September 6, 2005

Stocherkahne und Radler

Filed under: Germany — Alex Ravenel @ 12:15 pm

It’s been a busy couple of days. Things are starting to pick up a lot, and we’re all starting to get the swing of things here.

StocherkahneLast night, my Sprachkurs class took out one of the numerous Stocherkahne, the gondola like boats that pole themselves up and down the Neckar river. Owned by the Tuebingen version of fraternities, these boats can be rented and are frequently seen lazily making their way up and down the river as their occupants enjoy the day, and often their food–many bring grills along, placing it on a seat like another member of the boat.

Tuebingen from the NeckarWe did the same, minus the grill, and calmly pushed ourselves up and down the river, laughing as one after the other of us couldn’t quite get the hang of making the boat go in a straight line, rather than crashing into one side of the shore followed by the other. Everything is quite beautiful from the river, and served to further reinforce something I noticed as soon as I landed in Stuttgart–Germany is very green.

Windows, TuebingenAfterwards, we all went to the beer garden for a few beers. Wanting to try something else off the menu, I got adventurous and ordered the only beer I hadn’t yet tried–a Radler. I was pleasantly surprised. Radler isn’t just beer, you see. It’s beer, with lemonade. I know that sounds disgusting, and is why I had been rather reluctant to try it–but it’s really very good. It’s extremely refreshing and just the right combination of flavors. I’ll definitely be drinking it more often, though I may have to work up the courage to try the next strange beer combination: beer with Coke.


  1. radlers, and “green lemon bier” are really good. we had a bunch of those at our grosses fest when sommerkurs ended.

    Comment by Cat — September 6, 2005 @ 1:36 pm

  2. Sounds very similar. I think I saw something like that in the “Getraenkemarkt” earlier today.

    Comment by Alex Ravenel — September 6, 2005 @ 1:52 pm

  3. when i was in munich this summer, i had a radler, and it was absolutely gross. I stuck to the Dunkel.

    Comment by Lorenzo — September 7, 2005 @ 7:24 pm

  4. I could see it being bad if it wasnt a good one. If that mixture of beer to lemon got messed up, it would be pretty bad, but the ones I’ve had from the beergarden here are pretty good.

    Comment by Alex Ravenel — September 8, 2005 @ 10:25 am

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