Top 10 Best (Ostereier Baum) Easter Treese

When I was just 12yrs old my family had decided to visit my Grandma for Easter (my family didn’t really get on with each other so this was in fact quite a rare thing to do) But getting back to the point of this… While visiting my Granny, her next door neighbour was using a ladder to hang brightly coloured eggs in this little bush/tree that he had in the garden! This odd tradition is mostly seen in Germany (he was indeed German) and it is done by decorating the branches of trees and bushes with eggs for Easter and it is centuries old, but sadly its origins have been lost. So why not join me as we take a look at some of the very best images from this rather beautiful tradition…


Top 10 Best (Ostereier Baum) Easter Trees


Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

10 –The simple traditions are always the best ones.

This first one is a great example of things to come, For your information, this really should be called “The World’s Top 10 Best Ostereier Baum’s” as that is what these Easter Trees are called in Germany.

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

9 – Traditional Family Time

For some family’s the whole event of making an Easter Tree is a chance to come together and to make something rather special that they will often use as a table centerpiece.

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

8 – Keeping old traditions going.

To most people the tradition of making these “Saalfeld” Easter egg trees is something that is a long past thing to do, but some still make a little effort to do one, just so people remember that sometimes things in the past were wonderful and amazing as well.

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

7 – Some get it out twice a year!!!

For me this is a little lazy but still rather amazing to look at, what some people do is to use their Christmas trees to hang their eggs maybe because they don’t have a garden or maybe because they want their “Saalfelder Ostereierbaums” inside instead of out.

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

6 – Easter Smiles

Sometimes adding a few cheap multi-coloured plastic eggs to a bush or tree can, in fact, make it look rather special! So why not give it a go yourself as I am sure you can get them in most craft shops for just a few pennies!

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

5 – When it comes to keeping traditions alive we can all help!

Even German Fire service people like to chip in and keep the tradition alive, and this image was taken of them making an Easter Tree in front of a school so that maybe the younger generations will appreciate these rather amazing displays.

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

4 – Why would you forget about these?!

Why on earth would you not want to remember this amazing traditional?!? It just brings a touch of beauty to the garden and a big old smile to the face. After all, anything that can do that should never be forgotten.

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

3 – Questions, questions, questions!!

What I loved about this one was that it shows that it isn’t rocket science! Just hang a few nicely painted hard-boiled eggs from a few twigs and it is job done, then when people ask you “why” you have done it, you can tell them all about the tradition of making them!

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

2 – The more the merrier!

As with most things in life, the more time and effort (and coloured eggs) you put into making an Easter Tree the better it is! And while this one is just incredible and nothing short of a thing a beauty, but, believe it or not, there is one that is even better…

Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree
Ostereier Baums/Easter Tree

1 – It all ends where it all started

This is what you call Beautiful and it is nothing shy of it. This stunning tree is located in a small German village of Saalfeld, Thuringia and is, in fact, all the work of one man! Volker Kraft has just one wish and that is to keep this amazing tradition alive and each and every year he makes what is widely regarded as the biggest Osterbrunnen display in the world.

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  4. I just included some pictures of decorative eggs in a store in Salzburg if you wanted to have a look. You should do an Easter tree next year too! We can swap photos 🙂

  5. There are good things and bad things (like any town!) but I am enjoying the change and trying to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity 🙂 Maybe next year I will have an Easter tree!

  6. I lived in Germany for several years, and loved this tradition so much that when I came back to the UK I brought back bags full of eggs which I now hang on my trees in the garden. Sadly because of house moving, this year the eggs didn’t get out of storage in time – so thank you for posting these pictures and reminding me how pretty they look!

  7. There’s a lot around the schools and my elderly neighbours downstairs have one. It showed me how traditional it must be, as they don’t have kids at home anymore and the tree doesn’t face the street. It’s their own little tree in their backyard (that i can enjoy from my balcony!).

  8. I recently moved to Germany and have seen these all around our little town! Really colourful and cheerful.

  9. We do the same in Sweden where I am from, usually we also take in to the house a few branches and hang chickens, feathers and eggs (mostly hand painted) in it 🙂

  10. The response has been they are empty on the tree and filled for Easter hunt 🙂 From my German gf & a friend who still lives in Germany that asked her neighbor…

  11. I’ve seen this before, even at Christmas time, people hang coloured Christmas balls on trees outside…you know I actually like the vase with the twigs and a few eggs…quietly festive… 🙂 I don’t have little ones around anymore so I don’t decorate for Easter anymore…

  12. Now see, I have went on and egg hunts as a kid, just had a few Chocolate ones. But it is great fun for little ones for sure, and if there is a prize it is even better!

  13. beautiful to see, we as pagans decorate eggs on a tree or branches in the house for Eostre, love your blog you never know what’s coming on it and its always a pleasure to see, thank you xxbbxx

  14. I have never made an Easter Tree, only Christmas ones. Easter is turned over to the children in the form of an Easter egg hunt. Something I look forward to as the little ones discover the joy of finding things.

  15. I have never heard of such a thing but I love them all! I wouldn’t know where to get so many plastic eggs from though, maybe half filled coloured balloons would do the trick?

  16. They are probably plastic but could be hard boiled or empty-in Poland you make a small hole at one end of an egg and bigger one at the other,then you blow into small one so that white and yolk come out thrugh bigger hole.Then it’s time for decorating.Check out pisanki or wydmuszki on google-some amazing pictures there.

  17. Haha! Ah yes, I remember your post saying you didn’t get squat from the easter bunny. Maybe if you drop a few sly hints and tell the little guy it’s called sharing.

    Happy Easter !

  18. Sadly, I don’t think the easter bunny is sprinkling any assortment of eggs in the house. It came instead as a gigantic chocolate bar delivered by his helper, much similar to someone I call my mom…

  19. I kind of marvel at the german language. Good call with the name. I can’t even imitate french, much less german. But what a cute tradition. It’s kind of sad I don’t uhm, exactly know what date easter is..

  20. Well that is the thing with my own top 10, you just never know what it will be about, or more importantly what is in that top 10 even when you do know what it is about! OCD blogging at it’s very best.*LOL*

  21. I can ask my girlfriend (German) if there is anything inside of them, as far as I know the ones hung outside do not have anything in them… but there may be a tradition I have missed.

  22. I have lived in Germany for the last 5 years ( okay minus my current “stan” tour) and I picked up this tradition right away. I love it! The towns have “oster” bows of garland that are decorated with handblown eggs painted by the local school children. I’ve done the plastic eggs each year on a tree in front of my house, its so fun because it really bring spring out and as the tree buds it’s already beautiful! My daughter secretly loves it and misses the tradition, the small vase with the small tree limbs is a great idea for inthe house.

  23. I’m German – American but never did this as a child. I think I’m gonna start! Thanks for the idea. 😀

  24. Downsized – Had a 7 footer and used to spend 2 days to decorate it to perfection – then life got in the way and I took stock of what I really wanted – I went to a 4’er and am thinking, this year, I’ll just buy a 24 inch fiber optic one – you know – plug in – enjoy….LOL
    I did all the Betty Homemaker/Martha Stewart stuff for years -nearly killed myself trying to ‘do it all’ – lately I’ve been figuring out why the “Bachelor Lifestyle” is so desirable! According to my Bachelor Brother, the fiber optic tree I bought him two years ago is easy peezy lemon squeezy – – LOL

  25. I love #4 because not only are the eggs colorful, the Magnolia has wonderful buds that work so well with the colored eggs. #1 is the epitome of there is no such thing as too many. I have seen people have Easter trees here too – it’s a great bit of color on a dreary day. Thank you for giving us a bright spot in the day.

  26. No my parents never did one either. My father wasn’t much for stuff like that and my mom being Native American didn’t either.

  27. On easter are you going to show what is in the eggs? I like to open them when they are plastic. Presents. Presents is my thing for people. Just gift ideas for others.

  28. #1 is just awesome! They are all nice and being half German I knew about this tradition from my grandparents. I’ve never done it myself though, maybe I should 🙂 Thanks Russell for bringing a bit of my heritage to the forefront for me.

  29. I’m glad my kids didn’t see these. I’m not climbing a ladder to hang Easter eggs of any sort. Besides, I still haven’t taken down the outside Christmas lights. (I’m waiting for the last of our snow to melt first.) Egads, or is that egg-ads?

Which one did you like?