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The Black Forest, Cuckoo Clocks and Cake
Cuckoo Clocks were invented in Germany's Black Forest, using the time, and profiting from, the snow filled winter months. The Schwarzwald is filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman health resorts, a fascinating Clock Route and of course that "Cherry Cake".

The Brothers Grimm
Once upon a time there were two very dissimilar brothers, whose combined talents produced world famous European folk and fairy tales that are anything but sweet and gentle bedtime stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

The Day of German Unity
Tag der Deutschen Einheit - German Unity Day, commemorates October 3, 1990, when the German Democratic Republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany, after the first peaceful revolution in history. For 40 years, from 1949 to 1989, there had been two Germanys. A look back...

The German American Experience
Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community, which settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland. Using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.

The German Stork Route
Germany's Stork Route crosses many other scenic and historic tourist routes in the north and east of Germany, and it comes to life towards the end of March. Its spectacular Stork's nests are then filled by breeding pairs and their young until September, when they fly to their winter grounds.

The Modern Car, It All Began With Benz
From a love story the modern automobile was born.Mercedes Benz began as a dream, but Bertha Benz believed in her husband Carl and his vision of a Horseless Carriage. Patented on January 29th 1886, she made the first ever long distance journey with an internal combustion engine powered vehicle.

Three Kings Day Cake Recipe
Dreikönigstag, Epiphany, brings an end to the Christmas season. In many of Germany's regions, and in German speaking countries, one of the day's traditions is a King's Cake with the crowning as "King for the Day" for whoever finds the Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.

Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany
January 5, Twelfth Night, and "Dreikönigstag" - Three Kings Day, Epiphany, final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season and ending of Christmas celebrations. And in Germany a real mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.

Traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Weihnachts Plaetzchen, another of Germany’s Christmas traditions. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region, family to family, but few homes will be without their favorite Weihnachtskekse during Advent and the 12 days of Christmas. Pots of Love and Coconut Chocolate Macaroon recipes.

Trümmerfrauen, Germany's Post War Heroines
The foundations for a "New Germany" were laid by its "Trümmerfrauen", Rubble Women. From 15 to 50 years old, and often hungry, they were post war Germany's heroines. With bare hands, and hard work, they cleared the rubble from the streets and buildings of their war torn cities.

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