The Nuremberg Christmas market opens around December 1st (the Friday preceding the first Sunday in Advent) and is one of the most well-known Christmas markets in Europe. The atmosphere of any Christmas market is a warming experience surrounded by smells of roasted nuts, sights of shiny Christmas decorations, and sips of mulled wine. It is the epitome of Christmastime – and quite a magical place.
The weather is cool by this time of year making it perfect for bundling up and sipping hot cocoa or mulled wine while perusing the vendors at the market. With the warmth of the crowd and scrumptious food, the cold weather is quickly forgotten here.
The stalls are a mixture of food and beverage delectables as well as bundles of handcrafted Christmas decorations and warm weather gear. This is the perfect place to stock up on quality made (and warm!) hats, gloves, and scarves. You can find gifts from all over the world sold by the Sister cities of Nuremberg.
One item not to miss are the Nuremberg sausages. These famous sausages come 3 to a bun and smell just as good as they taste. The mulled wine is a superb accompaniment.
The best day to attend is opening day when a choir from the local children’s music school sings Christmas songs from the gallery of the Church of our Lady (the main church in the square). The market is held in the center of the city in front of the aforementioned church – a beautiful backdrop for the festivities.
About an hour train ride’s away is the Munich Christmas market. This market has all of the same wonderful scenery of Nuremberg but set in the heart of Munich in Marienplatz square. Christmas markets throughout Europe are innumerable. Even small villages will host their own Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market in German). Berlin, Stuttgart, Innsbruck, and Cologne are known for the same heartwarming atmosphere of their Christmas markets.