Why you shold consider springtime travel to Germany?
Germany has many Easter traditions and customs, such as decorating eggs, lighting bonfires, and eating chocolate bunnies, many of which we know as our own as they were introduced in North America by German settlers. With airfare and hotel rates significantly lower than in the summer, springtime travel to Germany gives you a chance to visit and explore not only the cities, but the countryside and national parks as well.
The egg is one of the most significant Easter symbols in Germany. At this time of year, hollowed eggs painted in bright colors are commonly used for decorating trees or bushes (called Osterbaum). Hard-boiled eggs are also dyed and then eaten. Of course, Germans (and especially kids) enjoy chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes and with different fillings (sometimes also including alcohol, so ask before sharing them with the kids!). If you also have a sweet tooth, the Chocolate Museum in Cologne is well worth a visit.
According to a tradition going back to the 17th century, Easter eggs are delivered by the Easter bunny (Osterhase) which either places them into an Easter nest or hides them around the garden or the home. The popular Easter tradition of hiding eggs is a particular favorite with children and public Easter egg hunts are organized all around the country. Sounds familiar?
A few weeks before Easter Sunday (which this year is on March 27th), Easter Markets (called Ostermarkt) spring up in many towns in Germany. Often featuring a decorated well (Osterbrunnen), this is where decorated Easter eggs, chocolate eggs and bunnies, spring ornaments, and other Easter-themed crafts like pottery, jewelry, and toys are sold. These markets are to be found all across Germany, but the Sorbian Easter markets in the region between the Spree Forest in Brandenburg and the Lusatian Hills in Saxony are particularly well-known. The Sorbians are a minority group which has its own languages related to Polish and Czech.
Easter candles and bonfires are lit across most of Germany on Easter Saturday (March 26th in 2016) to chase off the bad winter spirits and to welcome the spring. These bonfires are a great sight and attract many visitors. The largest bonfires can be seen in the Harz region, which also happens to be one of Germany’s most popular outdoor adventure destinations.
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