This 2003-2010 website about German flags offered fascinating information about Germany's stste flags. The creator of this site, Stefan Miesne, started German-flag-history.com/ during a year-long stay in the United States. Inspired by the American patriotism and surprised that he saw so many flags in the driveways of many American homes. 

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As the new owner of this domain, I applaud Stefan Miesne for creating this site and have chosen to create some of the site's archived content for future visiters rather than re-purposing it for something that has nothing in common with the original website. It certainly has help my kids with some of the classroom assignments about Germany. I have even mentioned the site to a client when I was recently in Germany directing a Salesforce Communities implementation. If you are not familiar with Salesforce Communities, they are branded spaces for employees, customers, and partners to connect. I lead a team that helps customize and create communities to meet a business's needs. My client also was intrigued with Stefan Miesne's concept.

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Welcome on this informational page about Germany with a special focus on German flags!

Since I, the creator of this page, am from Germany and am very proud of that, I thought, I'ld try to show other people interested in the German way of life how great Germany is. This site started out as an informational page just about German flags which is the reason for the long domain name. However, as time passed by, more and more pages were added and the topic changed from German flags to Germany in general and in my opinion, the site got way more interesting.
Some of the many topics covered on this site are for example the German Flag, German Beer or Christmas in Germany. 
Hopefully you will enjoy our articles and consider coming back in the future looking for more news and even more topics, because we add new content to this site all the time.

I hope you will enjoy this page and get convinced that Germany is a very nice and interesting country that is home of many great things!
Stefan Miesne


 

 

 

See all different kinds of German beer

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Beer belongs to Germany the same as the German flag.
Germans are highly envied in the rest of the world for their great beer and are known to be the home of many highly skilled brewers.
In average, a German adult drinks 115 liters (that's more than 30 gallons) of beer every year, leaving Germany only behind Ireland and the Czech Republic in the per-capita-consumption.
However, for Germans, beer is not always just a way to get wasted, but instead just a pleasant way to slake their thirst.
For this reason, when going to a pub in the evening hours, you will usually find office workers stopping on their way home there and not only alcoholics as an American not used to legal public drinking might expect.
Construction workers even like to drink a beer or two during their lunch break or even while working. As long as you know how much you can drink without acting funnily, you will still be allright and not be looked at as if you are a sick alcoholic.

Germany is home to more than 1,270 breweries producing more than 5,000 brands of beer.
Most of these breweries are smaller factories located in the Southern part of the country, with the highest density around the city of Bamberg, which is located in the Franconian part of Bavaria.

The oldest brewery in the world is also located in Germany - the Benedectine abbey Weihenstephan, which was established in 725 and first known to have brewed beer in 1040.

 

Current German Flag

Current German Flag

Black, red and gold in three equal horizontal stripes are the colors of the flag of the Federal Republic of Germany. The colors date to the emperors of the Middle Ages. They reappeared in the war against Napoleon when a corps of army volunteers drawn from all the German principalities, adopted black uniforms with red braid and gold buttons.

Subsequently student organizations, dedicated to the unification of Germany, used the colors on their banners. In the first attempt to create a democratic and unified Germany, leaders of the 1848 Revolution adopted the tricolor flag in the National Assembly or Frankfurt Parliament.

The flag was not actually used until 1918 when the German National Assembly of the democratic Weimar Republic adopted it officially. When Hitler came to power in 1933 he abolished the tricolor flag.

In 1950, the flag was reintroduced by the German Parliament as the official symbol for the Federal Republic of Germany and is still used nowadays.

The former DDR (East Germany) used almost the same design as national flag, but showed the East German emblem consisting of a hammer, a sickle and a garland of corn in the middle.

 

 

Flags of 16 German States

 

 

Flags used by the Germans during WW2.

Unfortunately, this website has had some legally problems with showing the German WW2 flags, because it is forbidden in Germany to show these flags to the public.

However, since this is an informational website, we are now able to show you some of the flags used by the Nazis during World War 2.

Flag of the Nazi party and national flag from 1933/35 - 1945 
The flag is in red and has a white spot a bit left of the middle, in which you can see a black swastika.

German war flag 1935 - 1945 
The flag his lines over it. Almost on the same spot like in the flag before, there is the swastika. It also has a symbol of the third Reich (not the swastika) in the upper left corner.

 

Christmas in Germany
This article deals with Christmas in Germany.

Have you ever thought about traveling to Germany during the christmas time to spend a christmas in Germany? 
If you haven't, maybe you should consider it.

You can have a wonderful time in the days prior to christmas in Germany.

Some of the best attractions are the christmas markets the Germans have in almost every city. They range in size from just a few booths in the smaller cities to the big famous markets in major cities. You can almost compare the bigger ones with fairs, because they have many attractions for everybody starting with a "karussel" for the kids going to so called "Glühwein" (mulled wine) for the adults. Every year they attract many local inhabitants and international travellers.

The Christmas market was held for the first time in Dresden. Since 1434, when the duke first allowed a meet market the day before Christmas Eve, people have been able to buy their christmas presents and food. Over the years artisans joined the market and it has also been used by poor people who tried to earn some money with their home-made handicrafts.

In 1471, the city of Dresden handed "Stollen", a special cake only eaten in the days before christmas in Germany, out to the poor people. This started a tradition and now you can't even think about a christmas market without "Stollen". 
If you have some free time, which most people don't have the weeks before christmas, walk to the nearest market, go to a "Glühwein" booth and watch the people passing by. You can see glances in their eyes and everybody seems to have the same happiness.

The two markets I enjoyed the most when I walked through them are the "Christkindlesmarkt" in Nuremberg, which is probably the best known in the world and the "Striezelmarkt" in Dresden, which is the oldest christmas market.


Christmas in Germany: An explanation for the most important days

Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the christmas time and is celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas Eve. It begins with quiet contemplative days, but excitement and activity increase as Christmas approaches, when people start to realize that they still need to buy presents for their family and friends. The Advent Wreath (Adentskranz) is a very popular decoration in German homes. It consists of a circular wreath of pine-branches with four candles on it. On the first Advent , the first candle on the wreath is lit, two candles are lit on the second, three on he third and four on the fourth Sunday, immediately prior to Christmas.

St. Nicholas Day

For children the highlight of the weeks prior to Christmas Eve is St. Nicholas' Day (Nikolaustag) on December, 6th. They put a shoe or a boot outside their bedroom door, window or by the fireplace on the evening of December 5th, hoping to find it full of sweets, biscuits, nuts and fruit the next morning, which normally happens.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve (der heilige Abend) is the climax of Christmas in Germany. Shops and offices close around noon, and most people spend the afternoon at home in preparation for the later celebrations or in church. The tree is decorated with straw stars, foil and glass decorations. Some families have apples, gilded nuts, ring biscuits, Lebkuchen (spicy biscuits), chocolate or marzipan laying under it. Presents are placed either under the tree, with the crib if there is one, or else on the present table (Gabentisch). Before the gifts are exchanged, the Christmas story is often read by the light of the candles and favourite Christmas carols are sung.

Christmas Day

December 25th is known as the "First day of Christmas" (der erste Weihnachtsfeiertag) and, in comparison with 24th December, it is a quiet day, often spent visiting relatives. Goose is still widely eaten for the main meal, but it is not obligatory.

December 26th, the "Second day of Christmas" (der zweite Weihnachtsfeiertag) has much the same function as the day before, being a public holiday and a day of family reunions or outings.

Hints

It may be hard to travel the weeks before Christmas in Germany, because people are shopping or visiting relatives. If you stay longer than December 24th , then you might be able to get some "Schnaeppchen" the days after Christmas. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your neighbours that you bought your new watch on sale after Christmas in Germany?

 

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