Traditional Sorbian costume. High fashion with heritage.
  • Steam-powered winding engine at the Ensdorf-Duhamel mine
    Steam-powered winding engine at the Ensdorf-Duhamel mine ©Tourismus Zentrale Saarland
  • Meissen porcelain manufactory in Saxony
    Meissen porcelain manufactory in Saxony ©Meissen/Manufaktur MEISSEN 2009
  • Enjoying the local wine at a vintner's tavern in Baden-Württemberg
    Enjoying the local wine at a vintner's tavern in Baden-Württemberg ©TMBW
  • The Hallors show how salt is made, demonstrating the process from brine through to packaged salt
    The Hallors show how salt is made, demonstrating the process from brine through to packaged salt ©Stadt Halle (Saale), Thomas Ziegler
  • A traditional bollenhut from the Black Forest
    A traditional bollenhut from the Black Forest ©S. Nieselt /STG
  • Bertha Benz on the first ever car
    Bertha Benz on the first ever car ©Mercedes-Benz Classic
  • Hannover's New Town Hall and Maschteich lake
    Hannover's New Town Hall and Maschteich lake ©H. & D. Zielske/TMN
  • Garden gnome
    Garden gnome ©Europa-Park
  • Replica aircraft in the Lilienthal Museum in Anklam, Western Pomerania
    Replica aircraft in the Lilienthal Museum in Anklam, Western Pomerania ©TMV / Werk3
  • Enjoying East Frisian tea at the harbour
    Enjoying East Frisian tea at the harbour ©Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
  • Markthalle Neun
    Markthalle Neun ©visitBerlin/Philip Koschel
  • The first ever electric tram travelled through Berlin
    The first ever electric tram travelled through Berlin ©visitBerlin
  • Up close with a herd of Heidschnucke sheep
    Up close with a herd of Heidschnucke sheep ©Lüneburger Heide GmbH
  • Linguists and collectors of fairytales, the Brothers Grimm
    Linguists and collectors of fairytales, the Brothers Grimm ©GrimmHeimat NordHessen
  • Guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen
    Guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen ©Jan Rathke / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
  • Eiergrog on Heligoland
    Eiergrog on Heligoland ©TASH/ I. Wandmacher
  • Bavarian beer
    Bavarian beer ©BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH
  • Halloren Kugeln from Saxony-Anhalt
    Halloren Kugeln from Saxony-Anhalt ©imago/Star-Media
  • ©Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark (Harald Kalbhenn)
  • Green sauce
    Green sauce ©Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
Traditions and customs from A to Z
Traditions and Customs

Old customs, modern times.
See Germany differently.

Many of Germany's old traditions are still alive today. Centuries-old customs have been preserved and updated, and can make a unique contribution to your experience and enjoyment of the country.

Indulge yourself with culinary delicacies from a bygone age. Try out various regional specialities. Witness old-fashioned handicrafts whose charm is undimmed by the passage of time.

Go back in time to the dawn of pioneering discoveries – the car, the tram, the bicycle. Lose yourself in the crowd at festivals and markets and celebrate the survival of traditions that have passed down the generations.

Germany inspires

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