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Where To Holiday This Christmas: The German Christmas Markets


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the Striezelmarkt or Striezel market dates back to 1434
the Striezelmarkt or Striezel market dates back to 1434

+ What?

A street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. The history of Christmas Markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire.

Germany is becoming more and more popular for these famous markets. They’re held every year in cities, towns and villages throughout the country.

You can buy Christmas gifts which are not mass-produced, but craftwork of real quality. The ambience of a typical German Christmas Market is further enhanced by the aromas of hot chestnuts, grilled sausages and other tasty snacks. People love the gingerbread biscuits known as “Lebkuchen”, as well as the marzipan figures and other sweets.

+ Where?

Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, LuxembourgAustria and some places in the UK. Just a few of the bigger ones in Germany are:

+ When?

Last week of November to Christmas Eve.

Annaberg-Buchholz
Annaberg-Buchholz
Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Berlin
Berlin
Berlin's largest Christmas market takes place in the Spandau Old Town
Berlin’s largest Christmas market takes place in the Spandau Old Town
Cologne
Cologne
Lower Saxony
Lower Saxony
Jena
Jena
Berlin
Most Christmas Markets start in the last week of November and run through to Christmas Eve or a day or two before. They are usually open every day from 10am to about 8 or 9 pm

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