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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. Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape lemonade but it's autumn's young wine with a strong "kick" and short season, and its traditional harvest time accompaniments, a rich onion pie "Zwiebelkuchen" and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed any time of the year.
2. Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts
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.
3. Grilled Fish on a Stick Recipe
Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest in Germany would not be the same without 'Steckerlfisch' for those who like fish and have hunger pangs. It's a Bavarian specialty, a well seasoned grilled fish complete with head, tail and a stick running through it. And ideal for a BBQ.
4. Oktoberfest in Munich
A huge country fair, and the world's largest "Volksfest", it began as a horse race honoring a royal wedding. Over 200 years later the Oktoberfest has moved with the times, but is still an annual festival of Bavarian exuberance, draft beer, beer garden food and tradition.
5. Oktoberfestherzen - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottoes are an unmissable part of its calorific food, and a 'sweet' accompaniment to 'Wiesn-Mass', Oktoberfest beer.
6. Munich Oktoberfest - Fast Facts
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.
7. The Berlin Wall, Germany Remembers
East Germany began building a wall across Berlin on August 13th 1961, and while it existed the Berlin Wall defined the cold war and division of Europe. November 1989 the exits were opened by government decree, and families who had been separated for decades could be reunited.
8. Currywurst Sauce, Authentic Recipe
Currywurst has enjoyed cult status as a German fast food snack for 65 years, and its inventor Herta Heuwer took the secret recipe with her when she died in 1999, but here is a curry sauce recipe that tastes like the 'Real Thing' and can be used on all types of meals, not only to cover a sausage.
9. Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. During summer's last days and the beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.
10. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
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