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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Water Castles or Wasserschlösser in the Münsterland

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 […]

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Groundhog Day, A German Tradition? Yes, it is!

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Groundhog Day, a GERMAN Tradition? Turns out that weather prediction using a burrowing animal on the 2nd of February  has it’s roots in Germany. The German immigrants who landed in America, and brought their tradition with them. Of course… a few adjustments had to be made… in America, there are no Hedgehogs (Igel), so a Groundhog was […]

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe- Keeping up Tradition with Dance