Das war so ein schöner Tag!

What a day!!! Our feet are sore from dancing, our voices are hoarse from singing, our taste buds exploded from all of the delicious food and we still have an adrenaline rush from those rides!

We hope you enjoyed today as much as we absolutely LOVED having you here!

Thank-you from the bottom of our gingerbread hearts for being a part of the Oktoberfest for Teens 2016 and don’t forget to upload your memories from today on social media using the hashtag #OktoberfestBrisbane.

Bis zum nächsten Jahr!


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Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben…

…morgen werden wir uns freu’n; welch ein Jubel, welch ein Leben, wird auf den Brisbane Showgrounds sein!


Kids, teachers and parents – get your shirts and Dirndl ready, and get lots of sleep tonight, because tomorrow is the best day of the year – the Oktoberfest for Teens 2016!

You’ll need your energy to learn how to yodel, dance the Fliegerlied, go round-and-round on the rides, try lots of different foods, take part in our exciting games and competitions, and much, much more!

We have lots of surprises in store for you – so be sure to Kodak those moments and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OktoberfestBrisbane.


Bis morgen!

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Only 2 More Sleeps!

We had an AMAZING first weekend at the Oktoberfest Brisbane, but the best is yet to come! The Oktoberfest for Teens is THIS THURSDAY!

It’s hard to pin-point what we love most about the day…

… the delicious food…


… the incredible entertainment…


… the thrilling rides…


… although, if we had to choose, we’d say our favourite thing about the day is getting to hang out with YOU!

Wir freuen uns auf Euch! 🙂

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Geschäftsetikette (Teil 2)

For our final Infosheet-related blog we thought we’d take you on a journey around the world to explore some of the ‘quirkier’ business etiquettes.



As mentioned in Infosheets 5 and 6, Germans, similar to Americans (USA), Japanese and Brits, expect you to be punctual, whether for a job interview, business meeting or business dinner. If the meeting starts at 9am, it is expected to start exactly then, so you would be expected to arrive a few minutes earlier for a punctual start. However, in some parts of the world, such as the Middle East and Latin America, time is fluid and meetings may start well over an hour after its scheduled start time. Countries such as China and India are also known to be ‘flexible’ with their start times. What can you do? Show up on time, bring a book, and never look angry or frustrated!



When you greet a business partner in Germany or Australia you give them a firm handshake (without crushing their hand!), but this isn’t the norm everywhere. In countries such as France, Taiwan and Hong Kong it is customary to give a lighter handshake, rather than a firm one.

Fun fact: did you know that too much smiling is considered a sign of insincerity or falsity in Russia?


Business Meetings

Most business meetings will have an agenda, but not all countries tend to strictly follow this agenda. In countries such as Germany, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand it is customary to follow the agenda. However, if you find yourself in a country such as Israel, Spain, Brazil, Russia or Canada don’t be surprised if the agenda is only loosely adhered to.


Business Cards

When someone gives you their business card you just grab it, give them yours, and that’s it, right? No, not everywhere. Whilst this practice is fine in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North and South America, you should accept a business card with both of your hands in most Asian countries, as the business card is viewed as an extension of one’s self. If you’re like us and like to write down where you met a person and the date on their business card, don’t ever do this in front of someone in (or from) Asia, as this is viewed as being extremely disrespectful and could severely damage your business relationships and reputation!



In Germany appropriate business gifts are generally small and not too expensive and should reflect one’s country. However, in some other countries there are other rules to consider. For example, whilst it is fine to present a German or American business partner a bottle of liquor, alcohol is strictly taboo in the Islamic Middle East and among Muslim hosts in Asia. Furthermore, whilst it is often common to present your host in Germany or Australia with your gift among arrival, it is presented at the end of the meeting in countries in the Middle East and Asia to ensure that they are not regarded as bribes.


Have a business meeting in another country or with a person from another country? Then it’s always best to research their business etiquette; don’t leave it up to chance or the last minute, otherwise your actions may be lost in translation and you could even end up offending your potential business partner!!

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Geschäftsetikette (Teil 1)

We’re already in our final week of Infosheets – you all know what that means – Oktoberfest for Teens 2016 is just over 1 week away!!

Our final topic for this year’s Infosheets is Geschäftsetikette (business etiquette) in Germany. As mentioned in the Infosheet, Germany and Australia are culturally quite similar (for more information check out https://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html and compare the two countries). The Infosheet covers a range of topics from greetings to gift giving – below are two short infographics which summarise a lot of these points!



Did you know that you can even get lessons on business etiquette from Germany’s very own Maria Prinzessin von Sachsen-Altenburg (princess of Saxe-Altenburg)? With her classy and confident appearance, the princess is well-known in the business world for giving presentations on business etiquette by showing the audience that there is more to etiquette than a list of rules! Find out more at http://www.prinzessin-von-sachsen-altenburg.de/ or watch her videos below.


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Das (nicht sehr) perfekte Bewerbungsgespräch (Teil 2)

To follow on from Sunday’s blog, here’s more great (or not-so-great) advice for your next job interview.

Below is a video of one of our favourite German comedians, Martina Hill, showing you to act during a job interview* to make sure you get the job!

*Note: you should definitely not act like this during your job interview.

Turns out that telling your interviewer about how you go crazy if someone puts chocolate on your cappuccino after you explicitly told them not to or bringing a soft toy as your ‘previous boss’ are not the best strategies for landing the job…

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Das (nicht sehr) perfekte Bewerbungsgespräch (Teil1)

Infosheet 5 had a few points about how to best act during your job interview, such as being on time, looking your interviewer in the eyes whilst talking to him/ her and thanking the interviewer(s) for their time at the end of the interview. After an information-intensive Infosheet on the topic, we thought we’d lighten the mood with two blogs of bad advice for your job interview!


Below is a list of common questions asked during a job interview. Here is how you should best* answer these questions.

*Note: by ‘best’ we mean ‘worst’ – you should definitely not answer questions at your job interview like this.

Q: What do you know about us?

A: Not much, but Jake in accounting is my golf buddy and said that you pay really well.

Q: Why do you want to work here?

A: My mum said I had to get a job and I know I’d look AMAZING in your work uniforms. I also hear you give out great staff discounts!

Q: Why should we hire you?

A: Um. Well, I’m pretty great. I also really need the money.

Q: Tell me about yourself.

A: I’m actually a home cook and aspire to have my own TV show someday, but my MasterChef audition didn’t go very well, so I’m just applying for boring corporate jobs whilst I wait for my big breakthrough.

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

A: Lamingtons! When there’s a plate of lamingtons sitting in front of me I have absolutely zero self-control.

Q: Do you have any questions for us?

A: Yeah, how much vacation will I be getting? Oh and how many sick days are we allowed to have each month?

Q: Thank-you for coming in today.

A: So when do I start?

Blog is loosely based on:

Joyce, S. P. (n.d.). 30 Bad Answers to Job Interview Questions. Retrieved from http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/bad-job-interview-answers.shtml

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Once upon a time…

We all know the tales as old as time – whether Beauty and the Beast, Ariel and Prince Eric, or Cinderella and Prince Charming. Which girl doesn’t dream of becoming a princess and living happily ever after?

Whilst these may be fairy-tales, what about real-life Prinzessinen (princesses)?

Did you know that Oktoberfest originally started as a royal wedding between Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen? Whilst their official wedding was held on the 12th of October 1810, a big horse race was held as a wedding celebration 5 days later and the couple invited all citizens of Munich along! They had so much fun, that they decided to hold the horse race again the next year, and the next year after that…. And so on! Every year the event grew bigger and bigger – rides were added, the official “Bavaria” statue was unveiled, tents were erected and bands started playing, eventually resulting in the festival which we know and love today!


To this day, there are many princesses and princes in Germany. Whilst Germany does not have a monarchy, many royal families still exist from the time when Germany was split up into many kingdoms.

You can read all about the German royals and keep up to date with the latest news here. Whether it’s Prince Ernst August of Hanover’s engagement to long-time girlfriend Ekaterina Malysheva or Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg’s announcement about not competing at the Rio Olympics because she did not feel that her horse was stable enough, there’s never a dull moment with the German royals! 


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Vielleicht ist E nicht MC^2, sondern Manuel Neuer

Week 4 has arrived, and so has our all-time favourite topic!

This week is all about finding your dream job. What does every boy and girl dream of becoming? A Fussballprofi (professional football/ soccer player) of course! Well, maybe not EVERY boy and girl… but many of them certainly do.

Many boys and girls in Germany spend their free time running around the park chasing a football, sometimes using trees or sticks as goalposts, and hoping that one day they might get the chance to represent their country at the world cup. They aspire to be like two-time German Fussballerin (female footballer) of the year Alexandra Popp or the number one goalkeeper in the world, and recently appointed captain of die Mannschaft (German national football team) following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s retirement from the team – Manuel Neuer.

Did you know that Manuel Neuer is so popular that there’s even been a song written about him?!


It is no surprise that Fussball is the most popular sport in Germany. Germany won its first world championship in the summer of 1954, – also described as a Sommermärchen (summer fairy-tale). Since then, die Mannschaft has won an additional three World Cup titles, with their most recent win at the 2014 FIFA World Cup – you can re-live the moment here.


Did you know that the German women’s national team is one of the most successful in the world? Although their first world cup appearance was only in 1991, they have already taken out two championship titles (in 2003 and 2007), and, out of ten appearances at the European Championships they finished as champions EIGHT times?


For any young aspiring footballers here in Australia – never fear! There are plenty of opportunities to become a professional football player right here. The Hyundai A-League doesn’t just provide opportunities within Australia, but gives players the opportunity to play internationally at competitions, such as the OFC Champions League (premier men’s football competition in Oceania). The A-League has even attracted German football stars, such as Brisbane Roar’s Thomas Broich (below), and there have been rumours that Miroslav Klose (top goal scorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup, retired player from die Mannschaft) is considering joining the A-League at some point in the future – we certainly hope so!


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The what detective?!

For another uncommon/ emerging job – here’s one we’re sure most people haven’t heard of: the Mülldetektiv (garbage detective!).

Whether in the Wald (forest) or on the side of the Autobahn (highway) – some people dispose of their rubbish wherever they feel like it!

The number of people in Germany who are illegally dumping their waste, particularly Sperrmüll (bulky waste) – such as broken refrigerators, bed frames and chairs – has increased substantially over the past decade or so. Police and local government are receiving more and more complaints from residents, particularly the elderly, about bulky rubbish being dumped in their street during the night – in some streets it’s almost a daily occurrence. These complaints are absolutely warranted, considering that most areas offer a free (or fairly cheap) collection services for bulky waste.


The government responded by hiring extra garbage collectors, who drive around their designated areas in a large truck and collect piles and piles of garbage; often filling up three trucks worth of rubbish in just one day. However, these garbage collectors are often accompanied by special Mülldetektive (garbage detectives) – in Hamburg there are approximately 15 people employed as Mülldetektive.

These special garbage detectives take photographs of the illegally dumped rubbish and search through the trash for clues. Whilst there is often nothing to reveal the dumper’s identity, occasionally there are letters with addresses, or boxes with the recipient’s address still attached among the trash which allow the garbage collectors to identify the perpetrators. Once their identity has been established, these individuals receive fines of approximately 500€ (almost AUD$750!) to cover the costs of the garbage disposal and discourage further illegal dumping.

Although there are a number of legal ways to freely or cheaply dispose of bulky waste, unfortunately, these garbage detectives are kept incredibly busy, with no signs of a major decrease in illegal dumping.


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