Renderosity is in Germany!
Renderosity is in Germany!

Where in the world is Renderosity? Our next stop is Deutschland - Germany! This cornerstone of Europe will be our destination for the next two weeks, so come and learn about Germany and some of the things that make it great.

Renderosity offers the German language in the Renderosity MarketPlace, as well as several other international languages.

Part of this showcase will take a look at some of the German members that make Renderosity THE home for digital artists! Those who have ever visited Germany are also welcome to share stories or experiences right in the Opinions section on this page. Also, we welcome you to use the Video Center to upload any German related videos into the Spotlight section.

Congratulations to allnaydi, robson_luke and Biscuits. They were randomly selected from the correct entries in the Where in the World? Quiz. Our next stop in the Renderosity Travels will be around again before you know it, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we give you...Germany.

Germany derives its name from Germania. It is said that the name was given by Julius Caesar himself, using a Gaelic term possibly meaning "neighbor".



Tribes that occupied what is now Germany can be traced as far back as the First Century B.C. Aside from expansion south in to mainland Europe and meetings with the Romans, little is known about the earliest part of German history. Despite many battles between the Romans and Germanic tribes, the land representing modern Germany remained out from under the control of the Roman Empire. Recently an ivory sculpture of a woman was found in Germany. Scientists estimate its age to be around 35,000 years old, making it one of the world's oldest known sculptures of a human being.

The area was controlled by the Frankish Empire for several centuries which culminated with the rule of Charlemagne in the early 9th Century. This eventually led to the rule of the Holy Roman Empire from that point on through the 19th Century. This period saw the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with Martin Luther in 1517.

In the 1300s Germany and the rest of Western Europe was ravaged by the Black Death. One third of the entire European population was estimated to have died at the time. Germany itself was said to have lost between 20-40% of its entire population in a four year span.

In more modern times, the country saw political turmoil from the creation of the German Empire in 1871 up until after the Second World War. This time included Germany being defeated in World War I, political unrest with the Weimar Republic and the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

Post World War II saw Germany in near ruin. A scramble for occupation of the country by allied countries created two German states - the republic of West Germany and the communist controlled East Germany. The lasting icon for the uneasy existence between these two entities was the Berlin Wall, which separated Germany's capital into Eastern and Western pieces. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification that formed the Germany we know today.

Germany is now a member of the European Union, and launched the euro as their currency in 1999.



Germany has been at the center of European civilization for centuries, so it stands to reason that there are many remarkable sites to see - both ancient and modern. Here are a few places to see while you are there:

Berlin

The capital city of Germany. It's population of 3.4 million makes it the second most populous city in the entire European Union. One of the largest tourist destinations in the EU, Berlin is the major cultural hub in Europe. In addition to experiencing the nightlife and modern amenities offered by a city with such a high standard of living, you can also see reminders of Berlin's past, including part of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. For the naturalist, the outlying areas of Berlin contain woodland and stunning lakeviews.

Bonn

The birthplace of Beethoven. Bonn was the capital of West Germany for 31 years, and still remains a political center for the country. Along with Beethoven's birthplace you can also see one of the country's oldest churches, Bonn Minster, and an extinct volcano, Rodderberg.

Munich

The "village of a million people", Munich is home to automaker BMW, whose headquarters is actually a national landmark. You can catch a football match at the amazing Allianz Arena, which actually hosted World Cup matches in 2006. For those with finer tastes, one can see opera performed at the National Theater.

Hamburg

Along with Berlin, Hamburg is a city-state within Germany. It is the second largest city in Germany, and has the second largest port in all of Europe. If you love sports, Hamburg is the place for you. No other place in Germany boasts as many professional league teams and internatiol sporting events. Tennis, field hockey, equestrian, football and more can be found at the elite level in this city. You can also have an authentic hamburger, although it's not going to be anything like the one you can get at McDonald's.



Two things that go together are Germans and sausage. Over 1,500 different types of sausage are made within Germany's borders. They also know beer. The average German consumes almost 31 gallons of beer per year. That's one of the highest rates in the world!

If you're dining in Germany, make sure you are prepared. There is a popular German saying: Breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and dine like a beggar. Bread, rolls, cold meats, cheese and more will end up on your plate at breakfast alone! A lot of traditional vegetables can be found along with a nice German sausage.

One popular food in Germany is the Bratwurst. From fast food to home prepared, there are multitudes of recipes for this sausage treat for you to try. Popular side dishes you can find with a good "brat" are sauerkraut and fried potatoes.

For those who like fish, you can try the uniquely German rollmops. It consists of a pickled herring fillet wrapped around a pickle or onion. Delicious!

For dessert, German cuisine offers you a large selection of tarts and cakes made with fresh fruits. Cheesecake is a popular treat, as is the Black Forest Cake - a wonderful confection with chocolate cake, whipped cream and cherries. Another interesting food you can find is Spaghettieis, which is ice cream that looks like real spaghettie and sauce, but tastes like delicious fruity ice cream!

Germans love their beer, so much so that you can find not only top quality drinks such as Koelsch and Altbier, but also specialty beers that mix together concoctions that include lemonade or cola! One thing that you won't find in Germany is a can of beer. In most places you will only find it in a bottle or draught.

As with many developed countries, Germany has cuisine that is influences from other countries found in Europe and beyond.



Part of Germany's meteoric rise out of the ashes of World War II can be attributed to their advances in science and technology. Some of the brightest minds of the 20th century came out of Germany, such as Albert Einstein.

Some of the oldest universities in the entire world are located in Germany, and over the centuries many forward thinking individuals flocked to Germany to learn there. The University of Heidelberg has existed for over 600 years.

In addition to Einstein, Germans arguably contributed more to 20th century physics than any other country can claim. Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger were just a few of the bright minds to come out of Deutschland. Another German, Johannes Gutenberg, invented moveable type - moving civilization light years ahead in the dissemination of information for the masses.

Germany was, and still is, a forerunner in the transportation industry. Some of the most well known names in transportation are German: Benz, Diesel, Zeppelin, Von Braun and Daimler.

Some of the most popular automobiles in the world originate in Germany, such as Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The technology for some of the new battery operated vehicles currently being tested was developed in Germany. Such is the reputation of German quality and precision that the term "german engineering" is used to denote something of superior design and functionality.

The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 102 Germans, only behind the UK and the United States in the number of laureates. German influence can be seen in a variety of major scientific fields. As such, some of the premier research institutions in the whole world can be found within the borders of Germany.






German MarketPlace Vendors

Danie

Nursoda

SWAM

outoftouch

karanta

Valea

AlienskinsStudio

Bice

tabala

boundless

django

MarkusVogt

German Free Stuff

Here is some German themed digital content you can find right now in the Free Stuff section:

Gulli

German Police
Uniforms Colors 1

German Castle
(background picture)

German V-Weapons pack

German Gallery Members

rollmops

Friday

cbender

Zottel1

VelkynVeldrin

petemohr

necrophage

Psychoraner

achmed2

civi

Fakeimage

MarWeiss6

Click here for the full list of German Gallery members

German Themed Artwork

K-Wagen

Passat Grill

Ju-188 Channel Run

Everibody knows this
castle... )) Neuschwanstein

Bf110 G-4

Memories of my Father

BABY BLACK RED GOLD

15th Century Salet

Be sure to check out the Galleries for new work being uploaded daily!


Member Opinions:
By: Jules53757 on 5/18/09
Well, a lot of prejudices. For example, Germany was one of the founders of the European Union, or the Euro, it's correct the Euro started in 1999 but only as virtual money. The money was released in 2002.

Or sausages, it's funny. Looks like we are living with Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. To be honest, most selling fast food in Germany is called Doener, a Turkey speciallity. It's sold more then Hamburgers and Bratwurst.

For sure, we have hundreds kinds of beer, mostly brewed in small local breweries but delicious. We have also wine of very heigh quality.

Also the idea of the breakfast. Sure, we have that proverb but the main meal in Germany is the lunch. If you're in a hotel, for sure, depending on the stars, you have the choice between nearly all breakfast cultures of the world, in standard hotels you will find bread, buns, butter, jam of different kind, honey, eggs, some sort of cheese, different kind of sausages, fruits, corn flakes, cerealies, milk and coffee.

We have also a lot of local food specialities, sometimes known only in some squarekilometres. Or our language. We have a common language but, we have a lot of dialects. People from the north of Germany are mostly unable to understand the dialect of Bavarians and vice versa.

Best thing to learn a little bit about us an dour country. Come and visit us :)

Ulli aka Jules53757

By: Shalimar-Cherie on 5/18/09
Hehe , so Germans love Dunkelbier & Christkindlemarkt ;-).
But no we dont wear Lederhosen ( at least not all of us ) *LOL* .

By: PaganArtist on 5/18/09
Germany is a beautiful country and I enjoyed my time there in the military. I didn't stay on base but in a small apartment inside a older building built before WWI. The elderly lady that ran the apartments was very sweet and treated me like her grandson I got a lot of home cooked meals. This was a great experience and one that most tourists would never have a chance to experience.

By: sunfish on 5/18/09
Thank you for the very nice article about Germany. I recommend everybody to visite my country. Come and see beautiful landscapes and meet nice people. Herzlich willkommen!!!

By: zxcv on 5/18/09
Prussians may be efficient, but Bavarians really know how to party!

By: megaionstorm on 5/19/09
Welcome to the real world !

Yes, i am a 'German Marketplace Vendor' too.

But not included in the above 'German Marketplace Vendor' list ...

Best greetings and regards from germany to the whole world !

By: Rainbowgirl on 5/19/09
I will not go into some... well, let'
s say haziness, in your article, but what really astonishes me is that there is not a single word about German artists. No Riemenschneider, no Dürer, no Holbein, no Marc, no word about architecture, nothing about Bauhaus at all...
But thank you anyway for giving my home country a place on Renderosity :-)

By: tiff666 on 5/19/09
Germany rocks!!! I love that country, I always have a lot of fun, going to gigs and festivals, beautiful landscapes, the old parts of the cities...

Highly recommended!!!!!!

By: bernieloehn on 5/19/09
Follow or select and paste this link to find some pictures that I took in my home town Heidelberg in autumn 2006:

http://www.bernieloehn.de/phpgraphy/?dir=Heidelberg%202006

Best regards,

Bernie

By: Pugster56 on 5/19/09
Deutschland rules!!!! I spent almost 7 years in Stuttgart while in the Army. I have a German Last Name & we still have family in Germany that, of course, didn't immigrate to the States. We can trace our Family Tree back to the 1600's. Loved the beer!!

By: Mec4D on 5/19/09
That's cool, I am half German from my mother side and I was living in Germany for couple of years as well, I love Berlin, Hamburg, Essen, Hanover and Karlsruhe where I spend most of my time....if you was not there you should it is a beautiful country...Cath

By: sally69 on 5/19/09
Germans are nice neighbours. Every once and a while I spend some time there. Friendly people and as said in the text, good food, but bad for for the belly ;)

By: AliceFromLake on 5/19/09
Well, the Germans are strange people. What nobody knows is, that the german language doesn't really exist. German is an accumulation of many slangs. They are so different, that some nativ speaking people for example Bavaria doesn't understand, what a nativ speaking from Cologne says. Every town has their own beer brewery, so there are thousends of different beers in Germany. The best beer comes from Bavaria. ;-)

The most conservativ aerea in Germany is Bavaria, comparable to Texas in the US (Bavaria is the aerea with the highest corruption, some people in Germany say :-) ). There you can stil find some Lederhosen wearing people. The richest aerea is Baden-Wuertemberg, where Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Heckler&Koch comes from, the so called Swabians. The most crazy and open mindet people are in the Ruhr Aerea (Ruhrgebiet). The most boring aerea or city is Hanover. The most beautyfull aereas are the Black Forrest and Allgaeu (here you can find Neuschwanstein Castle) in South Germany.
The best food you can get in South Germany, because its more influenced by the southern and western neighbours (France, Austria, Italy).

Well... :-)

By: BardCoennius on 5/19/09
German-American trivia!

Some folks may be interested to know that people of German ancestry make up the third largest ethnic group in the U.S., just after the English and Scots-Irish.

Famous Americans of German ancestry include World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker (Richenbacher) and legendary jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.

Many American cultural customs come from Germany, including some of our dietary preferences (large breakfasts and lager beer) and Yule celebrations (Christmas trees). It also seems as if the more "conservative" elements of both countries come from their respective southern regions (Bavaria and the former Confederacy).

At one point in early U.S. history, German nearly became the official language.

During World War II, General George Patton reportedly wanted a one-on-one duel with his counterpart (for whom he had a great deal of admiration and respect), General Erwin Rommel. Years afterward, their respective sons, George S. Jr. and Manfred became good friends and drinking buddies.

Most people also don't realize that Germans - or more properly, Teutons, as the Germanii were actually a Celtic tribe - have been around for over 2,000 years (the Romans were absolutely terrified of them). However, the nation of Germany itself is quite young, founded only in 1875. Prior to that time, it was a loose confederation of principalities and small independent kingdoms left over from the "Holy Roman" Empire (which was neither - but that's another story...;-) )

Even today, individual Germans identify more strongly with their local region than with their nation as a whole (so Bavarian, Saxon, Westphalian or Prussian first, German second).

By: JoEtzold on 5/19/09
"The most boring aerea or city is Hanover." ..... This cries for reply. If you are bored in Hannover (it's written with 2 n otherwise it would be in the USA) you have forgotten to leave your hotel suite ...

Hannover has had the Expo in 2000 the biggest fun fair in that year with lot's of visitor's of all nations around the world.

B.t.w. cities ... Berlin is not only germany's capital but also called the biggest turkish town outside of Turkey.

Hm, sausages ... but this is half of truth. Germnan bakery is delivering the widest varity of bred and rolls all over the world ... from white to black.
And we have lot's more than Bratwurst and Sauerkraut.

Politics ... why ever naming Adolf Hitler. Ok, he existed but needs no extra nomination.
Why not for example name Otto von Bismarck, who was not only a founder of the modern Germany in 1871 but also a founder of modern social and health systems.
Or other guy's like Baron von Steuben who was a major help in founding the USA.

But look there is much much more ... come and see at your self ... be invited

By: BardCoennius on 5/19/09
Yet another famous American of German ancestry: Army General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower (originally spelled "Eisenhauer").

By: SahaFashion on 5/20/09
Welcome to my home - welcome to Germany :)

By: Nymue on 5/20/09
Lol...it is always so cute to see the own country discribed by others...greez from...well...Germany ;)

By: agricola on 5/20/09
I just like to add some notes about German history, because this year we have got two important dates to celebrate especially in the region where I live: The first one: 2000 years ago the Cheruscan chieftain Arminius (later on called "Hermann") beat the Roman legions commanded by Varus, which was the most devastating defeat for the Roman empire on German territory ever.

The second one is the 250th anniversary of the battle of Minden (which is my home town) where British and Prussian troops beat the French. I suppose the British remember this date with more emphasis than Germans do. Some years ago a Chinese cook told me that there are actually two streets in Hongkong named after the battle: Minden row and Minden avenue. Well, this is a small world, isn't it? - I mean from our (the Mindeners) point of view ;-)

By: flavia49 on 5/20/09
I'm Italian but I love Germany and the Germans a lot!!! Germany is a wonderful country with very kind people, a lot of splendid naturalistic, architectural, historical places. How can you forget German music: Beethoven, Haendel, Bach ...?, and Goethe, Mann, Hoerderlin, Heine etc...not to mention her philosophers.
Germany is worth of a more than one trip.

By: Nyala on 5/20/09
Welcome Rero-Members in my home country!

Greetings from Germany :)

Bye
Nyala

By: AliceFromLake on 5/21/09
And... well... we Germans have a city that doesn't exist. I swear, I don't know anybody from Bielefeld, I never has been there and I don't know anybody there... :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielefeld_Conspiracy

By: Ghostpanther on 5/21/09
@Rainbowgirl: perhaps Rendo will write a second article about our culture and arts during their 2-weeks-holidays here ;-) should be enough time to get to the big museums to see our most famous artists or to visit cities like Weimar to learn about the origins of the Bauhaus.

@Renderosity:

You wrote: "Germany derives its name from Germania. It is said that the name was given by Julius Caesar himself, using a Gaelic term possibly meaning "neighbor"."

That's not completely true. Although it was presumingly Caesar, who gave us our name, he wasn't the only one, who used it before. It was known in Greece as well in 80 b.Chr.
BUT: "german" does NOT mean "neighbor"

A Ger-man is a man with a weapon, especially some kind of spear or dart. These warriors were very dangerous and that's the reason, why Caesar wrote about them - he wanted to have them in his troops !

"Neighbour" was nothing with which you could describe a german tribe. Therefor they were all to aggressive against each other.
And with that you have as well the importance of the battle of Arminius against Varus, because Arminius was able to unite several tribes to a complete army under one commandership and to create like this a nearly unbeatable army.
In fact that was as well, what Caesar was afraid of, when he battled against the Gallic tribes, that if they would unite under one tactical commandership, they could defeat the Romans.

Did you know, that - when Romans first fought against gallic and german tribes - they were defeated, because they were completely terrified ?! *ggg*
Among the huge howling warriors were as well woman - and they ran forward suddenly shook off their coats and showed their bare breasts !!
The Roman lines broke completely together *hihihi* and they needed a lot of training to hold their lines against this kind of fight.

By: hmatienzo on 5/22/09
GAK! Thousands of native dishes, and what gets picked again and again?? Bratwurst! And no Lederhosen here in Lower Saxony, LOL! Labskaus and Rollmops is great... but nothing beats Italian food, LOL!!!
I was born in Essen, live at the coast in the North now, and the Bavarians can have their state and mountains back to themselves... jk! ;-)

By: cheba70 on 5/22/09
Great Country, I have always wanted to visit there. Scenery pics I have seen are always interesting. I am German ancestory. My Grandfather came here from Germany in the 1890's and my sister married the son of a German classical pianist, last name Schlaaff. He came to U.S. right after W.W.1. Always enjoyed the cooking that his family put before us. I will not attempt to spell the food dishes names. I have two Weimaraner's and that is my favorite dog breed. I will hopefully visit one day, hope they still like Yanks :)

By: BecSchm on 5/23/09
The members from Germany have contributed much to making Rendo the great site that it is!

By: Flash178 on 5/23/09
Wildenrath, Laarbruch & Gutersloh. I miss them all!!! I served in Germany with the RAF three times. I loved the country, it's people and the Roads. If we sent the road makers of England to Germany.... You get the message. I sometimes wonder why I own a car over here....
"Gutentag Deutschland! Bitte, ein Grosse Beer." Pardon my spelling it's been a while

By: Jules53757 on 5/23/09
And, we have some Highways with NO speed limits :P

By: leehilliard on 5/24/09
living in germany for the last 20 odd years has been a fantastic experience for me.i've visited many different german cities and several other european countries that i may never seen otherwise.learning the language and culture here was also a major reason for me choosing german as my home.

By: FredaF on 5/24/09
love, that you made my country a theme, great article! Very well researched, but me too, I am missing the artists as this is a community of artists and we got a very alive art and creatitvity scene in Germany.

Warm greetings to everybody from Berlin, Freda

By: perrin1977 on 5/24/09
Hang on a minute, you guys missed out Pfefferpotthast. Being the good Dortmunder that I am, I could not let that one slip, and anyway, Altbier? No offense my friends from Duesseldorf, but your Frankenheim or Diebels cannot compete with Hoevels Bitterbier. How I miss that over here in Scotland.

Love and hugs.

By: cbender on 5/26/09
:)) a quite nice mix of prejudices and truths... :))
well done - an i guess - if we wait a bit - we'll get a more and more precise picture of germany... :))) i'll read this later in detail - an probably do add some more details... :)))

viele grüße
christian

By: Petra3d on 5/26/09
Very nice to read about my homeland Germany.
I live in the UK since July 1997 and love it here but do miss my * Bratwurs * * Rahmspinat * and of course my Koelsch which is a Beer. sighhh

Thank you for stopping by in Germany.
Petra

By: maurin on 5/26/09
@JurgenDoe: Great summary!

May I add:

7. Thuringia (where I was born) favorite entree: dumplings, roast goose an red cabbage. Also famous - like Hessen - for excellent cakes and cookies.

I dont know anybody who has cake as a dessert. Cakes and tartes are for afternoon coffee ...with auntie or grandma at weekends ;-)



By ...maurin

By: FantastArt on 5/27/09
It's always funny to see how Germans are seen in the rest of the world...Looks like I'm not the typical German, I never eat Rollmops ;-)Igitt

By: Stellavista on 5/27/09
By the way, the most common sports in Germany is not football (though it's called "Fussball" here), it's soccer of course! The people are just crazy about it. And as a musician, I think that modern electronic music was mostly invented in Germany, starting with CAN or Neu! and of course Kraftwerk, but many others too, like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream. Visit Berlin and enjoy the "Love Parade", one of the biggest techno party in Europe!

By: Karth on 5/27/09
*winks* from Bremen...the home of the "Beck´s".
"Bratwurst" *ROFL*
I love "Pizza" and "Döner" and....
very German:
"Kartoffelpuffer"

Have Fun and a nice stay :)

By: spacebones on 5/27/09
Hey, funny... so welcome everybody to my homeland! Thanks @JurgenDoe for the little summary on the diversities of our food, there could be said so much more... as always, the best way to get a real impression of everydays Germany may be to better forget the most things you might have been told before, hehe... ;-)
If you`d ever gonna stay here for your vacancies/hollidays, simply feel welcome and enjoy. :-))

By: eschen on 5/27/09
It was Konrad Zuse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse) who invented the computer. I'm proud that I was able to see him live at our university when I got my degree in computer science short before he dies. He was a pretty wise man. If you're in Munich visit Deutsches Museum to have a look at an impressive collection of computers (also Zuse's famous Z3 replica or the original Z4 [http://www.deutsches-museum.de/sammlungen/ausgewaehlte-objekte/meisterwerke-iii/z3-und-z4/z3-und-z4-grossansicht/]). The most important Enterprise Resource Planning software SAP R/3 is a German product.

By: inaani on 5/29/09
ist ja interessant das hier keiner deutsch schreibt ;-)

is interesting that nobody here writes German ;-)

By: necrophage on 5/30/09
another fun thing about germany - it's goth country - with lots of festivals, subculture and bands. it kind of fits into the general mood. did you know that one of the first collection of ghost stories was of german orgin. it was by apels and launs and byron and shelley were reading it when residing in the villa diodati in geneve - mary shelley started writing 'frankenstein' there.


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