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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. Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
Life without Currywurst is unthinkable for many Germans. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, the iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Film Stars. Authentic recipe for the special sauce.
2. Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. Processions of decorated cattle create cow bell symphonies as they walk down the mountains to the valleys, and their winter homes, from a summer spent on alpine pastures.
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.
4. Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: Super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, where many of the heart shaped gingerbread cookies have mottoes in Bairisch, the local dialect. Here are some traditions, mottoes and "translations" for those unmissable accompaniments to Oktoberfest beer.
5. Federweißer, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
Federweißer might look like grape soda but is a delicious young wine with a KICK and short end of summer season. But its traditional harvest time accompaniments Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst, a rich onion pie and sausages marinated with grapes then fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
6. Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergärten are 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 the 19th century Germany, forest schools are favorites with children and parents, so there are long waiting lists.
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", and can lead to anxiety attacks when everything doesn't "sparkle" as it should.
8. The Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945, Book Review
Life, revolutions and war changed Marie (Missie) Vassiltchikov’s predestined comfortable and privileged future, from that of a beautiful, spirited "White Russian" princess in Tsarist Russia to aristocratic, but penniless, refugee wandering Europe. Ending in Berlin during WWII.
9. Streetwise German - Some of Germany's Idioms
"Alles in gruenen Bereich" - "Everything in the green area", does not mean an area/building in varied shades of green but "Everything is under control/OK". Heard every day it is one of many commonly used German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, and have shaped the language.
10. Trümmerfrauen, Germany's Post War Heroines
The foundations for a "New Germany" were laid by its "Trümmerfrauen", Rubble Women. From 15 to 50 years old, and often hungry, they were post war Germany's heroines. With bare hands, and hard work, they cleared the rubble from the streets and buildings of their war torn cities.
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