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The Greater Kansas City Metro area is host to a number of German Clubs. Hungry for some German festivals and maybe a Brat? German Club Listing


Interested about German language being taught in Lawrence, Kansas schools? Check out this group on Facebook: German in Lawrence Schools


Are you aware of the Lawrence Kansas Sister City organization? It is the advisory board for Sister City activities and programs. Head on over there and take a look.


We cannot forget about the culinary aspect of things: anything food from Austria, Germany and Switzerland in the greater KC Metro area: Edible treats and specialities



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 KC Meetup Group
The German KC Meetup group is a privately organized group of German speakers and enthusiasts that maintains an active calendar of events throughout the month.


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



Traditional German Events right in your own backyard - 2013

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 Ronal McDonal House. The Oktoberfest features music, dance, activities, food and games. Oktoberfest in Topeka.

Festival of Cultures - September 15, 2013
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.

Lawrence Turnhalle - April 13 and 21, 2013
LPA, the new owner of the Lawrence Turnhalle (pronounced “Turnhalluh”), will welcome members of the public to view the historic structure in its pre-rehabilitation state at two open houses in April. If you’ve been curious about this significant structure and wondering about LPA’s plans, now is your chance! Lawrence Turnhalle.

Kristkindlmark - November 17, 2012
A traditional German fest to start the holiday season, presented by the Turners / German-American Citizen’s Association of KC: the Kristkindlmarkt.
Also find more information on the GSNEKS Family Page on Facebook.

Kristkindl Markt at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ - November 30, 2012
The 2012 Kristkindl Markt will be held on Friday, November 30th, and Saturday, December 1st, 2012 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
In case you did not know, German is part of the curriculum in Lawrence, Kansas schools. There is a dedicated Facebook page available that you may find helpful: German in Lawrence Schools



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 events throughout the month.
    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 American Club of Shanwee
    This club is about 9 years old and hosts the annual Shawnee Oktoberfest, which is always a great success and a true cultural experience.
    German Club - Edelweiss
    Straight from the Facebook page: Our mission is to preserve our German culture, traditions, and heritage in the community
    Germania KC
    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.
    GACOT Topeka
    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.
The below is a small list of what is available, sure to please your taste buds, or at a minimum, get you started.
    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.
    Werners
    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.
    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.
    Grunauer
    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.
    Affäre
    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.
    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).
    Beethoven's
    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.