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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. […]

A Visit to Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg

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 […]

Tanzmariechen- Those Fabulous Karneval Dancers!

The Tale of Kunigunde von Kynast- a Silesian Folk Tale

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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 […]

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

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

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One of the dioramas on the fountain showing the Heinzelmännchen doing work 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 […]

Belonging by Nora Krug – A German Reckons with History and Home