaut. Was wir vermissen, machen wir
möglich. Maifeier, Oktoberfest ect. Unsere Texaner lieben unsere Kultur,
viele essen jetzt mit Messer und Gabel. Deutsches Bier, Apfelkorn und
Siegi’s Brats, und das alles im Texanischen Sommer.
Ich sehe zum 1.Mal diese Seite und finde es sehr interessant was alle
vermissen. Mein Mann und ich sind 1965 in USA, es war unsere Hochzeitsreise
nach New York per Schiff. Wir wohnten die ersten 12 Jahre auf Long Island,
wo es viele Deutsch Geschäfte gab und sogar eine Amerikanische Tageszeitung
in Deutscher Sprache. Die Umstellung war, man konnte nirgends zu Fuss
hingehen. Danach zogen wir nach CT, wo es auch viele Deutsche Verbindungen
gab, auch eine Deutsche Samstagschule, was für unsere Kinder gut war. Da
wir oft in Urlaub nach Deutschland flogen, wir sind aus Köln zu Hause, haben
wir weniger Heimweh gehabt. Jetzt wohnen wir in Spartanburg SC, wo es,
nachdem BMW hierhin kam, sehr viel Deutsche Sachen zu kaufen gibt. Wir
gehören zu einem Deutschklub und feiern die Feste, wie sie fallen (wie
man so schön sagt).
Um aber zum Thema "was ich vermisse" zu kommen, 1. dass man nicht zu Fuss
einkaufen kann, die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel damit man als 3. zu den
netten Kneipen könnte, wenn es sie gäbe. Aber, wenn man fast 50 Jahre im
Land ist, gibt es auch sehr viele Dinge, die man hier geniest und nimmt
alles wahr, wenn man wieder in Köln ist.
Hallo alle miteinander,
Ich bin die Brigitte und ich vermisse alles von Deutschland. Die
Gemütlichkeit, die Spaziergänge, das Essen, besonders meine Brezel, ich
komme aus dem Schwabenland. Auch vermisse ich das Weihnachtsfest und
Ostern, das sind die Feiertage welche man hier ganz anders feiert oder
gar nicht feiert, leider.
One word, EVERYTHING!!!
1SG Retired R. A. T.
A little background, my mother came to USA in 1961 and is from Frankfurt
Germany and my uncle still lives in the same house they grew up in.
I would visit my Oma on summer vacations during high school in the '80's.
No one spoke English and my German was extremely limited. I loved that
I could make my Oma laugh by lovingly imitating her shaking the enormous
feather bedding out the windows. I also remember the time my Oma was
extremely upset that I locked the closet door with the skeleton key and
the key was stuck because I used the wrong key. Oma had to call a
locksmith and she was mad. I didn't need to know German to know that.
I also miss the
Brötchen, the smells and probably everything about Frankfurt.
It's a part of me. My first trip was when I was 2 and now I am 51. Germans
are very hardworking, special people. I dedicate this to my family in
Germany and all the Germans. God bless you all!
I just, after the holidays, found time to look at all the new posts
and was surprised to see so many people from the Schwabenland, I grew
up there. However, my reason for writing this time is the post by
Karin about not being able to purchase Eierlikör.
I used to be able to get it in New England and then I was not. So, my
mother sent me a recipe and I have been making my own ever since. In
case any of you are interested and would like to give it a try, here
1 bottle of Asbach Uralt (this too seems not widely available anymore
so you can substitute any smooth brandy, however, the recipe is for .7
liter of brandy)
15 egg yolks (I purchase pasteurized eggs)
300 grams of sugar
2 packets of vanilla sugar (GermanDeli has these)
Beat the egg yolk until very light in color, slowly add the sugar and
vanilla sugar and beat until almost white in color, then slowly add the
brandy, few drops at a time.
Cork the bottle and let stand for one week in a cool place (I put it in
the fridge) after one week open it and wipe away the fat which will have
accumulated on the top and re-cork. It will last about 3 months. Never
does in my house!
I make several other liqueurs for Christmas so if any of you are interested
in recipes, e-mail me direct.
An alle ein frohes neues Jahr!
Mich rühren die vielen lieben Beiträge.
I was born in Canada to European parents, and mom moved the family back
to Germany as she missed the culture and lifestyle so much. I wanted to
re-discover living here and speaking English.
What I miss from Germany more than the food is the lifestyle which every
other comment here lists in detail!
And most of all I miss my friends, especially those from the U.S. and
Canadian armed forces. Well, those that chose to embrace Europe, learn
the language, live off base and learn the language. They were a mix of
both cultures which are part of me.
When they began to be recalled in the mid 80's to 90's, it was
I moved from Hamburg to the Odenwald by Heidelberg, and now live in Canada.
I speak German constantly and even teach it as a private tutor, which
helps with the homesickness for the culture.
If anybody would like to reminisce here is my e-mail: holle0001 at gmail
dot com. Tchue!
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