With its traditional, handcrafted wooden and glass ornaments, the specialist Christmas shop Käthe Wohlfahrt in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a magnet for tourists seeking the original German yuletide experience.
In many cities in Europe the holiday season starts in late November. Christmas markets open, shopping streets are lit with thousands of lights and store windows are festively decorated.
A gay senator has opened the debate in Australia’s parliament on legislation to lift a ban on same-sex marriage. Boosted by a nationwide public vote, the first LGBT couples could get wed before Christmas.
The famous cathedral's "Dicker Pitter," the world's biggest free-swinging church bell, will stay under repair till next year, officials say. But when it does ring again, its sound should be much sweeter.
Germany perhaps doesn't beat Asia in terms of dishes that surprise foreigners, but there are still a few that need some time getting used to — from a raw meat hedgehog to mustard donuts, here are our favorites.
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