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German Museums – The Potato and Medieval Crime.
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 is the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A brief season but it's a favorite drink in Germany, and traditional addition to all the festivities and customs that belong to early spring and the first warm days and evenings of summer.

White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first, and delicious, symbol of spring. Beginning around mid-April it lasts until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist.

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

Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees
It is hard to imagine Easter without eggs, but in Germany from Easter Trees and decorated Easter Fountains and Wells, to Easter Sunday Egg Hunts and the Easter Sunday Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another play a starring role in the Easter celebrations.

Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
May enters with some weird and wonderful traditions in many regions of Germany, and the fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, when "Witches" join the festivities late on April 30. Tanz in den Mai, dancing the night away until maypoles and day-drinking welcome May, and Spring.

Germans and their Beer, Fast Facts
Germany's beer has a culture of its own, and its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres". Beer/flüssiges Brot, liquid bread, is a "food" in Bavaria - even the smallest region has a brewery, and don't forget it is important to raise one thumb when ordering.

Obatzda, a Bavarian cheese speciality, Recipes
Obatzda, a spicy mixture of different cheeses, is a menu staple in almost every Bavarian Beer Garden. Always flavored with paprika whatever additional ingredients are included, it's a Bavarian specialty favorite that is really worth trying.

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

Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes
The Thursday before Easter is "Green Thursday" in Germany. Gründonnerstag when by tradition meals for the day are "Green", with "Green Bean Soup" and "Seven Herb Soup" among the most popular. Any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".

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