• Hessen

    Hesse

    The Federal States of Germany

    The federal state of Hesse is located in the centre of Germany and borders on the federal states of Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia.

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  • Brandenburg

    Brandenburg

    The Federal States of Germany

    The federal state of Brandenburg is located in eastern Germany and encloses the federal capital Berlin in its centre.

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  • Küsten

    Coasts

    Shapes and Formation

    The border area of the ecosystems of land and sea, which influence each other, is referred to as coast.

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  • Lebensader Fluss

    The River as a Lifeline

    Nile, Amazon, Mississippi

    From source to mouth our rivers are constantly on the move. They count among the most dynamic biospheres on Earth and are vital connections for numerous plants and animals between otherwise separate habitats.

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  • Rom

    Rome

    Capital of Italy

    On the Tiber, in the centre of Italy, there lies the Italian capital of Rome.

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  • Erdgas

    Natural Gas

    Reserves, Extraction, Use

    It provides heat for radiators and for cooking, generates electricity and even drives cars: natural gas is an important energy resource – worldwide, and also here in Germany.

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  • Bodensee

    Lake Constance

    Living by the Water

    Lake Constance is not only beautifully situated at the foot of the Alps, surrounded by a fertile countryside – you can also tell many stories about it, and thus learn something about its history and the people who live there.

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  • Erdöl

    Petroleum

    Deposits, Extraction, Use

    Petroleum – a resource without which our modern industrial society is hardly conceivable. It serves as a basis for the fuel of almost all means of transport, but also for generating heat and electricity.

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  • Verstädterung

    Urbanisation

    The Emergence of Metropolises

    Cities, that is, concentrations of culture areas, existed already in ancient times, but the spread of metropolises worldwide, the so-called metropolisation.

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  • Berlin

    Berlin

    The Federal States of Germany

    Berlin is located in Eastern Germany, surrounded by the federal state of Brandenburg. The city can look back on an eventful history: as capital of Prussia, of the Empire, of the Weimar Republic and during the period of National Socialism. Due to the partition of Germany after the Second World War, the eastern part of Berlin became the capital of the GDR while West Berlin had the political status of an island right in the centre of the GDR until the German reunification. Today Berlin is a federal state, the largest city in Germany and capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the undisputed centre of its region, the federal state of Brandenburg, which surrounds the city.

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  • Hamburg

    Hamburg

    The Federal States of Germany

    Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and is located in the North German Plain at the lower course of the Elbe. As a federal city state, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is both a municipality and a state of the Federal Republic of Germany. The greater Hamburg area is the economic centre of North Germany. The port, its gateway to the world, is the centre of the dynamic economic metropolis.

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  • Bremen

    Bremen

    Federal States

    The federal state of Bremen is located in the northwest of Germany and entirely surrounded by the federal state of Lower Saxony. As one of the three city states the federal state of Bremen is not only the smallest German federal state but comprises two cities, the city of Bremen and the city of Bremerhaven. Thus Bremen is a two-city state which is unique in this form in the Federal Republic. The probably best-known landmarks of the Hanseatic city are the Town Musicians of Bremen – after the world famous fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm – and the Bremen Roland, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The relatively young port city of Bremerhaven owes its rise to become a world-famous overseas port above all to the about 8 million emigrants who left Europe via Bremen from 1832 to 1974.

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  • Das grüne Paradoxon

    The Green Paradox

    Why the Earth Gets Warmer

    Carbon dioxide is a nontoxic gas. It is formed in our bodies and in nature in the combustion of carbons. These are contained in all organic materials.

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  • Megastadt Paris

    Paris - the Megacity

    Savoir Vivre

    Paris is the capital of France and located in the heart of Europe. France is virtually the only Western European country where life is so strongly oriented towards the capital.

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  • Sachsen-Anhalt

    Saxony-Anhalt

    The Federal States of Germany

    The federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is not only abundant with natural beauty but also boasts a diverse landscape of castles, palaces and churches, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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  • Unser Sonnensystem

    Our Solar System

    Planets

    Looking up at the cloudless night sky is something special. It is a spectacle that we are offered free of charge every clear night.

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  • Nordrhein-Westfalen

    Northrine-Westphalia

    The Federal States of Germany

    North Rhine-Westphalia unites many contrasting mentalities and forms of life and landscape. It is a land of low mountain ranges, lowlands and vibrant metropolises.

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  • Globalisierung

    Globalisation

    Change through Trade

    A visit to the weekly market. Here they lie peacefully side by side: pears and apples from local regions next to exotic fruits such as kiwi, lychee, papaya and mango.

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  • Hightech-Standorte

    High-tech Locations

    Innovation Secures the Future

    The satellite dishes of the first terrestrial communications site on German ground in Raisting near the Ammersee have been a symbol of high-tech in Bavaria for decades. The very first satellite dish was still protected from all weathers by an air hall. Today it is an industrial monument.

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  • Thüringen

    Thuringia

    The Federal States of Germany

    "My name is Bodo Ramelow. I am Prime Minister of the Free State of Thuringia. It is a beautiful country. Its abundance of nature and environmental beauty, its wealth of art and culture, wonderful cities and history are truly exciting. We have so much to offer and I’m always glad about Thuringia’s wide diversity."

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  • Kartenkunde

    Doctrine of Maps

    Spatial Orientation

    ..... But how does a compass work? The answer is: by magnetic force. When you place a magnet amidst metal filings, you can see how these filings are pulled to the magnet. And when you take a closer look, you can see that the filings arrange themselves in specific directions at the magnet. This way, you can see where the field lines of the magnet run. The horseshoe magnet has a north pole and a south pole like the Earth. The direction of the cuttings tells you where the field lines along these poles are.

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  • Erdbeben

    Earthquakes

    Origin and Consequences

    For millennia, people have been afraid of earthquakes. A force of nature that regularly devastates whole regions and claims thousands of lives

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  • Niedersachsen

    Lower Saxony

    The Federal States of Germany

    Between the North Sea and the Harz, Ems and Elbe, stretches one of Germany’s federal states in which, according to legend, once the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Till Eulenspiegel and the lying Baron Munchhausen did their mischief.

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  • Israel

    Israel

    Between Tradition, High-tech and Conflicts

    The territory of present-day Israel is one of the oldest cultural regions on Earth. It is the Holy Land of three world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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  • Magma

    Magma

    Chained and Releqsed Power of the Earth

    The face of our home planet is subjected to constant change. Mountains are created and eroded over time, oceans flood continental areas, glaciers assume gigantic proportions, modify landscapes and melt – all this happens mostly in very long geological periods of time.

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  • Hochwasser

    Floods

    From Natural Phenomenon to Disaster

    Most of our earth is covered in water. Without water, no life. The water on our earth is in a constantly renewed global cycle.

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  • Kulturwandel in Mexiko

    Cultural Change in Mexico

    The Zapatista Movement

    31 federal states and the capital district of Mexico City form the United Mexican States. With an overall area of almost two million square kilometres, Mexico is the fifth-largest country on the two American continents. Globally, Mexico ranks eleventh with a population of roughly 110 million people.

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  • Das Amazonasgebiet

    Amazon Basin

    Rainforest and Biodiversity

    Because of its overwhelming biodiversity, the Amazon Basin is rightly referred to as the crown jewel of nature on earth.

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  • Vereinigte Arabische Emirate

    United Arab Emirates

    Alternatives to Oil

    Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. They consist of seven emirates. The United Arab Emirates are a country where the contrasts could hardly be greater: wealth from crude oil, wastage of crude oil and at the same time orientation towards a future in the post-oil era.

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  • Raumbeispiel Rhein

    The Rhine – a Natural Area

    From its Source to its Estuary

    At 1,230 km the Rhine is the second longest river in Western Europe. From its source in the canton of Graubünden in the Swiss Alps, it travels through Austria, Germany and empties into the North Sea in the Netherlands.

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  • Rheinland-Pfalz

    Rhineland-Palatinate

    The Federal States of Germany

    The German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate lies in the southwest of the Federal Republic of Germany. This DVD begins with an overview over the state with its nine natural regions: Ahr Valley, Eifel, Westerwald, Mosel-Saar, Huns- rück, the Nahe region, Palatinate with the Palatinate Forest, Middle Rhine-Lahn-Taunus and Rhenish Hesse.

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  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

    Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania

    Federal States

    Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the most north-eastern land of Germany. It encompasses an area of 23.174 square kilometres.

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  • Sachsen

    Saxony

    The Federal States of Germany

    The federal state of Saxony lies in the southeast of the Federal Republic of Germany. Besides an overview of the state, this DVD offers a detailed description of the character and history of Saxony’s natural landscapes.

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  • Saarland

    Saarland

    Federal States of Germany

    One of the small States of the Federal Republic of Germany is also represented in this film series. A turbulent history in a border situation between two power blocs, coal and steel, structural change, services and nanotechnology. Join us on a short trip through Saarland!

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  • Bayern

    Bavaria

    The Federal States of Germany

    The free state of Bavaria is one of the most diverse states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Amidst the Alps with the Alpine Foothills and the Frankenwald and Lake Constance in the southwest, there are various regions that considerably differ from each other with regard to landscape as well as to economic basis.

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  • Hauptstädte Nordeuropas

    Capitals of Northern Europe

    Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, Reykjavik, Stockholm

    This DVD presents the five capitals of Northern Europe: Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, Reykjavik and Stockholm. The pupils learn about the topographic situation of the capitals in Europe and in their respective country. The history of the cities and their development are outlined, as well as their particularities.

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  • Hauptstädte Mitteleuropas II

    Capitals of Central Europe II

    Bratislava, Budapest, Prague

    This DVD presents the capitals of eastern Central Europe, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. By way of intro- duction, the pupils learn about the natural and climatic bound- aries of the Central European region and which countries it encompasses.

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  • Hauptstädte Mitteleuropas I

    Capitals of Central Europe I

    Berlin, Bern, Vaduz, Vienna

    This DVD presents the German-speaking capitals of Central Europe, Berlin, Bern, Vaduz and Vienna. By way of introduction, the pupils learn about the natural and climatic boundaries of the Central European region and which countries it encompasses.

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  • London

    London

    European Capitals

    This DVD offers a clearly structured overview of the bustling city on the Thames. The students are to realise that the geographical situation of London in the centre of the island state is decisive both for its climate and its special historical and political significance within Europe.

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  • Venedig

    Venice

    Queen of the Seas in 1968 and 2008

    Showered with superlatives, Venice is doubtlessly an out- standing city, welcoming up to 15 million tourists annually. But despite the powerful magic it radiates, the city is confronted with seemingly overwhelming problems. Hence, detractors keep talking about a dying city.

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  • New York City

    New York City

    1967 and 2007

    A global metropolis of superlatives: the world capital of trade and culture is bustling with 8.1 million people from all nations. Due to its sea port, New York City became increasingly significant in the 19th century, before proceeding to transform into a unique megacity.

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  • Tschechien

    Czechia

    EU Member States

    This DVD offers a clearly structured overview covering the following aspects: Situation in Europe, size and population, landscapes (Bohe- mia, Moravia), mountains (Sudetes, Sudeten Mountains, Ore Mountains, Bohemian Forest), rivers (Elbe, Vitava), the climate, history (short overview, traffic, transport and infra- structure, economic structure (agriculture, industry, mining and energy supply), tourism, car industry (Skoda), breweries (Budweis, Pilsen), spas, important cities and sights, capital of Prague, traditions, language, education, food and drink, culture and music.

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  • Slowenien

    Slovenia

    EU Member States

    This DVD offers a clearly structured overview covering the following aspects: Situation in Europe, size and population, regions (Alps, Dinar Mountains, Pannonian Plain, Mediterranean coast), mountains (Julian Alps, Dinar Mountains, Karawanken), landscapes of particular interest (karst mountains, caves, Grottos of Adelsberg, “poljes”, Lake of Cerknica), rivers (Drava, Mur), the climate, history (overview up to today’s form of government, Yugoslavia, Declaration of Independence in 1991)...

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  • Ungarn

    Hungary

    EU Member States

    This DVD offers a clearly structured overview covering the following aspects: Situation in Europe, size and population, landscapes (Little and Great Hungarian Plains, Puszta), watercourses (Rába, Danube, Lake Neusiedl, Lake Balaton), mountains (Bakony Forest, Mecsek, Matra, Bükk), the climate, history (overview up to today’s system of government, national rebellion of 1956, change of system in 1987)...

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  • Slowakei

    Slovakia

    EU Member States

    This DVD conveys to the pupils a comprehensive picture of the European neighbour state of Slovakia. Topographical in- formation on Slovakia is followed by an overview of its typical natural landscapes, for instance, the alpine mountain ranges of the Carpathians, the Slovakian Ore Mountains with their rich ore deposits, the Slovak lowlands of the Little and Great Hungarian Plains, the Danube Valley and the Váh Valley and its many lakes and reservoirs.

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  • Polen

    Poland

    EU Member States

    This DVD conveys to the pupils a comprehensive picture of the European neighbour state of Poland. Topographical information on Poland is followed by an overview of its typical natural landscapes, for instance the Baltic seashore from the Pomeranian Bay to the Gulf of Gdansk, the adjacent hills of the “Baltic Ridge” und the lowlands of Silesia and Mazovia.

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  • Litauen

    Lithuania

    EU Member States

    This DVD conveys to the pupils a comprehensive picture of the Baltic state of Lithuania. Topographical information on Lithuania is followed by an overview of its four regions, which are distinguished by their respective traditions, dialect and landscapes: Upper Lithuania, Lower Lithuania with the Memel Territory, the region of Sudovia and the region of Dzukija.

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  • Lettland

    Latvia

    EU Member States

    This DVD offers a clearly structured overview of Latvia focusing on the following aspects: Situation within the EU, size and inhabitants, landscapes (regional landscapes, mountains, rivers), fauna and flora (storks, natural parks), the climate, history (short survey) up to its present system of government, old and new relations with Austria, traffic, transport and infrastructure, economic structure (agriculture, industry, energy supply, tourism), important cities and sights, the capital and former Hanseatic city of Riga, religion, traditions, lifestyle, food and drink, language, education, culture and music

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  • Estland

    Estonia

    EU Member States

    This DVD offers a well-structured overview of Estonia focusing on the following aspects: Location within the EU (border to Russia, situation at the Gulf of Finland), size and inhabitants, landscapes (regional land- scapes, mountains, rivers, islands), fauna and flora (moose, brown bear, lynx, natural parks), the climate, history (short survey)...

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  • Vulkane

    Volcanos

    Fascinating Firemountains

    When volcanos are mentioned in the media, this is usually in connection with devastating eruptions, which come with massive damage and a great number of victims. However, volcanos can also be quite useful – either as tourist attractions or as suppliers of valuable resources.

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  • Weinbau

    Wine-Growing

    From Grape to Wine

    The film starts with a short, simple overview of the importance of viticulture in Germany and Austria and the most famous wine regions in both countries. Then it goes on to discuss the most important conditions (soil, solar radiation) and forms of cultivation (terraces and vineyards on the plains) as well as the most widely spread types of grapes in Germany and Austria.

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  • Alpengletscher

    Alpine Glaciers

    Man and Ice

    Melting alpine glaciers are the most conspicuous indication of global warming, and in the wake of the climate discussion, the public has become increasingly aware of their fate. Besides the structure and function of the glaciers, the film describes their role in the ecosystem and for the economically active human.

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  • Kaffee

    Coffee

    A Cultivated Plant

    Coffee has become the second most important commodity on the world market after crude oil, and it enjoys tremendous popularity around the globe. Allegedly, it happened by chance that the stimulating effect of the cherry-like fruit was discovered in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa.

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  • Die Donau

    The Danube

    A River Across Half of Europe

    With a length of over 2,800 kilometres, the Danube is the second-largest river in Europe. The river, which is to become so mighty, starts out as a narrow brook with the confluence of both its headwater streams Breg and Brigach in Donaueschingen.

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  • EU Großprojekt

    Major EU Project

    Brenner Base Tunnel

    The Brenner Base Tunnel and the New Brenner Railway are a project of the Trans-European Networks – in short, TEN. The aim is to connect European countries optimally and to contribute to a more environmental-friendly and efficient organisation of traffic.

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  • Der Boden

    Soil

    Environment and Ecosystem

    “To be brought back down to earth” is an expression we use when someone needs to come back to reality. Just like the air to breathe, the soil is taken for granted and simply there – we do not need to think about it. However, it is an extremely complex, sensitive structure and not only the crucial production factor for farmers but their basis of their existence.

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  • Mensch und Klima

    Man and Climate

    Climate Change

    The first chapter of this DVD deals with the population development over the past 3000 years and the associated dramatic effects on nature. The massive deforestation and the fast-increasing water consumption are analysed as two examples for the consumption of our resources.

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  • Benin

    Benin

    Problems of a Developing Country

    Benin is situated in Equatorial Africa and is one of the poorest countries of the world. One third of its population lives in extreme poverty and infant mortality is high. The film provides an overview of the geographic location of Benin in Africa, its natural environment, climate and population.

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  • Der verwundete Planet

    The Wounded Planet

    Ecosystem Earth in Danger

    Over millions of years the development of the Earth was determined by nature. Today, man determines the development of nature but not to its advantage.

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  • Schleswig-Holstein

    Schleswig-Holstein

    The German Federal States

    In the far north, at the border to Denmark, is the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. The Baltic Sea coast and the hilly country to the east, the geest in the centre, the North Frisian Islands, the Wadden Sea with the North Sea coast determine the natural environment.

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  • Baden-Württemberg

    Baden-Wuerttemberg

    The Federal States

    Baden-Wuerttemberg – The Federal States Baden-Wuerttemberg, the third largest federal state, is located in the southwest of Germany. Its landscape structure is highly diverse and offers such different nature areas as the Odenwald, the Spessart, the Upper Rhine Plain, the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura

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  • Südkorea

    South Korea

    In the Land of the Morning Calm

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  • Die Elbe

    The River Elbe

    Major European Rivers

    ts catchment area is almost as large as 40 % of the surface area of Germany; it is 1.094 kilometres long: the River Elbe. In impressive nature pictures the multifaceted course of the Elbe from its source in the Giant Mountains to its estuary in the North Sea is shown. The division of the Elbe into its sections is just as precisely documented as its most important tributaries.

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  • Istanbul

    Istanbul

    City on Two Continents

    In the southeasternmost corner of Europe, at the border to Asia, in the metropolis of Istanbul continents, cultures and religions meet. The film provides an insight into the topography and history of Istanbul. The great mosques, palaces and other historically significant monuments, some of them converted into museums, are described in detail.

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  • Schulcaching

    School Caching

    Digital scavenger hunt

    A treasure hunt in nature… and with GPS devices! Geocaching has been a real trend with lovers of nature for long and now more and more schools discover that pupils can be encouraged to head out into nature and, moreover, that learning content can be communicated creatively in this way.

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  • Tibet

    Tibet

    Country of the Snow Lion

    Tibet, the so-called »Roof of the World«, is a vast highland in Central Asia. Hidden behind huge mountain ranges, the highest plateau of earth together with its inhabitants, the Tibetans, is little known to the rest of the world.

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  • Grüner Tourismus

    Green Tourism

    Alternative to Mass Tourism

    Whereas a few decades ago many countries on this earth could be reached under the most difficult conditions only, an unlimited number of travel destinations all over the world are open to people today.

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  • Indien

    India

    Culture and History

    India – in official language also called Republic of India, is a state in South Asia. Its national territory has an extension of about 3,287,263 km2, and is inhabited by 1.3 billion people

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