Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt is Sure to Bring the Child Out in You!
Christmas Markets are now popular around the world, happening in numerous towns and cities in many different countries, but to get a real feel for this
great tradition you should travel to the Old Town of Nuremberg in Germany and visit the Christkindlesmarkt.
What is the Christkindlesmarkt?
Nuremberg's Christmas Market is called the Christkindlesmarkt, which means the â€˜Christ Child Market'. This is one of the oldest Christmas Markets
in Germany, and the world, and is also one of the largest.
Around 180 different stalls are set up every year in the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt) in this old city. Surrounded by beautiful Medieval buildings,
the setting for the Christkindlesmarkt is truly magical and reminds us of those traditional Christmas images we have all seen and loved in our
What can you buy at the Christkindlesmarkt?
Being a traditional Christmas Market you're unlikely to find lots of modern day gadgets and toys, but the appeal of the Christkindlesmarkt is in the fact
that the goods sold are more traditional. There are no cheap plastic Christmas decorations sold here! Traditional sweets and foods are very popular so
if you have a sweet tooth, or have gifts to buy for friends and family who do, this is a great place to buy them!
The traditional Nurnberger Lebkuchen is probably the most famous. This is gorgeous spicy gingerbread and has been manufactured in Nuremberg
since 1395! The Nuremberg Plum People are also very popular - these are little figures made from plums!
You will also find an abundance of other naughty but nice sweets, treats and bakery products sold at Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt.
Apart from the food and sweets there are some wonderful traditional Christmas tree decorations, as well as many different ornaments and Christmas
candles to buy. Of course there are also toys for sale here, but mostly of the more traditional, hand made variety, plus there are beautiful arts and
crafts available too.