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German Apple Crumb Cake Recipe
It is a social tradition in Germany. Four o'clock in the afternoon means time for "Kaffee und Kuchen", coffee and cake. One of the most popular cakes to accompany that cup of coffee is Streuselkuchen, a delicious, and easy to make, Fruit Crumble Cake.
Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with masked Teutons creating chaos to frighten away winter's evil spirits. Now the Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in Rhineland, when Karneval Wieber (women) cause havoc, take over City Halls and leave no necktie safe from their jumbo scissors.
Germany's Enchanting Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is an enchanting journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm. Through medieval villages and unspoiled nature, to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas and legends, wicked stepmothers and evil witches.
Frederick the Great
Germany celebrated the 300th anniversary of Frederick II of Prussia in 2012. One of the most famous and respected German rulers, both for his military success as a brilliant strategist and for the ground breaking domestic reforms he introduced into his country.
The Brothers Grimm - collectors of fairy tales.
Once upon a time there were two very dissimilar brothers, whose combined talents produced world famous European folk and fairy tales that are anything but sweet and gentle bedtime stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Sophie Scholl and The White Rose
Executed for treason at 21, Sophie Scholl was a leader of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group of Munich University students. One of many Germans who did not support the Nazi regime. Executed with her brother Hans and friend and fellow White Rose member Christoph Probst, February 1943.
Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It had taken 600 years, but in 1880 Cologne Cathedral was completed at last. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but finished in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.
German New Year Tradition, Bleigießen
It was a quirky way of telling the future. Melting heavy metal, dropping it in water and divining the future from shapes made. "Bleigießen" is a favorite New Year tradition in German speaking countries and more "eco-friendly" these days. Here's a version to try, with over 100 interpretations.
Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, the special German gingerbread, and whatever you create with this recipe it will be delicious. Anything from spicy ginger cookies, Oktoberfest or Valentine's Day Hearts, Witches' Cottages and Gingerbread Men, to Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations or aromatic Lanterns.
German Hot Potato Salad Recipe
Potato salads have become a favorite throughout Europe but "Warm Potato Salads" originated in Germany, where they have been a popular staple of the country’s cuisine for centuries.
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