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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. German Bread - Fast Facts
Germany is a "Bread Paradise". With over 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 simply to point.
2. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept countries is well earned, and the universal and regular cleaning of everything in sight even has a name, Putzanfall. So much a passion it's "enjoyable", leading to anxiety attacks when everything doesn't "sparkle" as it should.
3. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season is makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. A bizarre mixture sometimes, the carefully tended colorful plant filled containers are everywhere, a wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies and down ancient farmhouse walls.
4. Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. Held on Ascension Day, so changing each year, the variable date is not the only difference from "Father's Day" in other countries. Consumption of alcohol, and ending the day intoxicated, are major features of the celebration.
5. Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It had taken 600 years, but in 1880 Cologne Cathedral was completed at last. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but finished in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.
6. German Wedding Traditions
May is the most popular month to marry in Germany, and the country's different regions have many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions begin weeks before a wedding takes place, and then the festivities can last for days.
7. Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
May enters with some weird and wonderful traditions in many regions of Germany, and the fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, when "Witches" join the festivities late on April 30. "Tanz in den Mai", dancing the night away until maypoles and day-drinking welcome May and Spring.
8. Germany's Tree Lined Avenues Route
It began over 250 years ago...trees planted to help travelers find their way. Germany's Avenues Route, the tree lined Deutsche Alleenstrasse, a journey through nature and history down shaded tunnels formed by ancient trees, witnesses to travelers from oxen carts to the present day.
9. Germany's Romantic Road. A Journey Through Time
Discover Germany's Romantic Road. It's a spectacular journey, through stunning scenery filled with contrast and historic medieval towns, into a world from the past. Germany’s oldest theme route, showcasing southern German culture from food and wine to art and architecture. And of course history.
10. Germany Facts - Life Behind the Beer and Sausages
Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy and Europe's industrial powerhouse, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoiled nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety. And a complex history.
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