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How to spend your German holiday – season by season

With its ancient castles and palaces, the gorgeous landscapes around the Danube or the Rhine, the artistic heritage of Goethe and Beethoven and the traditions surrounding Christmas and Oktoberfest, Germany has tourist attractions to keep you busy all year round.

Pope says Europe risking its cultural identity

Pope says Europe risking its cultural identity

Pope Benedict XVI warned on Thursday Europe risked losing its cultural identity at a time when it was being challenged by foreign extremism, in a landmark yet controversial speech to the German parliament.

Protesters rally as pope speaks to parliament

Protesters rally as pope speaks to parliament

As Pope Benedict XVI addressed the German parliament, Erin Huggins took to the sealed-off streets of central Berlin to see who was demonstrating against him.

Burnout forces Rangnick to quit as Schalke coach

Burnout forces Rangnick to quit as Schalke coach

Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick said he was resigning his post at the Bundesliga side due on Thursday to extreme burnout syndrome.

Police release paedophile suspect pictures in desperate appeal

Police release paedophile suspect pictures in desperate appeal

German police have released photos of a man they suspect of sexually molesting a baby girl in an appeal for help in identifying him – as they fear he may still be abusing her years later.

Starbucks aims to treble its cafes in Germany

Starbucks aims to treble its cafes in Germany

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he wants to treble the number of cafes in Germany, and introduce a number of more locally-relevant products.

Indian summer sweetens warm weekend

Indian summer sweetens warm weekend

As the autumnal equinox approaches at the end of this week, the change of season with its colourful leaves and shorter days is being sweetened by what Germans call Altweibersommer - or Indian Summer.

Penis enlargement operations on the rise

Penis enlargement operations on the rise

Doctors say increasing numbers of German men are paying for surgery to their genitals, surprising even plastic surgeons with their demand for enlargement operations.

Beer inspectors allege Oktoberfest ‘Maß’ fraud

Beer inspectors allege Oktoberfest ‘Maß’ fraud

A organization fighting stingy beer pouring has declared widespread fraud is occurring at Munich’s Oktoberfest, as visitors aren’t getting as much amber nectar as they’ve paid for in the festival's huge 1-litre mugs.

Joy, protests and apathy await pope in Germany

Joy, protests and apathy await pope in Germany

Pope Benedict XVI's first state visit to his German homeland begins in Berlin Thursday with the threat of angry protests and the lingering taint of Church sexual abuse scandals set to cloud his welcome.

What’s on in Germany: September 22 – 28

What’s on in Germany: September 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: A music festival in Munich, a birthday party for an airport in Hamburg, and the Oktoberfest reaches Berlin.

Hundreds of Berlin votes found in a bin

Hundreds of Berlin votes found in a bin

Hundreds of postal votes for last Sunday’s Berlin state election have been found in a bin – and are now being opened and counted, while criminal police start an investigation.

Lufthansa to fly less and with smaller planes

Lufthansa to fly less and with smaller planes

Fearing an economic downturn, Germany’s flagship airline Lufthansa is cutting flights and capacity, the company announced on Thursday.

‘I liked the Polish pope better’

‘I liked the Polish pope better’

As Pope Benedict XVI arrives for an official four-day visit to Germany on Thursday, The Local asked the opinion of average people on the street for the first instalment of our new Zeitgeist series.