German Christmas: The many delights of Nuremberg

German Christmas: The many delights of Nuremberg

It’s Christmas season and there are such bad snow conditions in Central Europe that even famous skiing resorts need artificial snow now. With or without snow – Christmas Markets are always a pleasure. During December and before Christmas, when I usally go to the tropics, exploring new Christmas markets is one of my favorite pastimes on Weekends.

Yesterday I finally made it to Nuremberg, which is the most famous and largest Christmas Market in the World. However, the Nuremberg “Christkindlesmarkt” has often a bad reputation in Germany. I needed to make up my own mind and I have to say the visit was a very nice experience. So let’s eliminate some popular cliches about the Nuremberg Christmas Market:

1. Nuremberg Christmas Market is hectic

No it’s not, it’s just crowded. But Franconians are a pretty relaxed bunch. Even the vendors are in a good mood. Even our famous “pet” was invited to a traditional stall and was allowed to say hello to the super-famous “Zwetschgenmännla” (prune men):

Zwetschgenmännla stall with the Lovely Dog
Our “pet” meeting the Zwetschgenmännla

2. It’s not atmospheric

This is not true at all. You can feel the smell of mulled wine and gingerbread everywhere. Inspiring colors are are on each single stall. You are aware that you are in a very historic place, walk on old cobblestones and know that the castle and the half-timbered houses are just a short walk away. On “Christkindelsmarkt” You can experience products of traditional handicraft which is connected  closely with the centuries- old history of Nuremburg. And the direct surroundings including Bavaria’s oldest gothic church could not be more picturesque:

Church and stall at Nuremberg christmas market
Historic surroundings of Nuremberg Christmas Market

3. It’s a Tourist Trap

Yes, people use to fly in from all over the world. First, this is for a reason. And secondly, the market is also full of locals. We visited the market with local friends who met a lot of other locals there. There are lots of long-estiblashed stalls which even our Nuremberg-born and raised friends knew from their childhood. Think of doll’s houses furniture and things like that…

4. It’s conventional

Of course,  it’s classic. But the market is not only on the Hauptmarkt but stretches also into different directions. The extensions have a lot of unusual stuff to offer. Around the town hall there is a market of the Nuremberg’s partner cities with products and delicacies from the whole world

Gingerbread stall at Nurmeberg Christmas Market
Gingerbread to die for

The lesson is clear: Yes, these hidden tiny markets in tiny European towns and villages are that gorgeous. But it’s  wrong to avoid Nuremberg. It’s worth a journey just because of the colors or  just to try this fresh, fluffy, not-industrialised gingerbread. Enjoy!

You can find any further information on Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt on this website.

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3 thoughts on “German Christmas: The many delights of Nuremberg

  1. Lovely post, thanks for sharing! I love German Christmas markets (already been to the ones in Hamburg this year and Cologne last year – and again in two weeks). I’m sure the one in Nuremberg is just as great 🙂

    1. Ricarda Christina Hollweg

      Thanks very much for commenting, Kristine. I wish you many more nice Christmas Market experiences in my home country.

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