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Germany, Cuckoo Clocks And The Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks first appeared in Germany's Black Forest. An invention that used the time, and profited from, snow filled winter months. Now part of high tech Baden Wuerttemberg it is filled with tradition, wild unspoiled scenery, Roman era health resorts and Black Forest Clock Route.
Germany, Energy and Change After Fukushima
Japan's tsunami's effect on nuclear reactors brought about what was supposedly a partial and temporary nuclear shutdown in Germany, affecting its 'green' energy policy. Temporary it wasn't, and the long term outlook for consumers and the economy is anyone's guess, so far it is not positive.
Germany, its Neighbours and a New Image
From its central position at the heart of today’s European Union Germany lives in peace and harmony with its neighbours, however this was not always the case. What image does modern Germany have in the eyes of its neighbours? A cross section of Europeans were asked with interesting results.
Green Germany, and a Non Nuclear Future
German nuclear power plants were to have all been phased out by 2021, but the situation changed and not all Germans were in agreement. However a nuclear reactor accident in Japan not only restored the status quo, the date for phasing out nuclear power was moved forward.
Grilled Fish on a Stick Recipe
Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest in Germany would not be the same without 'Steckerlfisch' for those who like fish and have hunger pangs. It's a Bavarian specialty, a well seasoned grilled fish complete with head, tail and a stick running through it.
Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
Groundhog Day - a million dollar industry with Punxsutawney Phil the 'forecasting' groundhog etc., but its origins are in a mixture of the Christian festival 'Candlemas', ancient European and German 'Hedgehog' folklore, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.
Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
For centuries herbs and plants have been used in German culture as folk medicine, producing real medical remedies. Used in combination with its conventional equivalent, natural medicine is as relevant in German speaking countries today as it ever was.
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses - A Review
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, by former Newsweek staffer Andrew Nagorski, is an insight on 'interwar' life in Germany, from the view point of American journalists and socialites who lived there. Many were initially impressed when the Nazis took over.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau
"Hohenschwangau Castle" in Bavaria had its beginnings in the 12th century as the Fortress Schwanstein. The childhood home of King Ludwig II who built the "Neuschwanstein" fantasy castle, it is filled with history, treasures and art but has the atmosphere of a home.
How to Make a Schultuete, School Cone
For Germany's first graders a School Cone filled by small gifts and candies helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultuete are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
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