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Germany's Lucky Chimney Sweeps
Throughout Europe Chimney Sweeps are surrounded by tradition and superstition, including in Germany where both the practice and the customs of the country's Schornsteinfeger, in their black gold buttoned suits and top hats, are rooted far in the past.

Germany's National Anthem
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn created a melody as a hymn to God for an Austrian Emperor which, with a German poet’s different lyrics, later became the German national anthem, and for a time beautiful music was associated with a dark period in Germany’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 passing through stunning contrasting scenery and historic medieval towns into a world of the past. Germany’s Romantische Strasse, the Romantic Road, a theme route that showcases 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 an industrial history that reaches back 750 years, and a revitalized metropolis of 53 towns and cities which has been a "European Capital of Culture". A tribute honoring the way the entire region emphasizes European cultures, and the links connecting them.

Germany's Stork Theme Route
The German Stork Route crosses many other scenic and historic tourist routes in the north and east of Germany. It comes to life towards the end of March and until September spectacular, often bulky, stork's nests are filled with breeding pairs and their young.

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" which crisscross the country show its amazing legacy from both nature and history.

Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
With each season's arrival it's "makeover time" for Germany's window boxes. From spring bulbs and flowers throughout the year, colorful plant and flower filled containers are everywhere, from door stoops and window ledges in narrow shaded streets to trailing down from apartment block balconies.

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