Holiday season in Germany: Christmas in Nuremberg

Holiday season in Germany: Christmas in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is a beautiful Bavarian city with a historic center with medieval features and an abundance of attractions. On Christmas Eve, Nuremberg's Christmas markets, also known as Christmas markets (German name: Nürnberger Weihnachtsmärkte), are among the most visited places in the city. Christmas markets in Nuremberg are considered one of the most beautiful and colorful in Europe. During the Christmas markets, Nuremberg is visited by about 2 million people. There are stalls and stalls at the fairs, from which they sell food, including the local street food, the famous gingerbread, drinks, the main place among which is warming mulled wine, Christmas products, as well souvenirs, products of local craftsmen and festive paraphernalia. In addition to the tents, there are Christmas decorations at the fairs that create a festive atmosphere: glowing garlands on the counters, decorated Christmas trees, and colorful toys. And the audience is entertained with festive programs. Thanks to all this, you can feel the approach of the main holidays of the year already a few weeks before the onset of those. Christmas markets are located in the historical center of the city, where the main tourist life takes place. The main Christmas market is called Christkindlesmarkt, which translates as "Christ child market." This Christmas market is one of the oldest and one of the most famous in the world. The Nuremberg Christmas market was first mentioned in 1628; its roots probably go back to the days of Luther, when the tradition of giving gifts to children at Christmas arose. The fair takes place in the central square of the old town of Nuremberg the Market Square (Hauptmarkt / Hauptmarkt), which is near the Church of the Virgin Mary (Frauenkirche, Frauenkirche). The fair also covers the nearby streets. The fair starts on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent and ends on December 24th. Today's Christkindlesmarkt includes about 180 wooden stalls traditionally decorated with red and white striped fabric. Hence, the nickname of the market, “a small town made of wood and fabric”. The stalls offer traditional goods such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary delights, of which the original Nuremberg gingerbread and Nuremberg fried sausages remain unchanged. A large nativity scene is set up in the center of the square. The most famous of the representatives of the Nuremberg Christmas Market is the "Christ Child" (Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt), who personifies the Christmas Angel. For the role of a baby, a young local girl is chosen from all those who have submitted applications. The girl is elected every two years, and this tradition has been going on since 1969. The Christkindlesmarkt opens with the introductory speech of the infant Christ from the balcony of the Frauenkirche church. Traditionally, the Christ girl is dressed in white and gold, with curly blond hair, a high golden crown, and long golden sleeves like the wings of an angel. There are also several smaller fairs near the main Christmas market in the center of the old town, which are an integral part of the main Christmas market, but each of which has its specifics. Sister market or the market of twin-cities (Markt der Partnerstädte) held at the Town Hall Square (Rathausplatz) near City Hall, Nuremberg (Nürnberger the Rathaus). For the first time, such a market started operating in Nuremberg in 1985. This small market offers products from numerous partner cities and friendly regions of Nuremberg, from China and Europe to South America and the United States of America. The Original Regional operates near Kirche St. Sebald and offers regional and high-quality products. It features honey and beeswax products produced by local beekeepers, homemade liqueurs, and vintage brandies, as well as fruit spreads, signature sausages, and more. The Children's Christmas Market (Weihnachtsstadt für Kinder) operates at Hans-Sachs-Platz and is aimed at families with children.

Here, visitors can bake cookies, make candles, paint glasses, write a Christmas wish list for the Christ Child, see Santa Claus, or take a ride on the carousel, Ferris wheel, and Christmas train. In the former hospital of the Holy Spirit (Heilig-Geist-Spital / Heilig-Geist-Spital) there is the "Star House" (Sternenhaus), where you can have fun and warm up. The fair also has treats including waffles, steamed noodles, Franconian potatoes, and pancakes. Near the Pegnitz River, a small "Feuerzangenbowle zum Christkindlesmarkt" is open, the name of which cannot be translated, but in the lexicon, it means "sausage and sauerkraut".This is a place where drinks and food are sold, among which, of course, the famous mulled wine, sausages, and cabbage. The highlight of this place is the large vat, 3.40 meters high, containing an impressive 9000 liters of warming drink. We recommend checking the dates and opening hours of Christmas markets and other information on the official website.

In addition to the Christmas markets in the old city of Nuremberg can visit the picturesque Courtyard artisans (Handwerkerhof Nuremberg / Handwerkerhof). Typical buildings of the courtyard are small buildings with imitation of half-timbered facades. The houses are home to craft and souvenir shops, shops, cafés, and restaurants that offer specialties such as Nuremberg sausages, Franconian beer and specialty wines, Nuremberg gingerbread, as well as wooden and tin toys, local souvenirs, and other goods, including handmade.You can book a car in Wertheim am Main in advance and take an unforgettable pre-holiday trip around Germany and then visit Nuremberg. You can also leave an application on the website to get the best deals from car owners. Read our article about why this option is more convenient and profitable to choose a car. Do not forget to use the BLGLVSK5 promo code to get an extra discount.

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