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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's Beer Gardens
From early Spring through Summer and Autumn visiting a Beer Garden is a seasonal "must do" in Germany. Originally a way of using chestnut tree shaded areas covering 19th century underground Bavarian beer storage cellars, they soon became a popular, even fashionable, pastime.

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 the last days of summer, and beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from 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, Weihnachtsmaerkte
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 Cuckoo Clocks And The Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks were first made in Germany's Black Forest not Switzerland; an invention using the time, and profiting from, snow filled winter months. The Schwarzwaeld, now part of high tech Baden Wuerttemberg filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman era health resorts and a Clock Route.

Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The "Strandkorb". A strange looking chair often compared to an upright wicker wash basket. It was originally designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, but has sheltered German beach goers from wind, rain and sun for generations and is now part of the country's culture.

Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, Prune People because Zwetschgenmaennla, 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 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
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.

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