Hey, People of Germany! Where do you live and what’s the best local thing in your area? :)

Hey, People of Germany!

Where do you live and what’s the best local thing in your area? 🙂

Regional German Food: Leipziger Allerlei is a Saxon dish of…

Regional German Food: Leipziger Allerlei is a Saxon dish of mixed vegetables – there are numerous variations on the basic recipe and the exact mix varies but it usually contains carrots and peas among other vegetables. According to legend, the dish was invented in Leipzig, Sachsen, Eastern Germany, after the Napoleonic Wars to protect the city: in storing more expensive meat-based dishes and serving vegetables instead, city officials hoped to encourage beggars and tax collectors to move on to neighboring cities. The first written recipe is from a 1745 cookbook.

Herbst im Odenwald. Der Odenwald is a low mountain range in…

Herbst im Odenwald. Der Odenwald is a low mountain range in Hessen, Bayern & Baden-Württemberg. There are many folk legends connected with this region and its historic sites:

– mysterious actions and appearances of ghosts in a castle (e.g. in the 2 Bergstraße ruins Auerbach and Windeck) or nightscapes like the Höhmann near Bensheim, the White Lady of Mossau, the Schlurcher near Erbach, the Man without head near Heppenheim, the ghost nuns of Steinbach monastery.

– stories of knights and their ladies: Konrad and Ann-Els von Tannenberg, Edelmut von Ehrenberg and Minna von Horneck at the Minneburg, Georg von Frankenstein and Annemariechen, Hans von Rodenstein and Maria von Hochberg.

– apparitions of the devil: Teufelspfad (pathway of the devil) to the Felsberg, Teufelsstein (rock of the devil) at Löhrbach, Opferstein (altar stone) on top of the Juhöhe, or apparitions of witches and shapeshifters.

In the Nibelungenlied, the dragon slayer Siegfried, on a hunting trip leading from the Burgundian city of Worms into the Odenwald, is murdered by Hagen of Tronje. Since no exact spot for this deed has been handed down, countless communities are squabbling over the right to call themselves “Siegfried’s Murder Site”, for example a spring near Gras-Ellenbach (Siegfriedsbrunnen), Mossautal-Hüttenthal (Lindelbrunnen) or Heppenheim (Siegfriedbrunnen).

People of Germany: Junges Mädchen in Marburger evangelische…

People of Germany: Junges Mädchen in Marburger evangelische Tracht – you g girl in traditional regional evangelical costume in Kirchvers, Hessen, Central Germany

Landstrasse im Spreewald. The Spreewald (“Spree Woods”; Lower…

Landstrasse im Spreewald. The Spreewald (“Spree Woods”; Lower Sorbian: Błota) is a picturesque section of Brandenburg, about 100 km southeast of Berlin. It’s a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve, known for its traditional irrigation system, which consists of more than 200 small canals (total length: 1,300 km). The landscape was shaped during the ice-age. Alder forests on wetlands and pine forests on sandy dry areas are typical in the region. Grasslands and fields can be found as well.

At a butcher shop, somewhere in Germany. Depending on the…

At a butcher shop, somewhere in Germany. Depending on the region, our word for butcher varies from Metzger to Fleischer to Schlachter. The actual shop is die Metzgerei, die Fleischerei, die Schlachterei.