The villagers of Franconia used to clean their fountains from wintry dirt in the time before Easter. The fountains are mostly in the middle of the village square. In spring they are popular excursion destinations in Franconia. They were cleaned before the Easter holidays so that fresh and clean water could be fetched from there for the Easter festivities. In the course of time, the custom developed to decorate the fountains with Easter, and especially in Franconia and the Upper Palatinate you can see beautifully decorated Easter fountains in the village squares of many rural communities in the weeks leading up to Easter. One of the largest of these is in the center of the small village of Bieberbach in Franconia, just under an hour north of Nuremberg away from the main thoroughfares in the middle of Franconian Switzerland.
Usually, an Easter fountain is covered with a crown of fir branches woven from fir branches, on which are colored Easter eggs in all shades of color. In Bieberbach, this is all a bit bigger: the inhabitants of this small village in the hills of Franconia have been working on the preparations for a long time and coloring eggs in red, yellow, blue or pink. Although they also decorate a crown, but this enthroned over egg-decorated arches above the bubbling village well. And that's not all: the fountain is surrounded by wreaths and bows decorated in different colors. The result is an imposing and decorative ensemble of crowns, wreaths, bows and garlands on which Easter eggs of all stripes give a splendid picture.
There is only one thing you shouldn't do: how we drive to the Easter Fountain in Bieberbach on Easter Sunday, because it shows that this fountain is no longer an “insider tip” and you have to “share” the fountain with many other visitors. During the week, the hustle and bustle at Bieberbach's Easter fountain should be less. Nevertheless, a trip there is worthwhile, because this Easter fountain is by far the most beautiful that we have seen in the Bavarian province. There are also enough opportunities for comparison in the area around Bieberbach. On our way to Nuremberg, we repeatedly notice signs at the entrances to other villages that point out the local Easter fountain.
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