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A carefully preserved fleet of paddlesteamers work the Elbe from Dresden, on routes that provide the basis for several scenic day trips.
Visually dramatic and easily accessible from the city of Dresden, Saxon Switzerland nevertheless remains surprisingly little known outside the climbing community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Germany’s sumptuous Christmas cake is a refined version of a 500 year old recipe that had to have the approval of the Pope.
What do Australia, Texas and a unique, watery region of eastern Germany, just south of Berlin, have in common? Populations of Sorbs.