Local German connection
There are more local German resources and events than you may think. This section of our homepage will highlight a number of those within our local communities in Northeastern Kansas and Western Missouri.
We hope to list one or two that entice you and your family to go out and experience a piece of Germany, Switzerland or Austria right in your own back yard.
Check back often as this page is being updated frequently. You may also want to visit the Facebook page (requires approval and group membership) for our school families: GSNEKS - Family page.
German Department of Language and Literature, School of Languages, The University of Kansas (KU)
The University of Kansas - Languange Department also offers information, classes and research on German traditions, culture and heritage in Kansas. One of those offers is through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: German Settlements and Culture in Kansas
Max Kade Center for German-American Studies, The University of Kansas (KU)
Founded in 1968, the Max Kade Center, promotes the study of the language, history, and culture of German-speaking immigrants, and their contributions to American society.
Traditional German Events right in your own backyard - Various Dates
Oktoberfest - Saint John's Lawrence
The Oktoberfest at Saint John's in Lawrence is an annual eventommunity event, free and open to the public. The Oktoberfest features music, dance, activities, food and games.
Oktoberfest at Saint John's in Lawrence.
Festival of Cultures - September
The Festival of Cultures is a community event, free and open to the public, that celebrates the wide variety of cultures in Lawrence. The festival features music, dance, activities, food, games, and crafts in a family-friendly atmosphere. Bring your kids!
Festival of Cultures.
Oktoberfest - Topeka
The Oktoberfest at Fairlawn Plaza is an annual eventommunity event, free and open to the public, benefitting the German-American Club of Topeka and the Ronald McDonal House. The Oktoberfest features music, dance, activities, food and games.
Oktoberfest in Topeka.
Lawrence Turnhalle, 9th and Rhode Island
Currently waiting for renovations and a new purpose, this building is evidence that Lawrence once included a vibrant German-speaking community. The building dates from 1868 and served as a center for physical fitness, a library, and social events.
A traditional German fest to start the holiday season, presented by the Turners / German-American Citizen’s Association of KC: the Kristkindlmarkt.
Kristkindl Markt at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ - November 30, 2012
The Kristkindl Markt is organized annually and held at the church in Brookside (65th Street). The Kristkindlmarkt is FREE and they look forward to welcoming you!
Enter into an "Old World" enchanted German Christmas village, complete with traditional German food, singing, and decor.
Vendors from all over the midwest will be selling many diverse crafts and products, so this is the perfect place to do all of your holiday shopping.
German in Lawrence Schools
German is offered as an elective at both Lawrence Free State HS and Lawrence High School. Levels 1 through 4 are offered, grades 9 -12, and exchange visits with schools in Eutin, Germany are organized annually.
German Clubs around Kansas City
There are quite a number of German Clubs in the Greater Kansas City metro area; the below is not intended to be an all inclusive list.
You might find one close to your home and may want to stop by one of their events.
German KC Meetup Group
The German KC Meetup group is a privately organized group of German speakers and enthusiasts that maintains an active calendar of social events throughout the month. Join the "meetup" online to receive notices of Stammtisch locations.
German American Citizen Association
This association is probably the oldest in the area, dating back to the 1860s when Turners, a German 'Turnverein' was founded. It also has a social club, located in Belton, MO.
German Club - Edelweiss
Straight from the Facebook page: Our mission is to preserve our German culture, traditions, and heritage in the community
If you are into what is commonly referred to as "Karneval" (Northern Germany) or "Fasching" (Southern Germany), this club might be for you. They hold a Karneval celebration every year, starting on the traditional date of 11/11 at 11.11 am.
We are a local group of German Americans promoting and passing on the German traditions of our families here in Topeka, Kansas.
Edible Treats and Specialties
No website about Austria, Germany and Switzerland would be complete without at least referencing the culinary traditions and specialities of the regions.
Below is a small list of what is available, sure to please your taste buds, or at a minimum, get you started.
At Affäre (pronounce "affair") we are excited to share our passion for food and wine, hoping to introduce Kansas City to the modern german cuisine. We serve small plates and appetizers, creating the opportunity to sample many different dishes.
Au Marche, Lawrence
Au Marché is proud to stock European food and bath-and-beauty items that are not easily found in most American grocery stores. We cater to people who are looking for a taste of their homeland, or for a sentimental reminder of a favorite trip abroad.
Auntie Em's Deli
This is a family owned and operated deli located less than a mile straight west of the Seabury Academy classrooms, which offers the freshest meats and chesses straight from the heart of Amish country. (Buy a package of homemade noodles, or a jar of red cabbage).
For a variety of Wursts, Rouladen, Schnitzel, and Sauerbraten, or Spätzle, a short weekend outing to this restaurant in Paola is worth the short drive. Paola is about an hour SE of Lawrence, or 30 minutes south of Olathe.
Fritz KC Meats
Fritz's Superior Sausage Co., Inc. is dedicated to producing only the finest quality meats and specialty sausages. We slowly cook or smoke our products over hickory wood, providing our own unique flavor. Only the highest quality spices and choice meats are used to produce the wide variety of sausages, franks, K. C. original deli meats, hams, turkeys, baby back ribs and chickens.
In their flagship restaurant, the Grunauer’s provide high-quality food, prepared simply, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This approach represents their favorite elements of Austrian culture – close friends and family and the relaxed enjoyment of fine food and drink.
The main goal of owners' David and Judy Miller has been to reintroduce the customer to the old world style of making sausages. That means the sweetest cuts of meat, the freshest spices, hand-twisted sausages inspected throughout the process by highly skilled sausage makers.