Spreepark Berlin: Berlin’s abandoned amusement park

Berlin’s not-so-hidden secret is about to disappear. Spreepark Berlin, the abandoned amusement park, has been bought back by the city. A local has been giving tours for a few years, but after April’s over, the future of the tours and the park is up in the air.

Take a tour of Spreepark Berlin to get a very different experience of Berlin parks than usual.

Spreepark Berlin dinosaur graveyard and abandoned Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel in the background, with the “dinosaur graveyard” in front. Photo by: snostein

The story behind Spreepark Berlin

An amusement park in Berlin? Why would anyone abandon that? Well, that depends who you ask. Spreepark Berlin started its life as the Kulturpark Plänterwald (Cultural Park Plänterwald), which stood from 1969-1989. It was the only amusement park in the GDR and saw up to 1.7 million visitors a year. After German reunification, a family took it over. The city gave them a contract with near-impossible conditions. The forest surrounding the park would be protected land. No parking lots or extra parking spaces were allowed to be built, and German law states that if you don’t have parking spaces, you can’t have signs directing people to the park, either. Then, visitor numbers were limited to 260,000 per year – when they would have needed 400,000 just to break even.

In 2001, Spreepark Berlin declared bankruptcy. The amusement park was closed to visitors and abandoned in 2002.

Spreepark Berlin overgrown roller coaster

Roller coaster tunnel. Photo by anvosa has been cropped from the original.

Spreepark Berlin: The Present and Tours

From 2002 to 2009, Spreepark Berlin was abandoned and nature took its course. Then in 2009, the first tours through the park were offered. People jumped at the chance to see the roller coasters and Ferris wheel gone to seed. Christopher Flade leads the tours and, when there’s extra demand, a second group is led by the daughter of the park’s last owners, Sabrina Witte.

Every once in a while, there has been an event at the park. Last summer there was a concert, and before that there was a techno music festival.

Plus, since 2011, Cafe Mythos has been operating near the park’s front entrance. With beer, soft drinks, sausages ’cause it’s Germany, and soft-serve ice cream ’cause it’s not an amusement park without ice cream – the cafe has everything you need for a lazy afternoon in the sun. The matron of the Witte family is still there serving with a smile. But the winds are a-changing. The city of Berlin bought back the land in March 2014, and after April 2014, it’ll be Berlin’s domain. It doesn’t look like the ruins will hang around.

Go and see it while you still can. Tours go twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays, through April 2014. Here’s a link to book a Spreepark Berlin tour. They’re in German, though, so you’ll either have to understand the language, or not mind! You can’t get into the park otherwise, though. The price of €15 includes a walk that lasts at least two hours (sometimes up to three and a half!) and official permission to take pictures.

BahnCard 25 and why to take the train in Germany

Traveling by train is one of the coolest ways (I think) to get around Germany, and the BahnCard 25 is an awesome way to make it even cooler. Cooler on your wallet: the BahnCard 25 gets you a discount. And cooler on the environment: every BahnCard 25 holder since April 2013 has traveled with green energy.

A sample BahnCard 25

What the BahnCard 25 used to look like. Nowadays the red parts are green.

 

What perks come with the BahnCard 25?

Are you traveling by train inside Germany? Are you going to take several trips? If so, it may be worth it to buy a BahnCard 25. The card costs €50 and gets you 25% off all train trips you book. This includes the already-discounted Sparangebote (savings specials).

Is it worth traveling by train in Germany? Absolutely. Off the top of my head, here is a list of all the great things I can come up with about train travel in Germany.

  • It usually costs less than flying.
  • It uses green energy.
  • It can take the same amount of time as a flight or shorter. This includes getting out to the airport, going through security, and getting your baggage afterwards.
  • Train stations are usually in the middle of a city, while airports are nearly always on the edge of town. See my point above.
  • No need to worry about your bags getting lost. They travel with you in the car the whole time.
  • No security checks or lines to worry about.
  • There’s no turbulence and no seat belts. You can get up any time you want to stretch your legs.
  • The food in the dining car is so much tastier than an airport food cart.
  • Every major German city is well connected with the rail, and most smaller ones too. You can get from Berlin to Frankfurt in four hours.

Should I go on, or have I convinced you yet? Here’s one more story. Some businessmen were traveling from Hamburg to Berlin. They didn’t know about the Hamburg-Berlin train route, which takes less than 2 hours. There was no direct flight from Hamburg to Berlin, so first they flew from Hamburg to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Berlin. That’s a huge detour, a layover, and a lot more airport hassle. Should have taken the Bahn!

 

When a BahnCard 25 is worth it

Let’s do the math. A BahnCard 25 costs €50, and saves you 25% on every trip. So it will pay for itself if you spend more than €50 x 4 = €200 on your train trips. The BahnCard 25 is valid for a year, so you have a long time to make it worth the investment. Or, if you just want to check out your options, there’s a trial version for four months also available which costs half the price.

Where can you go with a BahnCard 25? Just have a look at the website of Germany’s train company, Deutsche Bahn! There you can see the unbelievable possibilities.

 

What do you think? Do you travel on the train in Germany? Does your country have a rail network? Let us know!

 

We’re gonna try participating in the Sunday Traveler blog party! Sundays are great days to take the train.

 

Have a look at some of the other travel blogs!

ZKM Karlsruhe: All your art is belong to tech

Why you should visit the ZKM Karlsruhe

You don’t often see museums like this. The Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Center for Art and Media Technology), or ZKM Karlsruhe, is a place where art meets technology. The single building is home to one media center, two museums and three research institutes. That’s what I call an efficient use of space!

 

What’s special about the ZKM Karlsruhe?

These museums are groundbreaking and fascinating. The Media Museum is the first and only museum in the world for interactive art. You can find a game of SMS Pong in the Gameplay permanent exhibition. That’s where four cell phones, attached to a podium, play Pong by communicating through text message. The exhibition takes up an entire floor. It is devoted to the use of art through electronic games. Or you can check out global aCtIVISm from now until the end of March. That exhibit is focusing on demonstrations and performances which bring attention to bad situations.

ZKM Karlsruhe 33 Questions Exhibit

33 Questions Per Minute: A machine uses grammar rules and a dictionary to make grammatically correct questions. It would take 3,000 years to ask every possible question. Photo by Marc Wathieu

ZKM Karlsruhe Car Culture exhibit

Car Culture exhibit. The Germans love cars in all forms. Photo by Alberto Martinez

 

ZKM Karlsruhe – a great location

The ZKM Karlsruhe is located in Karlsruhe! All jokes aside, the building has its own special history, as so many German buildings do. The ZKM Karlsruhe building used to be an arms factory and has been used by ZKM and others since 1997. The modern ZKM_Cube events space is definitely a Karlsruhe landmark.

ZKM Karlsruhe Cube

The ZKM Cube. Photo by: JOEXX

The ZKM Karlsruhe is even home to a movie theater, the Filmpalast. Karlsruhe is about an hour’s drive from Stuttgart. I hope with this article you can see the ZKM Karlsruhe is worth the trip!

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

Where in the world is the world’s largest miniature train set? The answer is Germany. Specifically, in Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg. Germans might love trains as much as they love cars. It only makes sense for Germany to hold a world record for trains.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg is not only the world’s largest model railway. It’s also northern Germany’s most visited permanent exhibition. There are eight complete sections, and three more in the works. They have a model of Hamburg, an airport, Scandinavia and Austria, and a section modeled after the U.S. The newest additions to Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg will be Italy, France and England.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg with visitors

The Hamburg section. Photo by: Tobias Grosch

The best time to visit Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

According to the website of Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, book in advance to avoid a long wait time. You can also visit on a quiet day. Weekdays will be less busy.

No matter when you go, make time to visit. It’s the only time you’ll see Mount Rushmore next to Cape Canaveral. And it’s the only place that’s managed a direct train from Hamburg to the U.S.!

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg facts and figures

Here are some interesting and amazing numbers about this modeled world.

  • The Las Vegas piece of the America section uses one-tenth of all the exhibit’s lights.
  • The modeled mountains of the Swiss Alps are 5-6 meters high.
  • The Scandinavia section uses real water, and simulates changes in the tide every 30 minutes!
  • The 40 planes in Knuffingen airport actually taxi, take off and land. This section took more than 6 years to construct.
  • There are currently about 13,000 meters of track laid. That’s over 8 miles!

If you are in northern Germany and are a fan of model trains, or are looking for an indoor activity in Hamburg, the Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg should absolutely be on your to-do list.

Denglisch Words: How to speak like a German!

Living in Germany, you’ll notice pretty early on that some of the stuff Germans say sounds pretty familiar. Denglisch words (“Denglisch” is a mixture of Deutsch and English) are all over the place. Why do Germans use Denglisch words? Sometimes they describe a new concept that German never had a word for. And to some German ears, Denglisch words sound cooler or trendier.

But I think most Denglisch words are used because the German words would be soooo much longer.

Denglisch words in a department store

Denglisch words in a department store. Photo by: Gmhofmann

 

Some favorite Denglisch words:

– using “shooting” to refer to filming. Once a filmmaker friend told me, “Yesterday was the shooting with the children.” He meant he’d taken video of child actors, while I gasped and asked if anyone was hurt!

– replacing German words with English ones. Karte already exists in German, yet train riders can buy a BahnCard. Karte can also mean ticket, but Germans also use Ticket more and more often. A two-in-one Denglicization.

– using the wrong English words, especially for tech. A Handy is a cell/mobile phone and a Beamer is an overhead projector.

– putting German grammar on English verbs. People might say they’ve upgedatet (updated) a system. A text message is called an SMS here, and now Germans are using “simsen” for “to text”/”to SMS.”

 

Of course, not all Germans are cool with Denglisch words. The founder of the German Language Society had a few things to say about it.

Denglisch Words - not so happy

This sign reads: Stop Denglisch! We speak German. Photo by: Rafael Peñaloza

Denglisch words and German sounds

Enough of the mixing and the Denglisch words. Here are a few authentic German sounds to make you sound like a real native. This part was inspired by this post on how French people speak!

 

Alter! Roughly translates to “dude,” “c’mon,” or “oh man.” Pronounced: “all-tah!”

As in: Alter, I don’t believe a word you’re saying.

 

Boah! This one means “Wow” or “Jeez!” Pronounced: “bwah.” The more surprised you are, the longer you should stretch out the “aaahhhh” at the end.

As in: You paid a hundred euros for a pair of flip-flops? Boahhh!

 

Doch. This little word stands in for concepts like actually, but, and the useful concept of disagreeing-with-a-negative. As in:

Steffi: You didn’t make it to the store today, right?
Peter: Doch, I did.

 

Juhu! This is German for “Woo-hoo!” Pronounced: yoo-hoo, with the accent on the hoo!

As in: Juhu, it’s lunch time!

 

Nö… Pronounced like “Neuuuhh.” You know when someone catches you red-handed and you just give them a little, “Who, me?” look? Use a long nöööö for that. Or, when you’re giving an answer of “Nah,” use a quick nö. As in:

Steffi: Did you eat all the chocolate?
Peter: Me? Nöööö…

or:

Steffi: Would you like a receipt?
Peter: Nö, thanks, I don’t need one.

 

Oje. This one is the German answer to (or origin of?) the English oy vey, or ai-yi-yi. Pronounced: “oh-yay,” but means exactly the opposite! For extra-bad oy veys, try “Ojemine,” y’know, like an English speaker might say “Jiminy Cricket!” And that one’s pronounced: “oh-yay-me-nay.”

As in: Oje, there comes the boss.

 

Quatsch! This one means “nonsense!” or “BS!” You can also use it after your own sentence to say, “Just kidding!” Pronounced: kwatch! Like watch with a K in front of it. As in:

Peter: I got front-row seats for the Lady Gaga concert next week for €20.
Steffi: Quatsch, you did not!

 

schweine- as an adverb, more than “very.” Always used for negative things – you can’t say something is schweine-interessant. Germans use pigs to make the bad stuff worse, go figure!

As in:
Das ist schweine-teuer! (That’s incredibly expensive!)
Es ist schweine-kalt. (It’s reeeeally cold.)

 

Zak! means something like “bam,” or “all of a sudden,” or also “chop chop!” Pronounced: tzak! (with a long A, like ahh.)

As in:
I was walking down the street when, zak, it started raining.
Zak zak, guys, let’s get a move on, it’s lunchtime!

 

Now, let’s put them all together. Here we go!

Peter: Juhu, I got tickets for the Lady Gaga concert next week!
Steffi: Alter, you did not! Those tickets sold out zak-zak-zak, 3 minutes after they went on sale.
Peter: Doch, I did.
Steffi: But I bet they were schweine-expensive.
Peter: , they were €20 each.
Steffi: Quatsch. How much did you really pay?
Peter:  €200. Each.
Steffi: Boah, that’s more than I can afford. Ohje, it hurts just thinking about it.

 

What other Denglisch words can you add to the list? What other funny sounds do Germans make? Let us know in the comments below!

Gruene Woche: A taste of the world in Berlin

I know we’ve blogged about Berlin not too long ago. But this topic is right on time. The Gruene Woche is going on through this week and it’s a great event to see. There was a protest staged against it last weekend, and it gets huge press here in Germany.

What is the Gruene Woche?

Gruene Woche translates to Green Week. It’s  an opportunity for the world’s food, farming and gardening industries to show off. The green doesn’t mean eco-friendly, here, just having to do with food, agriculture, or gardening. And it takes place for a week (longer, actually!) A ticket to the Gruene Woche gets you access to hundreds of informative stalls and displays. You can hear local music, taste regional food, buy flower seeds, test an in-home sauna, see organic cooking demonstrations, and go eye-to-eye with prizewinning livestock. And, there’s a whole hall devoted to beer.

Gruene Woche Overlook

The photo’s a bit old, but it still looks much the same. Photo by: _raina_

What happens at the Gruene Woche?

It’s part convention, part massive international market. (Here at germany-travel, we go for the market part!) On the grounds of Berlin’s convention center, exhibitors from literally all around the world flock to the Gruene Woche to show sides of the countries you’ve never seen. Last year I discovered cheese from Romania and reindeer from Norway, while this year I sampled tagine from Morocco and pickles from the next state over in Germany!

Gruene Woche 2013 - Norway

Norway’s setup in 2013. Photo by: Landbruks- og matdepartementet

When’s the best time to visit the Gruene Woche?

In general, weekdays will be less busy than weekends. But I went on a Saturday and survived. If you go on a weekend, the key is to get there as early as you can – the later you go, the more crowded it will be.

Gruene Woche 2013 - Plants

An oasis in the convention center: the plant showcase. Photo by: Anagoria

 

Top Tips for Gruene Woche 2014

  • There’s folk dancing at Greece’s area, and don’t miss the creatively-named olive oil company nearby.
  • Take a tour of Germany without leaving the city. Each state has its own snazzy setup. It’s a great way to discover regional foods and traditional costumes. I recommend Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, try the turkey salami products and the Störtebeker beer!
  • For a natural break, make your way to the plant showcase. The air is fresh, the plants are lovely, and they have water dispensers.
  • Avoid the Austria exhibition if you can. I’m only saying this because one end of the hall narrows and causes a horrible bottleneck. It took us 15 minutes to herd our way out of that 50-f0ot-long human traffic jam.
  • Buy eggs from a vending machine in the organic hall.
  • Or, for the pescatarians, chow down on a fish-based currywurst!

All in all, the Gruene Woche is a fun experience for the whole family and a really interesting way to see a snapshot into other countries you might not have known about before.

Foosball Tips: Win your next kicker tournament!

Here in Germany, foosball, a.k.a. kicker, is a popular pastime along with drinking or unique cars. Some bars hold tournaments or have pay-for-play tables. This post on foosball tips was even inspired by a well-placed table at a holiday party! Whether you’re a total beginner or want to get even better, these foosball tips will help you get on top of your game in no time.

Foosball Tips: Table Setup

A typical foosball table. Photo by: Jean-no

Beginner’s foosball tips

First and foremost. No spinning. This shouldn’t even count as foosball tips, but it has to be said. Whipping the foosball rod around at 100 RPM is bad form. On top of that, if you miss the shot your men are out of control and can’t get back to a blocking position quickly. Also, spinning can damage the table, and that would be very, very bad juju.

Next: if you can’t spin, work on a wrist flick. It’s important to shoot the ball hard, after all. And to counter the out-of-control aim a spin gets you, practice passing the ball between your own foosmen. That way, you’ll be able to get the ball where you need it for a killer wrist flick.

Third of the foosball tips is: take your time. You have 15 seconds before you’re required to move. Use that time to aim or to set up a killer shot. More on killer shots below…

Foosball tips for the experienced

Try your hand at a snake shot, which keeps it legal by rotating just less than 360 degrees. No spinning.

Be the best at one shot, not fifth-best at five shots. Better to have one shot that’ll work 90% of the time than to try for three shots that each have a 30% success rate.

And most importantly, go out and play against people who are better than you. That’s the only way you’ll be able to keep improving. Find a bar with a Kickertisch and have fun.

Foosball Tips table for 11

Table for 11, please! Massive setup in Berlin. Photo by: ProhibitOnions

More foosball tips

If you can’t get enough foosball tips, there are a few specialist websites out there. Try Quora‘s page on the topic, or the extensive FAQs and tips on FoosManchu.

7 Quirky German New Year’s Traditions

2014 is just around the corner. Some German new year’s traditions are pretty familiar – drinking sparkling wine, watching fireworks – but a few others might make you shake your head and say, “Wie, bitte?” Here are a few offbeat German new year’s traditions… and the stories behind them.

New Year’s Eve is called Silvester in Germany. This name comes from Pope Sylvester I, who lived in the fourth century. He was canonized by the Catholic Church, and his saint’s day is December 31. No actors or cartoon cats to be found. That fact was for free and doesn’t even count towards our list! Here we go…

German new year’s traditions: melted lead, good slipping, sweet pigs, a lady and her butler?!

German New Year's Traditions: Lead pieces

Is that a spoon, a deer or a star? Photo by: Eric Delcroix

1. Bleigießen

What does the new year have in store for you? Germans have a funny way of predicting the future. They melt bits of lead over a candle flame, pour the lead into a bowl of cold water, then find what shape each re-hardened piece looks like. A lion predicts you’ll make good friends, while a bell means you will inherit some money.

2. Guten Rutsch

Second in our list of German new year’s traditions is to wish people a “guten Rutsch” (a good slip). Why would you want to slip into the new year? The best guess is that it comes from the Yiddish phrase “Rosh ha-Shana tov” (a good new year, or literally, a good head-of-the-year). So a guten Rutsch is really a wish for a good start to the year.

3. Glücksschwein

The tastiest of the German new year’s traditions is to give your loved ones a lucky pig, often made out of marzipan. Not full-size, please!

German New Year's traditions - Watching Dinner for One

Photo by: Luke Montague

4. Dinner for One

This has got to be my favorite of the German new year’s traditions. It is a German tradition to watch the recording of a play called Dinner for One on New Year’s Eve. Miss Sophie is hosting a dinner for her 90th birthday. But she’s outlived all her guests, so her butler James plays the parts of all four gentlemen, PLUS his butler duties. Each guest has a different accent, and of course each of them gives a toast to Miss Sophie at each course of the meal. With each guest’s toast, James gets more toasted. I won’t spoil the ending for you, though! Once you’ve seen the original, try the Lego version.

German new year’s traditions from Oma

I asked a couple of Germans for some family traditions, and here’s what I got.

5. Don’t do laundry!

Don’t wash your bed linens between Christmas and New Year. The superstitious believe that if you do, someone in your family will die. One friend’s grandma would give her clean bedsheets for Christmas, just so she’d have an extra set. You can survive a few more days in those sheets!

6. The food also rises

Have some bread on January 1. If you eat food that has risen (dough, noodles, anything with yeast), your money will also “grow” in the next year. And here are some other German new year’s traditions around food!

German New Year's Traditions: pig and chimney sweep

Photo by: Margrit

7. Mary Poppins had it right

Chim-chim-cheree! Remember the chimney sweep who said touching him brings you luck? Or blowing a kiss? It’s even luckier at New Year’s. They make party poppers (crackers) which burst out with chimney sweeps for the new year. Quadruple your luck by kissing a chimney sweep on Silvester. Pucker up!

There you have it: seven German New Year’s traditions you probably never knew about. Now go melt some lead, follow the same procedure as every year, and have a good slip into 2014!

Lubeck Marzipan: Almonds as you’ve never imagined

Germany’s best-known marzipan comes from Lubeck, on the Baltic Sea. Read on to learn a German New Year tradition featuring Lubeck marzipan and some interesting marzipan facts.

 

Marzipan was brought to Europe by the Crusaders, but it’s popular around Europe and has left traces and traditions all over the world. Countries from Germany to Italy, Estonia, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Belgium all have special ties and traditions with marzipan, and marzipan-like sweets can be found in Iran, Latin America, India and the Philippines.

 

Lubeck marzipan fruits

Why are those fruits plastic-wrapped? Look closer… that’s not fruit, it’s marzipan! Photo by: GaijinSeb

 

What makes Lubeck marzipan so special?

Within Germany, Lubeck marzipan is such a tradition that it has its own protected geographical indication (PGI). That’s the same name protection as Champagne and Roquefort cheese. Some Lubeck marzipan makers have been at their craft for more than a century. That’s a tradition with a history.

 

Traditions with Lubeck marzipan

The New Year is around the corner. Have you got a German you want to impress? Be prepared as the clock’s counting down. Germans have a tradition of giving out pigs made from Lubeck marzipan at the new year. There’s still enough time to get all your pigs in a row (get it?), but only if you hurry! So where should you rush to find the best Lubeck marzipan?

 

Lubeck marzipan schweinchen pigs

Photo by: Alice Wiegand

 

The best place to get Lubeck marzipan

First, get yourself to Lubeck! Lubeck itself is well worth a visit. It’s a lovely city with a gorgeous Old Town and beautiful architecture. One popular spot is Niederegger, which hosts a Lubeck marzipan cafe and a well-stocked gift shop. They’ve even got a cool quiz machine where you can win your own piece of marzipan if you answer three questions in a row correctly. And don’t miss the special tea offerings, flavored with – what else – the house’s own marzipan.

 

Lubeck marzipan variety

There is something there for everyone. Unless they don’t like marzipan at all. Photo by: Susie Wyshak

From fruits to Marzipankartoffeln (yes, that’s marzipan potatoes… just don’t try making potato pancakes out of them), to solid logs flavored with chocolate or booze, to colorful animals, seasonal decorations and even dinosaurs: The makers of Lubeck marzipan are nothing if not creative! While you’re getting your Lubeck marzipan piggies, snap up a few other tasty companions for those oinkers. One bite will have you saying “wee, wee, wee” all the way home.

German Potato Pancakes

Who doesn’t love German potato pancakes? Crispy, fried medallions of goodness are a wonderful treat for the winter, using seasonal vegetables (potatoes and onions) and always served hot. You can find them at any Christmas market. German potato pancakes are traditionally served with applesauce, but you can try topping them with jam or sour cream.

What’s special about German potato pancakes?

If you have to ask, you haven’t had one. German potato pancakes are easy, tasty, and filling. As they’re fried in lots of oil, they’re not too healthy, but they are a great indulgence now and then. You can count the number of ingredients on one hand, and all they require is to throw everything into a food processor (or grate by hand), mix, and fry.

How do I find German potato pancakes?

Lots of stores sell potato pancakes in the freezer, but they’re very easy to make yourself. Here’s a favorite, easy recipe for traditional German potato pancakes! They’re also quite in season, as they’re sold not only at Christmas markets but also cooked as a treat for the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, where they’re called latkes.

German potato pancakes by lynn.gardner

Photo by: Lynn Gardner

German potato pancakes

Ingredients:

1 kg waxy potatoes

1 large onion, halved

1 large egg

2 tablespoons flour

Salt and pepper, to taste

Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Vegetable or canola oil, for frying

Applesauce, for serving

 

Directions:

Peel the potatoes. Grate them with a food processor or grater. Grate the onion as well.

Empty the potatoes and onions into a strainer over a large bowl. Squeeze out as much water as possible and collect it in the bowl.

Give the water a few minutes to settle. The potato starch will sink to the bottom. Empty as much water as possible from the bowl while keeping the potato starch.

Mix the potatoes and onions with the remaining potato starch. Mix in the egg, flour, spices and parsley.

Preheat 1 inch (2 cm) of oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, form the potato mixture into patties with your hands and carefully place into the oil – or, put large spoonfuls into the hot oil and form into a round shape.

Fry for 5-8 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. German potato pancakes can be kept warm in the oven for up to an hour, but they’re best eaten when fresh! Serve with applesauce, sour cream, jam or kimchi.

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