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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. 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.

2. How to Make a Schultuete, Candy Cone
For Germany's first graders a Candy Cone filled by small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. 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.

3. Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire but wasn't finished 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.

4. 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. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

5. Schultueten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupils, there are welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls" then Schultuete, School Cone, held tightly, it is time for their exciting new "Lebensphase", to begin.

6. 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.

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

8. 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.

9. A Beef Rollups Recipe - Rinderrouladen
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rollups", slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious, and classic, "cold weather meal" in Germany, once considered so special they were saved for celebrations or Sundays, now a very traditional dinner choice.

10. 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.



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