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What is the Loreley? The Legend, the Song, and How to See It…

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You are cruising down the Middle Rhine admiring the castles towering over vineyards and small villages when suddenly near Sankt Goarhausen,  the whole ship breaks into song in front of a rock cliff.  You’ve reached the Loreley. But WHAT is the Lorelei? It’s not just a pile of rocks, it is a place of song and […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

Three Cages in Münster Germany -What was the Anabaptist Rebellion?

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  One of the more notorious memories of my childhood are the cages in Münster Germany. Three of them hang from the spire of the St Lambarti church, and are visible from all corners of the city, but they also turn up in my family’s photo albums. It seems like every time we visited Germany, […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

What Is Walpurgisnacht? And How did An English Nun Become Associated with Witches?

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  Legends and traditions about Witches are quite common in Germany… think about all the Fairy Tales you’ve ever heard, isn’t there always a witch? So, of course, there is a night called Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht (Witches’ Night), a sort of second Halloween. But … What is Walpurgisnacht (pronounced Val-purr-gess-nach-t)? When is it celebrated? Why […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

Krampus in German Folklore – What IS Krampus?

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  I grew up the child of Northern German parents, so I didn’t learn about Krampus until I was much older. In my world, Knecht Ruprecht was St Nicholas’s sidekick, and Krampus lived in Bavaria and Austria. But now, because of movies and popular culture… as well as annual Krampus Runs… the myth of Krampus […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

German Smoker Witch- Fun Decoration for Halloween and Walpurgisnacht!

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Mueller Halloween Pumpkin Witch Smoker Made in Germany A German Smoker Witch is a fantastic decoration for Halloween, Christmas or even Walpurgisnacht! I know, we associate Räuchermannchen with Christmas… usually they are Santas or Woodsmen…. But, since they are really just decorative incense burners or smokers, it seems perfectly logical that you could use them for […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

Germany Land of Legend and Fairy Tale Castles

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  Germany is a land of legends and Fairy Tale Castles, and the most amazing thing is that you actually can visit these places! Ancient forests, Castles with high towers, wide open fields, and Statues. Imagine, visiting an enchanted castle where Sleeping Beauty waited for her prince, or wandering the forest where Little Red Riding Hood […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

The Tale of Kunigunde von Kynast

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Love this story I got from Paul Von Stache. It’s a fairy tale or folk story from Silesia (Schelsien). I had never heard it before. It sounds like an original Grimm tale, and definitely not a Disney-Happy-Ending-with-singing-Animals Story. The tale is about Kunigunde von Kynast. It took place in Kynast Castle (a/k/a Burg Kynast) in […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

The Elves of Cologne -The story of the Helpful little Heinzelmännchen of Köln

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  Once upon a time, so the legend goes, the city of Cologne was helped along by a little race of creatures called Heinzelmännchen. It began simply enough… when the humans went to bed, the Heinzelmännchen came along and finished up all the work that had been left undone. The Elves of Cologne The Heinzelmännchen (The […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale