Dates 2019: 14th April to 5th MayFrom 14th April to 5th May, a number of gorgeously decorated wells in the Amberg-Sulzbach region can be admired. For visitors, the locations of the decorated wells have been collaged on the website www.osterbrunnen-online.de.
When there was still no central water supply, good water for the people was not a matter of course. Water is a scarce resource in the Jura Mountains in particular, as there is only a little surface water, and rainwater instantly disappears underground in the porous limestone. In order to emphasise the significance of the valuable resource, the tradition of decorating wells developed in the Jura Mountains more than 100 years ago. In the spring, when nature awakes from its winter sleep again, the wells were cleaned and decorated. The men did the sweeping; the decorating was the job of the women. This custom has been preserved to this day. A number of colourfully painted Easter eggs are used as decorations as a symbol of fertility. They are frequently arranged in the shape of a crown. But freshly felled young branches, flowers and colourful strips of paper also serve as Easter decorations. The Easter well in Sulzbach-Rosenberg has even made it into the Guinness Book of Records with its more than 20,000 eggs.
Now, the custom of Easter wells in the Amberg-Sulzbach region attracts thousands of visitors from Germany and abroad. Interested coach and tour groups can have their tour around the Amberg-Sulzbach Easter wells accompanied by expert guides who tell of the customs and the sights and history of the region. On these Easter well safaris, refreshments can also be taken in a typical Upper Palatinate guesthouse.
- 120 euros for the whole day tour (from 4 hours)
- 70 euros for the half day tour (up to 4 hours)
- 10 euros Sunday and public holiday supplement