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Museum Barberini – Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Museum Barberini – Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Wibke Carter It has been over 250 years since Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, erected the Palais Barberini after the model of a Roman palace. Now, the building at the Alter Markt (Old Market) in Potsdam draws attention once more as philanthropist Hasso Plattner brings world-class art to Potsdam. To read more subscribe […]

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The Wolves of Germany

The Wolves of Germany

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hunted to extinction in the 1800s, Germany’s wolves are making a comeback. By Crispin Andrews   It’s true. The wolf is back in Germany. But before everyone starts throwing away their little red caps and looking up the phone number for the local woodcutter, it might be worthwhile to consider that the animals running around […]

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St. Gallen—A Swiss Treasure

St. Gallen—A Swiss Treasure

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

From a monk’s hermit cell to UNESCO World Heritage site, the St. Gallen’s Abbey Library fascinates on many levels. By Phyllis Meras Today, 400 manuscripts that were written there more than 1,000 years ago and 170,000 books dating from the 15th to the 21st century are kept in a Baroque building that is 300 years […]

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31 October 2017: The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Denouncement of the Sale of Indulgences

31 October 2017: The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Denouncement of the Sale of Indulgences

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

His public actions challenged the Catholic Church and started the movement that became the Protestant Reformation. By Robert A. Selig On 31 October 2017, millions of Lutherans the world over will commemorate, others will celebrate and some will just remember an event that may, or may not, have happened exactly 500 years earlier. To read […]

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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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