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German Easter Fountains- a German Easter Tradition

German Easter Fountains- a German Easter Tradition


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One way towns in Germany prepare for Easter is by decorating fountains. These German Easter Fountains are covered with flowers and colored eggs, making them a festive centerpiece to the city center square.

History of Decorating an Easter Fountain in Germany

In parts of Germany, there was a tradition of drawing Easter Water (Osterwasser) for health and purification. Sprinkling it on the eyes was good for eyesight, and Farmers would give it to their animals to stay healthy. In Pomerania Easter Water meant Life and Fertility, and unmarried women would go to collect some before the sun came up… if she could sprinkle it onto the man she loved, there could be a wedding soon.

To honor the water, the giver of life, people would clean the wells in Springtime, and, over time, it became customary to decorate wells with ribbons, flowers and eggs.

The modern  tradition behind the decorated fountains only goes back to the early 1900s. In 1909 the first Easter Fountain was decorated in Aufsess in Upper Franconia (Northern Bavaria). The idea spread, and in just a few years, fountains all around Franconia were being decorated. Unfortunately, the onset of WWII put a halt to the tradition.

In the 1980’s the idea of decorating an Easter Fountain gained traction again. The idea was to tie it in to the tourist industry, and it worked. BUSLOADS of tourists traveled to see the decorated fountains. And the custom is spreading throughout Germany. Today, wells are decorated with evergreen branches, flowers, paper ribbons, and plastic eggs (to combat vandalism and hold up to the elements).

Take a look at these beautiful German Easter Fountains

Teuchatz, Germany

Easter Fountain German

Osterbrunnen in Teuchatz By Immanuel Giel – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6556217

Neckargemünd Marktplatz, Germany

easter fountain germany

From http://www.journey-to-germany.com/easter-in-germany.html

Tiefenpoelz, Germany

Easter fountain germany

Wikipedia Creative Commons= Own work by uploader |Author=Immanuel Giel |Date=April 2009

Biberbach, Germany

easter fountain Germany

Easter Fountain, Biberbach Germay photo from http://www.ferienwohnung-ebermannstadt.de/umgebung/umgebung.htm

Oberstadion, Germany

Easter Fountain Germany

Schloßberg, Oberstadion, Land Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Kleingesee, Germany

easter fountain germany

Bierosterbrunnen – Beer Easter Fountain Kleingesee Germany

Bad Überkingen, Germany

easter fountain germany

photo- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Bad_%C3%9Cberkingen%3B_Osterbrunnen.jpg

Kornwestheim, Germany

easter fountain germany

Easter Fountain Dorfkirche Kornwestheim photo by Richard Schanz http://www.panoramio.com/photo/73899400

Göppingen, Germany

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Osterbrunnen Faurndau, Göppingen, Germany photo by Helmut Oechsle

Ansbach, Germany

german easter fountain

Ansbach Fountain photo https://www.pinterest.com/pin/11822017744457126/


You can see… many people enjoy visiting these beautiful Easter Fountains.

More Beautiful Easter Fountains

Love Seeing these Fountains? Maybe want to Try making an Easter Fountain in your Hometown?
You can find more photos in these Books.

Fränkische Osterbrunnen: Bilder mit Text (German Edition)Fränkische Osterbrunnen: Bilder mit Text (German Edition)Osterbrunnen - Ausbreitung eines oberfränkischen BrauchtumsOsterbrunnen – Ausbreitung eines oberfränkischen BrauchtumsOsterbrunnen in der Frankischen Schweiz: Schwerpunkt und Ausweitung eines Brauchs (German Edition)Osterbrunnen in der Frankischen Schweiz: Schwerpunkt und Ausweitung eines Brauchs (German Edition)Fränkische OsterbrunnenFränkische OsterbrunnenOsterbrunnen in Franken - Author: Kulla AlexanderOsterbrunnen in Franken – Author: Kulla Alexander

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  1. Some are plastic eggs indeed, but most are still real blown out and intricately painted chicken, duck, and goose eggs, sometimes even ostrich eggs. They just have to be varnished correctly.


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