Category Archives: Germany

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall – In Song

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As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this weekend, I think back to the time of it happening, and since I lived across the world, I had a hard time understanding exactly what it all meant.

The one way I could connect with this event was through music. It’s no exaggeration to say that much of the popular music of the 80s dealt with the cold war and the division of Berlin, and so it makes sense that when the wall came down, some really great songs were written about how powerful an event this was.

I’m going to share four of those songs, though I’m sure many more have been written. But these four are ones I remember, and they all offer a lot of insight.

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Germany’s OTHER Oktoberfest – Cannstatter Volksfest

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Ask anybody about Oktoberfest, and they’ll tell you about an amazing party in Munich you should attend at least once before you die.

You’ve heard all about it. 6 million people descend upon Munich for two weeks between the end of September and the beginning of October wearing leather pants and traditional German dresses, just to be part of the largest annual beer festival.

But what many people don’t know, is that just 2 hours west in the city of Stuttgart, is Germany’s SECOND largest “Volksfest“, and I’ll venture to say it is even better. While tourists from all over overcrowd Munich to check another item off their bucket list, Stuttgart’s Volksfest remains much more authentic and local, and therefore much friendlier. Don’t get me wrong, it’s by no means small. In fact, it’s kind of huge. And in this article, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about how to have the most amount of fun here, and live to tell about it.

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