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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 Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days
Halloween has arrived in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" in pagan times, have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are now seen on the streets, but it is celebrated alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.

2. Pumpkin Potato Pancake Recipe
Pumpkin left and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional German "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, will use up extra pumpkin but also become a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?

3. Hohenschwangau Castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau
"Hohenschwangau Castle" in Bavaria had its beginnings in the 12th century as the Fortress Schwanstein. The childhood home of King Ludwig II who built the "Neuschwanstein" fantasy castle, it is filled with history, treasures and art but has the atmosphere of a home.

4. Schnitzel, a Breaded Cutlets Recipe
Their original inspiration was an Emperor's love of meat covered with gold leaf. Germany’s Schnitzel are thin breaded cutlets, delicious, simple to make, and in all their variations, different meats, vegetarian alternatives, sauces, are one of Germany’s favorite meals.

5. St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to a typical Sankt Martinstag. St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, children singing, a "Weckmann" eaten by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor and often ending with "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose.

6. The Day of German Unity
German Unity Day - Tag der Deutsche Einheit - an annual celebration held on October 3, commemorates the day in 1990 when the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. After 40 years as a separate and second Germany. From 1949 to 1989.

7. The Berlin Wall, Germany Remembers
On August 13, 1961 the East German government began building a wall across Berlin, and while the "Berlin Wall" stood it defined the Cold War and division of Europe. November 1989 exits were opened by government decree and families separated for decades were reunited.

8. 'Frugal Fashionista' Chic Behind The Berlin Wall
Fashion was inseparable from politics in former East Germany, with a one style fits all mentality. A sewing machine, needle, thread and "Sybille", a culture and fashion magazine supplying dreams as well as patterns, made possible a world of individuality and escape from every day grayness.

9. Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany represents all, military and civilian, who died or were left to mourn as victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.

10. Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe
A spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Germany, ideal for all those chilly autumn and winter days which call for warm, comforting and tasty seasonal food. Especially as it is also colorful, vitamin packed and nutritious.

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