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

2. Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe
German Lebkuchen makes delicious spicy ginger cookies, Valentines Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, perhaps a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, Christmas decorations, even a Lantern which gives both light and aroma, but whatever you create with this Gingerbread, recipe it will always be delicious.

3. German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922 as fruit gummi Dancing Bears, in a small German confectionery company, their form based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Now a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", they make couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

4. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.

5. 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. And ideal for a BBQ.

6. German Music - Fast Facts
There's a spirited German music scene, ranging from classical to techno. It has one seventh of the world’s opera houses, almost a million music school students, world famous music festivals and a singer whose continuing live show hit is a song sung in praise of a sausage, 'Curry Wurst'.

7. Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.

8. Birthdays in Germany
It is not a good idea to wish a German "Geburtstagkind", Birthday Child, "Happy Birthday" until the actual day, one minute after midnight but not before, while someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.

9. International Children's Day in Germany
Germany celebrates two "Children's Days". June 1 is International "Kindertag" with presents as well as tradition, while "World Children's Day" is in September. Both holidays with real purpose and goals, but divided into 'East' and 'West', just as they were before Germany's reunification.

10. How to Make a Schultuete, Candy Cone
A Candy Cone filled by small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable for Germany's first graders. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultuete are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.



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