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12 Unique Christmas Markets in Germany

There is always something to look forward to in Germany, even when it’s getting really cold outside, for example – the beloved Christmas Markets!  They usually start around the first Advent and run until Christmas.  A few will even have their stalls open until the New Year’s Eve. During this time, every historic city center is covered with numerous lights …

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Grünkohl – Northern German Curly Kale Specialty

Consuming curly kale with different kinds of meat, right after the first frost, is a huge tradition in Germany.  This national dish is popular everywhere – from cities to the countryside, especially in Northern Germany.  In fact, curly kale been know since as early as the 16th century for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities, helping locals withstand various sicknesses.  Hence it makes perfect sense that kale …

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Christmas in Germany: Customs and Traditions

Christmas starts pretty early in Germany – four Sundays ahead of Jesus’s birthday.  Summer is barely over, and the next thing you know – all the shops are filled with cookies and Christmas decorations.  Of course, it’s never too early for a lovely soft gingerbread or a chocolate Santa Claus!  But there is one thing which makes German children especially excited …

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German Humor and Irony – What’s That?

You probably heard the stereotype that Germans do not have any humor or a funny bone in them at all.  Since Berlin became a ‘hipster-town’, visitors started to come in here in droves and stay for a while.  And you know what they actually realized?  Germans do, in fact, have humor.  We just hide it very well. Let’s just say …

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15 Must-See Fairytale Castles in Germany

Standing high above the valleys or even on its own tiny islands, overlooking beautiful mountains and rivers, with its decorative piercing towers – the fairytale German castles will leave no wish unfulfilled.  In almost every region of the country you will find a dazzling castle, which you are allowed to enter.  More than 15,000 castles are ready to tell us …

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“O’zapf is!” or How to Bring Oktoberfest Party to Your Home

So you just can’t make it to the real Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, and there is no Bavarian beer party close to your hometown?  Well, how about hosting your own little Oktoberfest-inspired event – with tasty dishes made from the original recipes, great beer and some lovely decoration ideas! How to make it look like you’re at the real Oktoberfest? …

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Berlin: The Top 20 Attractions

The modern history of Berlin begun in the 13th century.  Since then it went through some tough and turbulent times – it was destroyed and rebuilt completely, over and over again.  In the mid-20th century, it became one of the strongest symbols of separation of the East and the West, when it was dissected in two: the GDR (German Democratic …

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Oktoberfest – The Largest Beer Party In The World

People in suits and leather pants, dancing on tables in a completely over-crowded giant tent.  Women in voluminous dresses with even larger cleavages, balancing too many one liter beer glasses, that one must think will surely break their fingers.  The bands playing loud German music, typically trombone and accordion, and everyone seems to know one other. This is not how …