Leonhardifahrt, Leonhardiritt, South Bavaria

Leonhardfahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

The famous Leonhardifahrt or Leonhardiritt in South Bavaria is a solemn pilgrimage of horses and cattle in early November to honor the patron St. Leonhard. The magnificently decorated four wheeled horse drawn carriages, lead by a coachmen, come from near and far in the early hours and ride the streets and alleys of Bavarian towns. Continue reading Leonhardfahrt, a horse and carriage procession in Bavaria

Weisswurst with Pretzel and mustard

How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

When in Munich, I sometimes meet with relatives who live close by. We walk this beautiful city, perhaps take the double decker tour bus for sightseeing. At the end we make our way over to the Viktualienmarkt to have the famous Weisswurst The Viktualienmarkt is a Biergarten in the middle of Munich. There you can buy the famous Weisswurst. It is the custom that you … Continue reading How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

Rothenburg City Hall, Rothenburg Rathaus, astronomical clock

Rothenburg Rathaus History

When in Rothenburg, I have often looked up to the Rathaus clocks and wondered if this little piece of history is true, or just folklore. I mean, who drinks one gallon of wine one sitting?! It’s up for you to decide. Also see “Three Days in Rothenburg” Thanks to three clocks, time never stops in the Ratstrinkstube (City Drinking Hall) Below the gable of the … Continue reading Rothenburg Rathaus History

Altweiber Fastnacht

Weiberfastnacht, a day Women go crazy

A very old custom is “Weiberfastnacht” or „Altweiberfasching“. This holiday is the third Thursday of the month in February, before Ash Wednesday in the Karneval season, and celebrated mostly in the Rheinland area It was originally a day for women, now also celebrated by both sexes, as the beginning of the six-day peak of the carnival season. Remnants of the original purpose are that women … Continue reading Weiberfastnacht, a day Women go crazy