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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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Birthdays in Germany

German Birthday Traditions & Customs. Birthdays in Germany are similar to American and British birthday celebrations, with a few unique exceptions “sprinkled” here and there throughout German-speaking countries. Cake, presents, family and friends are equally important, and no more so than for children. In Germany, a birthday celebration is called …

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