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The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.
The German American Experience
Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community that settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland, and using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.
The German Stork Route
The German Stork Route crosses many other scenic and historic tourist routes in the north and east of Germany. It comes to life towards the end of March and until September spectacular, bulky, stork's nests are filled with breeding pairs and their young.
The Modern Car, It All Began With Benz
Mercedes Benz began as a dream. 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. From a love story the modern automobile was born.
The Rhine River In Flames Festival
Rhein in Flammen. A unique and spectacular annual "Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival". The first is in May and is followed for five spring, summer and autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River. With each display having a different theme.
Three Kings Day Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season. In many regions of Germany, and German speaking countries, one of the day's traditions is a King's Cake with the crowning as "King for the Day" of whoever finds the Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany
January 5 is Twelfth Night and followed by "Dreikönigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a 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.
Truemmerfrauen, Germany's Post War Heroines
The foundations for a "New Germany" were laid by its "Truemmerfrauen", Rubble Women. Aged from 15 to 50 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.
Two Offbeat German Museums
The Potato Museum and The Medieval Crime Museum are two of many unusual museums in Germany's huge, and comprehensive, museum collection, covering everything from classical antiquities and priceless treasures, chocolate, ships and composers Bach through Wagner, to Zeppelins.
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