Land Baden-Württemberg Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by Kathrin_E
  • Local Customs
    by Kathrin_E
  • Local Customs
    by Kathrin_E

Land Baden-Württemberg Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    When you go to the Getranke stores you buy the beer and pay the Pfand (price for recycling the container) the first time you go. When you take pack the empty container you walk in the door and someone will address you. They will give you a slip with the money they owe you (the pfand) or someone will acknowledge you and make a mental or other note....

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  • Food and Drink

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    There are two types of gingerbread in Germany: the type that is cut into shapes, i.e. the famous Gingerbread Men, and the softer type that is cut into squares and eaten in copious amounts until your stomach hurts (no? You haven't done that? OK, it's just me then...) If I need fast satisfaction for a Christmas-induced gingerbread craving but do not...

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  • Events

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    I was very lucky to find the United Buddy Bears in Stuttgart. From 9th July until 12th August 2008 these exhibition was set on Schlossplatz. The Buddy Bears were designed by 140 artists from all over the world and it shows 140 bears in different colours!!! It was fantastic.

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  • People

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    Inside the old Heilig-Geist-Kirche, the church at the market square, there is the grave of King Ruprecht and his wife. He was the founder of this church, of the oldest still standing building at the castle and also of the university. No wonder he is still remembered by the people in Heidelberg. It is a custom for the bride and groom at their...

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  • People

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    My impression is that the people of Stuttgart are very nice and polite. They may hesitate to speak English; maybe they feel that that their English is not good enough? So if you speak German it will help you. Otherwise I would advise you to speak slowly English. Don’t ask if they speak English, they may say that they don't speak it. Try to make...

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  • Language

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    Welcome to my part of Germany! If you need help, information or directions in English it's best to approach younger people... they all speak English to various extents: some only have "highschool-English" and others speak it fluently. Strange as it may sound, it can be quite difficult to find a local when you need directions... there are usually...

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  • Useful Information

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    When you want a grocery cart you have to put in a coin to release it from the chain of the other cart. You slide it either in the top or the front, depending on the cart. When you return the cart you slide the key back in the slot to get your money back. Do this whole thing before you go in the store since you can't get out of the store unless you...

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  • Events

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    Three times each year residents and visitors alike can enjoy the spectacular castle illuminations & fireworks behind the scenes of the old town Heidelberg. Just after sun set the castle-lights are turned off, the fireworks are launched from the Old Bridge. This event really is worth the wait... it's specatular! Dates for the year 2012: ->...

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  • Language

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    Schwabian German accent is very difficult to understand. Actually visitors should be aware of: Schwabian German is notoriously difficult to understand and Germans from outside the region frequently moan that Schwabians add an unnecessary 'schw' sound to many words. The beleaguered Stuttgart manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, has famously struggled with...

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  • Shopping

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    Sales or Use In Germany, a 16% value-added tax (Mehrwertsteuer - MwSt) is already reflected in the prices of most goods and services; the MwSt rate on books is 7%. Tourists living outside the European Union are eligible for a refund for most of the tax paid on gifts or souvenirs. Make sure you get a Tax-Free form from the store at the time of your...

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  • Public Transport

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    The VVS 3-Day Public Transport Ticket covers all means of transport operated by the VVS (Stuttgart public transport authority) - rapid-transit railway, city trains and buses - and can be used without restriction by one adult and 2 children (aged 6-11) on three consecutive days in the Stuttgart inner zone including the airport. The ticket can only...

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  • Tourist Information

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    Best thing to do when arriving in Heidelberg is to pop in to the Tourist Info office next to the Hauptbahnhof (train station)where they are very friendly and helpful. There you can get maps and info on the city.

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  • Weather

    Stuttgart Local Customs

    The Stuttgart area is probably one of the warmest parts of Baden-Wuttemberg with suggested average warm summers and reasonably mild winters, although snowing to me doesn’t represent mild and it can get as low as -9C. Temperatures can range from 20C in summer down to 1C in winter. Generally July and August are the warmest months. Stuttgart area also...

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  • Tipping

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    While service charges are included in your restaurant bill, it's usual to round up the bill anywhere from the nearest dollar to 5%. This should be given to the waiter/waitress when paying. Don't leave any money on the table. In a taxi, there’s no need to go beyond rounding up to the nearest dollar to tip unless extraordinary service is provided.

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  • Climate

    Heidelberg Local Customs

    Germany has a moderate climate with the summers usually warm but pretty cold winters. The warmest months of the year are from May to September. The average temperature in July, for instance, varies from 16C to 20C (61F to 68F) according to the location. In January, the variation is from -1C to 6C (21F to 34F). There is no particular rainy season.

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  • GUILDS: Rottenburger Ahlande

    The Rottenburger Ahland is a figure that was invented in the 1920s, both innovative and close to Württemberg's tradition. The Häs was created according to stone-carved devil masks on the facade of Rottenburg's renaissance palace.In addition to them, Rottenburg's jester guild has the single figure of the Pompele, a small group of witches and...

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  • GUILDS: Butzenzunft Hirrlingen

    Butzen are typical characters in the Fastnacht along Neckar and Alb. The guild of Hirrlingen has two figures, the male Butz with moustache and heavy eyebrows and the female Butzenzuttel. A stripe of leather is nailed to the forehead of the masks which holds a fir twig.

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  • GUILDS: Butzenzunft Hechingen

    Hechingen's guild uses an old, not very pleasant legend about a sick little man who once carried the plague into the town and caused an epidemy. The Pestmännle (Little Plague Man) is lead on chains by four of the black Butzen. In the end he will be condemned and executed by the red Butz with the sword. The wooden sword also serves for giving...

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  • GUILDS: Haibraingeister Horben

    Local legends tell about a farmhouse outside the village of Horben that was given up and demolished in the 19th century. Later on strange lights were observed in the place where the farm once had been and locals were all too ready to believe that the ghost of the dead farmer was spooking. The Halbraingeist, named after the farm, was born. He has...

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  • GUILDS: Niederwindemer Schindelejokel

    Another case of local traditions and professions being turned into a Fastnacht figure: Many of the inhabitants of Niederwinden in the Elz valley used to work as shingle makers in former times. So they created the Schindelejokel as their local figure. The face with the walrus moustache is said to be the portrait of an old man who used to be some...

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  • GUILDS: Hau-Giebel Heinstetten

    "Hau-Giebel", which is also the guild's salutation, translates to "slap the gable". Their masks show a grumpy old man's face covered by a roof and a half-timbered gable. Otherwise they follow the type of the white jester with a painted linen Häs and bell belts.

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  • GUILDS: Uhrmacherzunft Oberbränd

    The tiny village of Oberbränd belongs to Eisenbach and is situated north of Titisee-Neustadt high up in the Black Forest, in a region that has a tradition in clock making. In 1810 four of the village's seven male inhabitants were clockmakers. Picking up this tradition to create a Fastnacht Häs seems a natural consequence...The clock each of the ...

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  • GUILDS: Narra Gaudium Stuttgart

    Narra Gaudium is a newcomer: the guild was founded in 2001 in a suburb of Stuttgart to introduce Fastnacht customs there. Their three Häs types are quite far from traditional alemannic rules but they have been designed with a lot of imagination. Neckarschreck (photo 1), the "terror of the river Neckar", is a fluffy water spirit whose blue mask...

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  • GUILDS: Wilder Mann, Waldkirch

    Wild people dressed in shaggy fur who live in the forest were already a common topic in art and heraldics in the late middle ages and early modern times - this imagination served as some kind of antipole to the civilized, educated, sophisticated life at princes' courts. They show up in the Fastnacht here and there.This guild from Waldkirch is...

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  • GUILDS: Geißemeckerer, Schonach

    Schonach's jester guild used a local legend to create their figures. The story tells about a maidservant from Schonach was out in the meadows to watch a herd of goats and met the devil, who appeared in the shape of a billy goat. The guild has two Häs types: the male Geißemeckerer (photo 1) and the female Geißemagd (photo 2).

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  • GUILDS: Weißenberger Weihergeister

    Weihergeister are spirits that 'live' in a pond.Check the photo carefully: there are TWO of them in it, an adult and a child. The adult (right) is wearing a wooden mask while Weihergeist junior (left) is hidden underneath a pointed headcover made from the same material as the clothing, only the eyes are visible.

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  • GUILDS: Hohwaldgeischter, Simonswald

    Simonswald is a popular holiday destination for people who seek a quiet, romantic, rural Black Forest valley which fits the descriptions in travel guides. Take care, though. The dark lonely forests there are inhabited by ghosts... Hohwaldgeischter (forest spirits) appear in public at Fastnacht - who knows what they do and where they hide during...

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  • GUILDS: Gränz-Pfluderi Waggis, Weil am...

    The Gränz-Pfluderi are at home in Weil am Rhein on the German river bank opposite of Basel. They wear a Häs in best Basel tradition. The colourful Waggis with his big nose and scrubby hair, originally meant as a caricature of the dumb landman from rural surroundings, is typical for Basel.The heads are made of paper-mâchée and are not as...

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  • GUILDS: Bleibacher Silberklopfer

    Bleibach in the Elz valley has a mining tradition: silver, copper, lead and other ores were found here. Mining has long been given up but the memory is alive. Bleibach's guild Häs is the Silberklopfer (silver digger) who could well be one of Snow White's seven companions...The hammer contains little bells and is shaken for the sound.

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  • GUILDS: Oberwindemer Spitzbue

    The carnival guild of Oberwinden in the Elz valley was founded in 1954. Since many villagers used to work as waggoners in the past, the founders developed a funny figure that, if you apply a little fantasy, refers to this occupation. The Spitzbue ("rascal") wears a costume in blue, green and red and a laughing mask with a hook-shaped nose. The...

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  • GUILDS: Suggentäler Schreckli

    Suggental is a short and narrow valley off Waldkirch which is surrounded by forests. Feral pigs that live in these forests seem to have inspired the design of the Suggentäler Häs. The figure is simply named Schreckli , which translates to something like "scary little thing".

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  • GUILDS: Blumenzupfer, Singen

    Singen's Blumenzupfer (flower pickers) are happy gardeners with flowery heads. Some are big flowers of different varieties, like sunflowers, asters and gerbera, others wear wooden masks ornated with little flowers.

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  • GUILDS: Korkenzieher, Lahr

    Lahr's Korkenzieher (corkscrews) refer to wine making traditions in the surrounding Ortenau. This region at the foot of the Black Forest hills is famous for its reds.The corks on jacket and headcover are real. Making the Häs is hard work. Not only does every single cork have to be sewn onto it by hand. First, one has to empty enough bottles to...

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  • GUILDS: Grusilochzottli, Lahr

    A weird character with a weird and untranslatable name... Lahr's Grusilochzottli guild has been founded in 1937. They adopted an old legend about spirits spooking around one old tower. Unfortunately the guild still describes Fastnacht as "driving away winter spirits" according to the 1930's interpretation. The Häs of the green and brown ...

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  • GUILDS: Geeße, Philippsburg

    The Geeße (goats) guild has some problems among the associations of alemannic Fastnacht: their village Philippsburg is situated too far north, outside the traditional Fastnacht region, and cannot be member of one of their districts. So their position is somewhat unclear.Anyway, they have a cute animal Häs worth a presentation.

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  • GUILDS: Kibbl-Schisser, Renchen

    Renchen's Kibbl-Schisser ("bucket sh1tters") are a creation of the 1980s. These cute blond guys carry along a huge wooden bucket on wheels. Look at their backsides and you'll understand the signification of the bucket.

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  • GUILDS: Moikäf'r Dellmensingen

    Oversized May beetles come to life in Dellmensingen, a village in the Rhine plain that seems to be plagued by these insects frequently. The guild is young, it was founded in 1992. It took the cockchafer as model to create this imaginative and funny Häs.

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  • GUILDS: Narhalla Achern

    Achern's Dreizipfeleshansele got their name from the three-pointed hat. Their red and white costume resembles the bajazzo in the Italian carnevale and commedia dell'arte. This type of costume derives from 18th and 19th century carnival traditions and is less 'alemannic'.

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  • GUILDS: Aulendorf, Eckhexen and...

    Aulendorf's Fasrnacht guild is dominated by the Eckhexen, colourful witches. They are accompanied by a wagon on which they burn I don't know what (better not ask) to create as much stink and smoke as possible (photos 1-4). After the war two other types of figures were added: Schnörkele (photo 5) and Fetzle, two friendly figures in bright...

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  • GUILDS: Glottertäler Triibl

    Glottertal, a small valley northeast of Freiburg, is mostly famous for "Schwarzwaldklinik" ("Black Forest Hospital"), a TV series that was popular in the 1990s. The valley is also known for its excellent red wines, mostly Spätburgunder/Pinot noir, named "Glottertaler Rote Bur". The Glottertal jester guild refers to the local wine making tradition....

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