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Food, kitsch, gifts and sweet alcohol: Germans love Christmas markets – as do Mancunians

Long before the actual season starts, Christmas markets make their appearance in Manchester’s streets and squares - from November 9th to December 22nd it’s nearly two months in which foodies and shoppers can visit over 300 stalls with all kinds of offers. The traditional, well-rounded, well-lit Santa Claus sitting over the entrance of the Town Hall has become a beacon of Christmas mood. In Germany, these markets don’t start before the very end of November, usually with the weekend that Germans see as “1. Advent”, lighting the first of four candles on the Advent Wreath that belongs in every German living room, documenting the last four weekends until the Christkind (the “Christ Child”) brings

Remember, remember the 9th of November - The German Day of Fate

While the UK celebrates Remembrance Day on November 11th, for many parts of Germany the date (and the time 11:11am) marks the start of carnival celebrations, with red noses, clowns costumes, beer and noisy fun. Remembrance happens two days earlier, on November 9th, a date marked in German history as a day of fate, a “Schicksalstag”. The most recent Day of Fate happened on November 9th, 1989, when the border between the two German nations opened abruptly due to a mistake made by Günther Schabowski, spokesman of the East German government. He triggered an unprecedented night in which the Berlin wall got torn down and the formerly feared East German border force did not only idly stand by, but

The cyclist is always right (when the car driver isn’t)

Riding a bike in Germany means being on the bleeding edge of social change Does this headline sound a bit extreme to start a fun topic like cycling? Yes and no. It is a very German way to start it. Germany has a strong tradition as an automobile country, and most infrastructure is built and maintained to support cars and individual mobility. But Germany also is a very reasonable nation in many ways, so public transport has not been treated as badly as in many other places around the world – and bikes saw a huge revival in the last decades. Today, 80 per cent of German households own a bicycle – as opposed to 77 per cent of households owning a car. Bicycle ownership spreads throughout every a

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