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East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory
Crossing to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie could be a rather complicated experience in pre-unified Germany. Especially if there was only one person but two accompanying passports together with a large camera carry bag that had been loaned out and returned filled with foreign currency.

Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs for Easter has been tradition in German speaking countries for centuries, and they are used to decorate everything from houses and gardens to wells and fountains. Found ready decorated at all Easter Markets, Ostermaerkte, it is still the custom, and much more fun, to color your own.

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 - Decorating Eggs
It is an ancient practice. Decorating eggs to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, or decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year. Very popular in German speaking countries, here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.

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".

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.

Fast Facts about Germany
Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.

Father's Day in Germany
That first experience of a German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so it changes each year, the variable date is not the only way celebrating "Fathers" in Germany differs from a "Father's Day" in other countries.

Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape lemonade but it's young wine with a strong "kick" and short season, however its traditional harvest time accompaniments, a rich onion pie "Zwiebelkuchen" and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.

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