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Wiesbaden, the capital city of Hessen, is always worth a visit, but especially in December when the Sternschuppenmarkt in Wiesbaden is in full swing. Between November 26 and December 23, 2013, the market will bring a glittering, holiday flair to the Castle Square (Schlossplatz), located between the city hall and the city castle, and to the neighborhood around the Market Church. The four city entry gates, adorned with the golden lilies of the city’s coat of arms, will grant entry to the fairytale Sternschuppenmarkt. Everywhere you will see the colors of blue and gold and the image of the lily, which serve as thematic symbols throughout the market. Illuminated 10-meter tall lilies lead the way into the market itself. Even the market stalls are decorated in blue and gold! Make sure to leave plenty of time to browse through the Wiesbaden Sternschuppenmarkt’s over 130 stalls.
Whether adult or child, you will be amazed by the 30-meter tall Christmas tree that graces the market square. Over 3,000 pears and 1,000 blue and gold ribbons make the tree a stunning backdrop for the Sternschuppenmarkt in Wiesbaden. No less impressive is the nativity scene, composed of life-sized wooden figures, that stands in front of the Christmas tree.
Besides the shopping opportunities, the Sternschuppenmarkt in Wiesbaden also offers a rich variety of culinary delights and a changing program of music, performed on the stage in front of the city hall. The market’s smallest guests are sure to be delighted by the carousel, the train, and the children’s bakery. Take the time to wander over to the pedestrian zone around the Maritius Square. Here you will find a Ferris wheel, and a ride on it will provide you with breathtaking views of the Hessian capital from a height of 40 meters. You will never forget the glittering city at your feet or the sight of 70 brightly lit lilies spread out across the streets far below you.
Does the trivia buff in you wonder why the lilies and the colors of blue and gold are prominent in the Sternschuppenmarkt in Wiesbaden? These colors were those used by the Dukes of Nassau, who once ruled this region. As for the lily, it has been historically associated with the kings of France, under whose authority Wiesbaden once fell. According to legend, King Chlodwig I, who belonged to the Merovingian line of Frankish kings, was given a lily by an angel. Now you are set to go to the Wiesbaden Sternschuppenmarkt! Enjoy!
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