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German Good Luck Symbols

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In Germany, especially around Christmas and the New Year you see them everywhere… Toadstool ornaments, Chimney Sweet figures, Marzipan Piggies with coins or 4 Leaf Clover in their mouths. These German good luck symbols didn’t just come out of nowhere… they all have history and legend to explain why they are lucky. Some luck charms […]

What is a Radler- The History of a Drink Named for a Cyclist

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. […]

Titan-RT! Crossing the Longest Suspension Bridge in Germany

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 Loreley? It’s not just a pile of rocks, it is a place of song and […]

Titan-RT! Crossing the Longest Suspension Bridge in Germany

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

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Many legends and traditions in Germany feature Witches.. think about all the Fairy Tales you heard as a child cautioning you about witches. Witches in Germany date back to the pagan times, before Christianity, and some of the celebrations or customs still show up in the modern world. Interestingly, Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht (Witches’ Night),  Halloween’s […]

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany