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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 […]

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 […]