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German Bread - Fast Facts
Germany is a 'Bread Paradise' with 3050 registered varieties. Almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch, while bread rolls go under so many different names in the various regions it is easier to just point. Fast Facts.

Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fun Facts about the Life, Times and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Who made his first performing tour at six years old, wrote his first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, was an excellent billiards player, spoke 15 languages, and had a very popular marzipan candy named after him.

The Bird's Wedding, Vogelhochzeit - SorbTradition
It's an ancient January tradition in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany. Children in Sorbian costumes: Bridal Couple, the bride a Magpie, her groom a Raven, or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird. Wedding guests, coachman, chaplain, all different "birds". A folk custom with no sign of dying out.

Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, also known as Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a "Kultgebaeck". A cult baked good that, like many things, probably originated in a medieval German monastery. They were once something to look forward to during church holidays and festivals but now are enjoyed the whole year.

White Asparagus Soup Recipe
White Asparagus Soup, Deutsche Spargel Suppe, is a 'must' during Germany's Spargelzeit. Two months beginning in April, when the white asparagus season is in full flow with Fruehlingswonne, "Springtime Delight", and entire menu's are dedicated to a "Royal Vegetable's" white stalks.

Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition, "Good Luck" charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church but also great decorations for Easter. With "How To".

Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Mouths water on Good Friday in Muensterland as for generations it has been the tradition to serve Struwen, fried yeast pancakes. Originally made only for the Lenten Fast now they are enjoyed throughout the year, nevertheless few Muensterland tables will be without them on Karfreitag.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Era Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach, the last Baroque era composer, and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Known as a gifted organist during his lifetime, his more than one thousand works had to wait until the 19th century to be "rescued" and their enduring appeal appreciated.

Germany's Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. "Stars" of myth and superstition, with a "theme route", their return to nests on Germany's cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers after spending winter in warmer climates, is a signal spring is not far away.

The German Stork Route
The German Stork Route crosses many other scenic and historic tourist routes in the north and east of Germany. It comes to life towards the end of March and until September spectacular, often bulky, stork's nests are filled with breeding pairs and their young.

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