What makes the Dinkelsbuehl Christmas Market special?
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What makes the Dinkelsbuehl Christmas Market special?
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Dinkelsbuehl is a city in Bavaria, Germany, located on the Romantic Road. The Romantic Road is historically a medieval trade route from Franconia in central Germany to the German Alps. Now the route is a popular scenic drive. One of the best seasons to travel the Romantic Road is to tour some of the German Christmas Markets.
German Christmas Markets
Throughout Germany, dozens of cities operate Christmas Markets from early December through Christmas Eve. In general, these are designed to evoke centuries-old traditions with handmade craft items available for sale and lots of atmosphere.
One can never visit them all in a given year, so visitors must choose one, or only a few. The Dinkelsbuehl Christmas Markets has special charms and many visitors find it one of the most delightful of the venues.
Dinkelsbuehl boasts a connection with Christoph von Schmid, known throughout the world as the writer of the Christmas carol, “O Come Little Children.” He penned the song in this village around 1840, and wrote fondly of his memories of Christmas as a child.
At the museum one can view a large (60 meters square) life-like nativity scene and a miniature of the historic Dinkelsbuehl. Christmas Markets are known for encouraging people to explore local history, as well as shop for presents.
At St. George’s Minster, a gothic church, every Sunday during the Christmas Market season one can take in an organ concert of "Adventus Domini." This music comes down from the 4th Century and will enhance one’s understanding of the Old World.
The small town is one of the few to suffer almost no wartime damage, sustaining only one broken window in St. George's Minster. Thus, it is still in appearance a walled city typical of the 15th-17th Centuries, with towers and gates. Other architectural styles to be seen in Dinkelsbuehl include Roman, rococo, and German Renaissance. Multi-colored buildings and homes of several stories with crow-stepped gables are not reproductions, and provide authentic historic charm.
As in other villages the Dinkelsbuehl Christmas Markets inspire everyone to decorate the streets and alleyways with lights. Small shops and cafes offer enticing fares, to the sounds of Christmas music and aromas of fresh foods such as grilled sausages, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Free parking and friendly people complete the experience.
Be sure to visit the Christmas Market at Dinkelsbuehl, Bavaria, Germany as part of your holiday preparations.
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