Germany and its Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. Harbingers of Spring, bringer of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a "theme route", their return to nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers, after a winter in warmer climates, is reason for celebration.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, and the regular "cleaning of everything in sight" has a name - Putzanfall. So much a passion it is even considered enjoyable, while a home, car, bicycle etc. that isn't "sparkling" often leads to anxiety and tension.
Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Each change of season is "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes, and carefully tended colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. Sometimes a bizarre mixture but a joy to behold on door stoops, window ledges, trailing down from apartment block balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
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".
Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
It is "Dance into May", Tanz in den Mai", in many regions of Germany, with the fun and games beginning with Walpurgisnacht, late on April 30; when "Witches" join the festivities. Maypoles, ancient customs and dancing deep into the first May night round off a traditional welcome to Spring.
German Beer, Some Fast Facts
German beer has its own "Tag des Deutschen Bieres"; Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is classified as "Food" in Bavaria; even 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 Culture.
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