German, Austrian, and Swiss Products and Services
Here is your curated collection of German, Swiss, and Austrian products and services. Wherever possible you'll find small, independent, and family-owned businesses.
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German Language Books
alibris has hundreds and hundreds of books for German learners and German speakers. It's "the premier online marketplace for independent sellers of new and used books, music, and movies, as well as rare and collectible titles." Here are a few books I recommend for German learners:
For grammar A1-B1: For vocabulary B1-C1: For dog lovers A1-A2:
Springer Verlag GmbH
"Springer Verlag GmbH is a leading academic publisher and offers customers a vast collection of over 260,000 (e-)Books in its Springer Shop. Our customer base includes research professionals, academic researchers, professors and lecturers, students, authors, as well as individuals with an interest for science and technology."
Books are available in German and in English.
German Food and Drink
It's so easy to enjoy German products with the German Food Box. There are only authentic, German foods in this box, straight from Germany.
You sign up for a subscription, which you can pause or cancel at any time, and a box of 6-8 German products automatically arrives at your door each month.
Not only does it arrive in a decorative gift box (perfect for a Christmas or birthday gift), but you also receive traditional German recipes in every box.
Milwaukee Pretzel Company
These are the best pretzels I've eaten outside of Germany and when you visit one of their stands here in Milwaukee you'll likely have a chance to eat their Obatzda, which is a delicious, Bavarian cheese specialty made with camembert, butter, a splash of beer, onion, and paprika. And yes, their Obatzda is also the best Obatzda I've had outside of Bavaria.
The Milwaukee Pretzel Company will give you 5% off your entire order on every order with the code GERMANWITHNICOLE. So make sure you enter the code every time you order and you'll receive 5% off.
Check out the Milwaukee Pretzel Company - and if you want to order a larger amount, you can freeze their pretzels and they have instructions for reheating all their pretzels.
Denken Sie daran: use code GERMANWITHNICOLE for 5% off every order.
If you're shopping for particular German food items, shipped within the US, then Yummy Bazaar is a good option for you. They have the largest selection of 24 kinds of Haribo candy, 6 different types of Hela Ketchup (Yes, Curry Gewürz Ketchup!) and they sell several products I haven't seen other places, like Grafschafter Goldsaft and my favorite salad: Celery Salad with Apple. (Affiliate links) Here are a few pictures to get your stomach growling.
Fünf Riesling Dautel Spätburgunder Berger Grüner Veltliner
and many others.
Has Wine.com picked Germanic wine for you?
Picked is a wine club with a personal sommelier where you can:
- choose red, white, or mixed wines
- choose how many bottles you want and how often
- tell the sommelier what else you like or dislike
Wine.com also carries Riedel stemware, decanters, and other glasses. Riedel is an Austrian crystal maker established in 1756 and is now in its 11th generation.
Riedel Veritas Tasting Glasses (Affiliate Link)
Secure, Swiss Email and VPN
ProtonMail and ProtonVPN
The best private and most secure email is made in Switzerland. It's available to everyone and has over 15 million users worldwide. ProtonMail has been mentioned and reviewed by: Forbes, The Guardian, The New York Times, PCMag, TechRadar, TechCrunch, Le Temps, CNET, Wall Street Journal, and many more. Affiliate link
ProtonVPN is the award-winning VPN made by Proton and has over 3 million users worldwide. Affiliate link
German-Speaking Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Anja Gribhofer-Decker
Anja is a German-speaking Financial Advisor based in Elgin, IL. She is a native German speaker and is fluent in English.
View her Edward Jones profile here: www.edwardjones.com/anja-decker
Contact Anja at email@example.com or call her office at (847) 742-0424. Her cell is (224) 650-4756.
Edward Jones is a different kind of investment firm. To us, face time and think time make sense. We meet with you to learn your individual needs so we can develop a strategy to help you achieve your long-term financial goals. So, whether you want to plan for retirement, save for college, reduce your tax bills or ensure you have income to cover your expenses, you can expect personalized service and long-term investing strategies instead of the latest investment fads. Join the nearly 7 million investors who know. Contact me today to help develop an investment strategy that makes sense for you.
Dorothee Schumacher is a clothing designer based in Mannheim, Germany.
"Discover blouses, shirts, tops, knit, dresses, skirts, trousers, blazers, jackets, coats, shoes, bags, jewellery, belts and much more! Exclusive materials and subtle designs yield looks for women with the highest standards only."
Jowissa - Watches Made in Switzerland
Jowissa has been making watches since 1951. It is an independent family business in Switzerland in its third generation. "Here great craftsmanship and cutting-edge production come together to create refined timepieces that combine style and sophistication."
HABA is a German company with a presence in the USA. They design and produce developmental toys and games for children primarily in Bad Rodach (in Franken, which is in Bayern--ask me about it sometime), Germany. It is a socially responsible company and they are DIN ISO 14001 certified for environmental management. Check out their items Made in Germany here.
Here are a few of their products I've either gifted or used - and honestly, I'm a fan of them all.
HABA games are cooperative games - no maddening competition here, only fun and loads of belly laughs. They are really fun for big kids, too.
Click the title or the picture of each item to view it on the HABA site. The listings here are all English language items.
Age: 6-24 months.
This block set has four blocks in it with a different color, pattern, and texture. The blocks are machine washable and they are also a Winner of the Parent's Choice Approved Award.
Price as of listing: $19.99
This game is really fun for kids of many ages! Players build a 3D cardboard skyscraper and the action heroes have to climb it and fend off the mean spider monkeys.
Price as of listing: $34.99
The Orchard Game
comes in three variations.
My Very First Games - First Orchard for ages 2 & up
The Little Orchard Game for ages 3-6
Or the full version for 3-6 years is below. Players pick the fruit from the trees before the raven can steal them and they have to work together to pick the fruit. I played this with a German family (two kids) and we had a blast!
Little Friends Series
The HABA Little Friends include dolls, animals, a dog, a tractor and trailer, a doll house and a camping trip set.
The dolls are posable and it looks like most of them are made for ages 3 and up. Here are a couple to get you started:
Little Friends Naomi African American Girl Doll
German, Swiss, Austrian Music ♫
Vialma - Classical Music App
Learn about German composers while you listen to their music or watch a video.
Everything in one place with Vialma - Explore classical music in multiple formats! Watch videos, listen to playlists, find great music and feed your curiosity with articles, biographies and anecdotes.
German Drug Store Items
Kneipp creates naturopathic bath and shower products which are cruelty free, free of paraffin, silicone or mineral oils, plant-based, paraben free, and vegan.
The five pillars of founder Sebastian Kneipp's philosophy are water, plants, exercise, nutrition and balance. Read more about the five pillars. It's really a fascinating and applicable philosophy.
- Try the Calendula & Orange Foot Repair Butter, which has 29, 5-star ratings
- Send a BathTime 10 Piece Bath Oil Set to a stressed out friend (10, 5-star ratings)
- Or try a few of their Mini and Travel-Sized products to find out which ones you like best
This may be the only remaining German "Apotheke" in the US. Smallflower has been an apothecary since 1875 and they carry a huge assortment of German products:
- TEMPO Taschentücher - the 'Kleenex' of Germany.
- natural body products from Weleda
- Underberg bitters (because, well...bitters.)
- German cough drops
- Dr. Hauschka skin care and cosmetics
- Klosterfrau Melissengeist nerve tonic
and much, much more.
German Attorney in the USA
Weinhardt & Associates LLC
Weinhardt & Associates can help you with almost any legal or government related issues in Germany. They offer their legal services to clients all over the United States, Canada, and worldwide. All their lawyers are licensed in Germany. Weinhardt & Associates, LLC is licensed only to practice law in Germany and is not licensed nor qualified to render advice on US Federal or State law.
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German Board Games
Ravensburger Board Games & Puzzles
Ravensburger make fantastic birthday presents for kids and adults. You're sure to find other fantastic games and puzzles on their site.
Ravensburger has: Puzzles, Games, Arts & Crafts, Science Activity Kits and Photo Puzzles
German Writing Utensils
I ♥ Stabilo pens, Staedtler Stifte, and all the beautiful Faber-Castell color pencils.
Lucky for us, Dick Blick offers these fantastisch German pens and pencils on their site. You can use them to:
- write notes on everything you read here at GermanWithNicole
- make those separable verb cards to go with the free video lesson
- illustrate your German vocabulary words
- doodle in German
- and more
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
These slim, triangular-barrel pens are ergonomically designed for comfortable drawing and writing. Super fine 0.3 mm porous points are protected by a metal-clad tip. Staedtler's ink won't dry out even if the pen is left uncapped for several days. Available in sets of 6, 10, and 20.
More sets available.
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pen Set
These .4 mm pens feature water-based ink in vibrant colors, formulated to sustain a long cap-off time. The long-wearing tip is encased in metal to extend the pen's life. It features a unique hexagonal shape and ventilated cap.
Nicole says: "I've been using these Stabilo pens for 20 years and I LOVE them."
More sets available.
Faber-Castell Color Pencils
Faber-Castell Classic Color Pencils have hexagonal barrels with vivid, pigment-rich, thick cores for superior coloring and blending. A special bonding process makes the cores break-resistant and easy to sharpen. The sets are housed in a metal box. FSC-certified.
More sets available.
Laura Freeburn Translations, LLC
"I am a certified German-to-English translator with over a decade of experience working with a variety of clients. Over the years I have translated poems, family letters and birth certificates, magazine articles, reference materials, academic works, brochures, and web content. Please get in touch with me if you need to turn a German text into an English one – no job is too small!"
Laura is based in Wisconsin.
Transfer Money to Germany
Wise, formerly known as TransferWise, is such an efficient and low-cost solution for transfers that I use it for tuition payments from outside the US. The fees are minimal, maybe $1-2 per transaction, and the transfer to my bank account occurs within 24 hours. I'm a fan so I became an affiliate to help promote their services.
And to help you save money!
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