What Is It about These German Christmas Candle Arches?

When you drive through the Ore Mountains during Christmas season, you experience an enchanting sight, probably unrivalled in the world: All – and I mean ALL windows shine with Christmas lights of the candle arches. Where does the odd shape of German Candle Arches come from? The German candle arch has its origins in the […]

Why Are German Christmas Incense Smokers So Unique?

Das Räuchermännchen, in English called German Incense Smoker Man, Christmas Smoker, or even Smoker Gnome. Whatever name you prefer, one thing is for sure: These cute looking gnomes grow on you once you’ve seen them in action. How Are German Smoker Men Made? As many other Christmas decorations, German incense smokers are yet another invention […]

The Truth about the German Christmas Pickle Tradition

Germans take credit for a lot of popular Christmas traditions and decorations. Whether it’s the Christmas tree, nutcrackers, incense smoker men or the Advent calendars – they all originated in Germany. But NOT so the famous Christmas pickle! Even though finding a pickle in the decorated Christmas tree may be an enjoyable tradition, it doesn’t […]

4 Enlightening Facts about German Christmas Pyramids

German Christmas pyramids are also known as Christmas carousels or candle windmills. These fascinating structures add a very special touch to the Christmas season. They amplify the festive and cozy atmosphere. Kids especially get fascinated by the steady and calm turning of the carousel and the detailed ornamentation of the sceneries and figurines. The reflection of […]

German Christmas Advent Calendars – Why So Special?

Another typical German thing – the Christmas Advent Calendar! The famous protestant reformer Martin Luther is initially to ‘blame’ for it. He made out of the strictly biblical holiday, a family-oriented Christmas. Therefore initially the ‘Advent calendar’ was just used as a counting aid for kids. This way, they could count down the 24 days […]

9 Remarkable Facts about German Oktoberfest Lederhosen

What would Bavaria be without their Oktoberfest Lederhosen? Oktoberfest, we can’t even imagine without them. You may dispute whether they look sexy, country or elegant. I’d argue that depends on who’s in them. However, what we take for granted today as part of the Bavarian traditional clothing did not always have a sure-fire place in […]

Top 10 Traditional German Foods for Oktoberfest

Traditional foods and the ‘Maß‘ beer (one liter beer glass) are still the core of the German Oktoberfest in Munich. Once Munich’s major shouts “O’zapft is!”, the typical Oktoberfest aroma of all types of foods & alcohol is spreading across the Wiesn, and once again draws in the crowds under its magic spell for the […]

What Outfits to Wear to Oktoberfest?

Even if you are new to Germany, do not hesitate to attend the Oktoberfest in a traditional Bavarian outfit. Attending the Oktoberfest in traditional Oktoberfest costumes helps you blend in much better. It makes your Oktoberfest experience much more fun. This festival attracts 5 to 6 million people every year. Many people come from outside Germany. Even […]