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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, perhaps a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, Christmas decorations, Valentines Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, even a Lantern that gives both light and aroma, but whatever you create with this Gingerbread recipe it will always be delicious.
3. 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.
4. The Day of German Unity
German Unity Day - Tag der Deutsche Einheit - an annual celebration held on October 3, commemorates the day in 1990 when the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. After 40 years as a separate and second Germany. From 1949 to 1989.
5. 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.
6. Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
No St. Martin's Day or St. Nicholas celebration in German speaking countries would be complete without a traditional sweet yeast dough "Bread Man". Called Stutenkerl, Nikolaus or Weckmann depending on the region, it's a specialty for the days leading to the holidays. Its 'story' and a recipe.
7. 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.
8. Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, a part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. Summer's last days, and the beginning of autumn, bring processions of beautifully decorated cows, and their cow bell symphonies, as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.
9. 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.
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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