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Two of Germany's Offbeat Museums
The Potato Museum and The Medieval Crime Museum are two of many unusual museums in Germany's huge, and comprehensive, museum collection, covering everything from classical antiquities and priceless treasures, chocolate, ships and composers Bach through Wagner, to Zeppelins.
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". It's a 'madness' that sweeps through Germany, a first symbol of spring. A brief season, "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When cherries are red the asparagus is dead", it begins 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 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
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 1,300 breweries and 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, 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.
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