We are in December and in Germany there is so much to discover! No matter in which city you are or which you want to visit, a very typical activity to do before Christmas is to visit the various Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt), which are located in every major city and sometime even in smaller towns.
The markets believed to be the most picturesque and traditional in Germany are those in Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Cologne, Berlin and Dresden. Opening day is usually the Sunday before the beginning of Advent, around Thanksgiving Day, and they are open until midnight on 24th December.
The tradition says that in the 15th century in the Advent season many traders were heading towards the city of Dresden to showcase their products, mostly basic commodities. This tradition continues in the market of Striezel (Striezelmarkt) nowadays with all kinds of traditional products.
The lights, ringing bells, the scent of roasted chestnuts, the decor, small houses or wooden huts, the magic of Christmas, all this you can find in these markets. You can also enjoy mulled wine (Glühwein) with spices like cinnamon, punsch, dishes from different regions, sweets, gingerbread (Lebkuchen), games and admire new local and regional crafts from Germany. Visit the market with your family, someone you love and friends, because it is the place to share the Christmas spirit.
Here’s a video that shows the beauty of Christmas markets in Germany, we assure you it is worth visiting.
And please don’t forget to tell us what you appreciate the most in the Christmas markets in Germany?