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Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
A strange looking chair, the 'Strandkorb', once likened 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 one of the most popular traditional German handcrafts, and as symbols of GOOD LUCK very popular both to give and receive. With a 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 Route
The Fairy Tale Road in Germany. A magical journey tracing the footsteps of Brothers Grimm, passing through medieval villages and beautiful countryside 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 has a deserved reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries. In fact house cleaning companies across the globe advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". And even in the "laid back" 21st century this image is reflected in 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.
Germany's Lucky Chimney Sweeps
Traditions and superstitions about Chimney Sweeps are common throughout Europe, but in Germany both the practice and the customs of the country's Schornsteinfeger are rooted in the past.
Germany's National Anthem
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn created a melody as a hymn to God for an Austrian Emperor which, with a German poet’s different lyrics, later became the German national anthem, and for a time beautiful music was associated with a dark period in Germany’s past.
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