The mountain rescue service in the Black Forest has a lot to deal with during the ski season. The emergency hotline rings off the hook. Broken bones and exhausted skiers are all in a day's work for the volunteers.
The Bundesliga is back and as we restart the season, there are a number of questions to be answered by the 18 top-flight clubs. Here are our five most pressing issues in Germany's top division.
It's high season in the Tatra Mountains and early January actually ought to be the time when the ski resport of Zakopane is full of Russians and Ukrainians.
Record temperatures have been recorded on northern Germany's highest peak. The average temperature was 5.1 degrees Celsius in 2014 - the warmest year since records began.
German Christmas markets have become an international hit in England, the United States and even in Japan. But nowhere is the choice of gingerbread, incense burners and mulled wine greater than in Germany.
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