Fairy Tales of the World Germany

Geography

Location

Germany is located in Central Europe. Poland, France, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Belgium border the country. As well as, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Austria border Germany. It extends more than five hundred miles from the south to the north, and four hundred miles across in width.

A satellite view of Germany.

Climate

Germany has a moderate climate that goes from a maritime climate in the northwest, and a continental climate in the east. The change in climates is caused by two different air masses from the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. They both bring moderate temperatures in the winter and cool temperatures in the summer with a big quantity of moisture.

A moderate summer day in Germany on a farm.

Physical Characteristics

There are basically four natural regions in Germany with varying elevations that increase from north to south. Regions of plateaus and lowlands stretch across the country. The Black Forest, which is a mountain area to the west, gets its name because it is covered in dense forest. The highest summit in the Black Forest is Mount Feld. The Rhine River, which is the longest river in Germany, runs through a valley to the west of the forest. The Bavarian Alps are in the southern part of the country. These Alps contain the highest mountain in Germany which is the Zugspitze Mountain.

The Zugspitze Mountain, which is 9,718 feet tall, forms a region full of beauty.

Population

Germany has the second largest population in Europe after Russia. It has a population of 81,762,000 people. There have been many periods of population decline and growth since the country was first formed and even today. Out of the whole world, Germany has one of the lowest birth rates.

The population of Germany is 81,762,000 people.

Culture

Customs and Traditions

The customs and traditions of Germany can be divided by geographic regions. There are considerable differences between the north and south regions in various folk costumes, dialects, and even architecture. The German government has always heavily supported the arts, resulting in a large number and variety of theaters, art galleries, museums, symphony orchestras, and libraries. The German citizens enjoy going to performing arts productions and different types of festivals including music, theater and other cultural activities because they are usually affordable and there are many of them. Some of these include internationally known events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Berlin International Film Festival.

Music Festival in Germany.

Religons

Religons mainly divide the Germans, but their is not a dominant religion. Northern and Eastern Germany are Prostetant, but mainly Lutheran. Southern Germany is dominantly Roman Catholic. Many other smaller religions are practiced still including Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Some statistics are: 33% are Roman Catholic of entire population, 34% are Protestant of entire population, and 4% are Muslim of the entire population. Christmas is an important religious holiday for the average German family.

A Catholic Church located in Germany.

Language

The official language is German. There is another type of German called Standard German. This is used mainly for writing and reading at the least. Many people, who live in rural areas, still speak their own local dialects.

A book written in German, which is the oficial language.

Food

One of the largest food producers in Europe is Germany. More than 80% of its food requirements are produced by the country itself. Grain crops are grown including wheat, barley, corn, rye, and oats. Some other important crops include potatoes, sugar beets, rapeseed, cabbages, apples, and some other fruits and vegetables. In Soutwestern Germany, a major activity is growing grapes for wine. Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Germany. Some major farm products are milk and eggs. Germany has one of the largest stocks of pigs. Because of this, a popular meat in German cooking is pork. Germany has a deep-sea fishing fleet, but the size has majorly reduced since the twentieth century.

A pig farm in Germany.

The Three Musicians

Andrew Lang

Synopsis

This is a tale of three musicians who travel foreign lands, playing their music and seeking their fortune. They come upon a village where they overhear the villagers talking about a castle nearby that was uninhabited, yet contained hidden treasure and rich food, but also an evil spirit. They decide to try their luck individually at getting into the castle and obtaining the riches. the first two musicians each come back badly beaten, but the third musician is very cunning and outsmarts the little evil dwarf who had previously beaten the other fortune seekers. The dwarf is forced to comply with the third musician's wishes and takes him to the real treasure, a beautiful princess who is in a magical sleep. The dwarf tells the musician how to awaken the princess and they become bride and groom. The dwarf still thinks he can defeat the couple and get his power back, but the musician is too smart. In the end, the dwarf goes back to his castle, having little power, the first two musicians wait in vain for their comapnion and finally decide that he has gone to play his flute somewhere else.

the three musicians begins with "once upon a time three musicians left their home and set out on their travels." This sets the tone for a classic fairy tale. The flute player wants to outsmart the evil dwarf. The little dwarf wants to keep people away from the real treasure which is the sleeping princess. The main setting of the tale is in a castle "with hidden treasures and the richest food" which the three musicians desire to attain. The dwarf's power is in his beard which the third musician takes and uses to force the dwarf to reveal the hidden treasure. The dwarf is an obstacle to anyone trying to find the hidden treasure and other wonderful things the castle contains. Once the third musician took the dwarf's beard, "he perceived all sorts of things in the castle that he had not noticed before, but, on the other hand, all strength seemed to have gone from the little man." Three musicians set out on a journey with three musical instruments to find their fortunes.

Connection To Germany

The three musicians can be connected to germany through the musical theme of the tale. Germany is well known for its support of music and literature and boasts of such great composers as johann sebastian bach and ludwig van beethoven. The two castles in the fairy tale are reminicent of the many castles in germany.

Credits:

Created with images by Moyan_Brenn - "Germany" • Chiemsee2016 - "allgäu ostallgäu bavaria" • randwill - "Zugspitze" • Bongsgraphy - "20170206-D75_3490" • Digitoxin - "bueckenfestival_1730" • Ben124. - "Berliner Dom" • Arcaion - "pen book gothic" • lostajy - "Neuschwanstein Castle" • markusspiske - "globe africa europe" • Mikevp - "rooftops village german" • ViewPix69 - "Tübingen" "Germany." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 30 Sep. 2015. "The World Factbook: GERMANY." Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, 12 Jan. 2017. Web. 11 Apr. 2017. Germany. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Richardson , S. Thomas, ed. The World Book encyclopedia of people and places. Vol. 2. Chicago, IL: World Book, 2007. Print.

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