Monday, March 22, 2010

Osterbrunnen

"Easter Fountains"

(Taken directly from Wikipedia...) The Franconian Switzerland (Frankische Schweiz) is the origin of the so-called Osterbrunnen. It describes the colorful decoration of public water wells during the Easter season. Today, more than 200 villages decorate their village well with colored easter eggs. The main reason for this custom is probably the significance of water for the arid high plateau of the Franconian Switzerland. The Bieberbach Osterbrunnen (Egloffstein) was admitted to the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest Osterbrunnen of the world".

We went to the Bieberbach well last year, and it was pretty impressive - thousands of eggs on a fountain in a little tiny town!  And the drive out there was a wonderful springtime weekend activity.

But if you don't have time, you can probably find some, just by driving out our way!  They're in lots of little towns!



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