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BIRKENSTOCK Sandals — yay or nay?

50 minute docu on the not very pretty but functional and good-for-feet orthopedic Birkenstock sandals, which came out of West Germany in the 1960‘s.

The brand traces its roots to Johann Adam Birkenstock, registered in 1774 as a “vassal and shoemaker” in the small Hessian village of Langen-Bergheim. In 1896, Johann’s great-great-grandson Konrad Birkenstock developed the first contoured insole for use by shoemakers in the production of custom footwear. Also in the year 1896 Karl opened two shoe stores in Frankfurt, where he continued to make and sell his insoles. 1902 saw the development of the first flexible arch-support for insertion into factory-made shoes; and in 1964, Karl Birkenstock developed these inserts into a shoe — thus producing the original prototype of the Birkenstock sandal. In 1925 Konrad Birkenstock expanded the company by buying a large factory in Friedberg, Hessen. After World War II (1939–1945) the Birkenstock sandal was popular among returning soldiers because of the orthopedic support. Starting in 1963 and continuing into 1964 Karl Birkenstock released his first athletic sandal with a flexible footbed called Madrid. It soon became popular, especially among gymnasts.

The footbed of the Birkenstock shoe was created in the 1930s and possesses four different layers that complete the shoes. The first layer of the shoe is the shock absorbent sole, followed by two layers of jute fibers, and a firm corked footbed. The last layer is the footbed line which is a soft suede.

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Neuss in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, is located on the west bank of the Rhein river opposing Düsseldorf. It is known for its historic Roman sites, as well as the annual Neusser Bürger-Schützenfest, a fun fair. Neuss and Trier share the title of “Germany’s oldest city” – in 1984, Neuss celebrated its 2000 year anniversary since its founding in 16 BCE.

It was founded by the Romans in 16 BC as a military fortification. Legio XVI Gallica (“Gallic 16th Legion”) of the Roman army was stationed here in 43-70 AD. It was disbanded after surrendering during the Batavian rebellion. Later a civil settlement was founded in the area of today’s town center during the 1st century AD.

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Exploring the Ostsee (Baltic Sea) coast in beautiful Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

This German state has 1,700 km of coastline with broad beaches and a lot of yet untouched nature. The formerly East German state has become Germany‘s number 1 inland tourist destination in Germany, particularly popular with families and seniors for camping, biking, and cruise ship travel.

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Neuschwanstein is Germany’s most famous castle, it’s a must visit castle in Germany but it’s just not our number #1 castle in Germany. Walt Disney modeled Cinderella’s castle after Neuschwanstein. You’ll see the castle miles before you get there, it’s perched up on a hill above Hohenschwangau village. It gets very busy, over 1.4 million people visit annually and up to 6,000 per day in the summer months when tickets often sell out before noon. The famous picture of Neuschwanstein Castle was taken standing on Mary’s Bridge (Marienbrücke), the bridge is often closed in the winter months due to weather and has been under maintenance recently.

To purchase tickets in advance and to see if Mary’s Bridge is open click here, note there is a service fee but trust us it’s better than waiting in line.

Castle Hours: October 16th – March 23rd 9 am -3 pm, March 24th – October 15th 8 am – 5 pm

Castle Fee: Adults €13 and children under 18 free

Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany

If you are driving the Romantic Road in Germany Neuschwanstein is one of the many highlights along the way. We suggest ending your drive here as the castle is the most impressive of all the castles along the Romantic Road.

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View of Erfurt from Petersburg Citadel

Erfurt is the capital of Thüringen, Eastern Germany, located 100 km from Leipzig, 300 km from Berlin, and 250 km from Frankfurt am Main. Together with Weimar and Jena, it forms the central metropolitan area of Thuringia with about 500,000 inhabitants.

Its old town is one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Germany. Tourist attractions include the Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ bridge), the Old Synagogue, the ensemble of Erfurt Cathedral and Severikirche (St Severus’s Church) and Petersberg Citadel, one of the largest and best preserved town fortresses in Europe. The city’s economy is based on agriculture, horticulture, and microelectronics. Its central location has led to it becoming a logistics hub for central Europe. Erfurt hosts the 2nd-largest trade fair in Eastern Germany (after Leipzig) as well as the children’s TV channel KiKa.

The city is situated on the Via Regia, a medieval trade and pilgrims’ road. Modern day Erfurt is also a hub for ICE high speed trains and other German and European transport networks. Erfurt was first mentioned in 742, as Saint Boniface founded the diocese. Although the town did not belong to any of the Thuringian states politically, it quickly became the economic centre of the region and it was a member of the Hanseatic League. t was part of the Electorate of Mainz during the Holy Roman Empire, and later became part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1802. From 1949 until 1990 Erfurt was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).

The University of Erfurt was founded in 1379, making it the first university to be established within the geographic area which constitutes modern-day Germany. It closed in 1816 and was re-established in 1994, with the main modern campus on what was a teachers’ training college. Protestant religious reformer Martin Luther (1483–1546) was its most famous student, studying there from 1501. Other noted Erfurters include the medieval philosopher and mystic Meister Eckhart (c. 1260–1328), the Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706), and the sociologist Max Weber (1864–1920).

berlin is the most populous city in germany no…

berlin is the most populous city in germany not second

Who said it was second?

Berlin with a population of 3,748,148 in 2018 was the largest city in Germany and the 2nd-largest in the European Union after London/UK, which technically is out now.

More EU cities: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_the_European_Union_by_population_within_city_limits

More German cities: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Germany_by_population