Germany Holidays: Magdeburg’s zany Zitadelle

Magdeburg’s bleak recent history is readily overlooked when you clap eyes on its zany Grüne Zitadelle, a multi-use building by Austrian genius Hundertwasser.

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Germany Holidays: The real Santa’s workshop

Seiffen, a former mining village in the Ore Mountains south of Dresden, has around 130 workshops making traditional wooden figures and decorations for Christmas shops and markets

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Germany Holidays: Meissen and porcelain

The story of how a small town on the Elbe became the centre of European porcelain production and remains so right up to the present day.

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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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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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