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Germany's Beer Gardens
It wouldn't be summer in Germany without having enjoyed a cold beer in the shade of a chestnut tree. Originally a way of using the chestnut tree shaded areas covering 19th century underground Bavarian beer storage cellars, visits to Biergärten soon became a popular, even fashionable, pastime.

Germany's Castle Road
Germany has more than 5,000 castles, many part of the Castle Road theme route. Running for 745 miles through stunning landscapes, valleys, forests and rivers,and filled with legacies of the past. Medieval towns, villages, castles, castles and more castles.

Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. Processions of decorated cattle create cow bell symphonies as they walk down the mountains to the valleys, and their winter homes, from a summer spent on alpine pastures.

Germany's Cheese Culture
From the North Sea to Allgaeu, Germany's "Foodie" favorite, Cheese, is produced countrywide in anything from small mountainside farms to industrial dairies. Hundreds of regional specialties and national varieties range from mild and buttery to spicy, highly flavored and less than fragrant.

Germany's Christmas Markets, Weihnachtsmärkte
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmärkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an unforgettable part of the German holiday season.

Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The "Strandkorb" is often compared to a wicker wash basket, but it's a chair designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, who did not want to give up her beach holidays in the windy north. After sheltering Germany's beach goers from wind, rain and sun for generations, it now has cult status.

Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmännle
Prune Men, Prune People because Zwetschgenmännle , Dried Plum Boys, were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, Dried Plum Girls, long ago, are traditional German handcrafts. Good Luck symbols given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings, here is the story and easy DIY "How To" guide.

Germany's Enchanting Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is an enchanting journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm. Through medieval villages and unspoiled nature, to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas and legends, wicked stepmothers and evil witches.

Germany's Garden Colonies, Schrebergarten
Gardening is something of a passion in Germany, and the "garden" often a balcony container or a "Schrebergarten". These are small plots on a city's edge, or in its center surrounded by asphalt and exhaust fumes; perhaps alongside rail tracks. The pride and joy of millions of city-dwellers.

Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
Garden gnomes belong to Germany like Bratwurst and Fußball-soccer. Gartenzwerge disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting German gardens; kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.

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