Many countries in the world have restricted the lighting of fireworks to celebrate the New Year to professionals. Leaving this dangerous job to pyrotechnic experts has its advantages. You may have to travel far to view the show but you are rewarded with beautiful synchronized displays, leaving you oooing and aaaing and gazing in awe.
Germany does have coordinated displays but if you don’t live near a big city or prefer to celebrate at home, ordinary Germans also have the choice of creating their very own personal fireworks display, large or small. A few days before the New Year, fireworks of all sorts and to suit all budgets, go on sale at supermarkets and department stores. In 2019, Germans fired away an absurd sum of €133 million!
As protests increase against this dangerous tradition and senseless waste of money, and following more accidents and casualties, lighting your own fireworks could soon be a thing of the past. This year end, fireworks will be forbidden in several areas of the city to minimize damage to public property and injuries to the public.
However, at Wisteria Bed & Breakfast, guests can still enjoy this tradition, while it lasts, by viewing the fireworks from the safety of the property. Or take a midnight stroll to see how others are creating their own fireworks show while maintaining a safe distance. Fireworks can be enjoyed for free anywhere in the neighborhood until the law says otherwise!
You would not expect it but the southern Munich suburb of Forstenried, not to be confused with Fuerstenried, has a long history. It was first mentioned as early as 1166, by the name Uorstersriet! A mouthful and unpronounceable!
Does the name have a meaning? Yes! In German, Forst means forest and Ried means clearing or clearing of woodland. So put together, the name was used to describe a village where a portion of forest was cleared to create space for dwellings.
For hundreds of years, Forstenried remained a village with a cluster of farmhouses surrounded by farmlands. In 1420 the now well-known little church Heiligkreuz (Holy Cross) was built. It still remains standing today and is the venue of the weekly mass and other catholic celebrations.
Records show that the number of inhabitants increased to around 160 persons in 1726, spread over about 40 dwellings. Still a population of rural dimensions. In January 1912, Forstenried was made a part of Munich and with this came a steady increase in new residents. The Forstenrieders could now call themselves residents of Munich!
The face of the little village has changed dramatically since its early days. Looking at Forstenried today, you would never have thought that it could once have been a village. Only the remaining old farmhouses scattered throughout the suburb hint that there is more to Forstenried than the middle-class housing which has sprung up to accommodate the ever increasing influx of people to the area.
Forstenried citizens today are proud to have Munich’s oldest farmhouse, the Derzbachhof, as well as the Heiligkreuz church in their backyard. At Wisteria B&B, you are not too far from these two historical buildings.
Information source: Süddeutscher Zeitung, 7 November 2011; Photos source: Münchner Wochenanzeiger/job and Immobilien Report München.