The days are getting longer again, the blanket of snow is giving way to lush green meadows, and spring is knocking on the door. The region around Lake Chiemsee is now waiting for a lot of traditional events and typical Easter customs that invite you to consciously perceive the longer days. Enjoy the awakening of spring with the first walks, easy hikes to lower alpine pastures and bike tours in the mountain and lake landscape of the Chiemgau-Area.
The custom originally comes from the Franconian Jura. There has always been an extreme lack of water here. At that time there was no central water supply and wells were built in the valleys to store the water. The fountains have been decorated since around the beginning of the 20th century as a sign of gratitude for the elixir of life: water. The so-called Easter fountains are hung with brightly painted Easter eggs, flowers and paper ribbons. Often the decoration is also attached to the fountain in the form of a crown.
The (before) Easter time in the Chiemgau-Area is also characterized by culinary specialties. In some bakeries in the region, the traditional pretzels are offered between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. Unlike the cult pastries that are particularly well-known in Bavaria, fasting pretzels are not covered with lye. They're just salted. With their few ingredients, they fit well into the time between carnival and Easter and are probably due to a monastic tradition of fasting.