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Jumping into the lake

Germany Holidays: Mecklenburg’s live-aboard waterways

A little-known world of lakes and waterways lies pillowed in rolling agricultural land north of Berlin. A bit of adventure, a bit of history, and a lot of nature.

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Germany Holidays: Leipzig emerges from Berlin’s shadow

Much loved by locals and visitors alike, Leipzig is one of Germany’s best kept urban secrets

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Goerlitz

Germany holidays: Görlitz, the sleeping beauty in the east

The backdrop to recent Hollywood blockbusters, the obscure east German town of Gorlitz is stepping back into the limelight, and deservedly so.

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Food in Germany: coffee and cake

Germany Holidays: Time for coffee and cake

Germans love their cafés and you should try them as well. We have some recommendations from Berlin and Leipzig.

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Germany Holidays: the return of the traffic light man

How Berlin’s Ampelmann was first ostracised, then Ossi-fied. Now he’s the city’s very own (slightly tubby) superhero.

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City breaks in Germany: Berlin hotels

Germany Holidays: Berlin’s hotel heaven

Cool, quirky and something for every budget – hotels in Berlin

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Schrebergarten gnome

Germany Holidays: Schrebergärten, Germany’s suburban garden kingdoms

‘Allotment’ is too trivial a word: Germany’s Schrebergärten are a social, cultural phenomenon. And for some, these suburban garden kingdoms are gnome sweet gnome

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Blue Wurger Blue Strangler Ossi Laden

Germany Holidays: Ossi shopping

Banana-flavoured hand-cream, anyone? Blue Strangler? Erich’s Revenge? The brands of the former DDR are back in the shops, and one or two are doing surprisingly well.

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Christstollen or just Stollen from Dresden ?? wiki

Stollen, Germany’s Christmas cake

Germany’s sumptuous Christmas cake is a refined version of a 500 year old recipe that had to have the approval of the Pope.

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boat trip on the Spreewald

Germany Holidays: Sorbs and the Spreewald

What do Australia, Texas and a unique, watery region of eastern Germany, just south of Berlin, have in common? Populations of Sorbs.

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