Category Archives: Germany

Ridiculous Street Signs #12- Exit the U-Bahn

a man running in a building

This photo might not fit the exact description of a Ridiculous Street Sign but I thought this was the best place for it.

I’ve always felt that warning and directions signs featuring those silly looking stick figures were pretty funny. Many times I’ve tried to copy the impossible positions they are in on the signs. This usually causes a laugh or two while others might wonder what I find so funny.

While in Germany, we were heading back to our hostel after visiting a beer hall for dinner. On the way out, we were assisted in finding the exit by a stick figure sign.

I decided to take an attempt at imitating the figure on the sign while my brother took some photos. We had a good laugh and apparently others found it funny and decided to join in.

a woman running with balloons

This could go down as the first ever Street Signs Pose- Off!

Win A Trip for Two to Oktoberfest

a group of people drinking beer
Pyramid Breweries is giving away a trip for two to Oktoberfest 2013. 
I had an amazing time in Munich visiting  lots of beer halls and would love to go back to experience Oktoberfest.
The Prize:
  • One pair of economy class airline tickets to Munich, Germany
  • 5 days, 4 nights hotel accommodations in Munich
  • $2,000 in spending money ( for food, beverages, incidentals etc.)
  • One Pyramid branded cooler
Some Details:
  • You can enter one time per week (Sunday through Saturday)
  • Sweepstakes ends September 30, 2012
  • Open to legal residents of United States excluding all residents of AL, CA, FL, KS, LA, ME, MN, MS, ND, NH, PA, RI, SD, TN, VT & WV
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to enter
 Enter for a chance to win the sweepstakes HERE

Ridiculous Street Signs #8- Dog Parking- Munich, Germany

a sign on a concrete wall
While wandering around Munich I came across this sign and could not figure out what it meant. 
Usually a sign with a capital P lets you know that you are at a parking garage. The picture of the dog threw me off. Was this a garage to park your dog at?
I went to Google Translate for help and found out that Hunde-Parkplatz means Canine Parking.
Apparently in Germany there are not only parking spaces for your car,  they also provide parking for your dog!

Win A Trip To Germany from Radeberger Pilsner

a logo of a beer
Radeberger Pilsner is giving away a chance to win a 5 day trip to Germany for you and a friend which includes a visit to their brewery. I was at a restaurant when I noticed an ad for this contest on a Radeberger beer coaster.
On the trip to Germany, the winners (3) will visit three cities:
  1. Radeberger to tour the Radeberger Pilsner Brewery
  2. Dresden 
  3. Berlin
When I visited Germany a few years back we went to Munich and Cologne. I had a great time, visited lots of breweries and was really impressed with the country. I would love to go back to visit a few new cities.
The Prize:
  • Round trip coach airline tickets from JFK airport to Berlin for winner and guest
  • Hotel accommodations for two for 5 days, 4 nights 
  • Two round trip train tickets from Berlin to Radeberger (with a stop in Dresden)
  • $600 for meals
Sweepstakes open to US residents of CT, NJ and NY
Must be 21 years of age or older
Sweepstakes ends 7/31/12
Enter the Radeberger Pilsner sweepstakes HERE

Lonely Planet- The World’s Best Booze

a close up of drinks
While traveling, I love to seek out food and drinks that are local to the area or country that I am visiting. It’s especially fun to try out alcoholic drinks native to the area.

Lonely Planet put out a list of The World’s Best Booze. They say that a great way to warm the hearts of locals is by drinking the local beverage.

Drinking is a really great way to get to interact with locals. I’ve had many memorable experiences at the local watering holes!

While visiting breweries and brew halls around Munich & Cologne Germany, my brother and I met many friendly Germans at pretty much every stop. They were happy to tell us about their favorite  brew and explain the different types of beers.
My wife and I had a similar experience at a bar in Bratislava, Slovakia. We stopped into a local place and were immediately offered a shot of the local beverage. (I can’t remember the name of it at this point) We ended up hanging out with the group and eventually moved on to another bar with them. This made our experience so much more interesting and we got to learn a bit about them. We found out that Bratislavans love Chuck Norris and liked NYC’s “chief” at the time Rudy Giuliani. (When they first told us they liked our chief, we thought they were referring to a famous chef!)

Here is the list of World’s Best Booze by Lonely Planet:

  1. Sake, Japan
  2. Guinness, Ireland
  3. Beer, Belgium
  4. Absinther, Czech Republic
  5. Burgundy wine, France
  6. Caipiroska, Brazil
  7. Becherovka, Czech Republic
  8. George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, USA
  9. Tequila, Mexico
  10. Vodka, Poland

To read about each beverage on the list, read the full Lonely Planet article here.