The Country and its People

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Germany – land of bicycles

The bicycle is 200 years old

In 2017 we celebrate 200 years of the bicycle: on 12th June 1817 Karl Drais became the first person ever to use a dandy horse or “draisine”, riding it through the streets of Mannheim. In Germany, more and more people are using their bikes – in this article you can learn everything about Karl Drais‘ invention and Germany as the land of bicycles.

A piece of history

German surnames

What do common family names, such as Meier and Schulze, actually mean? And does the name Merkel also have some specific meaning? The Middle Ages left their mark on many of today's German surnames.