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International Children's Day in Germany
Germany has two "Children's Days" to celebrate, June 1st is International "Kindertag" while "World Children's Day" is honored in September. Holidays which are still divided into 'East' and 'West' as they were in the years before the country's unification.
How to Make a Schultuete, School Cone
For Germany's first graders the first day at school, with its Schultuete filled by small gifts and candies, is a source of great excitement. The school cone tradition began in early 19th century Germany, is as popular now as it was then, and perhaps a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
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.
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses - A Review
Hitlerland - American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, by former Newsweek staffer Andrew Nagorski, is an insight on 'interwar' life in Germany, from the view point of American journalists and socialites who lived there. Many were initially impressed when the Nazis took over.
Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
For centuries herbs and plants have been used in German folk medicine, making viable effective medical treatments. With its conventional equivalent, and as part of the country's integrated healthcare, for the majority of the population natural medicine is as relevant today as it ever was.
Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
February 2nd is Groundhog Day, with its roots in "Candlemas" a Christian festival, ancient European and German "Hedgehog" superstitions, the weather, and pagan traditions.
Grilled Fish on a Stick Recipe
Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest in Germany would not be the same without 'Steckerlfisch' for those who like fish and have hunger pangs. A Bavarian specialty, it is a well seasoned grilled fish complete with head, tail and a stick running through it.
Green Germany, and a Non Nuclear Future
German nuclear power plants were to have all been phased out by 2021, but the situation changed and not all Germans were in agreement. However a nuclear reactor accident in Japan not only restored the status quo, the date for phasing out nuclear power was moved forward.
Germany, its Neighbours and a New Image
From its central position at the heart of today’s European Union Germany lives in peace and harmony with its neighbours, however this was not always the case. What image does modern Germany have in the eyes of its neighbours? A cross section of Europeans were asked with interesting results.
Germany, Energy and Change After Fukushima
Japan's tsunami's effect on nuclear reactors brought about what was supposedly a partial and temporary nuclear shutdown in Germany, affecting its 'green' energy policy. Temporary it wasn't, and the long term outlook for consumers and the economy is anyone's guess, so far it is not positive.
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