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Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff - the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A favorite drink in Germany and traditional addition to the month's other festivities and customs. Its season is brief but perfect for those first warm spring and summer evenings.

White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "Madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist. "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot When cherries are red the asparagus is dead".

Chocolate Museum Cologne, Germany
Something for all chocolate fans It looks like a ship moored on the Rhine River, but 3,000 years of chocolate history, a child and adult friendly interactive journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar, and free samples, are found in Cologne's Chocolate Museum, the world's largest.

Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees
An Easter without eggs is hard to imagine, and in Germany from Easter Trees and Easter Fountains to Easter Sunday's Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another still play a starring role in the country's Easter celebrations.

May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st and it's 'Tanz in den Mai', Dancing Into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches join in the festivities and continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions and dancing lasting deep into the night.

German Beer, Fast Facts
German beer has a "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" in April: It's known as "Fluessiges Brot", liquid bread: Is "Food" in Bavaria but just enjoyed everywhere else: More than 1,300 breweries brew 5,000 varieties that Mark Twain described as "As Different as Hens in a Farmyard". Germany's Beer.

Obatzda, Beer Garden Favorite, Recipes
A Bavarian Beer Garden without "Obatzda" on the menu would be hard to find. A spicy mixture of different cheeses, always flavored with paprika whatever additional ingredients are included it's a favorite Bavarian specialty really worth trying.

Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions
Easter in Germany is a mass of color with painted eggs and chocolate rabbits playing their part. Palm Sunday with its decorative Palm Bouquets begins "Karwoche", Holy Week, and is followed by many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.

Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes
Thursday before Easter is "Green Thursday" in Germany. Gruendonnerstag when traditionally meals for the day are "Green", with "Green Bean Soup" and "Seven Herb Soup" among the most popular recipes, then any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".

When Spring Comes to Germany
Fruehling, Spring in Germany. Tables and chairs begin to appear outside Cafe's and Beer Gardens whatever the weather, while Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, Outdoor Sports, together with age old springtime traditions, take over the country. All it needs is that first sign of Spring.

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