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  • Guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen
    Guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen ©Jan Rathke / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
  • Glass manufacture with a long history
    Glass manufacture with a long history ©fotolia/Bergfee
  • Lüftl art in Oberammergau in Bavaria
    Lüftl art in Oberammergau in Bavaria ©panthermedia/e.starosczik
  • Maritime Museum in Hamburg
    Maritime Museum in Hamburg ©www.mediaserver.hamburg.de/C.Spahrbier
  • ©Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark (Harald Kalbhenn)
  • The Hallors show how salt is made, demonstrating the process from brine through to packaged salt
    The Hallors show how salt is made, demonstrating the process from brine through to packaged salt ©Stadt Halle (Saale), Thomas Ziegler
  • Cowbells from the Allgäu region
    Cowbells from the Allgäu region ©BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH
  • Linguists and collectors of fairytales, the Brothers Grimm
    Linguists and collectors of fairytales, the Brothers Grimm ©GrimmHeimat NordHessen
  • A traditional bollenhut from the Black Forest
    A traditional bollenhut from the Black Forest ©S. Nieselt /STG
  • Blade production in Solingen
    Blade production in Solingen ©Bergische Entwicklungsagentur GmbH/Kristine Löw
  • Steam-powered winding engine at the Ensdorf-Duhamel mine
    Steam-powered winding engine at the Ensdorf-Duhamel mine ©Tourismus Zentrale Saarland
  • Nutcrackers – the pride and joy of traditional Erzgebirge crafts
    Nutcrackers – the pride and joy of traditional Erzgebirge crafts ©Tourismusverband Erzgebirge e.V.
  • Wicker beach chairs and sandcastles by the sea
    Wicker beach chairs and sandcastles by the sea ©Lintas / DZT
  • The Eleven Dot Angels made famous by the long-established company Wendt & Kühn of Grünhainichen in the Erzgebirge region
    The Eleven Dot Angels made famous by the long-established company Wendt & Kühn of Grünhainichen in the Erzgebirge region ©Wendt & Kühn KG

Traditional craftsmanship in the 21st century.

Many old German traditions still thrive today, lovingly preserved by artisanal craftsmen and small producers, and passed on from generation to generation. Traditions like these often blur the distinction between art and craft. As you watch traditional craftsmen at work, you'll be amazed at how modern old skills can be.

Examples of the distinctively shaped circular villages can be seen in the Elbe Valley-Wendland region of Lower Saxony – for instance at the Rundlingsmuseum Wendlandhof in Lübeln. The oldest ones date back several hundred years. What makes these compact villages so unusual is that the gabled fronts of the farmhouses (mostly barn-like constructions typical of northern Germany), all face towards a central green. This ancient settlement formation originated in the Middle Ages and nothing quite like it exists anywhere else in the world.

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Magdeburg 's puppet theatre is one of the most creative and forward-thinking in Europe. This important public collection of puppets forms part of an interactive exhibition that chronicles the history of puppet theatre from its origins in the Middle Ages through to the present day. Explore the diverse forms of puppetry in the quaint surroundings of 'villa p' – it's an unforgettable experience.

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The Fürstenberg manufactory in Lower Saxony ranks among the oldest and most distinguished porcelain companies in Europe. The tradition of porcelain production is documented inside the castle, where visitors can also create their own souvenir pieces. To this day, the manufactory still produces exquisite porcelain – or 'white gold of the Weser'.

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A number of open-air museums in Lower Saxony provide insights into how people lived and worked in centuries gone by. Cloppenburg museum village is one of the oldest attractions of its kind in Germany, and presents a great number of timber-framed houses and historical artisan workshops. These workshops, where you can watch traditional crafts being practised, are a firm favourite with visitors.

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The windmill and watermill museum in Gifhorn features 16 full-sized mills from all around the world as well as around 45 model mills. In addition to the windmills of northern Germany and the Netherlands, there are examples from Asia and Africa, as well as replicas of famous mills including the one at Sanssouci Park in Potsdam .

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Blades have been made in Solingen since 1363 – and the manufacturing of knives and scissors has been the city's bread and butter ever since. This branch of industry flourished here thanks to the nearby streams and rivers that powered the mills. Though the energy comes from alternative sources these days, the craft is still alive and well and the high quality of Solingen blades is recognised the world over. The city's industrial museum gives an overview of nearly 700 years of knife production.

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The weird and wonderful scenes of the Alemannic fasnacht carnival are dominated by the elaborate costumes and grimacing wooden masks of the witches and devils that parade the streets. These masks are hand-made by professional mask carvers, who still practise their craft in many towns in the region today. They lovingly carve intricate facial features and shape the mask to the face of its wearer. You can watch mask carvers at work at the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in Gutach (Schwarzwaldbahn train line).

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From a distance it may look like architectural finesse, but as you get closer you can see it's elaborate paintwork. In many towns and villages in Upper Bavaria, houses are adorned with traditional Lüftl murals that depict a wide variety of enchanting scenes. In the 18th century, a painter by the name of Franz Seraph Zwink brought enormous skill to this art form, and soon became the definitive Lüftl artist of the Oberammergau region. You can still see some of his murals in places such as Oberammergau.

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