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Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. During summer's last days and the beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.
Germany's Christmas Markets
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
A strange looking chair, the 'Strandkorb', compared to an upright wicker wash basket and originally designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, has for generations not only sheltered German beach goers from wind, rain and sun but also become a part of the country's culture.
Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, or Prune People because Zwetschgenmaennla, dried plum boys, were joined by girls, Zwetschgenweibla, long ago, are traditional German handcrafts and symbols of GOOD LUCK. Given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings. Here is the story and an easy DIY "How To" guide.
Germany's East Friesland Tea Ceremony
Across Germany coffee is more popular than beer, except for the windswept coastal marshlands and islands of East Friesland in northwest Germany. There the number one beverage is tea, a Frisian Blend with its own tea ceremony, and anyone who prefers coffee is a 'Koffjenoese', a coffee nose.
Germany's Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is a magical journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm, through medieval villages, unspoiled nature and stunning views to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas, myths and legends.
Germany's Garden Colonies, Schrebergarten
The minute spring's first rays of sunshine appear it's gardening time. And the "garden" can also be a balcony container, or a Schrebergarten. Little rented plots on a city's edge, or even in its center surrounded by asphalt and exhaust fumes, the pride and joy of millions of city-dwellers.
Germany's Garden Gnomes
Gartenzwerg are another of Germany's many 'inventions', the Gnomes who disappear in the fall, re-appear when spring arrives and spend the summer months protecting German gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries is well deserved, and house cleaning companies across the globe advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". Even in the "laid back" 21st century this is an image reflected in 'real life'.
Germany's Last Love Parade
Its beginnings were in the still divided Berlin of 1989, a small demonstration for peace and understanding through music, and it became one of the world's most popular musical festivals. The Duisburg Love Parade in 2010 ended with 21 deaths and over 500 injured, and was the last.
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