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.
- swissworld.org 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].
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,
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.
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
Institut Inter Nationes
Website of the German Information Center in New York.
Offers all kinds of political and cultural information.
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
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,
Alles über Schulen in Deutschland. Includes
in particular links to student newspapers and sample
Live-Video der Debatten, Links zu den Parteien, Biographien
der Politiker, Informationen über aktuelle [=current]
Tons of up-to-date info on most recent election and
opinion poll [Umfrage] results etc.; a more opinionated
site than bundestag.de.
posters and TV ads since 1949
results since 1949
Jugendmagazin der Bundeszentrale für politische
in Deutschland Sehr praktische Linksammlung.
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 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.
für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland Contains
the text of the German constituion ("Basic Law"),
as well as info on the national anthem
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.
deutsche Ausländerrecht - auf nur drei Seiten!
This site provides a summary with graphics of the
This site collects and comments on information regarding
the laws concerning foreigners in Germany.
Another site on this topic; a little harder to understand,
but click on "Links" to get an excellent list of websites
related to this topic.
Homepages der politischen Parteien
im Deutschen Bundestag
Christliche Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
90 / Die Grünen
Freie Demokratische Partei
Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus
Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern
Homepages von einigen Parteien,
die im Moment nicht im Bundestag sind
Anarchistische Pogo-Partei Deutschlands :)
Autofahrer und Bürgerinteressenpartei
Deutsche Kommunistische Partei
Deutsche Volks Union. One of the main right-wing
Die Grauen, Graue Panther. Party for senior
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.
FRAUEN Feministische Partei
Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands. The
oldest of the right-wing radical parties.
Partei Bilbeltreuer Christen
Homepages der politischen
Parteien in Österreich
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.
Foto-Album 1500 Fotos aus ganz Österreich--total
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.
Vienna Awesome collection of 360° panoramas of Vienna
Cool site that lets you print out colored maps of
any German city you choose
Sort of a German map-quest site. Does not look
very good in my browser, but potentially offers lots
of useful info.
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.
Museum Online Online museum of German history
since 1900. A fantastic site!
Archive Here you can choose from a wide range
of historical audio
files (to see the video tab, scroll all the way
to the right) as well as all kinds of other statistics,
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.
historisches Museum Berlin
der Geschichte der BRD (in Bonn)
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.
Eine tolle Liste von Links!
- countrystudies.us 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
- Dialektkarte.de Just click on a marker in the region you're interested in and then listen to the sample sentences for that region!
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.
Wörterbücher" List of German-language
dictionaries on various specialized topics--primarily
Sie Wienerisch? A small online dictionary of Viennese
expressions ("aber kein Dialektwörterbuch,"
it says), including a special "Kulinarisches
Schwyzerdütsch [Note that there is a LOT of regional variation between the various Swiss German dialects - even in the term "Schwyzerdütsch" itself!]
- Wikipedia: Schweizerdeutsch - Wortbildung und Wortschatz Summarizes some characteristics of word formation in Swiss German, and then provides a list of distinctive Swiss German words
- Wikipedia auf Alemannisch Swiss German belongs to the "Alemannisch" group of dialects. This link takes you to the Wikipedia pages in Alemannisch.
- dialekt.ch Speech samples from various Swiss German dialects
- YouTube clips of bands performing in Swiss German - and one of Roger Federer: