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Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries; the universal and regular "cleaning of everything in sight" even has a name - Putzanfall. It is so much a passion to be considered enjoyable, so something that doesn't "sparkle" even leads to anxiety and tension...

Black Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Elderberry syrup is an "all rounder". Fun to forage, harvest and easily made in the fall it is a great 'mixer' for summer and winter drinks, delicious with savory and sweet dishes, and in Germany a popular natural remedy for all types of ailments.

Germany's Unique Theme Routes
Ever since the Romans swept in with their Asparagus, Chestnuts and Baths, the German speaking lands have been a playground not only a battlefield, and the "Theme Routes" that crisscross the country show its amazing legacy from both nature and history.

How to make First Grader's Schultüte, Candy Cone
Colorful School Cones, filled with small gifts and candy, help make that first school day even more memorable for first graders in Germany. A custom that began in the early 19th century, Schultüten are as popular as ever and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family and friends.

German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922, as fruit gummi Dancing Bears in a small German confectionery company; based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

Munich Olympics 1972, From Dream to Terror
The home of Munich's 1972 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Park. A revolutionary, pioneering design, its sweeping acrylic glass canopies symbolized a new democratic, transparent and optimistic Germany, their shape a panoramic view of the Bavarian Alps. But the dream was broken.

Frugal Fashionista Chic Behind The Berlin Wall
Fashion was inseparable from politics in East Germany, with a "one style fits all" mentality. A sewing machine, needle, thread and "Sybille", a culture and fashion magazine that supplied dreams as well as patterns, made possible a world of individuality and escape from every day grayness.

German Summer Drink Recipes
Summer in a glass. Cool drinks for the hot days of German summers range from all types of Fruit Bowle and Radler, to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. The names might be different but there's something for everyone, and they are ideal for sunless as well as sun filled days.

Vanilla Sauce, a German Recipe
Vanilla Sauce flavored with vanilla beans or extract is a favorite all over Europe. Sometimes known as "Crème Anglais" it is served warm or cold, and used to accompany everything from fruit to cakes as well as a base or filling for all types of desserts baked goods.

Rote Grütze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe
Rote Grütze with summer berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing, easy to make and for centuries "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany, it is a "fruit salad with a difference", and a menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.

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