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What Is It about These German Christmas Candle Arches?

When you drive through the Ore Mountains during Christmas season, you experience an enchanting sight, probably unrivalled in the world: All – and I mean ALL windows shine with Christmas lights of the candle arches. Where does the odd shape of German Candle Arches come from? The German candle arch has its origins in the […]

Why Are German Christmas Incense Smokers So Unique?

Das Räuchermännchen, in English called German Incense Smoker Man, Christmas Smoker, or even Smoker Gnome. Whatever name you prefer, one thing is for sure: These cute looking gnomes grow on you once you’ve seen them in action. How Are German Smoker Men Made? As many other Christmas decorations, German incense smokers are yet another invention […]

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 […]

4 Enlightening Facts about German Christmas Pyramids

German Christmas pyramids are also known as Christmas carousels or candle windmills. These fascinating structures add a very special touch to the Christmas season. They amplify the festive and cozy atmosphere. Kids especially get fascinated by the steady and calm turning of the carousel and the detailed ornamentation of the sceneries and figurines. The reflection of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]