The Christmas market in Nuremberg is special
– because it is a unique mix of history, tradition, art and food.
“Christkindlesmarket”, as it is called in German, is erected on the Hauptmarket and surrounding places, overlooked by such imposing sites as the Schöner Brunnen. Neptunrunnen and the Frauenkirche.
They are all illuminated at night and creating the right Christmas atmosphere.
The origins go back at least to 1628 as documented by a wooden box with an inscription mentioning the Christmas market.
To this day the box is kept in a museum in Nuremnberg.
The event is opened by an angel: the Christkind.
She is elected every two years and the requirements are: to be from Nuremberg, between 16 and 19 years old, having no fear of heights and, knowing her opening speech by heart.
Little town of cloth and wood
The market´s nickname is: little town of cloth and wood, which comes from the fact that all stalls are made from wood and covered with red and white striped canvas.
Nuremberg is famous for many things: one of the best preserved and restored historic town centers in Germany.
Gutenberg´s 15th century invention of the print press, toys and the famous Franken cuisine to mention just a few.