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Dresden 'most woman-friendly’ city in Germany
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Sorry Berlin, you're not the most progressive city for women, according to a new report.

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13 (even more) thrilling facts you must know about Berlin
Berlin, du bist so wunderbar. Photo: DPA.

Berlin is just so gosh darn interesting, we couldn't fit it all into the first list on our website of infinite virtual space.

Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
Chancellor Angela Merkel showing up French President François Hollande in a neighbourly battle of table manners. Photo: DPA.

Despite what stereotypes might have you believe, Germans aren't that different from the rest of us when it comes to social interactions. But these tips should at least help guide you through the minor quirks that come with your next dinner invitation.

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10 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
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The German capital is a place full of surprises and secrets. With its ever-changing life it's hard to keep up with even a fraction of what is going on in the city.

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6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
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Leaving Munich can be a heart-wrenching experience. No German city rivals it for extremities of kitsch, good taste, beauty, and unabashed pride in its roots.

Berlin mall occupied by 1,000-strong 'flashmob orchestra'
Conductor Kent Nagano lifts his baton as the flashmob orchestra gets to work. Photo: DPA

Hundreds of amateur musicians joined the German Symphony Orchestra to play Wagner, Verdi and Bizet pieces in a flashmob concert in the Mall of Berlin shopping centre on Monday.

Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day
Young men in Schleswig-Holstein go for their annual chug and stroll on Ascension Day - which is also Father's Day. Photo: DPA.

In Germany, Himmelfahrt is not just about honouring Jesus' ascent into heaven - it's also Father's Day, and sees a tripling of alcohol-related accidents. The Local explains why.

Moving city is no excuse to quit the gym: court
Breaking out of a gym contract in Germany takes more than upper body strength. Photo: DPA

Nomadic fitness fanatics across Germany suffered a blow on Wednesday, after the country's top court ruled that moving to a different city is no grounds for breaking a contract with your gym.

Germany's six most beloved shopping streets
The Krügerpassage on Westenhellweg, Dortmund. Photo: Wikipedia

Where do Germans most love to spend their cash? The results of a new survey show the hottest shopping miles in the Bundesrepublik - and Berlin barely features.

‘Innovative’ Germans finally discover Victorian drying rack
The humble drying rack. Screenshot: Youtube

No one beats the Germans when it comes to invention and innovation - or so the cliché goes. But a Munich startup’s new project shows they’re not always first to the party.

Towns hire 'rubbish scouts' to keep summer BBQs tidy
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Towns and cities across Germany are tooling up for the summer, with many hiring extra staff to pounce on people sullying parks with barbecue rubbish.

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5 reasons to drop everything and go to Stuttgart right now
A glorious evening on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

The capital of Baden-Württemberg isn't just home to some of Germany's best-loved auto brands – it's a city with a rich history and buzzing life of its own to discover.

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The 6 German words you need to know for spring
You might find a few of these guys enjoying the sun in your friend's Schrebergarten. Photo: DPA.

With May 1st now over and the sun finally coming out, The Local looks at essential German words for describing your spring fever (Frühlingsgefühl).

Munich Oktoberfest to get first-ever entrance checks
Bavarian police at the entrance to the Oktoberfest grounds. File photo: DPA

Revellers hoping to join in the carousing at Munich Oktoberfest will have to pass through a security check before entering the festival grounds this year, Munich authorities have said.

2016 German teens just want to be mainstream
"This map says there's another H&M over there!" Photo: obs/ruf Reisen GmbH

Financial crises and an uncertain future are making young Germans risk-averse and driving them into a cultural mainstream – although they're also the most socially tolerant generation ever, a new study claims.

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