old German border sign
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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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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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hiking in Germany
Living

Beat the Berg – Remember to Stretch When Hiking in Germany

After a long day’s hiking in Germany, many people turn to creams to help their muscles recover – but that is not always the best idea, experts say. The effects of the so-called “active” substances in these creams have not been proven, says Christine Merkel, a spokeswoman for the Deutscher …

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river snorkeling in Germany
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River Snorkeling in Germany – Under The Pegnitz

If you hear the word snorkeling, you’ll probably imagine a tropical destination with a clear blue sea and coral gardens teaming with fish. But there are many other snorkeling locations around the world just as interesting, and Germany has its own secret underwater world just waiting to be discovered. Located in …

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German Castle Museum
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Behind The Myths At The German Castle Museum

Located on the Thuringian border with Bavaria, the German Castle Museum aims to get behind the myths and legends that surround many of Germany’s majestic castles and haunted ruins, to reveal the everyday life of the people who lived in them. Bad Colberg, Germany (dpa) – Siege ladders and medieval armour, Gothic …

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lederhosen world record
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German Folk Festival Breaks Record for Dirndl and Lederhosen

German town makes it into the Guinness book of records. The Bavarian town of Beilngries has broken the record for the number of people appearing dressed in traditional costume, with 3,414 people turning up in dirndl and lederhosen for the Trachtenweltrekord attempt at the town’s recent folk festival. The previous record …

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