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Did German Witches Brew Beer? The Dark History of Women Brewers

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Something fun for October… Did the current image we have of witches (pointy hat, broom, cat, cauldron) come from Medieval female Beer Brewers? Did German Witches Brew Beer?? Were female brewers WITCHES? Or were they victims of world-wide hysteria? There has been some interesting speculation lately, so I thought I’d share the bits and pieces […]

Rüdesheim Coffee Recipe- Make Rüdesheimer Kaffee at HOME

Castle Frankenstein in Germany- A Castle Swirled in Mystery and Legend

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This summer my partner, Kevin, joined my daughter and I in Germany. Since he had never been to Germany before, and because I have a strange sense of humor, AND because Frankenstein was my daughter’s favorite book when she was younger, we decided to take him straight from the Frankfurt Airport to the Frankenstein Castle. […]

Things to do in Bamberg Germany- It’s more than Smoked Beer!

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 is […]

Where did the Christmas Tree Originate? In Germany of Course!

German Smoker Witch- Fun Decoration for Halloween and Walpurgisnacht!

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Richard Glaesser Halloween Witch Smoker, 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 other celebrations. […]

Where did the Christmas Tree Originate? In Germany of Course!