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Castle Road, Germany
There are over 5,000 castles in Germany, and many of them are on the Castle Road. 745 miles of stunning landscapes, valleys, forests and rivers, filled with legacies of the past, medieval towns and villages and castles, castles and more castles.
Gardening by the Moon in Germany
Often thought of as a New Age trend or old superstition Moon Gardening is science based. Evidence suggests there is a connection between the sky's energy and that of earth, and in Germany the system has been followed for generations with 'Moon Gardening' calendars a big hit as Christmas gifts.
Summer Solstice and Midsummer in Germany
Many of the Summer Solstice and Midsummer Eve festivities in German speaking countries were mystic Pagan and pre-Christian festivals, and fire still plays a major role in celebrating the triumph of sun and light over cold and darkness.
Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf goes back centuries as a delicious way to preserve summer fruit. Starting in early summer with strawberries, cherries and rum of course, with fruit added as it comes into season until early autumn, it's a taste of summer in winter. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.
Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost, which in German speaking regions is a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".
Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so changing each year, the variable date is not the only way it differs from "Father's Day" in other countries.
German Inventions in Everyday Use
Germany's inventors and scientists, past and present, helped build the country's reputation for invention and technology, with many of the items now used in homes worldwide, including coffee filters and toothpaste, not created in laboratories, but German kitchens, attics and workshops.
German American Heritage
German immigrants to the USA made a huge contribution to its culture, economy and technology. From introducing Santa Claus, founding breweries, popularizing ketchup, producing Presidents to establishing banking, industrial and philanthropic dynasties and designing the Brooklyn Bridge.
The German American Experience
Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community that settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland, and using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.
German Wedding Traditions
The most popular month to marry in Germany is May, and the country's regions have many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions begin weeks before a wedding takes place, and then the festivities can last for days.
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