History

Old World Wisconsin: Time Travelers Wanted

Slip back into the 19th century when many Germans migrated to the U.S. By Don Heimburger Photographs Courtesy Don Heimburger There’s a place in Wisconsin where German history in America comes alive in a dramatic and eye-opening way. Three German immigr... Read More...

GL 25 Years and Counting

For 25 years, we at German Life have been hearing stories—via telephone, handwritten letter and email. Inevitably they stem from a story about a town in Germany that we may have just featured or a recipe that brings fond memories of loved ones and special occa... Read More...

Theodor Fontane

In 2019, Germany honors its 19th century master of realism. By Jackie Guigui-Stolberg   We German-Americans today can so easily forget how different the Germany of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents was from the Ge... Read More...

Mühlhausen

From its status as an important port of trade to its connection with Thomas Müntzer and the German Peasants’ War, this city in the heart of Germany is worth a visit. By Phyllis Meras   It’s a 1,000-year-old Thuringian city that, nowadays, tends t... Read More...

Potsdam Through the Ages

From the beauty of Sanssouci to the Cold War history of Glienicke Bridge, Potsdam offers an enticing side-trip option when in Berlin. By Wibke Carter   Potsdam, the fabled retreat of the Prussian kings, is for many travelers to Berlin a popular d... Read More...

In the Footsteps of the Vikings

The Vikings—they emerged in the North as a terrifying new threat to impact upon the peace and prosperity of 8th century Europe. But what was the motive behind their raids: a lust for violence, poverty or even wealth? By Alevtina Altenhof   Long a... Read More...