Living

Wanted: A Butcher Who Also Chops Trees and Repairs Roads

The city of Laufen in southern Germany has a vacancy. It would like to hire a butcher who can do “tree grooming” work in addition to making sausages and working in the waterworks. Working with meat is of course one of the tasks that a butcher should be quite familiar …

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German sausage hotel
Food & Drink

Wurst Night’s Sleep at Sausage Hotel

German butcher opens bratwurst-themed sausage hotel. In an age where local butchers are under threat from online shopping and the growing vogue for meat-free lifestyles, one butcher in Germany has come up with a novel way of bringing in customers: a sausage hotel, complete with authentic decorations. Welcome to the …

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Living

Dirndl Do or Dirndl Don’t? How to Dress for Oktoberfest

For many, Germany’s world-famous beer festival, the Oktoberfest, is not just about enjoying the amber ale – it is also a great excuse to wear an outlandish costume. Whether you attend the actual event in Munich or partake in themed festivities elsewhere, you will likely see people dressed in Austro-Bavarian …

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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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Germany highest mountain
Places

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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