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10 Most Popular German Foods

Probably not surprising that Germany’s most popular foods depend on which region you are actually in. While in Bavaria, Leberkas, Weisswurst sausages, pretzel and Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle) are favorite dishes of many, people at the North Sea prefer fish & shrimp, Schnüsch (a vegetable stew) and Salzwiesenlamm (salt marsh lamb). The meats of the lambs […]

6 Popular Bavarian Foods for You to Try

Who doesn’t love Bavarian foods? What comes to your mind first? It’s probably beer, pretzels as well as the typical Bavarian meats and sausage. Bavarian food is characterized by its heartiness and authenticity. Its origins are very rural, since farming was the main source of income.  So it comes as no surprise that Bavarian cuisine […]

Why We Are Hooked on German Easter Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most popular foods in Germany. Chocolate making and tasting is literally an art form. Young and old love it in all of its variations – milk, dark, white etc., and it makes its way into homes as yummy bars, figurines, fillings and coatings. So what would Easter be without chocolate? […]

Did You Know This About German Easter Foods?

Easter is one of the favorite holidays in the Christian calendar and is celebrated vibrantly just like the Christmas. Like every other western country, Germany also celebrates this special day with lots of energy and spreads tons of happiness among its citizens. On this occasion, everyone takes an active part in decorating their houses with […]

6 Must-Have Traditional German Easter Decorations

Easter, as many of you know, is one of the most important holidays in Germany. The reason for this lies in its religious significance combined with its centuries-old regional and local traditions. In particular the German Easter traditions have created a wide variety of handcrafted, unique Easter decorations that are cherished by people across the […]

How Did Valentine’s Day Make It to Germany?

Compared to some other countries, it took Germans a while to get the hang of Valentine’s Day. With all those holidays already on hand, why wouldn’t the country embrace this one? And who wouldn’t like a holiday that’s all about romance and love? Or maybe those serious, uptight Germans are just not romantic enough? Not […]

What’s So Special about the German Easter Celebrations?

Similar to many places around the world, Easter in Germany is heralded as a time to welcome spring and milder temperatures. After a long winter, it is a time to frolic outdoors and celebrate fresh Spring flowers and baby animals. It’s regarded as a warm time to spend with family and friends; it’s one of […]

6 Amazing Facts about German Christmas Nutcrackers

The Ore Mountains in East Germany are the stronghold of the Christmas nutcracker production. Steinbach, Dregeno and Christian Ulbricht nutcrackers are just a few of the well-known German manufacturers, who satisfy the needs of the world-wide fan base. 1. How did nutcrackers originate? Wooden nutcrackers already existed before Christ and its invention is attributed to […]

3 Must-Know Facts about German Christmas Tree Glass Ornaments

You always wanted to know how the Christmas tree and its beautiful glass ornaments made it into your living room, and how Germany got to its Christmas Pickle? Then read on: Beside apples, nuts, baked goods, straw and wood, glass ornaments are extremely popular. In fact, the first Christmas tree ball was produced in Germany, […]

Thanksgiving Germanized

How is Thanksgiving Celebrated in Germany? In the German-speaking countries Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest celebration called Erntedank or Erntedankfest (“harvest thanksgiving festival”). It is usually observed in September or October. Similar harvest festivals are common in many countries worldwide. In Germany, the observance is often on the first Sunday in October, which is usually […]