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Germany's top myths and legends

The Local · 20 Mar 2012, 10:58

Published: 20 Mar 2012 10:58 GMT+01:00

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Forget history lessons and instead go back hundreds, even thousands of years and there’s a wealth of weird and wonderful stories to be explored.

From haunted castles and singing sirens to werewolves and princesses, there’s enough to crack open the imagination of even the coldest of cynics.

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Who knows, in these troubled times it may even be a comfort to think that King Barbarossa is going to break out of his cave and come and save us any day now….

Just make sure you don't get distracted by the deadly singing from the broken-hearted Lorelei if you are travelling up the Rhine river.

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So take a look, and let us know just how much truth you think lies in our favourite ten myths and legends.

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16:51 March 20, 2012 by franconia
Therese Neumann is neither a myth nor legend. Living near Konnersreuth as a boy in the 50s, I saw the photos and read all the articles. If you are interested, I have a book for sale, reasonable, in english : "The Riddle of Konnersreuth ". Written by Reverend Father Paul Siwek S.J., 220 pages and printed 1954 in Dublin Ireland .The book is in good shape.werweis@live.com
06:39 March 21, 2012 by starsh3ro
@Chango Mutney

americans would only kill it if it was carrying oil
11:16 March 21, 2012 by raandy
starsh3ro, no that was the Germans killing people trying to get oil, from the truck in Afghanistan.
12:52 March 21, 2012 by bugger
Werewolves have at no time ever been part of German nor Germanic mythology.

Keep in mind that the soldiers who "saw" the Morbach thing came from a country where a Joseph Smith "saw" an angel named Moroni who is and ever was unknown to any religion or mythologies in the world.
21:42 March 25, 2012 by anaverageguy
There's another popular myth. It goes like this: Germany is and has always been exactly the way it is now. Crazy, right? It doesn't take much study of recent history to uncover the obvious fact that Germany would now be in the hands of Soviet communists and the whole country would look like East Berlin pre 89 if Americans weren't exactly who they are and do exactly what they do.

But what can you do? Some people are simply blinded to the truth by their beliefs no matter how irrational or unsupported by factual reality they might be.
13:43 March 28, 2012 by delvek
There will never be a day that it should be cool or funny to mock the sacrifice of American lives for other nations.

I suspect nearly all of the posters on this website are Americans and any American who feels it okay to mock the sacrifices should be ashamed.
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