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The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Since the 18th Century, just outside Germany's capital Berlin and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there has been a 'Dutch Quarter' with 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland and 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 Rhine River In Flames
Rhein in Flammen, a unique and spectacular annual 'Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival', begins in May, taking place along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River for five days, during the spring, summer and autumn. Each display celebrating a different theme.
Three Kings Day in Germany, Epiphany
Twelfth Night on January 5 is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day, in Germany. Epiphany. The final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season and the end of Christmas celebrations, marked by a mixture of Tradition, Charity and Religious customs.
Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes
Baking Weihnachts Plaetzchen is another of Germany’s centuries old traditional Christmas customs. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but during Advent, even amongst those who do not follow the Christian faith, few homes will be without their Weihnachtskekse.
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 half starved, 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 of Germany's Offbeat 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.
Vanilla Sauce, a German Recipe
Vanilla Sauce flavored with vanilla beans or extract is a favorite all over Europe. Sometimes known as "Crème Anglais" it is served warm or cold, and used to accompany everything from fruit to cakes as well as a base or filling for all types of desserts baked goods.
Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany represents all, military and civilian, who died or were left to mourn as victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.
Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
In German speaking countries no St. Martin's Day or St. Nicholas celebration would be complete without a traditional sweet yeast dough "Bread Man". A specialty for the days leading to the holidays known as Stutenkerl, Nikolaus or Weckmann depending on the region, here is its 'story' and a recipe.
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