There are several milestones on the German childhood calendar but they all pale into insignificance compared to the festivities that await many of the nation's 14 year-olds.
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German children are celebrated with a series of major milestones en route to adulthood. But few can be as glitzy as the festivities that await them at 14. Tamsin Walker went along to join the party.
Berlin is about as un-Bavarian as a German city can be, but that doesn't stop Oktoberfest from rolling into town every fall. Tamsin Walker went to find out if Berliners embrace the Munich tradition.
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