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Germany: Brothers Grimm, Schultüte, & Black Forest Cake
Want to know more about Germany? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Germany on a map, cook a German meal, watch YouTube clips on Germany, color the flag, create a German craft, read a great book about Germany, and more!
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Where is Germany?
Locate Germany on this map of Europe. Use this map of Germany to label the capitol, Berlin. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany.
Fun Facts About Germany
The German Autobahn is the oldest, and one of the densest, motorway networks in the world.
The tallest church in the world, Ulm Cathedral, is in Germany. It is 530 feet high.
The Wurzburg Residence of Germany boasts of housing the largest fresco ceiling in the world, measuring 7287 square feet and done by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, a Venetian painter.
The world's most colorful caves (as per Guinness Book of Records), the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes, are in Germany.
Visiting Germany on YouTube
Prepare and serve Bratwurst (Sausage) with Sauerkraut, Rye Bread, Spargelgemuse (Fresh Asparagus), Apfelschorle (Apple drink), German beer (if desired), and Black Forest Cake.
If you would like to include the German staple of Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal) in your meal, go to A is for Austria for the recipe.
Bratwurst (Sausage) with Sauerkraut
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1 minced clove garlic
- 1 (19.4 oz) can of sauerkraut (or a smaller can if your family isn't fond of sauerkraut)
- 2 medium peeled and sliced potatoes (or 2 cans of peeled and sliced potatoes)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup white grape or apple juice or beer
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cube chicken bouillon
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
- 1 pound bratwurst
- 1 large cored and sliced apple
- In a deep skillet, cook the bacon, drain most of the fat, and crumble into pieces. In the same skillet, fry the onion and garlic in the remaining bacon fat over medium-low heat until tender. Add the sauerkraut, potatoes, water, white grape (or apple) juice, brown sugar, bouillon, bay leaf, and caraway seed. Add enough water to cover potatoes and bring to a boil. Add the bratwurst to the mixture. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add apple slices and simmer 5 to 10 more minutes. This recipe came from http://www.foodbycountry.com/Germany-to-Japan/Germany.html.
German Rye Bread
German bread is an important part of German cuisine; however, it is rarely served as a side dish to the main dinner meal. For dinner time, it might be served as part of a sandwich or with a soup or stew. (Info Credit).
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
- 4 1/2 teaspoons sugar (used in varying amounts)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon shortening
- 1 1/4 cups whole grain rye flour
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seed
- 1 finely grated zest of a small orange
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar. Add molasses, honey, shortening, salt, caraway seed, orange rind, and the rest of the sugar. Slowly add both types of flour to mixture and knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Clean out the mixing bowl, butter it lightly, and return dough to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 to 2 hours. Push a fist dipped in flour into the center of the dough. Turn dough out onto a floured counter top or cutting board and shape into a loaf. Transfer the loaf to a greased cookie sheet. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rise again for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. This recipe came from http://www.foodbycountry.com/Germany-to-Japan/Germany.html.
Spargelgemuse (Cooked Asparagus)
- 2 pounds of asparagus (use white asparagus if available)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 hardboiled egg
- Wash the asparagus and snap off the hard ends. Cook the asparagus in boiling, salted water for 7 to 10 minutes (until tender) and drain. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add cheese to butter and cook until melted and lightly browned. Serve asparagus topped with cheese sauce. Garnish with a sliced, hardboiled egg. This recipe came from http://www.foodbycountry.com/Germany-to-Japan/Germany.html.
Apfelschorle (Apple drink)
If preferred, you can simply purchase apple-flavored soda/soda pop, which can usually be found in the Hispanic section of most grocery stores & at Wal-Mart.
- 4 cups apple juice
- 1 bottle of club soda (1-liter 33.8 ounces)
- Mix equal parts of apple juice and club soda in a tall drinking glass and serve. This recipe came from http://www.foodbycountry.com/Germany-to-Japan/Germany.html.
Schwarzwald Kirsch Kuchen (Easy Black Forest Cake)
- 1 (18 ounce) box devil's food cake mix (prepared & baked according to package directions in a 9x13 casserole dish)
- 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling (or use 2 cans if you know you like cherries)
- 2 tablespoons almond extract
- 1 (5 1/8 ounce) box prepared instant vanilla pudding
- 1 (8 ounce) thawed container Cool Whip
- chocolate sprinkles
- maraschino cherries
- Mix together the cherry pie filling and almond extract. While the cake is still warm, use a fork to poke holes across the top of the cake. Spread the cherry pie mixture across the top. After the cake has cooled for at least 20 minutes, fold the Cool Whip into the pudding, and spread the pudding mixture over the cherry mixture. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles and cherries and refrigerate until you are ready to serve it. This recipe & photo came from http://www.food.com/recipe/easiest-black-forest-cake-51521.
Read a book about Germany
This is a nice picture book that covers a variety of topics related to Germany. It has beautiful illustrations and just enough text to keep the attention of both my younger and older children.
Be sure to include one of the many classic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood that were written by the German Brothers Grimm. Some of the other fairy tales include The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Golden Goose, and many others! Also look for the children's picture book biography on the Brothers Grimm by Robert Quackenbush!
Make a Schultüte (a back-to-school-cone)
Many German parents give their children Schultüte, a cone filled with goodies, on their first day of school. Make one by following the directions at alphamom.com.
If you have extra time, another great activity would be to make a gingerbread house or to decorate gingerbread cookies, both of which originated in Germany!
Read a book about Germany
This picture book has delightful illustrations. As it was written decades ago, it includes all that is stereotypical. The recent re-print includes a short section on what has changed in Berlin since this book was first published.
Be sure to read about the German composer, Beethoven, and listen to his music as well! Also look for Bach and Handel (both German as well) from the same book series!
Pray for the People of Germany
To find out about the religious nature of Germany and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.
Do you want to go into more depth?
Some of my family traveled to Germany. I searched all over to find a fun curriculum to use to prepare my children for their visit. This is probably the best resource! It is a unit study that divides Germany into regions. For each region, Amanda Bennett includes a recipe, science experiment, history lesson, main points of interest, and more.
Martin Luther, a German monk, had a profound impact on the world. This is a great children's biography on him!
Where is Berlin, the capital of Germany?
I've been to Germany. Have you visited Germany yet?
Other countries that begin with the letter G
Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.
Ready to visit other countries?
Go to http://iijuan12.hubpages.com/hub/around-the-world-in-26-letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!
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