Easter tree? Yes, you read it right. It is the only and the most beautiful Easter tree I ever saw. Tree decoration with Easter eggs during the holiday is not an unusual thing in German traditions. These trees are called “Eierbaum,” “Osterbaum” or “Ostereierbaum” in German, meaning a tree that is decorated with eggs at Easter.
Christa and Volker Kraft from Saalfeld (Germany) with their family took it very seriously and used more than 10,000 eggs for Easter tree decoration. Unfortunately, 2015 is a farewell year for these Easter decorations. The garden will remain closed forever from 7th of April, 2015.
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It takes around two weeks to hang all 10,000 eggs
Easter tree in all its glory
It started in 1965 with 18 Eastern eggs
This picture dated ~1970. The left tree is the one they still decorate according to the Easter traditions today.
350 Easter eggs on the tree in 1994
This is how 10,000 eggs on the tree looks like
10,000 eggs is the limit as they don’t have storage room for more eggs
Christa Kraft prepares eggs for tree decoration
Kraft started with plastic eggs decades ago, but later switched to real eggs
Kraft’s daughter Gabriela Rumrich is the painter in the family
She drew artistic patterns with silver and gold colors. Later the first landscape and city motifs emerged.
Kraft’s tree has become a tourist attraction, drawing thousands of people every year
Easter tree in the snow
What Volker Kraft does with all these eggs after Easter?
“Most of them are eaten by children, and the rest I give to charity, plastic eggs I keep in the garage until next year,” – says Volker Kraft.
Each egg is different
Some look like jewelery
An apple tree when the Easter is over
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