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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. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients. A year-round German favorite it originated in Alsace, an area of Europe which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
2. Denglisch, Germany's Mix of Deutsche and English
Mother-tongue speakers are usually extremely loyal to their national language, and Germany is no exception, however recently Anglicism's have been adopted with an amazing lack of restraint bringing about the rise of "Denglisch".
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.
4. German Wedding Traditions
Germany's different regions have many of their own, often 'unusual', wedding traditions, although May is the most popular month to get married throughout the country. Customs surrounding the ceremony begin weeks before it takes place and celebrations can last for days.
5. Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf, a German specialty from at least the 17th century. Made from late spring until early autumn with seasonal fruit conserved in sugar and rum, it's a treat for the winter months, and indispensable part of "end of year" holiday celebrations. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.
6. Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The 'Strandkorb' is a strange looking chair. It has been compared to an upright wicker wash basket, was originally designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, and for generations has not only sheltered German beach goers from wind, rain and sun but also become a part of the country's culture.
7. Streetwise German - German Idioms
'Alles in gruenen Bereich' - Everything in the green area, means 'Everything is under control', not that there's an area in varied shades of green. Heard every day in Germany it is one of many commonly used German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, and have shaped the language.
8. The Rhine River In Flames Festival
Rhein in Flammen is a unique and spectacular annual 'Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival'. It begins in May, takes place on five spring, summer and autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River, and each of the displays has a different theme.
9. Germany's 'Lucky' Chimney Sweeps
Throughout Europe Chimney Sweeps are surrounded by tradition and superstition, including in Germany where both the practice and customs of the country's 'Lucky' Schornsteinfeger, in their black gold buttoned suits and top hats, are rooted far in the past.
10. The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.
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