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Germany, Its Cuckoo Clocks And The Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks began life in Germany not Switzerland, as a way to profit from snow filled winter months in the Black Forest. Now part of the 'high tech' state of Baden Wuerttemberg it is still filled with tradition, unspoilt scenery, Roman era health resorts and the Black Forest Clock Route.
Fun Facts About Germany
There's a Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie Doll, German affection for red Hungarian paprika means it's added to everything from potato chips and meat to sauces, in Bavaria beer is officially 'food', and phone calls are answered only by the surname, never a greeting. Some fun facts.
15 Fast Facts about German Music
Germany has a spirited music scene ranging from classical to techno and pop, one seventh of the world’s opera houses, almost one million students at state music schools, and one of its most popular singers has a continuing live show hit with a song sung in praise of a grilled sausage.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Ode to Joy
The European Union's Anthem 'The Ode to Joy' is Beethoven's emotive and idealistic choral finale from the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. First performances were thought revolutionary, but now it is heard in everything from Die Hard and Japanese New Year celebrations to Olympic openings.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist
An iconic German born composer and child prodigy who broke new ground in Western classical music, and continued to produce musical masterpieces even when profoundly deaf.
Fast Facts about Germany
Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.
Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
For centuries herbs and plants have been used in German folk medicine, making viable effective medical treatments. With its conventional equivalent, and as part of the country's integrated healthcare, for the majority of the population natural medicine is as relevant today as it ever was.
Carnival in Germany
Karneval, chaos before Lent, especially in Germany's wine regions. Crazy, zany but not enjoyed by everyone, so "Karnevals-Fluechtige" avoid Carnival areas where strangers embrace, bars make 40 percent of their annual earnings, and "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets.
Carnival Jelly Donut Recipe
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless there is some type of favourite food involved, and for Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, it is Faschingskrapfen or Berliner, the Carnival Jelly Donut.
International Green Week in Berlin
January brings "International Green Week" the biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture in the world, which takes place in Berlin each year. It has been held there for over 80 years, a 'one-of-kind' culinary tour of the globe which has kept in step with the times.
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