In his annual Christmas address, German President Joachim Gauck spoke of the violence that rocked Germany when a truck drove through a Berlin Christmas market. He stressed the importance of a peaceful and compassionate society in troubled times.
Police in Berlin have said that two bags of bullets found near a Christmas market in western Berlin had no link to terrorist activities. The munitions were uncovered in an underground car park.
Who invented the Advent wreath? How did Christmas markets start? Why do some German children believe the "Christ Child" is the one who brings presents? Find out here.
Thousands of visitors caused chaos as they flocked to the idyllic forest market in Velen near the Dutch border, a village of only 75 people. Some 85 million people visit Germany's Christmas markets every year.
Christmas is around the corner, and the countdown starts weeks ahead of time with Advent. Here's how you can't miss it in Germany.
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