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How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

The Viktualienmarkt is a Biergarten in the middle of Munich. There you can buy the famous Weisswurst. It is the custom that you eat the hot Weisswurst with a grainy sweet Mustard and Pretzel. Originally it was served before noon, now all day, in a covered soup bowl submerged in hot water.

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Weiberfastnacht
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Weiberfastnacht, a day Women go crazy

I was in the Rheinland about this time last year. It was something you have to see, at least once in your lifetime A very old custom is “Weiberfastnacht” or „Altweiberfasching“ It is a holiday in the Karneval season,  celebrated mostly in the Rheinland area on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday the end of February. It […]

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The Krampus Folklore

The Krampus is an Alpine custom, a frightening figure of the Advent (beginning of December). While accompanying Saint Nicholas, Nicholas presents good children, and the naughty ones are punished by Krampus, the evil counterpart. By the middle of the twentieth century, this aspect of Krampus was much more accentuated as a scared-faced, black-faced freak who […]

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The Munich Christmas miracle

The people of Munich have their very own Christkindl or Christchild. Every year it is displayed for worship from the first day of Christmas until the Three Kings Day early January, in the Bürgersaal Kirche (Church) The daily mass at 5 pm has a long tradition and are the highlight of the Christmas season for […]

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Christmas Market in Nürnberg

The Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the oldest and certainly the most famous Christmas Market in the world. In the wooden booths of the “Städtle made of wood and cloth” you will find traditional, often handmade Christmas decorations and sweet treats, such as Gingerbread (Lebkuchen) and Spekulatius. Additional attractions include the Children’s Christmas and Sternenhaus, […]

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Striezelmarkt in Dresden

One December a couple years ago, we were fortunate to see one of the oldest Christmas Markets in the world, called Strizelmarkt in Dresden. The Dresdner Striezelmarkt consists of numerous wooden huts selling baked goods and hot street food to the visitor. Also Glühwein or hot Eggnog liquor is offered. The Christmas market has a […]

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Stolpersteine

By Brigitte Müller This past weekend 80 years ago the ‘Night of the broken Glas’ – Crystal Night (Kristallnacht)- (reichsprogromnacht in German) occurred all over Germany. I recently found out about the project ‘Stolpersteine’ – tripping stones…who have been placed in front of buildings all over Europe (70.000 since 1992) in memory of Jews who […]

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Bamberger Rauchbier
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Bamberger Rauchbier (Smoked Beer)

By Guest Writer Arlette Drahos What in the heck is SMOKED BEER? (Rauchbier) Sounds like one of those new fangled craft beers, right? In actuality, it’s medieval! It’s the way beer had always been made. By drying the wheat over a fire,it created that smokey flavor. That was before the drum kiln was invented. So, […]

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