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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 Schultüte, Candy Cone
For Germany's first graders a Candy Cone filled with small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultüte are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.

International Children's Day in Germany
Germany celebrates two "Children's Days". International "Kindertag" on June 1 has gifts as well as tradition, while "World Children's Day" is in September. Both holidays with real purpose and goals, but divided into "East" and "West", just as they were before Germany's reunification.

International Green Week in Berlin
The January "International Green Week" in Berlin is the biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture in the world. Held for over 80 years, it is a "one-of-kind" culinary tour of the globe that has not only kept in step with the times, but pointed to the future.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Era Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach, the last Baroque era composer, and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Known as a gifted organist during his lifetime, his more than one thousand works had to wait until the 19th century to be "rescued" and their enduring appeal appreciated.

Knut, a Sad End for Berlin Zoo's Star Polar Bear
Knut, Berlin Zoo's celebrated and charismatic young polar bear, and Leonardo DiCaprio's one time Vanity Fair cover companion, beat the odds to survive after his birth in December 2006, but died at the age of only four years, very young for an ice bear. And especially one in captivity.

Lent, Monks and their Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes made sure the Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks. Their traditions, and fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord; an over sized ravioli.

LEO German English Online Dictionary
You need a German English Dictionary “right now” but there isn’t one around, or perhaps you would like an resource for future reference. LEO Deutsch-Englisch Online Wörtenbuch offers that and much more, including a great many interesting, and informative, “Germany and German life” links to explore.

Lev Z. Kopelev Honorary German citizen
Russian Author Lev Kopelev - Made an honorary German citizen after the revoking of his Soviet citizenship, due to his human rights and dissident activities, spent the remainder of his life in Germany where 'The Lev Kopelev Prize for Peace and Justice' has been awarded annually since his death.

Lucky Chimney Sweeps, Germany's Schornsteinfeger
Tradition and superstition surround Chimney Sweeps in Europe. Including in Germany where the practice and customs of "Lucky" Schornsteinfeger, in black gold buttoned suit and top hat, are rooted far in the past. In "real life", crafted or in chocolate, they are a favorite "Good Luck" symbol.

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