Osterbrunnen Tours in Germany
Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History
Osterbrunnen in Pegnitz
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As part of the Spring Easter celebration in Germany’s Franconian Switzerland (Fränkische Schweiz) area in northern Bavaria, residents of small villages and larger cities alike affix evergreens and handpainted Easter eggs to the central fountains on their respective squares. The tradition is so popular that thousands flock to tour the area just to see the decorations. Local tourist offices and travel agencies alike book bus tours as well as guided or non-guided hiking or biking tours for the occasion. In addition, many people drive their own cars in a circuit to see the spectacular displays.
Easter Eggs on Evergreens and Other Decorations
Osterbrunnen are decorations of village water fountains displayed each Easter. A framework is affixed to the fountain and evergreen branches cover that. Villagers hang hundreds of delicate Easter eggs on the branches. In addition, the larger places have other displays such as playful chicken coops, stuffed rabbits in the adjoining field, or baskets of “hatching” toy chicks.
Elaborate Easter Fountains in Heiligenstadt and Bieberbach
Once drivers reach the area, there are plenty of signs leading them on a circuit to see the fountains, large and small. A good starting place is Heiligenstadt in Oberfranken, and Bieberbach has the largest display with a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Many signs along the roads in this area will lead tourists to the next decorated fountain.
Bus Tours for Osterbrunnen
Bus tours abound taking tourists to see the fountains. Prices for these tours vary depending on the location of origin, timeframe, and items included. Tours originate anywhere from the local village town hall to Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) and places in Austria and can include overnight stays and meals. Local tours usually cost around 20 Euros (about $30) for four or five hours of guided touring with a stop at a local Gasthaus or pub for a snack (not included in the price).
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