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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.

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

Green Germany, and a Non Nuclear Future
The original plan was that German nuclear power plants were to be phased out by 2021, but the situation changed with not all Germans 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. 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
Halloween has appeared in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" from pagan times have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are found on some streets, but it is a limited celebration alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.

Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
A cough? Then out come onions, garlic and honey, for arthritis - chili. For centuries German speaking countries have used herbs, plants, vegetables and nature to make folk medicines, 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.

How to Make a Schultuete, Candy Cone
For Germany's first graders a Candy Cone filled by small gifts and candy 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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