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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. With recipe for the special sauce.
2. The Rhine River In Flames Festival
Rhein in Flammen. A unique and spectacular annual "Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival". The first is in May then followed for five spring, summer and autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River, with each display having a different theme.
3. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season means it is "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes. Year round colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. Sometimes a bizarre mixture, but a joy to behold on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment block balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
4. Schultüten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration. Parents and grandparents accompany new pupils, there are welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls", then Schultüte, School Cone, held tightly, it is time for their exciting new "Lebensphase", to begin.
5. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.
6. 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.
7. How to Make a Schultüte, Candy Cone
For Germany's first graders a Candy Cone filled with small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultüte are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
8. Southern German Potato Salad Recipes
Potato salads in the country where they originated are just that little bit different, so summer or winter for those 'Kartoffel' side dishes look no further than these traditional recipes from Baden Wuerttemberg and Bavaria. Neighboring states in Southern Germany, but two very different recipes.
9. Grilled Fish on a Stick Recipe
German Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest would not be the same without "Steckerlfisch". It is a Bavarian specialty for anyone who likes fish and has hunger pangs; a well seasoned grilled fish, complete with head, tail and with a stick running through it. And ideal for a BBQ.
10. 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.
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