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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Women’s plus size clothing is Ulla Popken’s specialty. Ulla Popken has been selling stylish, upscale plus size women’s apparel for more than 20 years. We have a wide product range including tops, bottoms, dresses, special occasion, career, loungewear, activewear, swimsuits, coats and shoes/accessories. Sizes range from 0X (12) to 5X (38). Our shoe sizes include wide width and wide calf up to size 12.
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:
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.
Fünf Riesling Dautel Spätburgunder Berger Grüner Veltliner
and many others.
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)
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
pCloud Cloud Storage
You can choose from an Individual, Family, or Business Plan and from different price ranges.
pCloud recently introduced pCloud Pass, too, for secure password management.
Money and Finance
Wise, formerly known as TransferWise, is such an efficient and low-cost solution for transfers that I have used 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 you save money!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at (847) 742-0424. Her cell is (224) 650-4756.
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*Those* Swiss Knives
Yes, this is *that* Swiss Army Knife.
Victorinox also makes kitchen cutlery.
Years ago I received a Victorinox utility knife as a Werbegeschenk (swag) as a thanks for a short presentation I gave on Lippstadt, where I used to live, and a decade later now, it's almost as sharp as it was new.
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, and all of these are in English:
- Happy Quartet Soft Block Set - I gave these to a kid, who LOVED them.
- Rhino Hero - awesome board game for kids
- The Orchard Game - a cooperative game for kids. It's really fun for big kids, too.
Health and Drug Store Items
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 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.
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