You definitely know Christmas is here when you visit the Christmas market in Nürnberg (or Nuremberg for us English speaking folks). Although its origins are unknown, it’s one of the oldest in Germany and dates back to 1610! It’s also one of the biggest, with around 200 stalls set up in their Medieval old part of town, you really begin to feel like you’re in some sort of winter wonderland!
It’s definitely an attraction as over 2 million people visit the Nürnberg Christmas market every year….isn’t that crazy? In an attempt to avoid the hype, I visited on an early afternoon on a Monday…and the place was already packed with people excited to begin their day with mulled wine, roasted almonds, and those really yummy Nürnberg sausages!
Even if you weren’t hungry before, you’re going to be hungry after walking around and smelling all the delicious foods the stalls have to offer…
There’s one thing you can’t leave Nürnberg without trying, and that’s their special Nürnberg sausages (Nürnberger Bratwürste).
They’re renown for it all over Germany, and they’re definitely unique! Rather than a big sausage (or those 1/2 metre ones that I love!), they’re these tiny ones which are served in a bun with 3.
Some other honourable food mentions are:
Gebrannte Mandeln (Burnt sugar almonds)
Elisen Lebkuchen (similar to gingerbread)
Another thing I loved about the Nürnberg Christmas market was the international section where they had stalls from all over the world… like France, Poland, China, Turkey, the USA and my favourite, this Scotland booth!
There’s an abundance of tartan, glüh-whiskey (can’t get more Scottish than that!) and even a very cute middle-aged Scottish vendor who looked confused and worried whenever someone spoke to him in German (which happened often).
Rather than staying in Nürnberg for the whole day, we also went to a little town nearby called Fürth, where they have a very old-fashioned/Medieval looking Christmas market.
At first glance, it looked a lot like a hippie commune (which reminded me a bit of Nimbin in Australia). What really sold me over was the cute donkey!
Don’t worry, I saved the best for last…
When we returned to Nürnberg at night, I was surprised to see how the atmosphere looked completely different under the starry night sky!
The lights everywhere gave the whole place a romantic feel… (couples looking for a Christmas getaway look no further!)
And that ends this post on my Christmas adventure in Nürnberg. At the moment, my classes are finally finished, and Christmas break has begun! This year, I’m celebrating it with the bf and his family in their hometown in a village in Rheinland-Pfalz.
I’ll also be celebrating NYE this year in Vienna with some friends I haven’t seen in a while, so I’m super excited! And then it’s off to Bratislava and Budapest for a mini Eastern-European adventure!
How are you guys celebrating the holidays this year?
And with that, I leave you with this…