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Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
Gartenzwerg are another of Germany's many "inventions". They are the Gnomes who disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting German gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.
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...
Germany's Last Love Parade
Its beginnings were in the still divided Berlin of 1989, a small demonstration for peace and understanding through music, and it became one of the world's most popular musical festivals. The Duisburg Love Parade in 2010 ended with 21 deaths and over 500 injured, and was the last.
Germany's National Anthem
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn created a melody as a hymn to God for an Austrian Emperor. With different lyrics, written by a German poet, it became Germany's national anthem, and for a time this beautiful music was associated with a dark period in the country's past.
Germany's Prehistoric Solar Observatory
Solstice was an important seasonal midpoint celebration for the pre-history agricultural civilization that 7,000 years ago created Germany's Goseck Circle. It pre-dates Stonehenge by at least two millennia and is probably the world's oldest solar observatory.
Germany's Radioactive Wild Boar
Radio active wild boars in Baden Wurttemburg and Bavaria, together with an overall population boom within wild boar families, thanks to the Chernobyl meltdown of 1986 there is another side to some of the residents of Germany's beautiful forests.
Germany's Romantic Road
It's a spectacular journey, through stunning scenery filled with contrasts and historic medieval towns, into a world from the past. Germany’s Romantische Strasse, Romantic Road, a theme route showcasing southern German culture from food and wine to art and architecture. And of course history.
Germany's Ruhr Valley - The Ruhr Metropolis
Germany's rejuvenated Ruhr Valley has a 750 year industrial history, now transformed into a region of plants, animals and culture the 53 towns and cities were a "European Capital of Culture". A tribute honoring the way the region emphasizes European cultures, and links connecting them.
Germany's Tree Lined 'Avenues Route'
It began over 250 years ago as trees planted to help travelers find their way, Germany's Avenues Route, the tree lined Deutsche Alleenstrasse. A journey through nature and history down shaded tunnels formed by ancient trees, witnesses to travelers from oxen carts to the present day.
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.
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