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Bavaria travel experiences 4: Eastern Springs
As we travelled through the Ahorn Valley, we saw a lot of Osterbrunnen (Easter Springs). In this area of northern Bavaria, it is tradition to decorate all springs in the villages and towns during Easter. Thousands of tourists come to see these wonderful springs every year, during the festival of Jesus' death and resurrection. The springs are very well decorated with some green plants and hundreds of hand painted eggs. Some springs, like the one on the picture I uploaded here, even placed some handmade bunnies, due to the fact that the Easter festival is about the rabbit. The legend says that the rabbits go around during Easter and hide all the coloured eggs so that the humans have to search for them. But do not ask me what this has to do with the resurrection of Jesus. I think over hundreds of years, local traditions and Christian religion mixed together in a strange but beautiful festival. In the Ahorn Valley, there are even guided tours to everyone of these springs. There are up to 200 springs and so far, every small village has got its own spring. We just saw some of these villages while we drove through them while the springs in the big cities like Waischenfeld, were surrounded by many tourists. Of course, it was impossible for us to see every single spring; but this is no problem, due to the fact they are always decorated in the same style. Just some like this one even had some handmade bunnies. The one I uploaded here has been photographed in a very small town, where normally no tourists go along. As always, just take a look at the picture and if you want to see more plus all the other pictures of my travel; then follow the link at the bottom of this notebook entry. https://picasaweb.google.com/103067377352311950152/FrankischeSchweiz15April2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCL-Kr_-woIiFBA
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