Every year, the German Christmas Markets are set up; the old town squares are brightly lit and festively decorated; holiday cheer is felt and seen all around.
Stroll through the city streets with a mug of Gluhwein (hot spiced wine) in hand while listening to carolers sing traditional Christmas songs. Shop for that special unique gift that you just couldn’t find anywhere else and then go on a romantic carriage ride while taking in the lights, smells and sounds of the revelry around you.
The Christmas Market in Dresden dates as far back as the 1400s, and therefore is the oldest Christmas Market in Germany. It is famous for having the world’s biggest Christmas cake (known as Stollen), during “Stollen Festival”. The cake at this festival weighs around 4 tons and is approximately 13-14 feet long. The Dresden Christmas Market also has the world’s tallest nutcracker on display and the highest Christmas pyramid, which is a 45 feet high carousel, adorned with nativity scenes and life sized angels.
The Christmas Market in Munich dates back to the 1600s and is set up in the Old Town of Munich, known as Marienplatz. The Christkindl Markt has over 160 booths set up where one can buy a number of great gifts and keepsakes. Free concerts are given each day at 5:30 p.m. from the balcony of the Town Hall and further down from the market, traditional wooden cribs and nativity scenes are on display at the Kripperl Market.
Almost every city in Germany has a traditional Christmas Market during the holiday season, so no matter where in the country you are going to be, one should be within an easy distance. The markets typically open at the end of November and close down on Christmas Eve.