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White Asparagus Season in Germany
"Spargelzeit", the springtime "white asparagus" madness which sweeps over Germany, a first symbol of spring. A brief season, "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When the cherries are red the asparagus is dead", beginning around mid-April ending June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist.
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 means Tanz in den Mai, Dancing into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches were believed to join the festivities, it continues with May Day Maypoles, dancing and traditions, which last until deep into the night.
German Beer, Fast Facts
Beer in Germany has its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres", it's known as 'Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, and is 'Food' in Bavaria but just enjoyed elsewhere. There are over 1,270 breweries and 1,500 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, where decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits play their part in the celebrations, but from Palm Sunday onwards there are 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, while any herbs left are used in 'Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce' on Easter Sunday.
Spring in Germany
Fruehling, Spring in Germany. Whatever the weather tables and chairs begin to appear outside Cafe's and Beer Gardens, and Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, Outdoor Sports together with age old springtime traditions take over the country.
Knut, a Sad End for Berlin Zoo's Star Polar Bear
Knut, Berlin Zoo's celebrated and charismatic young polar bear, and Leonardo DiCaprio's one time Vanity Fair cover companion, beat the odds to survive after his birth in December 2006, but died at the age of only four years, very young for an ice bear. And especially one in captivity.
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