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What is the Vogelhochzeit? It’s a song to Welcome Spring!

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Germans do love to sing, and they especially love their Folk songs. One of my favorite German Folk Songs is the Vogelhochzeit. In German School I loved singing the fi-de-ralala part over and over. And with so many verses, the song can go on longer than the Twelve days of Christmas! (I have a feeling […]

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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. […]

Brown Signs on the Autobahn- Tourist Attractions 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 Lorelei? It’s not just a pile of rocks, it is a place of song and […]

Brown Signs on the Autobahn- Tourist Attractions in Germany

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 […]

What is the Vogelhochzeit? It’s a song to Welcome Spring!

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 is […]

What is the Vogelhochzeit? It’s a song to Welcome Spring!

Germany Land of Legend and Real Fairy Tale Locations

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Germany is a land of legends and real Fairy Tale locations, 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 […]

Brown Signs on the Autobahn- Tourist Attractions in Germany