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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".
Cologne Chocolate Museum
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 Chocolate Museum.
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
In many of Germany's regions May 1 means it is time to "Tanz in den Mai". Dance into May. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30 when witches join in the festivities; continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions, celebrations and dancing deep into the night.
German Beer, Fast Facts
German beer has "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" in April; Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is classified as "Food" in Bavaria; the smallest region usually has its own brewery; it is cheaper than some mineral waters and it's important to raise one thumb when ordering. 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 that is 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. Any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".
Spring in Germany
Fruehling, Spring in Germany. It might be windy, even cold, but tables and chairs begin to appear outside Cafe's and Beer Gardens; Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, outdoor Sports and age old springtime traditions take over the country. All it needs is that first sign of Spring.
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