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The psychologist and play researcher Rolf Oerter, Photo: Rolf Oerter

“Playing makes us flexible” – an Interview with Rolf Oerter

For children, it is indispensable; for adults, an important source of inspiration. An interview with the psychologist and play researcher Rolf Oerter on the importance of play for people.More ...
Life and play mix in Gregor Schnitzler‘s “Spieltrieb”, (i.e., “Gaming Instinct”), Germany 2013, © Concorde Filmverleih GmbH

Play in Film

People have always played in films, whether in the Western’s poker game, the chess duel or with the modern computer game. Life and play often mix in cinema, acting becomes a masterful bluff and the instinct to play a metaphor for life itself.More ...
Games promote numerous skills, Photo: Peter Ziesche, © Computerspielemuseum Berlin

Serious Games – Potential and Challenges

Games promote intelligence and numerous skills. There now exist many relevant studies that confirm the positive effect of digital games – also including some entertainment games, even those focused on action.More ...
Gamification, Photo: Toca Boca at flickr.com, Licence: CC BY-NC 2.0

Gamification: Life as a (Computer) Game?

Since few things are as motivating as games, game mechanisms are being increasingly integrated into systems with which they otherwise have nothing to do. Earning points is part of everyday life in the age of computer games.More ...
Vectrex with 3D-glasses (Milton Bradley, 1982) in the Computer Game Museum Berlin, Photo: Jörg Metzner, © Computer Game Museum

A Short Cultural History of Computer Games

More and more people are playing them, more and more are buying them: computer games, it is said, have become the new guiding medium. But do we even know exactly what we are talking about when we talk about digital games?More ...

Scent

Fresh oranges; Foto: Anne Meurer

Sniffing About: favourite scents

Rose petals, fresh wood chips or sun cream on children’s skin: what we like to smell is as individual as we are ourselves. A survey with surprising results.More ...
Olfactory test, Photo: © Marco Barnebeck / pixelio.de

The Code of Scents

Fragrances, olfactory research tells us, are as complicated as words with magical effect. It takes a long time to learn them, but when pronounced correctly, they unfold their enchantment. So-called olfactory marketing companies have already taken up the scent.More ...
The perfumer Geza Schön, Photo: Geza Schön

“Smell is matter of training” – an interview with Geza Schön

How do you invent the ultimately bewitching perfume, capture the scent of a city district in a bottle and track down the essence of a fragrant book? An interview with the perfumer Geza Schön.More ...
Sauerkraut and Hazelnut – a typically German fragrance?, Collage, Photos: © Benjamin Klack / pixelio.de, © M. Großmann / pixelio.de

Sauerkraut and Hazelnut – thoughts on the German national fragrance

If you were to distil Germany into a perfume, what fragrances would be essential? Are German forests and German wines indispensable ingredients?More ...
Wolfgang Georgsdorf: artist, scientist and inventor of “Smeller”, Photo: © Wolfgang Georgsdorf

“We’re witnessing the beginning of a new paradigm” – an interview with Wolfgang Georgsdorf

The artist, scientist and inventor Wolfgang Georgsdorf has built a brilliant prototype of a fragrance machine: the “Smeller”.More ...

Panorama

Are professional footballers supposed to be gay? | © siepmannH / pixelio.de

“Homophobia is not confined to the terraces”

Acceptance of gays and lesbians has made good progress in top-level sport, but still has a long way to go, believes the sports scientist Tanja Walther-Ahrens.More ...
To share an appel | © w.r.wagner / pixelio.de

Sharing – The New Form Of Having

More and more people are enjoying the benefits of collaborative consumption. Various platforms offer all sorts of things to be shared: tools, books, lofts, food or cars. On the one hand, the idea is socially oriented, but on the other it is big business.More ...
There is a growing “do-it-yourself” movement within many communities. Photo: stokkete © 123RF

DIY – manufacturing new products on your own

Industrialized countries have long since begun reexamining their throwaway consumer attitudes. Small businesses as well as non-profit organizations are resisting excessive production trends by doing it themselves.More ...
Preferably premium – weight training at a fitness studio, © Colourbox.com

Upper-Class Sweating

The fitness industry is doing well. Especially the premium segment where customers pay less attention to the price than to the services. An example from Munich.More ...
Beekeeping once was just a boring pastime - now it has become a trendy hobby. Photo: Dmytro Smaglov © Fotolia

Germany is buzzing – beekeeping in the city

Beekeeping in the city? Those diligent makers of honey stuck between asphalt and concrete? Believe it or not, more and more urbanites are keeping bee colonies in their courtyards and gardens and on their balconies and rooftops.More ...
In today's society being physically fit is a statement of discipline, self-control and hard work on your own body. Photo: nobilior © 123RF

The Tyrants of our Day – Where Did this Cult of Fitness Come From?

As a social ideal, the desire to look beautiful is not unique to our time. It has always existed, but these days it is most commonly equated with fitness.More ...
Traudi Silferlinger, Thomas Höhenleitner and their yodelling students | Photo: Sabine Pusch

Yodel-le-hi-hoo – A Visit to a Yodelling Course

Strange sounds echo through the Munich Kranz Theatre, high and low tones, booming, squeaks and warbling. A visit to a yodelling course.More ...
Berlin Gay Museum (Photo: Tobias Wille)

Two-Track History – The Berlin Gay Museum

It is the only museum in Europe dedicated to the history of homosexuals. The Berlin Gay Museum is now even more spectacularly than before: in spring 2013 the museum moved to a new location.More ...
Everybody profit from intergenerational interactions. Photo: orla © 123RF

Inspirational living: old and young under one roof

When we get a bit older. Young families are no different, and when traditional family structures begin to disintegrate, there are a number of community-oriented alternatives that become increasingly attractive, including multigenerational living.More ...
Berliners in the Country (Photo: © Tobias Schäfer)

Out to the village! - Berliners in the Country

Live in the big city or in the country? This question is about more than simply where to live. Behind the alternative “Town or Country” lie very individual dreams and ideas about life.More ...
Ei love Rosa! © 4nitsirk

Piggy rose and candy pink – kitsch colour or coloured kitsch?

You can spot the girls’ aisle in a department store instantly: rose and pink, combined with glitter, plush and sequins. In other words: kitsch. A cultural history perspective.More ...
The philosopher Martin Gessmann. Photo: Martin Gessmann

“Sometimes you’re the cog, sometimes the football god” – An interview with Martin Gessmann

In an interview the philosopher and author Martin Gessmann tells why football is an untimely phenomenon and why society can learn something from FC Barcelona.More ...
The “20up” in Hamburg. Photo: Oliver Heinemann © 20up

Germany’s urban rooftops

To really get to know a city, it's worth getting a look at it from above. Rooftop restaurants and bars are increasingly popular these days. Thanks to central locations they are revealing new perspectives.More ...
In Germany a name change is only possible when there are important grounds for the change. Photo: styleuneed © 123RF

From Birth for Life – Unusual Names

Peter Monitariabeliogelader has a nice ring to it. But it is unlikely that anyone would want to be called Dimwit or Mudguard. So people who are desperately unhappy with such names can go to the authorities and get them changed.More ...
Among the booming subjects with solid future potential are International Communications and Photonics. Photo: Luca Palermo © iStockphoto

I have a dream – German students plan their futures

Anna-Katharina, Ivo and Ceyhun have a lot in common, most importantly the clear choices they made with regard to university courses. They know exactly what they want from their futures.More ...
Backyard flea markets have an appeal all their own. Photo: Ralf Broskvar © iStockphoto

An Annual Highlight – The Backyard Flea Market Season in Munich

Backyard flea markets started about ten years ago in the Munich district of Schwabing. Meanwhile, 250 apartment buildings register.More ...
Scene from “Das Wunder von Bern” (The Miracle of Bern, 2003), Photo: © Universum Film Home Entertainment

The Soccer Film in Germany – For Love of the Game

The German soccer film has a long tradition, but roaring success was long not forthcoming. Only since Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern) have big and small films about the leather sphere established themselves.More ...
Berlin Olympic Stadium, Photo: © Fritz Busam

Choreography of the Masses – Soccer Stadiums in Changing Times

With the building of stadiums, soccer began its breakthrough to becoming a mass phenomenon. The almost sacred aura of a soccer stadium becomes most noticeable when no one is playing soccer in it.More ...
Emotional moments in the stadion, © Colourbox

Football and Music – Almost a Love Match

No goal, no triumph, no coach’s tirade: the most emotional moment of the European Football Championship 2012 already took place in the first round when the Irish comforted their team with a song.More ...
Dr Marc Calmbach. Photo: sinus-institut.de

Sinus Youth Study 2012 – “Work Hard and Play Hard”

What makes young people tick? This was what the new Sinus Youth Study run by social researcher Dr Marc Calmbach aimed to find out. In our interview, he paints a picture of a generation without any particularly rebellious tendencies.More ...
“Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” brought the world's attention to Christiane F. Photo: © Gruner und Jahr

A kid from Zoo station – Christiane F. turns 50

“Christiane F. Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (lit. “Us Kids from Zoo Station”) – a book and film that brought the world's attention to Berlin's heroin-addicted youth. On May 20th, 2012, Christiane F. celebrated her 50th birthday.More ...
The “Autonama” wins the European Championship of National Authors’ Teams. Photo: autonama.de

The German National Authors’ Team – Football-Playing Ambassadors

Through football, the “Autonama” is breathing new life into international cultural exchange and has evolved to an official ambassador of the German Football Association (DFB).More ...
Granny au pairs are much sought-after. Photo: Aldo Murillo © iStockphoto

Au pair grandmas are discovering the world

More than 500 women over 50 years of age are registered at Granny Aupair. The only requirements for these temporary grandmothers are a degree of independence and a longing for adventure and foreign cultures.More ...
Bike checkup | photo: Verena Hütter

Bike, biker, bike checkup

Take your bike and go for the free check-up at Odeonsplatz, where a mechanic will check your brakes, patch your tire and attend to your basic biking needs.More ...
The Deutscher Zukunftspreis is presented annually by Germany’s Federal President. Photo: © Deutscher Zukunftspreis

German Prize for Technology and Innovation

The Deutscher Zukunftspreis is a major national prize for innovation. It is presented annually by Germany’s Federal President. The award not only considers outstanding technological aspects, but also new job creation.More ...
Decorated stop sign Photo: © Die Rausfrauen

Rausfrauen: Munich’s common thread

Two young women who call themselves “Die Rausfrauen” sneak through the city at night leaving unique “graffiti” in their wake. Their knit pieces are a way of taking back public spaces while colorfully illustrating the value of traditional handicrafts.More ...
Carl Benz Patent-Motorwagen from 1886. Photo: © Daimler

Germany Celebrates 125 Years of Automobile History

Not so long ago, Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler gave the first major impetus to the future of the automobile.More ...
Matthias Lutz-Bachmann; © Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Renaissance of Religion? An Interview with Matthias Lutz-Bachmann

Are religions experiencing a comeback? Goethe.de talked to Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, a philosopher of religion, about a post-secular society.More ...
There are consistently fewer bees in Germany. Photo: Alexander Pakhnyushchyy © iStockphoto

Bees buying the farm

Bee experts are facing a curious dilemma: For years now, entire populations of bees have been mysteriously dying off. The reasons are unclear as yet, but they may include climate change and the use of pesticides. Either way, the consequences are potentially disastrous.More ...
For sightjogging You just a pair of running shoes, a decent level of fitness and an inclination for a good sweat. Photo: © Gösta Dreise Touristjogging

A different way to enjoy a run

Sitting motionless in a bus or walking silently behind a tour guide is not exactly the most exciting way to experience a new city. Seeing it while on a long-distance run is a whole different ballgame. Guided jogging tours, anyone?More ...
The legend of St. Pauli lives on Photo: An d © Creative Commons 3.0 Unported

101 years of FC St. Pauli – “Our world is brown and white”

Everyone gets goose bumps at Hamburg’s Millerntor stadium when Hells Bells from AC/DC starts. FC St. Pauli, the home team here, is one of the most idiosyncratic clubs in the German Bundesliga. It celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010.More ...
Greeters show visitors their city different than your average city tour. Photo: Fabian Busch © Mannheimer Morgen

Greeter: Sightseeing in the Neighborhood

Another idea from America hits Germany: “Greeters”. Motivated only by a sense of hospitality and a passion for their city, these unique citizens happily show visitors their favorite locations around town.More ...
The Tatort commissioners investigating a crime at a women’s football club. Photo: Krause Burberg © SWR

Murder at the whistle

The crime series “Tatort” is one of the most popular shows on German TV. In addition to excitement and action, the program is always filmed in new locations and covers a range of current social topics – including women’s football.More ...
The medieval trend has by no means peaked yet. Photo: Tomasz Domagala © iStockphoto

The Great Fascination of the Middle Ages

The Germans are fascinated by the Middle Ages – whether in the form of markets and tournaments, books and films, costumes or exhibitions. People now have a more differentiated view of the medieval period.More ...
There are nine elite schools for football in Germany. Photo: Kirk Strickland © iStockphoto

From grades to goals

European Cup champions, World Cup champions and Champions League winners ... women’s football in Germany is on a successful course. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the players on these triumphant teams got their start in sports schools.More ...
The fact is, most people prefer to talk rather than listen Photo: © iStockphoto

All the things that can go wrong in conversations and why they do

Good conversations are important – probably everyone would agree with that. But much too often, people hold trivial conversations in everyday life or talk completely at cross-purposes.More ...
Women’s football is still overshadowed by men’s football. Photo: Pete Saloutos © iStockphoto

Girls start playing football at age six or they don’t start at all

What is the best way to foster young talent in women’s football? The problem is as challenging for Sportverein HSC, a small club in Hanover, as it is for VfL Wolfsburg. Both are pushing hard to recruit interested youth.More ...
Nostalgic museum lines have become more popular than ever. Photo: Mark Ogle © iStockphoto

Jim Knopf’s steamy friendships

The past has a number: 52 8038. Polished to a high sheen, freight locomotive 52 8038 is chugging its way through the plains of northern Germany. On many of the routes these old steam trains are actually making a huge comeback for fans of nostalgic journeys.More ...
Hen partys: high-spirited women’s power Photo: Craig Swatton © iStockphoto

Ladies First – The Hen Party Phenomenon in Germany

It has become more and more common to see hordes of tipsy young women in fancy dress pulling hand carts and selling schnapps as they walk through the entertainment districts of German cities.More ...
Theo Zwanziger: “The interest in women’s football is increasing.” Photo: nycshooter © iStockphoto

An interview with Theo Zwanziger: the future of football is female

Theo Zwanziger has been a member of the board of the German Football Association since 1992. In 2006 he was elected as its president. We spoke with him on the meaning of women’s football and the upcoming Women’s World Cup.More ...
Some people hate them, others love them: board games Photo: Pamela Moore © iStockphoto

Alpine Journey and Cockroach Poker – the German Games Archive in Nuremberg

No nation enjoys playing like the Germans. The German Games Archive in Nuremberg has been collecting the whole range of games since 1945 – a journey in time through the world of board games.More ...
Dotschy Reinhard – talent is inherent in her family. Photo: G. U. Hauth

Jazz Singer with Sinti Roots: Dotschy Reinhardt

She is a musician – and a German Sintisa. This influence is tangible in Dotschy Reinhardt’s music, but not in the way the cliché would lead one to expect. The 34-year-old performs a balancing act between tradition and innovation.More ...
Bernd Schröder, trainer for FFC Turbine Potsdam’s first team Photo: © Erster FFC Turbine Potsdam

Bernd Schröder in an interview: “Women’s soccer is more honest”

Bernd Schröder (68) is the trainer for FFC Turbine Potsdam’s first team and has won a number of titles since joining the club in 1971. The last highlight was their Champions League win in May 2010.More ...
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Ruhr 2010: All The Colours Of The World – The Seven European Gardens Project

As part of the Ruhr 2010, European Capital of Culture Year, a project has been brought into being that links up seven dye gardens that have been installed as “social sculptures” for the Ruhr 2010 with partner gardens all over the world – the Seven European Gardens Project.More ...
There are a million gardens in German cities Photo: Chris Price © iStockphoto

The Germans’ Love of Gardens Blossoms Again

The Germans enjoy their allotment culture. More and more young people rent their own plot of land in the city and in so doing tread new paths. Weeds are allowed and your own organic vegetables definitely taste better.More ...
Germany is heading towards a growing shortage of skilled workers Photo: Jacob Wackerhausen © iStockphoto

Competing for Migrants

Germany’s population is shrinking. Many structures can only be maintained if a sufficient number of people use them. What can the Germans do to attract educated migrants of benefit to the economy?More ...
Two Bremener run a small model building operation for historic sailboats and modern yachts Photo: Jitalia17 © iStockphoto

Building ships with tweezers and a scalpel

Wolfgang Petschenik and Gunnar Behnke’s model “shipyard” epitomizes the type of precision and quality that compels museums, ship owners and real dockyards to order the Bremen operation’s miniature yachts, ocean liners and sailboats.More ...
The Germans and the Austrians have a special relationship Photo: Ingrid Kranz © www.pixelio.de

Somehow it Could Work: “We Came to Stay”

A book focuses on the subject of Germans who have settled in Austria. “Wir sind gekommen, um zu bleiben” (“We came to stay”) is the title of this entertaining collection of experiences relating to an unusual phenomenon.More ...
Bundesjustizministerin Brigitte Zypries: “Homosexuelle Paare sind keine schlechteren Eltern.” Foto: Brasil2 © iStockphoto

“It’s OK, my father’s gay” – Rainbow Families in Germany

Roughly 7,300 children and youth in Germany live in households with two mothers or two fathers.More ...
The Germans' rediscovered hobby: hiking Foto: Barbara Polzer

Nature is All the Trend – The Germans are Hiking Again

Never before have so many people gone out into nature in their leisure time as they do today. And people for whom pure impressions of nature are not enough simply try out new trends such as night hiking, GPS hiking or geocaching.More ...
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Youth and Popular Culture

A sprayer, who doesn't like to be identified, sprays an unauthorized graffiti on a wall in Berlin. | Photo: © picture-alliance, Wolfram Steinberg

Illegal, But Brilliant: Germany's Street Art Blogs

Whether you think of it as vandalism, great art, or something in between, everyone has got something to say about street art.More ...
With an alternative cultural and club scene citys such as Schwedt shall become more attractive for young people. Photo: diegobuonanno © 123RF

With 130 bpm Against the Rural Exodus

Dimitri Hegemann, founder of Tresor, the Berlin techno club, has launched a special initiative in the small town of Schwedt in Brandenburg to stem the rural exodus.More ...
Graffiti in Prenzlauer Berg; Photo: Lorenz Vierecke

Berlin and its “Kieze”

When people in Berlin ask the question, “What ‘Kiez’ (neighbourhood) do you live in?”, they are not just interested in the geographical location.More ...
Interior view of Stroke 2011 at the Zenith cultural centre in Munich, via www.artschoolvets.com

Socially Acceptable Subculture – The Stroke Art Fair in Munich

Creativity between art and commerce: a visit to the Stroke Art Fair, an urban art expo in Munich where designers, street and graffiti artists can show off their skills.More ...
Nerd Nite: combination of a bar situation and the opportunity to learn something about an unusual Photo: Miodrag Ignjatovic © iStockphoto

Nerd me up, please – Nerd Nite in Munich

Instead of heading to the beer garden, increasing numbers of Müncheners are going out to hear Nerd Nite discourses on the art of sharpening knives and readings of one-vowel poetry.More ...
Berlin is widely considered the leading center for anti-folk after New York Photo: Ina Peters © iStockphoto

Bohemian life – anti-folk in Berlin

In recent years Berlin has become one of the world’s leading anti-folk cities after New York, developing a rich subculture that rebels instinctively against the existing structures of the music industry and concert business.More ...
Klaus Quirini was Germanys first DJ Photo: © Scotch Club

Compulsory Ties and in the Mood For Partying. Klaus Quirini – An Interview with the Very First DJ

50 years of discotheques: The first DJ started to play records in Aachen back in 1959. Initially ridiculed by the competition, Klaus Quirini alias DJ Heinrich soon became famous.More ...
The German roots in Turkish hip-hop Copyright: iStockphoto - Les Byerley

German-Turkish Hip-Hop: Field Studies in Bavaria

German-Turkish hip-hop has had a seminal influence on rap music in Turkey. A sociologist and a documentary film maker have travelled to Munich to find out why this is so.More ...
At the Ballhaus Ost in Berlin: *Faust auf Faust* adapted from Goethe’s Faust, directed by Florian Loycke, photo rehearsal 5 October 2008; © Helmi Puppentheater

Hand-Held Foam-Filled Stage Fun

Whether Faust, Rocky or Romeo – Florian Loycke and his cohorts from Helmi Puppet Theatre put them on the stage. The Berlin puppeteers transform the stuff of literature, art, film and pop culture into madcap stage productions. Helmi is a most unusual offshoot of the “off” theatre scene in Germany.More ...
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Healthy Living

Anyone consuming without compunction today has to watch their step. Photo: Nadya Lukic © iStockphoto

Celebrating the Moment – Against Asceticism

Abstinence is ideologically in vogue. Writers such as Karen Duve preach a message of aware consumption. But there are also counter-examples. Writers Robert Pfaller and Peter Richter take up the cudgels for the fullness of life.More ...
What has happened to the fitness parks? Photo: webphotograpeer © iStockphoto

Fitness parks – a relic from the past comes back to life

Forty years ago, Trimmy, the mascot for a campaign sponsored by the DSB (German Sports Confederation), tried to motivate Germans with the slogan roughly translated as “Get fit – do sports!”More ...
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Fitness Trends

"How fit is Germany?" A television broadcast recently spilled the truth: Germans aren’t in the best of physical shape. And that despite the rising number of sports enthusiasts. For there is a growing awareness that physical fitness improves the quality of life.More ...
Organic apple; Copyright: www.adpic.de

Organic Boom in the Supermarket – Growth and Collapse

The times when organic food shops smelt of wood and muesli and the tofu sausages tasted of it are past. Eco chic is in, and tasty. Just like organic bananas, organic milk, organic meat and organic ready-to-serve pizza. Not only is there plenty of talk on this subject in Germany – organic is being bought. Everywhere and more every year.More ...
Smoking Ban; Copyright: Colourbox

Smoking Ban in Germany

Between autumn 2007 and the beginning of 2008, smoking bans will be coming into force in all of Germany's federal states. Smokers may at times find themselves facing somewhat confusing regulations – while uniform laws will apply in stations and official buildings, this will not be the case in pubs, restaurants and cafes, as these will be subject to state laws. A commentary by Roger Boyes.More ...
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Eating and Dining

Erna & Co. started touring the area around Stuttgart in March 2011. Photo: © Erna & Co.

Food trucks – meals on wheels

Small mobile restaurants are starting to catch on in Germany and they are often far more than your average snack wagons with Currywurst and Pommes. These so-called food trucks offer regional specialties and self-created delights.More ...
The sector catering has been booming for years. Photo: Fedor Kondratenko © iStockphoto

Where does the food come from on a plane? Catering isn't just booming at 30,000 feet

Waiter, cook, baker, hair stylist – all professions that are relatively easy to imagine. But what do they mean with the term “catering industry specialist”?More ...
Enjoying food together – a part of food culture | © photo: fotolia/nicole01877

Creative Pots and Pans – the New German Food Culture

Creativity in German cooking today comes in many forms, ranging from the inspired bill of fare and literature on the menu to underground supper clubs.More ...
Kohl und Pinkel is a truly delicious affair. Photo: Sara Winter © iStockphoto

Kohl und Pinkel

“Curly kale and what did you say?” That is the sometimes slightly hysterical question when unsuspecting visitors to northern Germany are offered the speciality Kohl und Pinkel. But this is a truly delicious affair.More ...
“Sylt Royal” is Germany’s only oyster farm. Photo: Emilie Duchesne © iStockphoto

A Royal Treat – Germany’s Only Oyster Farm

Oysters have been farmed in the North Sea near the island of Sylt since 1986. “Sylt Royal” is Germany’s only oyster farm and the molluscs are an export hit.More ...
Cupcakes; © Nelson

More than Coffee and Cake – The Cult Cafés of Berlin

Berliners like to meet up with people in cafés, although the concept of the café is not necessarily restricted to just coffee and cake.More ...
The most conspicuous global trend in the high-end restaurant business: molecular cuisine Photo: Willie B. Thomas © iStockphoto

Scientists at the stove – the molecular cuisine trend

Top chefs these days have begun building up their knowledge of the natural sciences in order to create dishes that not only look and taste extraordinary, but which are healthier than your average concoction.More ...
Presents Turkish and Bavarian cuisine on Bayerischer Rundfunk: actor Adnan Maral. Photo: Jim Rakete

The Way to Integration is Through the Stomach – Adnan Maral on Turkish-Bavarian Cuisine

The actor Adnan Maral put on his apron to present Turkish and Bavarian cuisine on TV. In an interview, he reports on the Turkish variant of Bavarian meat patties.More ...
Bathing in beer – why not? Copyright: iStockphoto - Boro Rudikj

Beer is not just for drinking

Beer is one of the world’s favourite drinks. Yet with more than 1,000 ingredients, it is much more than just a thirst-quencher. It makes you beautiful, healthy and fit.More ...
Dieter Müller and Nils Henkel. Copyright: Schosshotel Lerbach

The Regional dressed up as the Post-modern – Cooking Trends in Germany

Nils Henkel is head chef at the three-star restaurant Dieter Műller in Bergisch Gladbach. He was voted “Chef of the Year 2009” by Gault Millau Deutschland.More ...
Pocket-sized card showing traffic light labelling
Copyright: Consumer Advice Centre Hamburg

Opportunities and Limits of Traffic Light Food Labelling

Since autumn 2007, the controversial subject of coloured food labelling has been under discussion.More ...
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