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This site presents links to sites related to Austrian, German, and Swiss culture, music, and dancing in the greater Washington area and nationally. Send suggestions and comments about this web site via e-mail to Carol Traxler at Last update: July 2008.

Comprehensive web sites

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"The Internet meeting point for the German-speaking or German-related communities in the US offering a nationwide event calendar, help for German-speaking Newcomers to the States and a monthly newsletter." Publisher:, Inc., P.O. Box 3541, Los Angeles, CA 90068;; Tel. 323-938-4660.

German Corner Information from the Embassy of Germany.

Stammtische and other German language groups

Austrians Abroad mailing list (in German). This is a Yahoo group.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The site may "help students, researchers and faculty in the USA and Canada on their journey to study or research in Germany."

Mailingliste fuer Deutschsprachige im Ausland (in German). This is a Yahoo group.

Deutsche Stammtische for speaking German located in the Washington, DC area. Contact Dennis Wilson at 301-504-0530 for the advanced group; contact Mike McDonnell at 703-922-5698 for the less advanced group.

Friends of Goethe Institut Washington's Stammtisch, Washington, DC. Call for meeting place, date, and time, or check the web site. RSVP by calling the Stammtisch hotline at 202-682-9041 ext. 3.

German School of Washington. German language courses at the German School of Washington, DC, 8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD 20854. Phone 301-767-3824. Fax 301-365-3905.

New Books in German Web site featuring new books from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Churches with German language services

The United Church (Concordia Kirche) 1920 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. On the corner of 20th & G Streets. Founded 1833. Church office (202) 331-1495 . (Location for Washington Saengerbund's annual Christmas concert.) German service at 9:30 on first and third Sundays in the month.

Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, 400 E Lexington Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3556. Church Office, 410-727-3939; Pastor H.J. Siegfried Otto, 410-727-3942.

Our Lady of Bethesda (Deutsche Katholische Mission), 7007 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817. Sonntagsgottesdienste 10.00 Uhr

Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 5500 Massachussetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816, 301-229-2800. Sundays at 9:30.

Deutsche Evangelische Militärseelsorge, 11150 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

Lists of Local and National Events

Cultural Events in the Washington, DC Area (Carol's site)

Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein Maryland. Baltimore area events.

Washington Diplomat

Goethe-Institut Washington

Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) dances and other events at hotline number 202-546-2228.

American Austrian Cultural Society Events Calendar

Internatiomnal Club of DC Events

Things To Do DC

Washington Saengerbund Events

Swedish Events Calendar (national)

Wine Tasting Association Events

Opportunities for Action

Brewmaster's Castle, the Christian Heurich House Museum. Heurich House Foundation, 1307 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-429-1894; 202-463-1307 FAX;; Scott Nelson, Executive Director,

Save Our Seminary and Seminary at Forest Glen

German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006; Toll-free 1 (866) 868-8422. Located in Hockemeyer Hall; seeking donations.

Dance lessons

Viennese Waltz Lessons by the Traxlers. Information and mailing list on Viennese waltz lessons and balls.

Viennese Opera Ball in Washington. Held in 1997 and 1998, with an opening cotillion.

Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Dance nearly every day of the week. Hotline: 202-546-2228. If you like to dance, this is the organization to join! Among the dances listed in the FSGW Newsletter are several of special interest to Viennese waltz students. (A note to our Viennese waltz students: The waltz taught and generally danced at Glen Echo is not the Viennese waltz, but a country waltz, or turning waltz. You can dance the Viennese waltz to the music, as long as your partner will also dance the Viennese waltz.) The live music is excellent, the people are friendly, and the wooden dance floor is wonderful! Not air-conditioned or heated. Bring water to drink. Directions to the Spanish Ballroom.

DC Dancenet provides a calendar of dance events throughout the Washington area. Very large, well-organized web site with many categories of dance links. The is the web site to visit if you're interested in competitive (or non-competitive) ballroom dancing, or dance sport.

Recreation Council of your local County Department of Parks and Recreation provides dance clubs and dance lessons at low prices.

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