Germany and the Netherlands

Image for Germany and the NetherlandsNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

In My Shoes, Original Episode 2 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Child-led documentary revealing life in two of Europe's most geographically and culturally interesting but sometimes overlooked countries. Through the eyes of seven local children, the programme features the mountains, rivers and coastline of Germany and the canals, ports and flatlands of the Netherlands.

  • Photo: Niklas by The Rhine

    Photo: Niklas by The Rhine

    The Rhine is a river that flows from Grisons in the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands and is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe.

    More about The Rhine on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Niklas by The Rhine, with Cologne Cathedral in the background

    Photo: Niklas by The Rhine, with Cologne Cathedral in the background

    Cologne Cathedral was commenced in 1248 and left unfinished in 1473. Work recommenced in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires and largest façade of any church in the world. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site.

    More about Cologne Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Niklas and Lena

    Photo: Niklas and Lena

  • Photo: Philipp wearing Tracht

    Photo: Philipp wearing Tracht

    Tracht is a traditional national costume in German-speaking countries. Although the word is most often associated with Austrian and Bavarian costumes, many other peoples of Germany have them.

    More about Tracht on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Philipp by Neuschwanstein Castle

    Photo: Philipp by Neuschwanstein Castle

    Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.

    The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.

    The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

    More about Neuschwanstein Castle on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Ibex at Buchenberg

    Photo: Ibex at Buchenberg

    The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps.

    The Alpine ibex was, at one point, restricted only to the Gran Paradiso national park in northern Italy, but in recent years it has recolonised most of the European Alps, and is found in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia.

    More about the Alpine ibex on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Maria in Hamburg

    Photo: Maria in Hamburg

  • Photo: Hamburger Dom Funfair

    Photo: Hamburger Dom Funfair

    The Hamburger Dom is a large funfair held in Hamburg, at Heiligengeistfeld fair ground, in Northern Germany.

    With three fairs (spring, summer and winter) per year it is the biggest and the longest fair throughout Germany.

    Nore about the Hamburger Dom Funfair on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Susanna and Josephine, by the Frillensee mountain lake, Inzell

    Photo: Susanna and Josephine, by the Frillensee mountain lake, Inzell

    Inzell is a municipality in the district of Traunstein in Bavaria, Germany.

    It is known for the Eisstadion Inzell, an outdoor artificial ice rink that has been used for many international speed skating championships.

    More on Inzell's history, on the municipality's website
  • Photo: Susanna, Josephine and Anita, Inzell

    Photo: Susanna, Josephine and Anita, Inzell

    The Max Aicher Arena at Inzell is an indoor ice rink that hosted the speed skating world championships in 2011.

    More on the Max Aicher Arena at Inzell, on the municipality's website
  • Photo: Susanna & Josephine wave boarding at Inzell

    Photo: Susanna & Josephine wave boarding at Inzell

    More about wave boarding on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Helen and friends on the beach at Sylt

    Photo: Helen and friends on the beach at Sylt

    Sylt is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein, and well known for the distinctive shape of its shoreline.

    The northernmost island of Germany, it is known for its tourist resorts and for its 40 km long sandy beach.

    It is also known for its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm tides.

    Read more about Sylt
  • Photo: Sea defences on Sylt

    Photo: Sea defences on Sylt

    More on coastal protection on Sylt, at the island's website
  • Photo: Ike with Dutch Smaaq cheese

    Photo: Ike with Dutch Smaaq cheese

    The Dutch are one of the world's largest cheese producers and exporters, with Edam and Gouda being the most popular.

    More about Dutch cheese on the Holland tourism site
  • Photo: Ike learns about bulb planting

    Photo: Ike learns about bulb planting

  • Photo: Ike at a Dutch flower stall

    Photo: Ike at a Dutch flower stall

  • Photo: Ike with tulips at a Dutch flower stall

    Photo: Ike with tulips at a Dutch flower stall

    The Netherlands remains the center of production for the European floral market, as well as a major international supplier to other continents.

    The flower auction at Aalsmeer is amongst the largest in the world.

    More about the Dutch flower industry on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Ike by a bridge in Haarlem, The Netherlands

    Photo: Ike by a bridge in Haarlem, The Netherlands

    Haarlem is a municipality and a city in The Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of North Holland, the northern half of Holland, which at one time was the most powerful of the seven provinces of the Dutch Republic.

    Haarlem lies in the northern part of the Randstad, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe.

    More about Haarlem on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Donna at Kinderdijk

    Photo: Donna at Kinderdijk

    Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, in the province South Holland, about 15 km east of Rotterdam. Kinderdijk is situated in a polder at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers.

    To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best known Dutch tourist sites and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

    More about Kinderdijk on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Veere, The Netherlands

    Photo: Veere, The Netherlands

    The small city of Veere is located on the Veerse Meer on the island of Walcheren in Zeeland. The name means "ferry" after Wolfert Van Borsselen established one here in 1281.

    The main attractions are the beaches and marinas. The Storm Surge Barrier on the Oosterschelde is the most popular visitor attraction in Zeeland, whilst the Scoutcentrum Zeeland on the coast of the Veerse Meer attracts scout visitors from around the world.

    More about Veere on Wikipedia
  • Photo: Robbert by the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier

    Photo: Robbert by the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier

    After the North Sea flood of 1953, it was decided to close off the Oosterschelde by means of a dam and barrier.

    The Oosterscheldekering (Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier), between Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland, is the largest of 13 ambitious Delta Works, designed to protect a large part of The Netherlands from flooding.

    More about the storm surge barrier on Wikipedia
  • Learning Zone Class Clips: Primary Geography - Europe

    Learning Zone Class Clips: Primary Geography - Europe

    Visit the Class Clips website for video clips on Europe aimed at primary level geography pupils.

    Watch Primary Geography - Europe video clips on Class Clips

Broadcasts

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss