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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. Obatzda, Beer Garden Favorite, Recipes
A Bavarian Beer Garden without "Obatzda" on the menu would be hard to find. A spicy mixture of different cheeses, always flavored with paprika whatever additional ingredients are included, it's a favorite Bavarian specialty that is really worth trying.

2. Germany's Beer Gardens
From early Spring through Summer and Autumn a visit to a Beer Garden is a seasonal "must do" in Germany. Originally a way of using chestnut tree shaded areas that covered 19th century underground Bavarian beer storage cellars, they soon became a popular, even fashionable, pastime.

3. Germany's Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is a magical journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm. Through medieval villages, unspoiled nature and stunning views to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas, myths and legends.

4. International Children's Day in Germany
Germany celebrates two "Children's Days". International "Kindertag" on June 1 has gifts 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.

5. North Germany's Friesentorte Recipe
It is a delicious creamy calorie bomb, and a North and East Friesland specialty. Friesentorte the "special occasion" Frisian cream cake that accompanies a Friesentee, (Frisian tea), Ceremony on Sundays and celebrations. Or just because you feel like it.

6. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.

7. Birthdays in Germany
Don't whatever you do wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not a second before. While someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.

8. Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, or Prune People as long ago Zwetschgenmaennla the dried plum boys were joined by Zwetschgenweibla - dried plum girls, are traditional German handcrafts. Also GOOD LUCK symbols they are given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings. The story and easy DIY "How To" guide.

9. Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe
German Lebkuchen makes delicious spicy ginger cookies, Valentines Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, spicy Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations, a Lantern giving light and aroma, but whatever you create with this Gingerbread recipe it will always be delicious.

10. 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.



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