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Easter Traditions in Germany

The Easter Celebrations are the oldest and most important celebrations of Christianity. Easter markets throughout the country exhibit Easter eggs and spring-themed local arts and crafts.
In Saxony, in the area of Lusatia - Lausitz - the traditonal Easter parades with more than 250 horses and men in traditional costumes are especially famous.
In Franconia, in southern Germany, you can discover colorfully decorated Easter fountains in many town centers for about two weeks starting on Good Friday every year.
Experience the "Easter-Fires" in northern Germany where people meet to burn big piles of wooden logs, sometimes with a witch puppet on top, to end the cold winter season. Beer, hot punch and grilled sausages are offered. And did you know that the first edible Easter bunnies, of pastry and sugar, were produced in Germany in the early 1800s?  

Selected Easter Events

Easter wells in Franconian Switzerland  - Northern Bavaria

The decoration of the city's fountains with marvelous real blown eggs has experienced a great revival in the last few years and has become a popular attraction.

Bayreuther Easter festival

Since 1995 the social and cultural foundation INTERNATIONALE JUNGE ORCHESTERAKADEMIE (IJOA) presents charity concerts and operas in the course of the "Bayreuther Easterfestival". The money raised is used to help children suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses in the Klinikum Bayreuth.

Easter market at Satzvey Castle 

Every year Satzvey castle, one of Germany's most beautiful and well maintained moated castles near Cologne,  holds an Easter market and exhibits beautifully decorated Easter eggs and spring-themed local arts and crafts.