In Hamburg's Altona district, residents regularly hold a market to sell products they've made themselves. However making money is not their primary goal. The market was instigated to help people get to know their neighbors in a pleasant atmosphere.
Staying in hotels is so yesterday - today people look for homes away from home and letting agencies like Airbnb are booming, especially in Berlin.
Australia has ordered a Chinese investment group to sell a renowned mansion in a posh Sydney neighborhood. The government said the property was bought illegally under foreign investment rules Down Under.
Many emerging market currencies have plummeted in recent days, especially the ruble, amid expectations of an interest rate hike in the US. DW examines the reasons behind the plunge and the countries affected.
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.