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Surfing in Munich – Germany’s River Riders

The Bavarian capital is a hot spot for surfers, hundreds of miles from the nearest beach, thanks to Munich’s Eisbach River. Munich maybe 500km from the coast, but an ingenious band of surfers has not let the absence of conventional waves put them off. Munich is the birthplace of a …

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Love On The Rhein (Bahn)

Couple Wed on Dusseldorf Tram. The Dusseldorf Tram or “Rheinbahn” is a prominent feature on the city’s roads and plays a crucial role in the lives of thousands of Dusseldorf commuters. For one Dusseldorf couple however, this iconic feature of the city has played a much larger and unexpected role in their lives, …

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Children’s Television in Germany

The Maus That Roared. For many of us, some of our earliest and fondest childhood memories come from television. Depending on your age (and I include myself in this), it is likely that this was a kids cartoon of some description. Likewise many German adults who grew up in the …

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Why Cycling in Germany is “Für Alle”

Cycling in Germany – A Lifestyle Choice for Many Germans. In Germany, cycling is the main form of transportation for many people. Come rain or shine, day or night, from business suits to everyday clothes, to long dresses or skinny jeans and all manner of footwear (even bare feet) many …

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May The Helmet Be With You

New Road Safety Campaign in Germany. In the battle for road safety in Germany, the Federal Transport Ministry has turned to a powerful ally in an attempt to encourage more children and young people to wear bicycle helmets. Star Wars villain Darth Vader is featured in a new poster campaign …

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The Kegelbahn – A Uniquely German Experience

Kegeln or German Bowling. My first ever visit to a German bowling alley or “Kegelbahn” was in the town of Mettmann, just east of  Düsseldorf.  One of my friends in Germany had promised to organise a night of bowling when I was next in the country, at his local Kegelbahn …

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