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Landeskunde allgemein [=in general]


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Landeskunde allgemein [=in general]

  • The "official and independent" "Deutschland-Portal," commissioned by the "Presse- und Informationsdienst der Bundesregierung." Well-organized site, but its "official" nature does seem to limit the range of links offered.
  • Excellent multilingual, interactive multimedia site on Switzerland with all kinds of interesting information. Check out this excellent Video about Swiss customs. Choose a language, then a topic, then click on the "Video" icon [available for most, but not all topics].
  • Ein Handbuch für Deutschland Available in multiple languages, this comprehensive online handbook is intended for immigrants to Germany, and offers information on German geography, culture etc. [click on "Landeskunde"], everyday life [click on "Im Alltag"], politics, etc.
  • Statistisches Bundesamt Fantastic site with all manner of information on Germany's geography, economy, politics etc.  Das statistische Bundesamt is the official federal statistics-keeping agency [ugh--there must be a better word for this!] in Germany.
  • The German Way A plethora of information on all aspects of everyday German culture.  Perhaps sometimes to be taken with a grain of salt, but overall a wonderful resource.
  • Goethe Institut Inter Nationes
  • Website of the German Information Center in New York. Offers all kinds of political and cultural information.
  • American-German Cross-Cultural Consulting Click on "Quellen" in the German version, or "Resources" in the English version, to see a list of downloadable articles on topics such as "US-German Communication Styles" etc. There are also articles on countries other than Germany. Most are by the website's author, Patrick Schmidt. You can also order his book, Die amerikanische und die deutsche Wirtschaftskultur im Vergleich (Understanding American and German Business Cultures) in German or English from this website.
  • Gateway to Germany A comprehensive site on student life and studying in Germany produced by Deutsche Welle, available in German, English, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.  Main categories are: Nachrichten/News, Studieren in Deutschland/Studying in Germany, Leben in Deutschland/Life in Germany, Studienorte/University Towns.
  • Alles über Schulen in Deutschland.  Includes in particular links to student newspapers and sample asignments.


  • Live-Video der Debatten, Links zu den Parteien, Biographien der Politiker, Informationen über aktuelle [=current] Themen, Links...
  • Tons of up-to-date info on most recent election and opinion poll [Umfrage] results etc.; a more opinionated site than
  • Election posters and TV ads since 1949
  • Election results since 1949
  • Fluter Jugendmagazin der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
  • Politik in Deutschland Sehr praktische Linksammlung.
  • Die Bundesregierung If you enter the site and then click on "Themen A-Z," you will see a list of the current hot topics in german politics, and the government's positions and press releases on these topics.
  • Der Bundeskanzler
  • Der Bundespräsident
  • Ergebnis der Bundestagswahl An interesting chart that analyzes the results of the election by various demographic criteria, and gives a better idea of the nature of the voters for the right-wing radical parties by grouping these parties together into one.
  • Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland Contains the text of the German constituion ("Basic Law"), as well as info on the national anthem
  • Bundesdance Bizarre fun.  Pick three of the prominent political figures by clicking on them and then click on "los" [=go!] to start the dance.  You can then make choices about how much their upper and lower bodies will move, what they'll dance to, what music and figures will appear in the background etc.  You may not learn anything, but you'll have a good time.


Homepages der politischen Parteien im Deutschen Bundestag

  • CDU Christliche Demokratische Union Deutschlands
  • SPD Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
  • Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen
  • FDP Freie Demokratische Partei
  • PDS Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus
  • CSU Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern

Homepages von einigen Parteien, die im Moment nicht im Bundestag sind

  • APPD Anarchistische Pogo-Partei Deutschlands :)
  • APD Autofahrer und Bürgerinteressenpartei
  • DKP Deutsche Kommunistische Partei
  • DVU Deutsche Volks Union.  One of the main right-wing radical parties.
  • Graue Die Grauen, Graue Panther.  Party for senior citizens.
  • Republikaner Right-wing radical party that had a surge of popularity in the 80s, but is now generally out of the headlines.  Less radical than NPD and DVU; not related to the U.S. Republican Party.
  • DIE FRAUEN Feministische Partei
  • Future Die Jugendpartei
  • Tierschutz Partei
  • NPD Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands.  The oldest of the right-wing radical parties.
  • PBC Partei Bilbeltreuer Christen

Homepages der politischen Parteien in Österreich

Tourismus & Geographie


  • StadtPanoramen Great 360 degree panoramic views of more than 300 locations in 25 German cities!
  • Great collection of areal fotos of German cities.  Includes the option to send them as electronic postcards.
  • Österreichisches Foto-Album 1500 Fotos aus ganz Österreich--total schön!
  • Deutschlands Architektur Beautifully done site with pictures of architectural points of interest, organized by city.  Most pictures are accompanied by explanatory text in German and English intended to place the building in its historical context.
  • VR Vienna Awesome collection of 360° panoramas of Vienna


  • Cool site that lets you print out colored maps of any German city you choose
  • map24 Sort of a German map-quest site.  Does not look very good in my browser, but potentially offers lots of useful info.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection Only a couple of small maps of Austria and Switzerland, but a number of maps of Germany (and, incidentally, of most other places you might want to see), including some historical maps.  Furthermore, the link to  Germany Maps includes a list of other sites where you can find more city and country maps of places worldwide.

City Homepages


  • Lebendiges Museum Online Online museum of German history since 1900.  A fantastic site!
    • LeMO Archive Here you can choose from a wide range of historical audio and video files (to see the video tab, scroll all the way to the right) as well as all kinds of other statistics, maps etc.
    • LeMO Biographien Search or browse here for biographies of anyone who was anyone in Germany since 1900.
  • German History in Documents and Images Awesome collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery. Site can be navigated in German or English.
  • Deutsches historisches Museum Berlin
  • Haus der Geschichte der BRD (in Bonn)
  • 50 Jahre Bundesrepublik Deutschland Very readable German summaries of the most important events 1949-1999.  Includes a search function and biographies of important figures.  Annoying sponsor windows, however.
  • Geschichte-Link-Katalog Eine tolle Liste von Links!
  • This website contains the on-line versions of books published by the Library of Congress between 1986 and 1998. Though the books are aging, the historical overviews remain useful. You can click on Germany or Austria (Switzerland and Liechtenstein aren't available).


Dialekte & Schwyzerdütsch

  • Just click on a marker in the region you're interested in and then listen to the sample sentences for that region!
  • Deutsche Dialekte A list of links for each dialect. If a target link is broken, just scroll down the page. Most of the links lead to written information, and some of the "real" links are broken, but this is a great starting point for exploring the various German dialects.
  • Spiegel Dialekt-Quiz Germans can take this quiz about how they would say various things and get a surprisingly accurate short-list of guesses as to where they are from. As a non-native speaker, it's fun to take the quiz and enter fake answers just to see the questions and possible answers.
  • "Deutschsprachige Wörterbücher" List of German-language dictionaries on various specialized topics--primarily dialects.
  • Sprechen Sie Wienerisch? A small online dictionary of Viennese expressions ("aber kein Dialektwörterbuch," it says), including a special "Kulinarisches Wörterbuch."

Schwyzerdütsch [Note that there is a LOT of regional variation between the various Swiss German dialects - even in the term "Schwyzerdütsch" itself!]



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