The Old Gingerbread Bakery


Gingerbread being hand-made at Willi Baumann’s bakery in Reichelsheim-Beerfurth in the Odenwald region, some 70 kms (42 mls) south of Frankfurt, Dec. 1. The family business is one of oldest in the Odenwald and operates in the 11th generation, baking gingerbread as it did in 1785 without coloring, flavor enhancer or preservatives. Customers queue right in the bakehouse, buying ‘lebkuchen’ as it comes right out of the coal-heated oven.

Frankfurt’s Oktoberfest

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Visitors in dirndls and lederhosen are on their way to attend the Oktoberfest in Frankfurt, Sep. 25, a smaller version of the traditional Munich beer festival. Some 2.500 people dressed up in modernized versions of Alpine leather breeches and dresses gather every night (Sep.18 thru Oct.11) for heavy partying (and beer drinking).

Typical Frankfurt Kiosk

Typical Frankfurt Kiosk

An old, typical Frankfurt kiosk, pictured at the city’s Bockenheim district, March 26. Kiosks or ‘Wasserhäuschen’ (Water Houses) were established here in the second half of the 19th century to offer clean drinking water to workers and to prevent them from drinking beer or even Schnaps instead. Kiosks nowadays offer rather newspapers, lottery tickets, cigarettes – and beer. More than 25.000 kiosks can be found throughout Germany.

Frankfurt Sausages

Frankfurt Sausages

A carnivalist with a plate and typical Frankfurt sausages, the ” Frankfurter Würstchen”, after the annual symbolic storming of the city hall by enthusiasts of carnival, March 1. They took over power from the lord mayor and anybody entering was served free sausages and cider.
(Canon 5dIII, Ef 1.4, 24mm, f 1.4, 1/320sec., 1000 asa)

Christmas Market Open

Christmas Market Open

Frankfurt’s traditional Christmas market opened this week. It was first mentioned in 1393 and is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. It runs until December 22, 2013. (This photo was actually taken two years ago, but it basically looks the same every year.)