Printing books – a German tradition

Despite the digital revolution, books still are an essential part of everyday life as well as scientific research. Did you know that the Printing Revolution started in Germany, paving the way for a modern knowledge-based economy? The introduction of printing books with movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century changed everything, and not only in Germany: Information suddenly was available for everyone and literacy increased. The political and religious elite found themselves in a difficult position because their authority was being questioned. In the end, Gutenberg’s invention changed the whole of society by making mass communication possible. Apart […]

Fasching – The German Carnival

The cliché of the Germans being serious all the time is well known, but in February it becomes clear just how wrong that stereotype can be: It’s time for Carnival. Granted, mostly the western and southern parts of Germany – especially the Rhineland – go absolutely crazy during the festivities but also the people in northern or eastern regions of Germany like put on their costumes and celebrate the “fifth season” of the year. That special season of merriment already begins on 11 November at exactly 11.11 a.m. and ends on “Aschermittwoch” (Ash Wednesday) of the following year with the […]