Children have it good in the southern German town of Ettlingen. The town boasts fifty outdoor playgrounds and a giant indoor one that's a paradise when the cold wind howls. It has plenty of toys and sports equipment, and it's free of charge.
Winter took some time to arrive as far as the ski slopes were concerned. Now, gradually, the winter sports are getting started - with or without snow cannon.
Dortmund left the capital empty handed, while Bayern showed their quality against Augsburg. Werder and Hannover played out a six-goal thriller and Cologne shocked Schalke. Hamburg and Freiburg drew a blank.
Is Berlin the land of opportunity? For one woman from Romania, it's a chance to get by with her main talent: playing the accordion. Here's what it's really like to be a street musician in Berlin.
Winter in the Belgian cities of Antwerp and Liège is a time for enchanting icy attractions this year, with the Disney Ice Sculpture Festival - one of many "cool" ice events being staged across Europe this winter.
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