Mannheim bicycle festival
Living

German city celebrates 200th anniversary of the bicycle

A two-day street festival in Mannheim celebrates 200 years since the ever-popular bicycle was first invented in the south-western German city. A number of stalls were set up to provide information as street musicians and performance artists enlivened the scene. At the historic city’s Water Tower landmark new bicycle models were …

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Oktoberfest beer price 2017
Food & Drink

Oktoberfest Beer Prices Set To Rise?

Munich officials reject beer price cap plan for Oktoberfest. City officials in Munich on Wednesday denied a request to cap beer prices for Oktoberfest at 10.70 euros (11.80 dollars) per litre for a period of three years. After a heated debate between officials and organizers of the beer festival, Munich’s …

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German fire engine beer
Food & Drink

Fire Engine on Thirst Fighting Mission

Beer based emergency?  This German fire engine can extinguish any type of thirst. Gerhold Becker and Sonja Heideroth from Borken, a small town in the Schwalm-Eder district in northern Hesse, own a very special kind of vehicle. They have converted a 31 year-old fire engine previously used by the Bavarian fire …

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Berlin's spring festivals
Places

Blooming Wonderful – Berlin’s Spring Festivals

As the sun’s rays begin to signal that spring is just around the corner, it’s time to head outside and enjoy all that Berlin’s spring festivals have to offer. Berliner Frühlingsfest The Berlin festival season kicked off this year on March 24th with the 47th Berliner Frühlingsfest (Berlin Spring Festival) at the …

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German sparkling wine
Food & Drink

Champagne literally fizzing in Germany

The Champagne market in Europe is worth around €1.4 billion, and while global sales for champagne might have dropped last year, Germany’s thirst for the sparkling wine has continued to grow. In 2016, champagne deliveries to Germany rose by 4.9 per cent to 12.5 million bottles, the Bureau du Champagne …

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2017 Oktoberfest beer price
Food & Drink

Oktoberfest Beer Price Freeze

Good news for fans of the Maß. The beer price is not expected to rise at this year’s Oktoberfest. For the first time in years the city of Munich wants to limit the beer price at the Oktoberfest. According to the plans of Munich Mayor Josef Schmid, who is responsible …

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