The magic that is Christmas is drawing near once more, and from November onwards the Christmas Markets are setting up to welcome visitors for the festive season. Traditionally one thinks of Germany when conjuring up Christmas Markets, but there are now Christmas Markets and Christmas Festivals held throughout Europe and, indeed far beyond, as people of all nations celebrate this wonderful romantic time of year.Christmas is a romantic, and reflective, time when the people you meet seem to be a little bit friendlier, the world seems to be a more hopeful place and even the coldest, snowiest of days feels crisp and cosy. It is a time of warming spicy aromas, candlelight, Christmas Carols and blazing log fires, and above all it is a time to spend with family and loved ones and where better to go than to one of these traditional Christmas Markets and leave the worries of the outside world behind.
The Dresden Christmas market is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany and has been mentioned as far back as 1434. Here you will find the famous Dresdner Stollen which has been made here since the early 16th century and can be found in shops and at the market stalls. The Stollen is also from where the Christmas market gets its name – Striezelmarkt. Here, on this festive market, the visitor will find interesting and romantic gift ideas. There are around 250 stalls selling a selection of Christmas gifts, among these are Erzgebirge woodcarvings, pottery from Lusatia, Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, tin toys, textiles and Christmas candles.
During Advent one of the oldest cities in Germany is turned into a Christmas paradise for romantics. Koblenz, in the four weeks before Christmas,attracts more than 300,000 visitors from around the world, seeking Glühwein, Gingerbread and Stollen with authentic and original attractions.
The Reiterlesmarkt is a centuries-old tradition in Rothenburg and is situated at the Grünen markt, behind the Town Hall, the square behind the church of St James and along the surrounding streets and is one of the most beautiful markets in Germany.
The Christmas Market in the Former Royal Seat, Celle, is held on the “Stechbahn” At the end of November, the Old Town in Celle is again transformed into a Christmas fairytale. The half-timbered houses and streets are filled with festive splendou.
The tradition of the Leipzig Christmas market dates back to the 15th Century. Due to its unique cultural and culinary offering in the Old Town, he has now acquired an almost legendary reputation. With its 250 stalls, it is one of the biggest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
Every year, the squares around St. Blasii Cathedral are transformed into a beautiful Christmas market with elegant illuminations and a delightful atmosphere with more than 140 artisans. In the past the historical moat was surrounded by many stalls and led a slightly shadowy existence.
Just steps away from the Kunigunden-Markt, on the historic market square with the gothic Stiftskirche (abbey church), the Rathaus (town hall) and Scheffelhaus, this traditional Christmas market is held here every year . There is a rich and varied program of events throughout Advent.
This is a truly unique and romantic setting in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, surrounded by the clear waters of the Chiemsee.The market is set on the island of Frauenchiemsee which looks across to the Herrenchiemsee on which sits the ‘Castle Herrenchiemsee’ built by King Ludwig II. Frauenchiemsee Island is home to a functioning Cloister and a community of artists, crafts-people and fishermen, and is a popular place to visit all through the year.
The city of Cologne offers six Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz.
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