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Here are the top ten articles for the German Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. How to make First Grader's Schultüte, Candy Cone
Colorful School Cones, filled with small gifts and candy, help make that first school day even more memorable for first graders in Germany. A custom that began in the early 19th century, Schultüten are as popular as ever and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family and friends.

2. Schultüten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration, and when possible the entire family accompany new pupils for welcoming speeches, songs, photo calls. Then, Schultüte/School Cone held close, it's time for their new "Lebensphase" to begin. With link to Schultüte "How To".

3. Beef Rouladen, German Braised Beef Rolls Recipe
RINDERROULADEN, "Beef Rouladen"; thin slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious German classic, and "cold weather meal", once considered so special it was saved for celebrations, or Sundays. Now it is a traditional dinner choice.

4. 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.

5. Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottos are an unmissable part of its calorific food; a "sweet" accompaniment to "Wiesn-Mass". Oktoberfest beer.

6. Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, that special German gingerbread, makes spicy ginger cookies, Valentine's Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, Witches' Cottages, Gingerbread Men, Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations, Lanterns giving light and aroma. But whatever you create with this recipe it will always be delicious.

7. 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.

8. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season means "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes. Carefully tended, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A bizarre mixture sometimes but wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing down from apartment balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.

9. Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergarten...nature's preschool for children where classroom walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. Whatever the weather. A system of education that began in 19th century Germany and is increasingly popular, so schools have long waiting lists.

10. Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. When construction began the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but it didn't finish until 1880 in a newly United Germany, with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.



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How to make First Grader's Schultüte, Candy Cone

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