Archive | November, 2013

Christmas Market time!

27 Nov

One thing Germany does well is Christmas.

– It’s not so much about the presents but the presence of family and friends

– It’s not so much shop ’til you drop but maintaining an appropriately warming level of Glühwein in your system

– Its not so much rain and more snow (hopefully)

The magic that you felt as a child can definitely be rekindled into a grown up wonder as the Christmas Markets start springing up, practically overnight. However many “German Christmas Markets” you have been to in your home country, all I can say is “you aint seen nothing yet!”

Erlangen is home to two of my favourite Markets. A traditional affair can be found on the Schlossplatz and a historic affair which can be found next to the Neustädter Kirchenplatz (just off the main street).

At the Schlossplatz you will find, Glühwein and a whole range of hot alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A word to the wise a “Schuss” is a shot of alcohol, and you will be asked if you want one added to a lot of drinks, don’t get one in every drink unless you want your evening to finish early. There are also food stalls, try some Baggers (sort of flat hash browns that come with apple sauce for Franconians), lebkuchen, which are much more delicious than at home, and all other sorts hot filling foods. The Market is also a good place to buy presents (especially if you are planning on sending them home) you can pick up anything from cheap pretty decorations to expensive glasswares. Opposite the market is an ice rink, entry is free, you just pay for the hire of your boots (unless you have your own), it is open the same hours as the market but skate before drinking, you have been warned.

For those with kids the market has an old fashioned carousel and when you leave the traditional market to walk to the historic market you can stop for a Christmas train ride on the Hugenottenplatz, outside the Sparkasse.

The historic Christmas Market has, in my opinion, the better glühwein and atmosphere of the two. You will find open fires, jugglers and different foods, try the Langos, a Hungarian speciality, with lots of garlic and the Met which is mead and delicious.
Enjoy

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