Backnang in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Ge…

Backnang in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany, is located 30 km northeast of Stuttgart. It was ceded to Württemberg by the Zähringer family in 1325, and has been known as the Gerberstadt due to its tanneries, leather factories, plus wool and cloth mills that dominated in the past. Since, all of these have vanished — instead, telecommunication companies like Ericsson (formerly AEG, Telefunken, ANT, Bosch, Marconi) and Tesat-Spacecom dominate local industries. The Stiftskirche church dates back to the 12th century.

Backnang’s hosts an annual Strassenfest during the last weekend in June. It started as a street festival where local sports & cultural clubs offered drinks and foods. The opening is marked with cannon shots from the city tower at 6 pm on Friday. The event ends with the Zapfenstreich on the following Monday at 11 pm and attracts more than 100,000 spectators from the region.

People of Germany: Roland Emmerich (*Nov 10, 1…

People of Germany: Roland Emmerich (*Nov 10, 1955) is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer, widely known for his disaster films. His films, most of which are English-language Hollywood productions, have made more than $3 billion worldwide, including just over $1 billion in the USA, making him the USA’s 11th-highest-grossing director of all time. He is a collector of art, an active campaigner for LGBT rights, and is openly gay.

He was born in Stuttgart, Southwestern Germany, and grew up in nearby Sindelfingen. As a youth, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America on vacations financed by his father, Hans, the wealthy founder of a garden machinery production company. In 1977, he began attending University of Television & Film Munich to become a production designer. After watching Star Wars, he instead decided to enroll in their film director program. Required to create a short film as his final thesis, in 1981, he wrote and directed the full-length feature The Noah’s Ark Principle, which was screened as the opening film of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984. He owns homes in Los Angeles, NYC, London, and Stuttgart.

His films include Joey, Eye of the Storm, Universal Soldier, The High Crusade, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The 13th Floor, The Patriot, Eight Legged Freaks, The Day After Tomorrow, Trade, 10,000 BC, 2012, White House Down, and Independence Day: Resurgence, among others.

Manche mögens glücklich (2012) Romantic comed…

Manche mögens glücklich (2012)

Romantic comedy, auf Deutsch, 1 hr 15 mins, set in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany

Lina has an unusual job: As an account manager for an agency in Freiburg, it’s her job to help make it as smooth and easy as possible for newcomers to start life in the new city. But the gruff heart surgeon and widower Prof. Dr. Markus Gärtner does not make it easy. With his rugged nature, the renowned physician makes her feel that her efforts are unwanted and rather annoying. But then he also depends on her: In order to win the wealthy Mr. Hofmeister‘s approval and donation for the new heart research center, Lina, through a previous misunderstanding, must spend a weekend away with the investor as Markus’ wife – a role-playing game with consequences.

Ein Porsche am Nürburgring. Die Porsche AG (pronounced…

Ein Porsche am Nürburgring.

Die Porsche AG (pronounced Porr-SHEH) is a famous German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs, and sedans. It is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg in Southwestern Germany and is owned by Volkswagen AG in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany. Porsche’s current lineup includes the 718 Boxster/Cayman, the 911, the 918 Panamera, the Macan, and the Cayenne. The company was founded in 1931. Read more about the history here: