German apple tree transforms into Easter egg tree

SAALFELD, Germany (NBC/EBU) — A simple apple tree in Germany is getting worldwide attention during this time of year.

Thousands of people come from across Germany and beyond to see the tree in Saalfeld.

There are over 10,000 decorated Easter eggs hanging from the tree.

It started in 1965 when the Kraft family put up 35 eggs on the tree, and they haven’t stopped making special, one-of-a-kind eggs for the tree since then.

News of the tree traveled by word-of-mouth, and people began traveling to the little town to see the Kraft family Easter egg tree.

The tree has been covered by newspapers and TV networks from around the world.

Now the founder of the tree, Volker Kraft, says the tree can’t accept any more eggs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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