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Facts and Traditions

Life and living in Germany, some of the country´s facts, figures, personalities, and entrenched traditions, ranging from informative and useful to fun and "now who would have thought that?"

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Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.

Father's Day in Germany star
That first experience of a German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so it changes each year, the variable date is not the only way celebrating "Fathers" in Germany differs from a "Father's Day" in other countries.

Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten star
Waldkindergarten, nature's pre-school for children, where class room walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. It's a system of education that began in 19th century Germany and has become increasingly popular throughout the country.

Fun Facts About Germany star
There's a Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie Doll, German affection for red Hungarian paprika means it's added to everything from potato chips and meat to sauces, in Bavaria beer is officially 'food', and phone calls are answered only by the surname, never a greeting. Some fun facts.

Gardening by the Moon in Germany star
Often thought of as a New Age trend or old superstition Moon Gardening is science based. Evidence suggests there is a connection between the sky's energy and that of earth, and in Germany the system has been followed for generations with 'Moon Gardening' calendars a big hit as Christmas gifts.

German Beer, Fast Facts star
German beer has "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" in April; Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is classified as "Food" in Bavaria; the smallest region usually has its own brewery; it is cheaper than some mineral waters and it's important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's Beer.

German Bread - Fast Facts star
Germany is a 'Bread Paradise' with 3050 registered varieties. Almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch, while bread rolls go under so many different names in the various regions it is easier to just point. Fast Facts.

German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy star
Gummy Bears began life in 1922, as fruit gummi Dancing Bears in a small German confectionery company; based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

German Inventions in Everyday Use star
Germany's inventors and scientists, past and present, helped build the country's reputation for invention and technology. Although many of the items now used in homes worldwide, including coffee filters and toothpaste, were not created laboratories, but in German kitchens, attics and workshops.

Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge star
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, its Neighbours and a New Image star
From its central position at the heart of today’s European Union Germany lives in peace and harmony with its neighbours, however this was not always the case. What image does modern Germany have in the eyes of its neighbours? A cross section of Europeans were asked with interesting results.

Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas star
February 2nd is Groundhog Day, an annual tradition with roots which lie in a Christian festival, age old European and German superstitions about hedgehogs, the weather, and pagan celebrations bound to the cycles of nature.

Munich Oktoberfest - Fast Facts star
Albert Einstein worked there as an electrician, an intoxicated dachshund 'came to' in Lost and Found, electricity used would give a home for four 52 years of power, and German emigrants have begun versions all over the world, but 'Oktoberfest' began in Munich over 200 years ago.

Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts star
It's "Oktoberfest" although most of it takes place in September, an "Angel" on hiatus from heaven attends every year, one Mayor opened it shouting "I'zapt os" instead of "O'zapft is", (it's tapped), and that was before any beer was consumed. Oktoberfest Fun Facts.

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