Every year in December, the hamlet of Wieda in the Harz region is transformed. Twenty life-sized manger scenes appear in gardens and garages, depicting the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, the source of the Christian Christmas festival.
The Berlin they grew up in was completely different, run by either the Nazis or the communists. As the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood now gentrifies, DW's Leah McDonnell speaks with those who were there first.
When it comes to grace, you might expect Berlin to transcend its littler Latin sister, Buenos Aires. Quite the opposite, says a Berlin native just back from Argentina's capital.
As Bethlehem gears up for the biggest day of the year when thousands of tourists flock to the West Bank's cradle of Christianity, the West Bank town is still reeling from a severe storm and economic uncertainty.
In the heart of hipster Berlin, a few pockets of old-school comfort remain, where Berliners and visitors alike can mingle, beer or whisky in hand. Typical for Berlin, even these oases are eclectic and multicultural.
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