Archive | November, 2014

Christmas Markets Franconia

22 Nov

Germany does Christmas well, I’ve said it before and I guarantee I’ll say it again. Locally these are the markets that I’ve visited the most, they are reliably lovely and great places to meet friends and get into the Christmas spirit. If you’ve never been to a Christmas Market in Germany before you might want to check out this guide first.

Nürnberg 29/11-24/12 – There is plenty to see here from the beautiful antique rides at the Childrens Christmas market to the hundreds of stall that fill the main square. If you’re lucky you might get to meet the Christkind (hint hint Tues-Fri 3pm she wanders the market) and the prune people are always worth a look.

Erlangen 26/11-24/12 Waldweihnachts Market – Held on the Schlossplatz, traditional stalls surround a woodland meeting and drinking area.

26/11-23/12 Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt – Held on the Neustädter Kirchenplatz (just of Freidrichstrasse) this medieval style Christmas Market always has a great atmosphere, Feuerzangenbowle and food.

Forchheim 29/11-24/12 – A personal favourite, every year the town hall facade is transformed into an advent calendar, at 6.30pm every night a window is opened and a Christmas angel reads out part of the Christmas story.

Fürth 27/11-23/12 Like Erlangen you’ll find two markets here, although they are connected so you can easily do both at the same time. The medieval one is great, lots of fire breathing and organic products, well worth a look.

Bamberg 27/11-23/12 A pretty standard offering, I really thought it would be better considering Bambergs historical beauty, plan to check out the rest of the city whilst your there it’s well worth it.

Most small towns in Franconia will have a Christmas Market in some shape or other during the Christmas period, even if it’s just Glühwein and bratwurst in a tiny town square. Get out and explore your area this festive season, let me know what you find!


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