Loreley: The tale says she sits on top of a giant rock on a bend of the Rhine. She is a water-maiden or mermaid that seduces the sailors on the Rhine who listen to her lulling but yet lamenting song. So the sailors are distracted from their work and the ships burst at the bottom of her site.
The Elvedritsche is a legendary creature in Palatinate but makes rare appearances at parades and wine fests such as here. http://www.gorara.com/wer-hat-den-elwedritsch-gesehen/ Selbst bei dem Weinfest dürfen die Elvedritsche nicht fehlen. Foto von Immanuel Giel/PD.
Thousand of visitors come to the "City Wall Fest" in Nördlingen, Germany, to see medieval arts, crafts and entertainment. http://www.gorara.com/stadtmauerfest-in-nordlingen/ Ganz Nördlingen und tausende von Besuchern freuen sich auf das traditionsreiche Fest an der Stadtmauer. Photo: Stadtmarketing Nördlingen.
Part of the "Peace Fest" in Gochsheim is the traditional dance of a girl with a young man of her choice. She pins ribbons to his hat so he only has eyes for her ... http://www.gorara.com/friedensfest-und-kirchweih-in-gochsheim/ Beim Traditionstanz der Gochsheimer Planburschen sorgen allein schon die sogenannten Liebesbänder dafür, dass er nur Augen für sein Planmädchen hat. Foto: Martina Müller.
One of the many German folk legends has it that friendly little earth men and women living in caves come out at night to help humans. www.gorara.com Mystisch geht es zu in der Erdmannshöhle bei Hasel. Holzstich um 1860 von Karl Harveng (PD), via Wikimedia Commons.
Up to 500 Riders take part in this Easter Procession in Germany. Most of Serbian heritage this custom is celebrated in the Eastern parts of Germany. (Jutrowne jěchanje - Osterreiten or Easter Ride) in Upper Lusatia, East Germany . Old tradition of Easter procession of pairs of riders wearing black tailcoats and top hats on ornated horses bringing the good news that Jesus Christ has risen started in the 15th century. It is beautiful & overwhelming to watch this age old tradition live on.
Easter in Germany: The celebration of Easter in Germany is probably one of the most important events of the year. Many of the customs associated with its celebration are originally from this country, such as the used of decorated eggs and the Easter bunny.
The most wonderful collection of old Loreley post cards.
A German postcard representation of the Lorelei/Loreley, the siren symbol of a treacherous rock on the river Rhine in Germany. (Goethezeitportal.de)