German podcasts: an essential list for learners

Parachute outta there

If you can't love an animal, you can't love a human, they say.

But that makes no sense at all.




The Nazis did not invent Fanta

It's time to put an end to this vicious rumour. The Americans sold Fanta to the Germans. The Nazis did not invent it.

Möwe in Estonia by Ally Lee

deutsche Filme

Three films with great craft to recommend. These are non-Rainer Fassbinder, as every feature by the German master is class.

Das schreckliche Mädchen (1990)

Pacy West German production. A teenage girl uncovers her town's Nazi past.


Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage (2005)

Scholl was 21 when she and other White Rose members were famously executed.


Bitterne ernte AKA Angry Harvest (1985)

War time examination of morality with strong script.


Helsinki Opera House

Controversially it was once rented out privately, to apparently battle its high costs.


Peterhof vs Versailles

In Russian tradition you do things three times for good luck, eg three shots.

Photo taken at Peterhof Palace.


Least charismatic frontman

Thought: Mike Love is the only frontman and lead singer in history to be the least charismatic and worst singer in his band (Beach Boys).

Photo taken at sea aboard ship, August 2017.

TV Studio aboard Princess Regal by Ally Lee

der toaster

Ich habe diesen auf der straße gefunden, und es wird wahrscheinlich da zuruck.


A wonderful display architecture and imagination easily missed in the heart of Berlin.

The Märchenbrunnen is literally the fountain of fairy tales. There are statues depicting Little Red Riding Hood, Puss In Boots, Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and many more. I begin to wonder of the origins of these tales and their universality.

The entire Volkspark Friedrichshain was bombed out and has had many iterations, but the Märchenbrunnen has survived. 

If you climb to the parks' peak you are in fact climbing the rumble of a Flak Tower, the massive WWII anti-aircraft structure that could house 30,000 civilians during air raids.