Two Hairy Pulis Snow Dogs.

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The two Pulis Quastie and Gin-Gin run in the snow in their garden in Lautertal, Germany.
Pulis are Hungarian sheepdogs and rarely seen in Germany.
Image Credit: Photograph by Michael Probst/AP Photo
The acrobatic Puli has been likened to a bouncing spring. Happy and playful well into his teens, with boundless energy and insatiable curiosity, he bustles about with light-footed agility, checking out every new sight and sound and expressing his opinion about it.
The Puli is sturdy and durable, a superb athlete with quick reflexes who can turn on a dime and clear a six-foot fence from a standstill.

 

Source: Picture | This Week in Pictures – ABC News

Colditz Castle Germany,

Sitting on top of a sheer 255-foot cliff with the Mulde River below, and located deep in the heart of Nazi territory, some 400 miles to the border, Colditz Castle (Schloss Colditz) was a high-security prison that the Germans considered escape-proof.
Known as Oflag IV-C, it primarily held high-profile Allied officers and those who had repeatedly escaped from other less-secure camps. It essentially became a prison full of escape artists.
The impenetrable castle’s 7-foot-thick walls and steep cliffs did not deter the prisoners at Colditz, who devised intricate escape techniques and came up with ingenious and sophisticated strategies.

Unfortunately for the Germans, 300 escape attempts were made from this inescapable fortress during the war—over 30 of which were successful.
The high-security measures in place failed to take into consideration the pure audacity and cunning of the imprisoned officers.
From tunneling, cross-dressing, or constructing a glider, the craftiness of the prisoners meant the guards had to remain constantly on their toes.
Following liberation by American forces in 1945, the memoirs of escaped prisoners inspired dozens of films, TV productions, video games, and even board games. In particular, the memoir of British Army officer Pat Reid provided the inspiration for the film The Colditz Story.
Source: Colditz Castle – Colditz, Germany – Atlas Obscura

Something Grimm in Cologne.

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Once upon a time, there lived a photographer named Kilian Schönberger – and while he is not a character from your favorite fairy tale, his very real images spin some otherworldly fantasies.
Working in Cologne, Germany, the photographer’s own backyard serves as the source for his “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” series and captures the woodlands and waterfalls that served as a backdrop for many infamous folktales.
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Schönberger – who, ironically, is color-blind – perfectly blends the misty, magical, and macabre in his intensely-atmospheric photographs.
Presenting everything from thickets full of brilliant sunlight to copses where things go bump in the night, his landscapes speak to the battles of good, evil, and everything in-between that pervade folklore tradition.
Although his images more often feature gingerbread cottages and ancient castles than human characters, Little Red Riding Hood would look perfectly natural running through them.
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See more Images via There’s Something Grimm About These Photos.

Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg′s Christmas market.

Known and loved the world over.
Every year more than 2 million visitors, including many tourists from around the world, stroll across the Christkindlesmarkt – the main Christmas market in the heart of Nuremberg.

 

The gothic Frauenkirche architecture from the 14th century lends the perfect backdrop to the festive atmosphere.
The market opens in November and remains open to visitors until Christmas Eve.
Source: 10 reasons to visit the Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg′s Christmas market | All media content | DW | 30.11.2018

Winter Sunrise at Hintersee Lake.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Gregor Thelen.
Just before dawn the sun rises over the Hintersee lake in the Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany.
The mist clears over the dead calm lake giving a mystic view of the mountains greeting the morning sun.
Like a land untouched by human hand the quietness and peace is tangible in the delicate shades and majestic nature rising from the night.
Source: Winter Sunrise Photo by Gregor Thelen — National Geographic Your Shot