Activist pastor Joachim Gauck took office as German president on Monday morning after being elected by an overwhelming majority, marking the first time someone from the former communist east acts as head of state.
Following warning strikes in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and many other parts of the country, the public sector union Verdi is turning its attention to Berlin and has announced the capital will be hit by strikes this week.
Many Germans flocked to parks in T-shirts and shorts Saturday, while ice cream dealers did a brisk business and cafe-goers had to look long and hard for an empty chair outside.
German skier Viktoria Rebensburg took another step towards the World Cup giant slalom title Sunday after dominating the first leg of the final women's race of the season.
The Leipzig Book Fair, which closes Sunday, is Germany's second largest book fair after Frankfurt, but it's not only bookworms who flock to the fair.
The Berlin zoo is bracing for a flood of guests Sunday and Monday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of their polar bear star Knut.
Bayern Munich stomped their hosts Hertha Berlin Saturday evening, winning 6-0 in a game that saw three penalty kicks for the Bavarians.