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Friday, November 11, 2005

Christmas Markets in Germany 

Within a couple of weeks or so the spicy haze of glühwein (mulled wine) will be wafting across Europe as over 2500 Christmas Markets get underway in Germany. It is a special festive atmosphere, characterized by roasted almonds, hot chestnuts, carved nativity figures, Christmas spices, millions of sparkling Christmas lights, gingerbread, candles, baked apples and, of course glühwein.

I have long considered Weihnachtsmaerkte (Christmas markets) as being the start of the German party season, which extends from one festival to another until the beer festivals in October.

The first ever recorded Christmas market in Germany is Dresden's Striezelmarkt, which is known to have taken place in 1434. Now, they take place throughout Germany, usually lasting about four weeks and finishing on Xmas eve.

Read more about the German Christmas markets in my Squidoo page about Christmas market breaks in Europe.

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