Airbus Christmas tree
Living

Airbus Draws Giant Christmas Tree Over Germany

Flying the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, can be challenging at the best of times but one pilot created something rather special in the skies over Germany on 13th December – a Christmas tree, complete with decorations. The aircraft will eventually be flown by Dubai-based airline Emirates, but …

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German Christmas joke
Talking German

Witz Eins: Pigs, Helicopters and Fire Engines

With just under two weeks to go until Christmas I thought it would be fun to bring some festive cheer into learning German. So, here we go with “Witz Eins” or “Joke One”. The translation is below so no peeking – Santa is watching! Du fährst mit dem Auto und hältst …

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Alwine German village
Living

East German Village Sells for 140,000 Euros

The tiny hamlet of Alwine in the German state of Brandenburg was sold at auction in Berlin on Saturday, fetching a price of 140,000 euros (164,720 dollars). The only bidder at an unusual auction on Saturday put down 140,000 euros and walked away the new owner of a small slice …

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old German border sign
Places

West Side Stories and a Village Divided

“Border area, Exclusion zone. Entering and driving is only allowed with special permission!” reads a sign on the former inner German border. The Iron Curtain ran for about 7,000 km from the Barents Sea in the north straight through Europe to the Black Sea, and divided the continent into East …

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Berlin lost briefcase reward
Living

30,000 Euro Reward for Briefcase Lost in Berlin

The owner of a missing Italian-brand briefcase took a full-page advertisement in a daily German newspaper on Friday to offer 30,000 euros (35,000 dollars) for its return. The anonymous advertisement placed in the Bild newspaper said the owners wanted the grey, suede Brioni briefcase returned, “including its complete contents.” The …

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Germany Trabant
Living

East Germany’s Iconic Trabant Turns 60

The Trabant car – the symbol of everyday life in communist East Germany – continues to fascinate, charm and amuse. Spare parts are in demand, there are hopes that prices might rise, and a new museum extension is being planned to commemorate the “Little Stinker.” Frank Hofmann simply has to …

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