Europe’s Christmas Markets
As Christmas approaches, many of Europe’s cities and towns, including Regensburg, Passau, Prague and Budapest, begin to bustle with preparations. In the town centres, locals come together to share mulled wine, while crafts and local produce reflecting regional cultures are laid out in quaint market stalls for residents and visitors alike to consider as they choose unique gifts for friends and family.
View the Christmas Markets virtual tour here.
The Famous Markets of Nuremberg
The most famous of Germany’s Christmas Markets opens every year in the historical city of Nuremberg, in Main Market Square. Throughout December, the Old Town is peppered with stalls and decked out in Christmas regalia for Christkindlesmarkt, steeped in centuries of tradition. The tantalising scents of sweet roasted almonds and gingerbread permeate the air, while the aroma of mulled wine also contributes to the festive atmosphere. Around 200 stall holders present their wares of artisan ornaments, traditional gifts and mouth-watering regional cuisine. With stalls festooned in red and white cloth, the market has earned itself the name of ‘Little Town from Wood and Cloth’.
Note that most Christmas Markets are open from Nov. 25-Dec. 23.
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