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The Truth about the German Christmas Pickle Tradition

Germans take credit for a lot of popular Christmas traditions and decorations. Whether it’s the Christmas tree, nutcrackers, incense smoker men or the Advent calendars – they all originated in Germany. But NOT so the famous Christmas pickle! Even though finding a pickle in the decorated Christmas tree may be an enjoyable tradition, it doesn’t […]

9 Remarkable Facts about German Oktoberfest Lederhosen

What would Bavaria be without their Oktoberfest Lederhosen? Oktoberfest, we can’t even imagine without them. You may dispute whether they look sexy, country or elegant. I’d argue that depends on who’s in them. However, what we take for granted today as part of the Bavarian traditional clothing did not always have a sure-fire place in […]

Top 10 Traditional German Foods for Oktoberfest

Traditional foods and the ‘Maß‘ beer (one liter beer glass) are still the core of the German Oktoberfest in Munich. Once Munich’s major shouts “O’zapft is!”, the typical Oktoberfest aroma of all types of foods & alcohol is spreading across the Wiesn, and once again draws in the crowds under its magic spell for the […]

What Outfits to Wear to Oktoberfest?

Even if you are new to Germany, do not hesitate to attend the Oktoberfest in a traditional Bavarian outfit. Attending the Oktoberfest in traditional Oktoberfest costumes helps you blend in much better. It makes your Oktoberfest experience much more fun. This festival attracts 5 to 6 million people every year. Many people come from outside Germany. Even […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Must-Know Facts about the German Oktoberfest in Munich

October is almost upon us … and with that, brings Oktoberfest! On September 20th, you hear it again in the typical Bavarian dialect: „O’zapft is!“ – “Es ist angezapft” (“It’s tapped!”), when the first barrel of beer is tapped. This starts off the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich every year. Originally started in 1810, Oktoberfest has […]