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Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with masked Teutons creating noise and turmoil to frighten away evil spirits of winter. Now Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in the Rhineland, and no necktie is safe from the jumbo scissors of "Wieber" - women, who take over City Halls and cause chaos.

Germany's Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is a magical journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm. Through medieval villages, unspoiled nature and stunning views to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas, myths and legends.

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
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
Sophie Scholl was 21, 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. In February 1943 she was executed for treason, together with her brother Hans and a fellow member of White Rose Christoph Probst.

Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire but didn't finish until 1880; 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
A quirky way of telling the future. Melting heavy metal, dropping it in water and divining the future from shapes made. Bleigiessen, lead pouring, a favorite German New Year tradition that's more eco-friendly these days, and here's a version to try complete with over 100 interpretations.

Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, that special German gingerbread, makes spicy ginger cookies, Valentine's Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, Witches' Cottages, Gingerbread Men, Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations, Lanterns giving light and aroma. But whatever you create with this recipe it will always be delicious.

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.

Speculoos, Spread and Spice Mix Recipes
Speculaas were a special Christmas cookie but now both they and a paste made with crushed cookies, a popular alternative to peanut butter and chocolate spread, are year round favorites. Here are recipes for a quick and easy Cookie, the Spread and a 'Ready To Use' Spice Mix.

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