Eastern Germany

line of paddlesteamers by Dresden

Germany Holidays: Dresden’s paddlesteamers

A carefully preserved fleet of paddlesteamers work the Elbe from Dresden, on routes that provide the basis for several scenic day trips.

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freeclimbing Saxon Switzerland

Germany Holidays: Saxon Switzerland

Visually dramatic and easily accessible from the city of Dresden, Saxon Switzerland nevertheless remains surprisingly little known outside the climbing community.

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S-Bahn Berlin in Friedrichstrasse

Germany Holidays: the Berlin S-Bahn

The elevated S-Bahn train route across central Berlin still has a frisson of history about it, a shadow of east/west hostility, of ghost stations and of spies coming in from the cold.

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Trabi through wall Mural East Side Gallery Berlin

Germany Holidays: Cold War sites

Top secret no more: the Wall may be gone, but the Cold War bunkers and listening posts were built to last, and now accessible to all.

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An FKK beach on the Baltic coast

Germany Holidays: Get your kit off

Nakedness and Germany go together like…Curry and Wurst. But the FKK – Freikörperkultur – is beginning to lose its hold on a nation that is relaxed about public nudity.

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Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach

Germany Holidays: Martin Luther

A devout man, his 95 Theses, some nails, and a church door. The man was Martin Luther, the church door was in Wittenberg, and the consequences were of worldwide significance.

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ski lift up the Fichtelberg

Germany Holidays: Skiing in Thuringia and the Ore Mountains

The former training ground of East German skiers is now home to some of the best-value skiing in Europe, and the biathletes keep on coming, too.

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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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