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Arthur Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer and his philosophy of Pessimism.

A Citizen of the World
In 1999, Germany and the whole world celebrated the great Goethe's 250th birthday.

Carl von Clausewitz - A Man Of War!
Carl Clausewitz was a famous Prussian soldier and military strategist. Find here key biographic facts and the best quotes of Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz.

Boris Becker
Boris Becker is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany and a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist, the youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17.

Germany's greatest scientist.

Erich Maria Remarque
One of the most popular German authors of the 20th century.

The Genius of German Renaissance
Albrecht Duerer, the brightest star on the Renaissance sky of Germany.

Gerhard Schroeder: "I'm a climber"
A portrait of the new German chancellor.

Germany Under Hitler and the Nazi
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi reigning in Germany in 1933-1945.

Grimms Brothers
Grimms brothers born and lived in Germany were authors of German Dictionary and more than 200 fairy tales told by German people and called 'Children's and Households Tales' which became a handbook for people all over the world.

Hermann Hesse
Hermann Hesse is the famous German writer, poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Hermann Hesse is the author of The Glass Bead Game, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund.

He Was the First, or Happy Birthday, Computer!
The first fully digital programmable machine was completed in 1941 by Konrad Zuse. It was called Z3, and like its younger brothers Z1 and Z2, was destroyed during the WWII. Later, however, these models were reconstructed, and many more new computers were built.

Horst Koehler -- the New IMF Head
A German has obtained the top job in the international lending organization.

The Immortal Legend of Glamour
Marlene Dietrich, the sultry queen of the 20th century cinema.

The Iron Chancellor of Germany
During his life Otto von Bismarck pursued the idea of German unification. As a result, Germany grew into a powerful empire under its iron chancellor.

The Irrational Genius, or Why Am I so Wise?
Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the most influential German philosophers of the 19th century. All his life he suffered from various ailments, and died after 11 years of insanity.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes
Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche - one of the most influential German philosophers of the 19th century.

Josef Mengele - the Infamous Nazi Doctor
One of the most horrible nazi medical experiments was provided in Auschwitz death camp by doctor Josef Mengele. Learn more about deathly experiments on children's organs.

Kaethe Kollwitz -- the Artist of Grief
Kaethe Kollwitz is considered to be the brightest German artist of the 20th century. She represented German Expressionism movement of 1890s-1920. Tragedy and death dominated her life, and were the main topic of her works.

The Origin of Levi's Denim Blue Jeans
Get the full story of Levi's Denim Blue Jeans and their creator - German-born American entrepreneur Levi Strauss.

Lubitsch: a German Who Conquered Hollywood
Ernst Lubitsch was a great master of the sophisticated comedy. He brought his special "Lubitsch touch" into the film industry which has become an unsurpassed standard for his successors.

The Man Who Put Germany on Stage
Bertolt Brecht in the 20th century theater.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is a five-time World Champion F1 driver and tops the list of most Grand Prix wins in the history of Formula One.

Oscar Schindler, the bad conscience of German people
Oscar Schindler outwitted the Nazis and saved more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II. Oscar Schindler was all that stood between the Schindler-Jews and the SS and he managed to keep all of them alive.

The Revolutionary War General von Steuben
American war for independence was led by the German General Baron von Steuben. It was he who turned a gang of rugged people into a serious military force that won the victory in the most important war.

Rudolf Diesel
Rudolf Diesel was an exceptional German inventor of the famous Diesel engine, talented engineer, and “the James Watt of the late nineteenth century”.

The Spirit of Germany
His long life was full of music and passion. Often described as the Bismarck of art, Wagner carried the German mission in his works and dreamt to "marry" art and power.

Weird Tales of the Weird Man
E.T.A. Hoffmann was the first writer who added the sinister flavor to his works. He turned fairy-tales to scary-tales!

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9 ways to celebrate Easter like a German
From rolling wheels filled with burning hay down a hill, to waiting for a fox to bring eggs, here are the nine best German Easter traditions.

All Pumpkins' Night in Germany
Halloween came to us from those ancient pagan times when the Celts celebrated Samhain - the festival of the dead. Nowadays Halloween is a popular holiday with its special traditions and tasty treats!

Autumn in Germany
Discover what to do in Germany in autumn! Don't miss bright and original holidays celebrated in autumn Germany.

Christmas in Germany
German Christmas traditions all in one comprehensive article. Check out our information on Weihnachten, Christkindlsmarkt, Advent, Tannenbaum and more!

Christmas Stories
December in Germany is full of holiday celebrations - here are the stories of German saints celebrated around Christmas. Find out some traditional recipes for Three Kings and Epiphany, St. Lucia's Day, and some more.

Easter Bunny Recipes
Easter is not all about hard-boiled eggs. You cannot make it with egg salads only! Let's honor Easter rabbit - the one who hides Easter eggs - by putting "him" on the festive table.

Easter Eggs: Traditions and Recipes
Colored eggs are one of the Easter traditions. Learn how to make them and what  to do with them afterwards.

Easter Feast
Review of Easter rituals and traditions in Germany.

Frohe Weihnachten! Part One
Plenty of Christmas celebration traditions from Germany - Christkindlesmarkt, Christmas tree, Advent - Christmas calendar, and some tasty recipes!

German-American Day: Tercentenary History of Friendship
History and celebration of German-American Day in the United States.

Join the Love Republic
Despite the intention of Berlin authorities to cancel Loveparade'2001, it will nevertheless take place one week later than usually -- on July 21, 2001. Here are also some do's and dont's - what to do and what to avoid at Loveparade.

Love at First ...Site?
Keep your heart open for Cupid's arrows on St. Valentine's Day.

Loveparade takes place on July 13, 2002. This year, Loveparade is a part of a large campaign targeted at promoting a positive image of Germany among the British youth.

May Day, May Wine, Maypole
May 1st is an official holiday in German-speaking countries. This is the International Workers' Day. However there are many more interesting traditions connected with this day that were observed in ancient times.

Music Is the Key!
Love Parade - the largest youth gathering in the world held annually in Berlin.

Oktoberfest...The Fest of Times
The Munich Oktoberfest, known by the locals as the "Wiesn", is the biggest public festival in the world. In 2001 it was held with certain restrictions.

"One World - One Loveparade"
As usual, the second weekend of July is scheduled for Love Parade in Berlin. Here are some practical infos and the previous parades' statistics.

St. Martin's Day
High time to have fun on November, 11th!

St. Valentine's Day
All lovers' day in Germany, traditions and history.

Ten Years Together: Bored or Happy?
The last of the most decisive turning points of German history happened on October 3, 1990. Reunification was the cherished dream of most Germans after 28 years of living behind the Wall.

Tradition of Sylvester, or New Year's Eve
December 31st - St. Sylvester Day celebration customs.

Traditions and History                       Back to top

Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral is German historical heritage with collection of Christian treasures and Charlemagne grave.

Architecture in Germany
The German architecture was greatly influenced by the European art and architecture. However, it created nationally-valued masterpieces which have gained world fame and become national heritage units.

Bauhaus School
The Bauhaus style evolved from the Bauhaus school existing in 1919-1933 in Weimar and Dessau. It has defined the trends for German architecture of the 20th century.

Champagne, Bridal Soup and a Saw!
On their wedding day, German brides and grooms observe various civial and religious ceremonies. A bride should step on her new husband's foot, for example!

Circus Krone
Superlative world of the largest circus in Europe.

Complex World Of Germany: Cultural Heritage
Find your shortest way to German Culture.

Dating Etiquette in Germany
What's it like to be dating a German? Find out some do's and dont's that can help improve your romance.

East Germany. 'East?' Yes! 'Germany?' No?
Learn more about East Germany lands - former parts of former GDR. Explore brief Germany re-unification adn Berlin Wall fall story.

Easter Feast
Review of Easter rituals and traditions in Germany.

Fashion Plates
Germans and their clothes: diversity of styles and trends.

Frohe Weihnachten! Part One
Plenty of Christmas celebration traditions from Germany - Christkindlesmarkt, Christmas tree, Advent - Christmas calendar, and some tasty recipes!

German Minnesingers
German minnesingers were great romantic performers of German original fables, folk songs and lefends about love, dignity and patriotism of the German knights of medieval centuries.

German Mysteries - the Mirror of German Culture and History
Discover German mysterious places while traveling around Germany, learn German culture and history with German myths and true legends.

German Women and 3 K's
Women in Germany have always been subordinate to men and considered inferior, women's movement never brought any outstanding results. To crown it all, Kaiser Wilhelm defined a woman's role only that of a house-keeper and it became a cliché for patriarchic societies. From Middle Ages and up till now, women have been struggling for equality in rights.

German Wedding Traditions
Find out all about German wedding traditions - everything that is done before and during the wedding.

Getting Married in Germany
Everything you need to know about getting married in Germany - all official rules and regulations.

Keeping Up Traditions
Typical German customs and rituals.

Native German Clothing
German women used to wear Tracht and Dirndl as festive and work clothes in the 16th-19th centuries. Here is the comparative characteristic of the two styles.

Primer for Real Germans. Chapter 1
What are Real Germans like? Set all stereotypes aside and read about Real Germans' habits, likes and dislikes, by guest author WEISSDORN.

Primer for Real Germans. Chapter 2
Read about Real Germans and Political Correctness, Multi-Culturalism, and Private and Group Discussions, by guest author WEISSDORN.

Primer for Real Germans. Chapter 3
Here is Real Germans' attitude towards weddings, funerals and confirmation, by guest author WEISSDORN.

Prussia 2001
On January 18, 1701 Friedrich III Elector of Brandenburg crowned himself the King in Prussia. 300 years after this event, government heads of Berlin and Brandenburg officially opened the celebrations on the occasion in Berlin that will last for the whole year.

Tracing Your German Ancestry
Exhaustive info on German genealogical research.

...Walking Down the Aisle
German wedding tips and tricks.

Daily Life in Germany                       Back to top

Myths about Germans
Myths or truths? Take a look at this article and see what Germans think about other nations and what other nations think about them.

Myths about Germany
Speed limit, aggressiveness, long words and more - here is the list of the most popular myths about Germany.

Who Invented Kindergarten?
Find here the history and the origin of Kindergarten. The first kindergarten was established by Friedrich Froebel in Bad Blankenburg in 1837.

Find here the original description of Berlinale, public programme, sections of the festival, Berlinale prizes, description of the most important events.

Buying a New Car in Germany
Here is a comprehensive guide to buying a new car in Germany.

Buying a Used Car in Germany
Here is a comprehensive guide to buying a used car in Germany.

Meet euro - the new year present to Europe.

"Entartete Kunst"
Exhibition of degenerate art as one of the ugly sides of WW2.

Euro Devaluation: Who Is To Blame?
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is accused of drop in euro rate.

"German Autumn"
Germany in a decade of terror 1968-1977.

German Beer Steins
The origins of German beer steins with complete classification of different beer steins' types, stein materials & producers.

German Cars
General outline of German cars on the world market.

German Shepherds
German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) are family pets, police dogs, guard dogs, assistance dogs, show dogs, and much more. It's all - German Shepherd Dogs.

German Wine
German wine's history, best wineries, professional tips on pairing wines and food, etc.

Germany Today
Have a look at Germany through the eyes of mass media.

Homosexuality: gays and lesbians in Germany.

Good bye, au revoir, auf Wiedersehen!
EXPO'2000 ended on October 31 in Hanover with a total loss of about 1 billion dollars. The Germans remain optimistic...

Happy Birthday, Beetle!
Volkswagen Beetle was ordered by Adolf Hitler to Ferdinand Porsche. Thus the German "car for people" appeared.

The History of German Beer Steins
The history of German beer steins in details and information on beer steins, beer mugs, and pewter, glass steins, porcelain and silver steins and mugs.

Intrigue and Mystery of the Amber Room
The mystery of what is generally considered to be the greatest of the missing treasures of Europe - the Amber Room - is still unsolved. Read about the Room's history, disappearance, and the present reconstruction.

Kueche, Kirche, Kinder, ... Krieg?
Germany no longer violates European Union's principle of sexual equality -- women have been for the first time admitted into combat units of German army!

"Made In Germany"
A brief review of modern German economy and business conditions.

"Man - Nature - Technology"
EXPO'2000 is the first World Exposition in Germany with the record quantity of nations-participants and the worldwide projects making the exposition unique.

Mad Cow and German Ministers
British beef crisis is well remembered world-wide. Now it is Germany that has drawn the overall attention to its own BSE, or mad-cow disease, crisis which has intertwined with chancellor Schroeder's cabinet crisis. 

Nazi Nightmares
Getting deeper into German history: Nazi medical killings and Nazi Gold.

New Nationality Law
The new law makes it easier for foreigners to receive German citizenship.

Sex Online: Germans Lead
Germans are leaders among the European nations in surfing erotic sites on the Web. Here are some statistics and two related polls - voice your opinion!

Studieren wir Deutsch!
Opportunities for studying the German language.

"The Future Began 100 Years Ago"
Zeppelins - the majestic German airships - celebrate their centennial anniversary on July 2, 2000. Due to their giant size they can be truly called the Titanics of aircraft.

Transportation Means of the Future
Airships - giant "flying cigars" - have come from the past and once again fascinate with their impressive size and outstanding load-transporting abilities. CargoLifter AG has launched serious production of dirigibles a few years ago, and plans to make a revolution in modern logistics.

World War Memories
Told by a witness and flavored with the anecdotes of that time, these three stories are much more valuable than what is usually told in history books. They tell about the time starting from the end of the World War I through Hitler's rise to power and to the end of the World War II. 

Guten Appetit!                       Back to top

The Absolutely German Drink
German beer: from brewing to consumption.

German Food
German food article describes everything related to German food, German national cuisine and original German food recipes.

Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake is a wonderful example of German baking tradition. Enjoy it! Here is the detailed description of how to cook it and great photos.

Easter Bunny Recipes
Easter is not all about hard-boiled eggs. You cannot make it with egg salads only! Let's honor Easter rabbit - the one who hides Easter eggs - by putting "him" on the festive table.

Frohe Weihnachten! Part Two
Delicious recipes for Christmas.

German Wine
German wine's history, best wineries, professional tips on pairing wines and food, etc.

Thousands of terrific German recipes to anyone's taste.

The Not-So-German Chocolate Cake
The history and recipes of the famous cake.

Obsttorte -- German Fruit Cake
This is summer time - time of ripe cherries, peaches, apples, plums and pears - let's make the best out of it! 

Tasty Summer Treat
Enjoy Cherry Dessert - easy-to-cook German dish, and enrich your summer menu with more adorable German desserts.

Destination: Germany                       Back to top

Augustusburg - the German Heritage Castle
Augustusburg castle in Saxony is German historical heritage traced German history during Napoleon and Prussian wars and resided German royalty and government.

Bremen - The City of the World-Famous Fairytale Musicians
Visit one of the most ancient cities - the sea entry to Germany which is famous for its Statue of Ronald and old Marketplatz.

The City of Great Changes
Meet Berlin - Germany's capital city - online

Dresden Semper Opera House
Join Dresden daily cultural life and discover German masterpieces.

Hamburg - European Melting Pot
Visit Hamburg and enjoy its incredible night life with multi-national performances, cafes and discos.

Freedom Air of Saxony
Useful travel tips for tour around Saxony.

Free State of Bavaria
Discovering the holiday land No. 1 in Germany.

German Castles - Medieval Severe Beauities
Aren't sure what is worth seeing in Germany? Learn more about ancient mysterious castles.

Look Here - We're in Germany!
Outline of Christmas travel opportunities in Germany.

Lichtenstein – a Small Fairy-Tale Fortress
Visit small Lichtenstein castle and feel the breathtaking atmosphere of the German medieval knights life full of legends and fantasy.

Neuschwanstein – the Legendary King’s Escape
The Neuschwanstein castle was the most favorite place of the king Ludwig II who managed to escape from the real world and created his own world in this castle...

The Place of Luther's Inspiration
Wartburg castle brief history and sightseeing tour. The place where Bible translation was inspired.

"Viel Spass" on German Spas!
Getting healthier on German mineral water resorts.

Quizzes                        Back to top

German History Quiz
Want some tricky questions on German history? Here they are: on wars, on chancellors, on tribes, and on you-will-find-out-what-else more! So, who wants to be a German Historian?

Who Wants to be an Expert in German Celebrities?
What would a mega-popular TV-show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? be like if it contained only the questions concerning German celebrities? Take this quiz and you will find out how you would cope with it!..

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