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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. Oktoberfest in Munich
It opens in September not October, and began in fields outside Munich as a horse race honoring a royal wedding. More than 200 years later those fields are part of Munich, but Oktoberfest, the world's largest Volksfest, is still a festival of Bavarian exuberance, draft beer, food and tradition.
2. Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts
Some fun facts you didn't know about Oktoberfest...
3. Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Lebkuchen Hearts can be found at most spring and summer festivals, as well as Weihnachtsmärkte, but at Munich's Oktoberfest the mottoes on many heart shaped gingerbread cookies are in Bairisch, dialect. Traditions, mottoes and translations for those unmissable accompaniments to Oktoberfest beer.
4. 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.
5. The Day of German Unity
German Unity Day - Tag der Deutschen Einheit, commemorates October 3, 1990, the day the German Democratic Republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. Following the first peaceful revolution in history. From 1949 to 1989 there had been two Germanys, East and West. A look back...
6. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Washing windows in the rain is not unusual, and Germany's universal custom of cleaning and tidying everything in sight, necessary or not, has earned its own name, Putzanfall. So much a passion that it's a thoroughly "enjoyable", even compulsive, pastime...one with rules and traditions of course.
7. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, every change of season is makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. A bizarre mixture sometimes, the colorful plant filled containers are everywhere, a wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies and down ancient farmhouse walls.
8. Rhine In Flames, Fire, Water, Light Festival
Rhein in Flammen is a unique and spectacular annual "Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival". The first is in May and it continues for five Spring, Summer and Autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River, with each display having its own theme.
9. Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergärten, nature's preschool for children where, whatever the weather, classroom walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. Based on a system from 19th century Germany, forest schools are favorites with children and parents, so waiting lists are long.
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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