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Germany is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. It also has borders along the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
My maternal ancestors are from the Rhineland-Pfalz region of Germany. Rheinland-Pfaltz Region of Germany.
The Rhineland-Pfalz region of Germany is home to The Black Forest. The Black Forest was so named because the trees were so dense it could get extremely dark. The forest has over 10 Million visitors every year.
There Are Several Traditional German Dances. Some Of The Most Famous Are The Polka and The Slap Dance. Dancers in traditional clothing performing a German folk dance. The most common instrument used was the accorddian.
Germany is famous for beer, sausage, and saurkraut.
This region is where the land supports wheat rather than grapes, so although there are many wineries in the south, beer is much more common. Easy to grow wheat Harder to grow grapes Beer is more common than wine
As early as the 1400’s my family were beer brewers. In fact, my mother’s maiden name meant “beer brewer” in German. Some of our relatives opened a successful brewery when they came to the U.S.
The most famous German dessert is the Black Forrest Cake. Named because the chocolate is as dark as The Dark Forrest we mentioned earlier.
Over the centuries Germany has produced many famous people, both good and bad.
Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) , is one of the most famous composers of all time, even though he was deaf!
Karl Marx Karl Marx (1818 – March 14, 1883) was a philosopher and economist whose ideas gave birth to Communism, the idea that no-one should be allowed to be richer than anyone else.
Albert Einstein Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is the most famous scientist of all time. His theories advanced our understanding of the universe, but unfortunately were used to make a very destructive weapon, the Atom bomb.
Adolf Hitler One of the reasons we had World War II was because of this man. He wanted to control all of Europe and his racist beliefs caused a lot of pain and suffering.
Claudia Schiffer Claudia hasn’t saved the world or produced time-honored works of art, but she is one of the most famous supermodels of our time.
So now you know a little more about the part of our world we call Germany. It is a very old country that brought us beautiful castles, delicious food, brilliant and controversial people and MY ancestors!