What epic holiday celebration brings together good food, lavish decorations, handmade arts and crafts, and a female angel called Christ-child? The Christmas Market, that’s what. The tradition is an old one that dates back to the 15th century in the German-speaking parts of Europe, and one of the most extravagant iterations takes place in Nuremberg.
It’s that time of year again. Along with changing leaves and the clean scent of new school notebooks, late September also welcomes the return of Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival that’s held each…
At the tail end of World War Two, Germany was in financial, political and physical ruins. The war wiped out around 11% of its population, took from it 25% of its territory, and reduced its agricultural productivity levels to a fraction of what they were before the war. To the dismay of some of its beneficiaries, Marshall Plan funds were disbursed to West Germany from 1949 to 1952, where it received $1.45 billion in economic and technical aid. Proving that the definition of an enemy is inherently situational, when the Cold War began to heat up in the 50s, NATO allowed West Germany to join its ranks. Total recovery soon followed suit.
Could this place be any more stunning? Beyond its stellar bends, the Saar River region is home to quite a few Riesling wine orchards.
In the early hours of Sunday, August 13th 1961, hundreds of guards took their positions on the demarcation line at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Ripping apart roads running alongside the border and bisecting East and West Germany with a forbidding barbed wire fence, loyal members of the German Democratic Republic conveyed to the world their iron-fisted, Soviet separatist resolve. But for those who lived through the Berlin Wall’s oppressive existence, the stone barricade represented a damning limit on their right to self-determination and freedom in an increasingly democratizing world.