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A beautifully-preserved, enthusiast-run, steam-hauled railway network which serves historic towns and villages in a spectacular landscape.
Flat, pastoral, villagey and not too hot, northern Germany is ideal cycling country, with a selection of local and long-distance routes.
Is that flickering shape in the mountain mist the outline of a fellow climber, a witch or a ghost? None of the above, it’s a Brocken Spectre. It’s you.
Britain got 200 years’ worth of Kings from Hanover, and Hanover reciprocated with lovely English gardens, but we showed the city little respect during the Second World War.
What colour do Germans like their sausages? It depends which side of the White Sausage Equator they come from, in a typical North/South divide.
For some the North Sea islands are a string of sandy pearls; for others, they are backward and claustrophobic. It depends on the eye – and the age – of the beholder.
Germany’s pocket battleship supermarkets have started to move further afield, challenging the bigger, brasher and on-the-bypass aircraft-carrier stores originating in the United States.
It isn’t half as famous as the Panama or the Suez, but Germany’s Kiel Canal is the most heavily used artificial seaway in the world.
Germany’s most famous fairytale, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, has its setting in a pretty town on the banks of the river Weser.
The Prussians were the economic and political force behind the establishment of modern Germany, but where are they now?