As winter holidays are coming near, Christmas markets are becoming more and more popular in European countries. But it is necessary to mention that German Christmas markets are in the spotlight. Aromas of mulled wine, chocolate, caramel, and gingerbread are already in the air. When a fairy tale comes to life, it is impossible not to feel the atmosphere of magic.
Shop windows and house facades are decorated with wreaths, garlands, and spruce branches, and in the evenings, thousands of lights light up on the streets. On the squares, under the shadow of Christmas trees, small pavilions with souvenirs, gifts, toys, and treats are lined up. The festive and cheerful atmosphere of these places impresses all the visitors.
Though, the landscape and locations are also magnificent here. So, if you have made up your mind to visit Germany this Christmas, consider this list of the best Christmas markets in Germany.
1. Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg
Nuremberg enjoys great popularity among tourists. And indeed, it is one of the best places to visit on Christmas in Germany. If you come to this marvelous place, you will be enabled to visit numerous picturesque sights of the city, such as churches, museums, and Nuremberg Castle.
But the most important place which you should obviously visit here is Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. You can find it in the main square of the city. This Christmas market is considered the best in Bavaria and one of the most popular and most visited, as well as beautiful, Christmas markets in Europe. It is a picture of a real festive market.
A large Christmas nativity scene is set up in the center of the square. Today’s Christkindlesmarkt includes about 180 wooden stalls traditionally decorated with red and white striped fabric. This Christmas market in Germany is very old and represents the main idea of the great holiday. Here you will see a great variety of traditional crafts and delicious national foods. There is also a market for kids where you can entertain them.
The symbol of the Nuremberg Christmas Market is Christkind. For over half a century, a beautiful young girl from among the townspeople has been chosen for this honorary role. By tradition, the girl – the angel Christkind opens the Nuremberg Christmas market. The ceremony takes place on the city’s main market square, culminating in the angel Kristkind’s appearance on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady and the opening of Nuremberg’s Christmas market.