The future supposedly belongs to e-cars. But what about planes? German company Lange Aviation is already working on a further technological revolution. Axel Lange's firm produces sailplanes powered by electric engines. They're probably no alternative to conventional aircraft engines, but special aircraft could benefit from the new technology. A report by Christian Pricelius. More Made in Germany:
Paying a visit to Ben Sansum is like traveling back in time to another era. He's transformed his house into a 1940s relic.
more: For 28 years, a nearly insurmountable barrier kept people from fleeing East Germany. But then, the dramatic night of November 9, 1989, saw the fall of the Wall that divided Germany. Today, it is difficult to imagine what was bitter reality just a few decades ago. For the first time, a realistic computer animation reveals the vast security system of Germany's inner border and the Berlin Wall, both of which were recreated virtually in the greatest detail. The animation is part of the DVD Walled in! What the Cold War frontier in divided Germany was really like which can be purchased at DW's online store .
A stroke of fate changed history: on November 9, 1989 a member of the politburo announced at a press conference that East Germans would be free to travel. He mistakenly said they would take immediate effect, prompting a breathtaking 24 hours that changed history. The new travel regulations were intended only to calm the increasingly tense situation, with citizens leaving East Germany for the West in droves via third countries. The resulting chain of events led to the fall of the Wall. Read more:
Ghanaian inventor Apostle Kwadwo Safo has opened up a factory which produces SUVs and pickups made in Ghana. Customers include, among others, the police. Ghana is seeking to promote products made locally.
Norwegians are on average the happiest people in the world. What‘s their secret? It has to do with a high living standard, a life close to nature and a generally constructive attitude. More Euromaxx:
Miniatur Wunderland, with its small-scale model trains and landscapes, is one of Hamburg's biggest tourist attractions. Highlight: the world's largest miniature airport. For more go to
Sales of vinyl records around the world are higher than they've been since 1991. Long pronounced dead, vinyl has reestablished itself, and is enjoying fresh popularity.International artists have their LPs and singles pressed by the Pallas company in Diepholz. Pallas is a family operation - Europe's last bastion in the vinyl record market. Now the Beastie Boys have commissioned Pallas to manufacture their newest LP. A report by Jana Wochnik- Sachtleben.
Ludwig II of Bavaria had castles and palaces built that reflected all his dreams and desires. That's how he became known as the fairy-tale king - a fascinating figure to this day. Discover more:
An area in eastern Poland, not far from the border with Belarus is home to the so-called whispering witches. They are healers who are very much in demand among the local residents. There are about a dozen of the witches -- and their rituals include the use of prayers, medicinal herbs, wax, bread and water. More information:
Reinforced concrete is heavy and its steel skeleton vulnerable to rust. Now researchers have replaced the steel with carbon fibre mesh. The result is lighter and more flexible than standard concrete slabs.
After Emmerson Mnangagwa ousted Robert Mugabe from power, Robert Smart and his family returned to the lands they had been forced from last year. The news came too late to plant maize or tobacco, but another crop thrived. For more on this story, go to: First white Zimbabwean farmer to return praises change in government attitude - For more news go to: ►Facebook: ►Twitter: ►Instagram: Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie:
From droughts to monsoons and extreme weather patterns, climate change may be easy to see and feel, but the issues surrounding it are often far more complex. Global Ideas has come up with a series of films and infographics to answer some of the most pressing problems and explain certain climate concepts and solutions. This time we take a look at what the greenhouse effect is and how it leads to increasing temperatures. We look forward to a lively discussion with you. More information on:
We go decade-by-decade looking at the most important designs created. We start with the 1960s and examine the works of Dieter Rams and Verner Panton. Rams from Germany made his name designing products for the electronics company Braun. Panton made his name as a furniture designer and interior decorator, especially when he created the Panton S Chair.
The loft cube is designed for people on the move. When they change locations they can take their home with them. More information:
In the Philippines' urban slums, families are unable to afford electricity and often have no access to the grid anyway. But Filipino actor Illac Diaz is looking to change that. With his organization My Shelter Foundation, he's come up with an innovative idea: turning empty plastic bottles into lamps. Read more:
The northern German city of Kiel lays claim to having the narrowest house in Europe. It's not the smallest - because it does have six stories - but at it's narrowest point,this building is only 80 centimeters wide. Some people might be a bit put off by all the stairs but the owner,architect Bjoern Siemsen,says it keeps him and his family fit. And the view of the city from the top is well worth the climb.
An exhibition in Hamburg Eyes Wide Open: 100 years of Leica photography illuminates many aspects of small-format photography showing some 500 works. In 1914, Oskar Barnack completed the first functional model of a small-format camera. The fact that it could easily be carried in a coat pocket revolutionized photography. More Euromaxx:
Jordi Roca was recently voted world's best pâtissier by Britain's Restaurant magazine. We went to visit him in Girona in northeastern Spain at his El Celler de Can Roca to check out his deserts. We also visit him at his ice cream parlor Rocambolesc. More Euromaxx:
Fertile land is scarce in Egypt. All of life depends on water from the Nile River. 85 million Eyptians are settled along its banks. The rest of the country is desert. Egyptian and German scientists have now found a way of cultivating forests in the desert sand. It looks like a fata morgana. But the forests in the Egyptian desert are real. They're watered with processed sewage. 24 such forests have sprung up across the country over the past eight years. The sewage is rich in nutrients and fuels the growth of plants like mahagony, eucalyptus and sisal. A Report by Florian Nusch Global 3000 home page:
Mexico-based Cemex is the world's third-largest cement maker. The management team at its center of German operations are all German, however. Paulo Ernesto Sanchez Diaz was sent to Düsseldorf to foster cooperation. Intercultural seminars help on the communications front.
Last summer, the wrecked Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia was refloated and towed to the Italian port of Genoa. Genoa is where the Costa Concordia was built and launched nine years ago. Now it is the place where the passenger ship will be scrapped for an estimated 100 million euros. It is the largest scrapping operation so far in Europe. More Business Brief:
Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy are the The Slow Mo Guys - two Brits who film themselves getting in messes in slow-motion. Their films have become very popular with tens of millions of clicks on YouTube. They use a high-speed camera, and - once the stunts are slowed down - they are 200 times slower than in real life.
The Englert family from south-western Germany has been making bread for 90 years, and now has five bakeries. Their biggest rivals are the industrial bakers and discount supermarkets, who sell their wares for cheap. Read more:
Garden shop owners Thomas and Monika Till live and work amidst palms, ponds, and roses – thereby fulfilling their dream of living in nature. The price they pay is little privacy and hot summer days.
Benjamin Turquier makes the best croissants in Paris. His creations have even won prizes! So what's the secret to his success? More Euromaxx:
Comino is the smallest island in the Maltese Archipelago. While the island of Malta is one of the world's most densely populated territories, Comino could hardly be more sparsely populated. It now has just four permanent residents.They are two brothers, Salvu and Angelu, their aunt and a cousin. Salvu races in his Jeep across the little island and monitors the water supply. He never leaves Comino except for health reasons or to get spare parts. A priest visits them regularly to celebrate mass for the mini-community. And tourists come here by boat from Malta during the summer. Salvu likes having a chat with them, but is happy when they go back, so that he can get on with his work in peace.
The Pilatus Railway in Switzerland is the steepest cog railway in the world - and it's considered an engineering marvel. It leads from Lake Lucerne up to the top of Mount Pilatus. Not only does this allow visitors to see spectacular views, it also benefits Swiss tourism and the hotel located at the top. 2014 marks the railway's 125th anniversary, so we hopped aboard for the ride of a lifetime.
Whether for the mining or the tunnel building industry, wind power or ship's engines - everywhere machines reach a point when they no longer work. But that doesn't mean they're ready for the scrap heap. The Eickhoff company in Bochum repairs old machinery. More of Made in Germany:
Alexis always knew he would take over and manage his parents' estate. That's why he decided to leave Berlin and move back into the family palace located on the former East-West German border and set an example as an aristocrat who is a civic-minded citizen with a social conscience.
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a tiny, landlocked alpine country tucked away between Austria and Switzerland. With its 160 square kilometers, it's the 4th smallest State in Europe. Crown Prince Alois tells us more about the unique monarchy. For more go to
Just about all Germans have three of four old mobile telephones lying about in a drawer somewhere. That's more than 72 million cell phones country-wide. But simply throwing them away is what's really wasteful. The electronic elements of cell phones contain valuable materials such as copper, silver, gold and rare earth metals which can earn their owners good money! Germans can sell their old mobiles on the Internet portal Wir kaufens. The company that runs it, asgoodas, from Frankfurt-Oder receives more than 6000 cell phones a month. In the US and Britain, such opportunities have existed for a long time. Now the business is gaining momentum in Germany. Read more:
Virtual power plants represent a big hope for Germany's long-term energy plans. They connect clusters of small-scale generators such as solar-power plants, wind turbines and biogas facilities to form one big one. The resulting power station has the capacity of a small nuclear power facility -- and with it more market power. Report by Holger Trzeczak More:
Colombia is facing one of the world's biggest migration crises. More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed the Colombian border, fleeing a political crisis and poverty. Colombia's government fears the immigrants could destabilize the country.
Freiburg in the heart of the Black Forest has a reputation for its high quality of life. It's among the sunniest cities in Germany, and with its picturesque old town and fabulous local cuisine it's a real treat for visitors, too. For more go to
Alixe Winter runs a vintners' collective. Her recommendations for Freiburg are: the Dreisamufer café, the gourmet cuisine at the Hotel Colombi and the Jesuit monastery in nearby Merzhausen. You can see more for yourself via our video on demand.
Products from the former East Germany are not only nostalgic for those who lived under the communist regime. For more go to:
Peter Bellerby produces exquisite handmade globes in his workshop in the north of London. They range in price from 1,200 all the way to 64,000 Euros. He started making them 6 years ago, and in the meantime has customers worldwide, from Japan to Brazil. For more go to
We scoured Cannes on the French Riviera for a restaurant specializing in authentic Provencal cuisine, and found it near the old harbour, at Le Caveau 30. For Euromaxx, chef Thierry Cassim serves up a traditional bouillabaisse. For more go to:
Enchanted wood. That's Andreas Pahler's passion. He's a tonewood supplier, constantly on the lookout for the perfect Alpine spruce to turn into valuable violins and other stringed instruments. Read more:
Franz Stangassinger from Berchtesgaden makes Lederhosen, the traditional leather pants from Bavaria. His family-run business has a history going back some 120 years. Stangassinger's customers appreciate his hand-made products, even if it comes at a price - up to €2,500 a pair.Stangassinger wants to preserve the traditional Bavarian designs, as does his clientele from all across Europe. And every year in the run-up to Munich's Oktoberfest, his order books always fill up. Report by Thomas Mandlmeyer.
There are more than 30 palaces in Berlin and Potsdam. Many are large and magnificent. But visitors are drawn to one smaller building in particular: Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam Find out more:
Lüpertz is one of Germany's most renowned artists of the second half of the 20th century. Markus Lüpertz is also known for producing controversial sculptures.
British architect Luke Tozer has done something many would have thought impossible: He has squeezed a 185 square-meter home into a lot that is just 2.3 meters wide at one end. Appropriately enough,the L -shaped residence is called Gap House and is located in London's Notting Hill neighborhood. The family home also boasts environmentally-friendly heating and rainwater recycling.
Stuttgart is the largest city in Baden-Württemberg, it's the state capital and an economic and cultural center. Anyone planning to visit Stuttgart should definitely make time for a few cultural highlights. More Discover Germany:
Russia has pledged to continue its support for the International Space Station for another nine years. But after 2024, Moscow wants to go it alone, uncoupling its modules to form its own national space base. As the Russians are the only ones currently capable of ferrying astronauts to and from the ISS, NASA will have to be ready to carry out its own manned space flights by then. More tomorrow-today at:
Anyone who thinks style is only for the well-to-do will be surprised by the next edition of DRESSCODE. DW presenter Gerhard Elfers introduces his personal heroes from the Republic of Congo - the Sapeurs.