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Mythical Moments in the Harz Mountains

Mythical Moments in the Harz Mountains

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

From Walpurgisnacht on the Brocken to the half-timbered charms of Wernigerode and Goslar, a visit to the Harz Mountains won’t disappoint. By Wibke Carter • Photographs courtesy Wibke Carter For centuries, the Harz has been a mythical and much feared mountain range in central Germany. Residents in the surrounding villages and towns believed that demons and […]

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Alfred Lothar Wegener— Germany’s Polar Explorer and Mover of Continents

Alfred Lothar Wegener— Germany’s Polar Explorer and Mover of Continents

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

From Pangea to plate tectonics, his out-of-the-box thinking set the foundation for a new line of thought on the Earth’s geology. By Peter Vogt On 6 January, 1912, an athletic young Berliner with piercing blue-gray eyes got up for his turn to lecture the German Geological Society meeting in Frankfurt. It was Dr. Alfred Wegener […]

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Making Violins in Switzerland

Making Violins in Switzerland

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The wood. The history. The craft. Creating violin makers in Brienz, Switzerland. By Marilyn Heimburger The beautiful lakeside town of Brienz, Switzerland has long been known for its woodcarving tradition. The forests surrounding Lake Brienz have for centuries provided the raw materials with which Switzerland’s only wood carving school, founded in Brienz in 1884, continues […]

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Tracks Above the Clouds—The Brienz Rothorn Railway

Tracks Above the Clouds—The Brienz Rothorn Railway

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Steam trains have chugged along this picturesque route since 1892. By Don Heimburger Taking a train trip into the clouds won’t be so bad I thought, as I looked around the brightly-colored brown and yellow wooden rail station in Brienz, Switzerland, where patches of morning mist were starting to disappear. I rationalized by the time […]

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Furth— A Dragon’s Tale

Furth— A Dragon’s Tale

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year a tale about an epic battle between St. George and a dragon takes the stage and transforms this Bavarian town. By Marlene Fanta Shyer For 351 days of the year, a walk through Furth im Wald reveals a typical tranquil Bavarian scene as its nine thousand inhabitants go about the business of their […]

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A Prussian Pioneer on America’s Last Frontier

A Prussian Pioneer on America’s Last Frontier

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

As the debate over immigrants and immigration rages today, we reflect on the life of a Prussian woman, an early settler in America’s west, and her relationship with true Americans—the Sioux and Sitting Bull. By Sharon Hudgins Photographs courtesy Elizabeth Dell Family In 1867, when four-year-old Elizabeth Hahlweg left her Prussian homeland with her family […]

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Dr. Fairytale and the Galli German Theater and School

Dr. Fairytale and the Galli German Theater and School

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Language, imagination and theater unite to create an entertaining and unique learning environment in New York City. By Marlene Fanta Shyer • Photographs courtesy Bo Zaunders It’s no surprise that the coolest borough of the hottest city in the United States supports a thriving children’s German-language school. In Brooklyn, New York, known for its abundance […]

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Krefeld – A Town of Silk and Velvet

Krefeld – A Town of Silk and Velvet

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although no longer a textile metropolis, Krefeld remains a fascinating destination. By Alevtina Altenhof More than eight centuries ago, when Gothic temples were emerging here and there in the territory of the Holy Roman Empire under the reign of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, the small town of Crinvelde (today Krefeld) appeared on the map. Although the […]

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Borgward—The Other German Car

Borgward—The Other German Car

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

 A forgotten German nameplate sets its sights on a rebirth. By Eric Bryan Borgward is hardly a household name today, but in the 1950s and early 1960s, this German carmaker was rivaling Volkswagen and some of its models were outperforming Porsches! Founded by Carl F. W. Borgward, the Bremen-based company produced a broad range of […]

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Bamberg: A Piece of Living History with Italian Flair

Bamberg: A Piece of Living History with Italian Flair

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Smoky beer, half-timbered charm, and tons of history make this city along the Regnitz a must-see for visitors. By Alevtina Altenhof If I were asked to describe Bamberg in just one sentence, I would probably write the following: It is a city on the river Regnitz with the best breweries, Italian flair, and an unforgettably […]

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