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Germany Today 09.01.13 | 08:03 - 08:15 UTC

Cologne Construction

Topic Cologne Construction

Cologne Construction

Topic Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Topic The Art of Losing

The Art of Losing

Hobbyists build a minature version of Cologne’s historic district using five million Lego blocks. A hospital in Mainz offers laughter as therapy. And two Polish émigrés run a cultural venue that’s become a fixture on the Berlin art scene.

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Cologne Construction

A group of Lego enthusiasts have built a miniature version of Cologne’s historic district. Built to a scale of 1:40, the model includes 5 million Lego bricks and was over two years in the making. It features houses, churches and even the Rhein River promenade - but the famous Cathedral presented the biggest challenge.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Gudula Steiner-Junker believes in the healing power of humor. In addition to offering special workshops on laughter, she also pays regular visits to patients at Mainz’s university hospital to help brighten up their day.

The Art of Losing

Adam Gusowski and Piotr Mordel founded the ironically-named "Club der polnischen Versager" - the "Club of Polish Losers" - in Berlin. Far from being a losing proposition, it’s a popular venue for theater and cultural events.