5 Surprising Facts about Oktoberfest Dirndl Dresses

Where the dirndl dress really came from Contrary to popular belief, the dirndl didn’t come from the Alpine farmers. Initially, it was the dress code for female servants and housekeepers. Around 1870/80, the dirndl all of a sudden became a fashion phenomenon. The upper class ladies in the Alpine area started wearing this type of […]

The Phenomenon of German Wicker Beach Chairs

People consider many things typical German: Dirndl dresses and Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, sausages, schnitzel etc. …And then there is the “Strandkorb” – the roofed wicker beach chair / wicker beach cabana (literal translation: beach basket). Yes, this is very German…actually extremely German. Here is why: They are a German invention Wicker chairs used indoors date back […]

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 […]