Bambi Comes to Germany

While the name Bambi may conjure up images of a cute baby deer, in Germany it is also the name of the country’s most famous media awards. The fact that they take their name from a character created by Felix Salten, who was born in Hungary, spent most of his life in Austria and his […]

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A Starry Performance in Germany

It’s the time of year when chefs wait with baited breath for the ultimate judgement on their abilities – their Michelin rating. While some countries such as France and Italy are known around the world as centres of culinary excellence, Germany has been making a name for itself with a record 11 restaurants being awarded […]

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Haunting Times

It’s Halloween and while Germany may not share the festive enthusiasm of English-speaking countries, there’s still plenty there to set people shivering with excitement. Germany’s colourful history means that there’s plenty of spooky places to explore, for those who are feeling brave enough… Only the bravest would head to the forest in Kirchlengern late at […]

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All the Fun of the Frankfurt Book Fair

While those in southern Germany were busy celebrating the local beer, those further North headed to Frankfurt for the annual book fair. Although a more sober affair than the Oktoberfest, the book fair is still an international occasion. With 7500 exhibitions from 110 different countries, it’s the world’s biggest book fair, or as it’s called […]

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Flying to new heights

If Japan is the land of the high-speed train and the U.S. is the land of the car, then Australia is the land of the plane. The light aircraft makes the vast distances of the outback manageable, while the larger-scale, trans-continental aircraft links Australia with the rest of the world. Given Australia’s geographical isolation, it’s […]

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The Mummy Returns – To Germany

It started out like the beginning of an adventure story. A 10-year-old boy finds a mummy in his grandad’s attic in a coffin-shaped box covered with Egyptian symbols. He excitedly reports his find to the authorities who speculate that it could be a historical breakthrough, originating from North Africa and being approximately 2000 years old. […]

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September’s Stunning Oktoberfest

While those in the Southern Hemisphere will be looking forward to the start of spring and the promise of summer, those in the Northern Hemisphere are digging out their warm clothes. It isn’t all bad news though, because cold weather is the perfect reason to eat warming comfort food and there’ll be plenty of that […]

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Berlin – The City for (Gadget) Lovers

IFA in Berlin is the place where gadget lovers go to drool over the gadgets which will be appearing in the shops shortly. This year’s offering has included smart watches (to be paired with smartphones); an ultra HD TV (ideal for sports lovers); advanced music speakers; super-high-quality smartphone cameras and phablets (a cross between a […]

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A Biting Issue in Bavaria

While Australians are used to dealing with all kinds of wildlife, Germans in the normally sleepy Bavarian town of Irsee are trying to work out how to deal with an elusive biting creature living in the local Oggenreider lake. Wildlife experts believe it to be an alligator turtle, which is a species known to have […]

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A 21st Century home for 20th Century Art

Germany’s modern capital is suffering from a problem many of its counterparts would envy. It has so many extraordinary works of modern art, it is having to build a new museum to hold them all. The decision was prompted after the city received a generous donation of paintings by modern icons such as Rothko, Magritte, […]

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