What Germans Traditionally eat on New Year’s Day

Traditionally, we eat pork (simmered pork knuckle, Bratwurst, or smoked pork chops) and Sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. Eating Sauerkraut is especially important, as it promises a financially good new year.

Eisbein

In some rural areas, you might also find the Eierring or Eierweck on the kitchen table. Many years ago, families had to pre-order the Eierring days in advance to make sure to get one. Fewer and fewer bakeries sell these nowadays, as demand has gone down for this traditional form of bread. The Eierring, with its round shape, is similar to the horse shoe, another good luck charm.

Eierring in Franconia (northern Bavaria)

Growing up, I remember having the Eierring on New Year’s Eve (while it is still fresh) and mulled wine. Whatever was left, we had on New Year’s Day as it was supposed to be.

Same with the pork and Kraut – we had it for dinner this evening, and will have the remainder tomorrow, on New Year’s Day as it is meant to be.

Have a great New Year’s Eve, wherever you are!

Oberursel Old Town

If you are coming to the Frankfurt area to work, you might find Oberursel to be the perfect place of residence for you and your family.

In addition to lots of surrounding nature, clean air, traditional buildings and a small-town atmosphere, Oberursel is also home to Frankfurt International School, one of the top international schools in Europe.

I took this photo three days ago – Oberursel old town (Altstadt) is one of the nicest places around the area. At least, this is what our out-of-town visitors always say.

Oberursel Altstadt