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Bauernkalender, German Almanac 1847

A German Farmers Almanac or Bauernkalender

In a Bauernkalender weather rules, farmer’s rules, farmer’s wisdom, annual rules, daily rules, wisdom rules, animal rules, plant rules, harvesting rules, lost days, name days includes a farmer’s calendar! Experience and knowledge are handed down in the old peasant rules that are part of our cultural history! Generations of farmers and gardeners have gathered an […]

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Forest Kindergarten, Waldkindergarten

A Kindergarten in the Forest

The idea of ​​the first Forest Kindergarten or Daycare in the woods comes from Scandinavia. In the mid-1950’s, a Danish woman name Ella Flatau founded the first outdoor Kindergarten. From there it spread quickly in the 1990s. There are now around 2,000 “Waldkindergarten” of this sort in Germany. These are mostly state-approved daycares, and only trained educators work here. The groups have names such as Forest Spirits, Tree Frogs or Ladybugs.

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Ludwig II of Bavaria sleigh

King Ludwig’s magnificent Royal Sleigh

King Ludwig II, the Bavarian king who also built the Neuschwanstein castle, was an enthusiast about sophisticated technology. A unique collection of Royal sleighs, the most important of its kind, is in the Marstall museum at the Nymphenburg castle in Munich. There you can see several Gala Carriages of the Bavarian King and the Wittelsbacher […]

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Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut

Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts

Faschingskrapfen or German Donuts are baked customarily at Fasching which is end of February. It’s the time of Carnival, and similar like Mardi Gras. The fist-sized pastries are not only found all year round in Franconia, but also in Southwest Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. The Krapfen […]

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Pretzel sandwich

Pretzels, almost like from the Bakery

So I’m a little proud. I can’t stop looking at the pictures of my Pretzels. Aren’t they beautiful? And they taste almost like from the bakery. Who would have thought that? Years ago, I tried to bake Pretzels and I failed miserably. Baking Pretzels, or in German “Laugenbrezel” or in Bavaria “Brezn”, seemed so complicated […]

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Bernkastel-Kues, Rhineland

Bernkastel-Kues in the heart of the Middle Moselle

The beautiful and historic Fachwerk of Bernkastel-Kues invited us to take a relaxed stroll through the cobblestone streets and alleys. The city offers many shops, and restaurants that looked inviting enough to sit down, relax and eat, enjoy a Zwiebelkuchen.

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Apple Pancakes, Apfelkräpfchen, Apfelpfannkuchen

Apple Pancakes or Apfelkräpfchen

When I grew up in Germany my mother often saw me as a child, although I was already an adult. As you guessed, she would mother me. When the Apple harvest was over and this fruit was freshly picked, Apples were always on the table in form of apple puree, or my favorite, the delicious […]

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Ackerhaus betthaupt, painted folk art

Traditional painted furniture, the “Bauernmöbel”

Cover photo above: Work of a Peony Rose painter anno 1784, a painted headboard in the Ackerhus Museum. The fillings show the two seasons of Spring and Summer in the form of two women. When King Max II (1811–1864) wanted to connect to the peasants, he began actively promoting the art and customs of the […]

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Germany New Years lucky charms

New Years Lucky Charms

A Chimney sweep, a Pig, a Horseshoe or four leaf Glover. f you want to help your luck in the new year, you can try lucky charms. I’ll reveal how these little helpers achieved their symbolism. For example, the chimney sweep saved houses from a fire. They are also known as messengers of good fortune.

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Salzburger Nockerln

Salzburger Nockerl, a sweet, light and fluffy Dumpling

At one of my visits to Salzburg a couple years ago I was longing for an Austrian sweet dish. We stopped at Cafe Mozart in the Getreidegasse to experience this local dessert. Salzburger Nockerl are light and fluffy, they are delicate vanilla-flavored dumplings, which reminds me of a soufflé. Like so many wonderful Austrian desserts […]

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