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Celebrating New Year in Germany
New Years Eve in Germany is a mix of traditions, old, new, and based partly on customs from the country's pagan past. It is designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one, so here's how a German 'Silvester' is celebrated.

Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.

Chestnut Soup, German Recipe
Chestnuts are among many things the Romans introduced to "Germania", and a fall and winter favorite for "Food Foraging". A nut used as a base for many traditional German dishes, one of the most popular is Chestnut Soup with variations that range from simple to the exotic.

Chocolate Museum Cologne, Germany
Something for all chocolate fans It looks like a ship moored on the Rhine River, but 3,000 years of chocolate history, a child and adult friendly interactive journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar, and free samples, are found in Cologne's Chocolate Museum, the world's largest.

Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" is filled with celebrations and age old customs, and a rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.

Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel
There is red apple amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachtszeit and until Epiphany, 'Der Paradiesapfel' - The Paradise Apple. A symbol of 'hope' and 'promise' that something lost will be found, a goal or purpose revealed or achieved.

Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire but wasn't finished until 1880, in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.

Currywurst Sauce, Authentic Recipe
Currywurst has enjoyed cult status as a German fast food snack for 65 years, and its inventor Herta Heuwer took the secret recipe with her when she died in 1999, but here is a curry sauce recipe that tastes like the 'Real Thing' and can be used on all types of meals, not only to cover a sausage.

Currywurst, Germany's Iconic Snack, the Story
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. A grilled sausage with curry sauce. Iconic 'fast food' enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to upmarket restaurants, while being seen eating one seems a popular photo opportunity for Presidents, Prime Ministers and A-Z list celebrities.

Denglisch and Germany's War of Words
It is a popular, even trendy, German English language mixture,but "Denglisch", has a few powerful opponents, and some of the most commonly used words and phrases have been banned for use in many official offices and documents.

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