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German Summer Drink Recipes
Summer in a glass. Cool drinks for the hot days of German summers range from all types of Fruit Bowle and Radler, to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. The names might be different but there's something for everyone, and they are ideal for sunless as well as sun filled days.

German Wedding Traditions
May is the most popular month to marry in Germany, and the country's different regions have many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions begin weeks before a wedding takes place, and then the festivities can last for days.

German Wine and Vineyards
Grapes arrived in Germany with the conquering Romans, and the ancient hillside vineyard traditions, and annual harvest celebrations, still continue. But the German wine industry has changed, it has returned to producing high quality wines so sweet Liebfraumilch is on the way out.

German Words Used in English
Where did that word originate? You might be surprised. "Gemütlich" and "Kindergarten" are at home in English and German, as are many other words that traveled from Germany to international worlds of business, science, technology, history and culture, and there were absorbed into English.

Germans and their Beer, Fast Facts
Germany's beer has a culture of its own, and its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres". Beer/flüssiges Brot, liquid bread, is a "food" in Bavaria - even the smallest region has a brewery, and don't forget it is important to raise one thumb when ordering.

Germany - Interesting Facts
Interesting facts about Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy and Europe's industrial powerhouse, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.

Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year and New Year and Spring held no promises.

Germany and its Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. Harbingers of Spring, bringer of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a "theme route", their return to nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers, after a winter in warmer climates, is reason for celebration.

Germany and its Turkish German Communities
There was no history of immigration in Germany when the first Turkish ‘guest workers’ arrived as cheap labor to fuel the country’s ‘Economic Miracle’. Not expected to stay fifty years later Turkish Germans have powered German industry, settled in its cities and their influence is seen everywhere.

Germany Fun Facts
There's a Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie Doll, German affection for red Hungarian paprika means it's added to everything from potato chips and meat to sauces, in Bavaria beer is officially 'food', and phone calls are answered only by the surname, never a greeting. Some fun facts.

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