Christmas Markets in Bavaria

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Christmas Markets in Bavaria
Christmas Markets in Bavaria

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Although one can find Christmas markets all over Germany, many tourists associate their images of a German Christmas with snowy scenes of Alpine and Bavarian landscapes. Here one can find numerous Christmas markets in every village and city across the region. An exhaustive list of the Christmas markets in Bavaria would be dull for both writer and reader, but a list of some of the highlights might be just what you need to plan your Christmastime trip to Germany's largest state.

Christmasmarket in Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide)

Munich - The Christkindlmarkt is the most prominent of the Christmas markets in Bavaria's capital city. It was first mentioned in 1642 in the annals of the city, and it was originally called a Nikolaimarkt, in honor of the gift-giving saint. However, with the growing influence of Protestantism, the market was eventually renamed in honor of the Christ Child, who delivered gifts on Christmas Eve.

Kripperlmarkt in Munich

Besides the Christkindlmarkt, Munich hosts a Kripperlmarkt, where one can buy everything needed for the holiday nativity or creche set. Located today at the Richard-Strauss-Brunnen, the first nativity market was held in 1757, although the roots of the creche in Munich date much further back. The first nativity scene in the city was set up by the Jesuits in 1597. Today the market features high quality wooden pieces from the Erzgebirge, the South Tyrol, and Oberammergau (Oberammergau vacation rentals | Oberammergau travel guide).

For the adults seeking a festive accompaniment to the chilly December evenings, the Feuerzangenbowle at the Isartor should be visited. The kettle here contains about 9,000 liters of this warm drink made from wine and rum, and is one of the largest in the world. Stop by if you are in Munich for a night between December 7 and January 6.

Christmasmarket in Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide)

Nuremberg - This city might be host to one of the most famous and visited Christmas markets, but it too has a huge Feuerzangenbowle. Between November 30 and December 31, the similarly sized kettle is kept filled for the cold market visitors.

Christmasmarket in Rothenburg (Rothenburg vacation rentals | Rothenburg travel guide) ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Taube - Rothenburg is a romantic destination any time of year, but especially in the winter, it can fulfill any Bavarian tourist's dream of a winter wonderland. The city hosts its Reiterlesmarkt this time of year. The "Reiterle" is a nickname for Santa Claus. Dinkelsbuehl - Like Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuehl is located on the Romantic Road and offers charming alleys and buildings to enchant the most discerning of tourists. This town is noted for its large, 60-square meter creche, based on a miniature backdrop of the town's actual architectural streetscape.

Christmasmarket in Regensburg (Regensburg vacation rentals | Regensburg travel guide)

Regensburg - Regensburg's Christkindlmarkt was recently judged by an independent jury to be one of the 10 most beautiful Christmas markets in the German-speaking realm (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria). At 400 years of age, this market has been delighting Bavarians and others alike for many years. Culinary specialties of this market include the Regensburg-style Bratwurst, served with mustard, horseradish, and pickles, and mulled drinks made from blueberry and apple wines.

Christmasmarket in Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide)

Augsburg - The Christkindlmarkt in Augsburg, the city famed for the Lutheran Confessions, was first held in 1498. This particular Christmas market in Bavaria began as a Lebkuchen market, which many contemporary visitors might have loved seeing, considering the popularity of this baked good. Today the market features 150 stalls and a Christmas pyramid 8 meters in height. For the children, near the area of the market are 10 show windows decorated with animate figures that build a Christmas story when one views them in order. Also, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Advent, the Renaissance-era city hall is turned into a giant Advent calender that is sure to enchant the young and the young at heart. As can be seen, building an itinerary around the Christmas markets in Bavaria is sure to create lasting memories. There is something for everyone here.

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Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).

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