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Germany's most idyllic swimming spots
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Germany's most idyllic swimming spots

A European ranking released last week showed that Germany had one of the highest numbers of 'excellent' lakes and rivers for swimming, so The Local picked out some of the best places to take a dip in Germany this summer. READ  

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig's 1,000th birthday
Leipzig's impressive skyline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig's 1,000th birthday

This weekend the city of Leipzig is celebrating its 1,000th anniversary, since it was first mentioned by the chronicler Thietmar of Merseburg in 1015. The Local gives some insight into one of Germany's most vibrant cities. READ  

DB and train drivers 'working on mediation'
Passengers crowd onto U-Bahn carriages at Berlin's Friedrichstrasse station. Photo: DPA

DB and train drivers 'working on mediation'

Passenger train traffic was massively reduced on Wednesday after train drivers began their strike overnight, but hope is growing that the GDL union will agree to mediated talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB). READ  

Opinion
GDL union is danger to itself and others
Hamburg's empty main station during a previous rail strike. Photo: DPA

GDL union is danger to itself and others

By abusing the power to bring the country to a halt at a stroke, train drivers' union GDL is endangering rights for all workers - and its own cause, argues The Local editor Tom Barfield. READ  

Govt turns to Dark Side to enforce bike safety
"The tarmac is not as forgiving as I am". Photo: DPA/Federal Transport Ministry

Govt turns to Dark Side to enforce bike safety

Darth Vader may have rattled his last breath more than thirty years ago, but that hasn't stopped the German government from enlisting him to connect with kids on bicycle safety. READ  

Drivers' strike goes ahead after rail talks fail
GDL leader Claus Weselsky with striking train drivers. Photo: DPA

Drivers' strike goes ahead after rail talks fail

Train drivers will walk out on strike for an indefinite period on Tuesday afternoon after last-minute talks between rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the train drivers' union GDL failed. READ  

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union
GDL members in Munich station on May 7th 2015. Photo: DPA

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union

Train drivers' union GDL said on Monday that members would strike on goods trains from Tuesday and passenger services from Wednesday in a long-running battle with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB). READ  

Germany's top ten towns you've never heard of
Quedlingburg, Saxony Anhalt. Photo: Shutterstock

Germany's top ten towns you've never heard of

Going beyond the big cities like Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, we delve deeper into the German hinterland to find some of its undiscovered gems. From quaint medieval towns to breathtaking natural beauty, Germany's got it all. READ  

Train strikes
Drivers' walkout brings fresh rail misery
A man sits on a platform at Munich main station on Tuesday morning. Photo: DPA

Drivers' walkout brings fresh rail misery

The beginning of a six-day strike by train drivers on Tuesday left millions of people across Germany struggling to get to work on Monday morning. READ  

Munich police save giant tortoise from train tracks
Which would have come off worse - the train or the tortoise? Photo: Bundespolizei

Munich police save giant tortoise from train tracks

Police saved a giant tortoise from grave peril after it wandered onto train tracks near Munich. READ  

Train drivers hang on for second strike day
Two solitary passengers in Hamburg main station on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Train drivers hang on for second strike day

Train drivers continued with a two-day strike on passenger services on Thursday, leaving millions of commuters and travellers to find alternative routes. READ  

Union plans new rail strikes this week
Deutsche Bahn intercity trains. Photo: DPA

Union plans new rail strikes this week

Train drivers' union GDL said on Monday that passenger services as well as freight could be hit by strikes this week, after talks over pay, conditions and union representation failed on Friday. READ  

Turkish Airlines: married pilots are safer pilots
Photo: DPA

Turkish Airlines: married pilots are safer pilots

The general manager of Turkish Airlines has urged single pilots to marry, after the Germanwings tragedy blamed on a pilot with psychological problems. READ  

Deutsche Bahn flirts with drivers' strike deadline
An InterCity train in Hannover's main train station. Photo: DPA

Deutsche Bahn flirts with drivers' strike deadline

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn has until 3 pm on Friday to respond to demands from the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) for a "reasonable provisional result" in talks over pay, conditions and union representation. READ  

Blitzmarathon for motorists
Police on nationwide hunt for speeders
Photo: DPA

Police on nationwide hunt for speeders

German and European police have been stationed by the sides of roads since 6am on Thursday in the first Europe-wide “Blitz-marathon” aimed at catching speeders. READ  

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