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Germany, its Neighbors and a New Image
Germany lives in peace and harmony with its neighbors in its central position at the heart of today’s European Union, but this was not always the case. A cross section of Europeans were asked what image modern Germany has in the eyes of its neighbors. There were some interesting results.

Glühwein and More - Holiday Drink Recipes
Cold weather means traditional warming winter drinks in Germany, but not only for Weihnachten and New Year with its timeless combination of "Glühwein" and "Christmas/New Year". There are many and here are a few to try, from Glühwein and Punch to Pharisaeer, with the Pharisaeer story.

Green Germany, and a Non Nuclear Future
The plan was that German nuclear power plants were to be phased out by 2021, but the situation changed although not all Germans were in agreement. 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,
German Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest would not be the same without "Steckerlfisch". A Bavarian specialty for anyone who likes fish and has hunger pangs, it's a well seasoned grilled fish, complete with head, tail and a stick running through it. And ideal for a BBQ.

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 ancient European and German "Hedgehog" folklore, "Candlemas" a Christian festival, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.

Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day in Germany
Germany's castles might have real "Ghosts", and Witches, the "Forest Goddesses" of pagan times, have returned. But centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions are as much a part of the season's culture as ever; despite recently introduced "Halloween" and its plastic skeletons.

HARIBO Gummi Bears, Germany's Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922, as fruit gummi Dancing Bears in a small German confectionery company; based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
A cough? Then out come onions, garlic and honey, for arthritis it is chili. For centuries herbs, plants, and vegetables have been used in German speaking countries as folk medicine and effective remedies. In combination with conventional equivalents, natural medicine is as relevant today as ever.

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.

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