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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 that's filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman era health resorts and a Clock Route.
Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The 'Strandkorb' is a strange looking chair. It has been compared to an upright wicker wash basket, was originally designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, and for generations has 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 as long ago Zwetschgenmaennla the dried plum boys were joined by Zwetschgenweibla - dried plum girls, are traditional German handcrafts. Also GOOD LUCK symbols they are given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings. The story and 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
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
Gartenzwerg are another of Germany's many 'inventions'. They are the Gnomes who 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.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries is well deserved, and across the globe house cleaning companies advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". Even in the "laid back" 21st century it 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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