December 12, 2017

Christmas Markets in Germany


The month of December is a very festive time in Germany.  People are preparing their shops and homes with decorations and everyone is getting into the holiday spirit.  It’s also when countless Christmas markets take place in many of the larger cities throughout the country.  There you can buy all kinds of gifts, especially traditional items such as crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, and candles.


A very popular drink to try is Glühwein.  This is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus, and sugar.  Sometimes a shot of rum or other liquor is added to enhance the flavor and potency.  A tasty drink, it’s a great way to keep warm during the crisp winter nights.  When walking around, your nose will certainly lead you to a variety of delicious food.  The air of a Christmas market is filled with the aroma of grilled sausages and other typical German cuisine.  You can also find many types of sweets including waffles, nutella crepes, and gingerbread cookies.



Christmas markets date back to the late middle ages in the German-speaking part of Europe.  The city of Dresden first held one in 1434.  Frankfurt had one in 1393 and Munich held one in 1310.


Most Christmas markets start the last week of November and run through Christmas Eve or a day or two before.  They are usually open from 10am to about 8 or 9pm.  The markets are beautiful any time of day, but I highly recommend going at night when all the lights are shining bright.



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