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What is the best Christmas market in Germany? For those in the know, two names always crop up as can't-miss experiences: Cologne and Nuremberg.
We asked two passionate, local writers to convince us that their hometown is the best place to experience a bit of Christmas cheer. So which is the best Christmas market in Germany (and maybe the world)? Let's hear the arguments before you decide.
Summer Rylander has lived in Nuremberg since 2015 and thinks that prune men are really what make her hometown's market special.
Yes, you can find a Christmas market anywhere in Germany but if there’s one reason to make it the Nuremberg Christmas market (Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt), it’s the prune men.
This will be my ninth year attending and I still get endless amusement from Zwetschgenmännle; little human-like figures with limbs made from dried prunes. With walnuts for heads and figs for bodies, they’re painstakingly accessorized to suit anyone from football enthusiasts to bread bakers. Prune men are a Nuremberg original and have been sold here since the 18th century, but local crafts and food have been at the heart of the city’s holiday festivities since they first went on record in 1530.
Nearly 500 years later, the tradition is a big part of what makes Nuremberg’s Christmas market so special. Wandering between the wooden booths that line the Hauptmarkt (main square), you’ll find all the ornaments, jewelry, decor and trinkets you’d expect from a festive market — but you’ll also find the city’s centuries-old traditions. Nuremberg is well-known for its toymaking, a luxuriously spiced gingerbread called lebkuchen and Nuremberg bratwurst. Sausage is available year-round — this is Germany, after all — but these little 7–9cm brats never smell finer than when they permeate the cold December air as a beckoning treat between mugs of Glühwein (mulled wine).
Regular attendees all have a preferred outpost for their mulled wine, and mine is the Südtirol(South Tyrol) booth in the Markt der Partnerstädte. The partner cities market is where I most enjoy meeting friends to kick off a nice evening of holiday cheer. We’ll each grab a steaming mug of Glühwein, make a toast to the season, and then meander around the booths representing Nuremberg’s many sister cities. This is another Christkindlesmarkt exclusive; no other Christmas market in Germany dedicates space to locations around the world as a way to promote cross-cultural understanding and unity. With snacks and souvenirs from as nearby as Prague and as distant as Shenzhen, it’s no wonder that this slice of the market has always been my favorite.
Nuremberg’s Altstadt (old town) is undoubtedly where most of the Christmas market action takes place — our city of 500,000 can swell
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While countries like Germany and Austria tend to get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to Christmas markets, the Czech Republic should be a prime destination for those seeking enchanting holiday markets. Prague's Old Town Square is a picturesque and festive spot come holiday time, but you’ll also find lesser-known treasures in places like Brno and Plzeň, each offering incredible markets. Here’s a closer look at three fantastic destinations in the Czech Republic where you can immerse yourself in the holiday spirit while enjoying the festive charm of Christmas markets.
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