Find out about Easter egg hunts and special Easter cakes…

Easter is a really exciting time for kids in Germany!

On Easter Sunday, many children go on an Eiersuche (Easter egg hunt). The goal is to find as many hidden Easter eggs as possible.

If the weather is nice, the Easter bunny hides the eggs outside in their garden or a park. If it is too cold, the egg hunt is held inside.

Sometimes, the one with the most eggs even gets a prize!

An Easter egg hunt

Did you know …?

  • Easter eggs represent new life.
  • In Germany, children decorate real eggs by removing the insides and painting the hollow shells.
  • The large Easter eggs you can often find in the UK are less common in Germany. Don’t worry though, German children still receive lots of small chocolate Easter eggs!

Click here to find out how to decorate Easter eggs the traditional way

Easter cakes

On Easter Sunday, it is also a tradition to bake cakes in the shape of a lamb or rabbit and to offer them to family and friends who come to visit.

The kids decorate the cakes with Gummibärchen (gummi bears), Smarties and other sweets.

You can find a recipe for an Osterlamm (Easter lamb cake) here. Or why not try making Osterzopf, a sweet, German Easter bread.

An Easter lamb cake


Children in southern Germany often decorate village wells with Easter eggs, flowers and ribbons. The decorated wells are called Osterbrunnen (‘Easter wells’).


In many parts of Germany, people light Osterfeuer (‘Easter fires’) – large bonfires. This tradition is very old, dating back to before Christian times (more than 2000 years ago!). Easter fires celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and help bring people together after the cold winter months.

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
Ostern Easter
die Eiersuche Easter egg hunt
der Osterhase Easter bunny
die Eier eggs
das Lamm lamb
der Brunnen well
der Zopf plait
das Feuer fire



Listen to why Easter is celebrated – in German.