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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. Germany's Beer Gardens
It wouldn't be summer in Germany without having enjoyed a cold beer in the shade of a chestnut tree. Originally a way of using the chestnut tree shaded areas covering 19th century underground Bavarian beer storage cellars, visits to Biergärten soon became a popular, even fashionable, pastime.
2. Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The "Strandkorb" is often compared to a wicker wash basket, but it's a chair designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism, who did not want to give up her beach holidays in the windy north. After sheltering Germany's beach goers from wind, rain and sun for generations, it now has cult status.
3. German Bread - Fast Facts
With over 3050 registered varieties, Germany is a "Bread Paradise". 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 regions it is easier to just point. Fast Facts.
4. Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf goes back centuries as a delicious way to preserve summer fruit. Starting in early summer with strawberries, cherries and rum of course, with fruit added as it comes into season until early autumn, it's a taste of summer in winter. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.
5. German Beer, Some Fast Facts
German beer has its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" - Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is "Food" in Bavaria - even the smallest region has a brewery, and remember it is important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's beer has a culture of its own.
6. Rote Grütze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe
Rote Grütze with summer berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing, easy to make and for centuries "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany, it is a "fruit salad with a difference", and a menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.
7. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept countries is well earned, the universal and regular cleaning of everything in sight even having a name, Putzanfall. So much a passion it's "enjoyable", with anxiety attacks when everything doesn't "sparkle" as it should.
8. The Black Forest, Cuckoo Clocks and Cake
Cuckoo Clocks were invented in Germany's Black Forest, using the time, and profiting from, the snow filled winter months. The Schwarzwald is filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman health resorts, a fascinating Clock Route and of course that "Cherry Cake".
9. Rhine In Flames 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.
10. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season means makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. A bizarre mixture sometimes, but carefully tended, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies and down ancient farm house walls.
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