The Christmas market in Nuremberg is special
– because it is a unique mix of history, tradition, art and food.
“Christkindlesmarket” 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 create the right Christmas atmosphere.
The origins go back to 1628, as documented by a wooden box with an inscription mentioning the Christmas market.
The event is opened by an angel: Christkind.
She has been elected every two years, and the requirements are: to be from Nuremberg, between 16 and 19 years old, have no fear of heights, knowing her opening speech by heart.
The little town of cloth and wood
The market’s nickname is the 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 Germany’s best preserved and restored historic town centres.
Gutenberg’s 15th-century invention of the print press, toys and the famous Franken cuisine are just a few.
Food and drinks
Rostbratwürst, Bavarian beer and Glühwein
As soon as you approach the Hauptmarkt at Christkindlestime, you are assailed by the delicious scent of one of Nuremberg’s specialities: sizzling Rostbratwurst.
The spicy sausages are no longer than your middle finger, so you have to eat many of them.
Often they are served with horseradish instead of mustard, which makes them even spicier.
Those with a sweet tooth may want to sample Nuremberger Marzipan in all forms and shapes or Nuremberg Lebkuchen, the world-famous gingerbread.
And then there are the Zwetschgenmämmla, figures made from dried plums and, of course, edible.
The ensuing thirst is quenched with Bavarian beer or even mulled wine called Glühwein.
There is, of course, even an alcohol-free version.
Hotels and accommodation
It’s over 150 places to stay here.
From five-star hotels to bed-and-breakfast guesthouses.
So you will easily find something that suits your style and wallet.