Alwine German village
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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
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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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Germany highest mountain
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Record-breaking Cable Car Set to Open on Germany’s Highest Mountain

The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany and offers some of the best views of the Alps. On fine days visitors can see mountain peaks ranging from 2,000m up to 4,000m and across 4 countries reaching as far as the Eastern Alps. Reaching almost 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in …

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Frankfurt Beach Gym
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Surf’s Up at new Frankfurt Beach Gym

A new sports center in Frankfurt is offering its members a rather unique alternative to the usual workout zone – a “Beach Gym”. Filled with 3 tonnes of washed sand, the indoor “Strandraum” at TG Bornheim is offering fitness classes with a twist. With large posters featuring beach motifs on …

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