CONTRIBUTED BY AMY BERMUDEZ
Note: This article was published in 2013, but has been updated for the 2015 season. Enjoy!
Christmas markets are the thing this time of year in Germany. Every town and their brother hosts one. Vendors fill stalls selling their trinkets, snacks, beverages (mulled wine, anyone?), and other holiday goodies. People come from all over to get in on the fun. And we wanted to get in on the fun, too!
We did what crazy people do: attended one of the most popular markets -Nuremberg- on one of the most popular days -opening weekend! I hate crowds, and walking, and being surrounded by strangers, but I toughed it out just this once. Chalk it up to the fact that this is the only Christmas that we’ll be in Germany or the fact that I felt like a goober for skipping out on Oktoberfest or YOLO or Christmas magic. This was my chance to experience and embrace something authentically German, and I didn’t want to miss it.
The crowds were ridiculous, as predicted. (At one point, we were squeezing so tightly to get through the swarms of people that I said, “I think this is what it feels like to be born!”) I was anxious about finding parking, but we just followed the signs, and we somehow found a spot in a parking garage a mere block from the fun. (If you opt to take the train, it’s not much of a walk from the station to the festivities.)
The worst part was the cold. We were majorly bundled up in the warmest clothes we own, yet my body was crying uncle after two hours. (Most of me was warm, but my toes were freezing! Not sure how I could have made my toes any warmer.)
The market reminded me a lot of the Texas State Fair with the emphasis on food. We partook in as much as we could stomach to get the full experience. We drank the mulled wine. It’s called gluhwein but I refer to it as glurg. It kind of tastes like wine-flavored cider. I wasn’t a fan, but Stephen liked it. We had baguettes for dinner. (Garlic, mozzarella, and tomato for me. Salami, cheese, and tomato for Stephen.) Stephen also had a bun with three little sausages on it. We bought spiced nuts (which were so good they didn’t even survive the car ride home), a fruit cake (which was so bad we threw most of it away), and two ginger bread cookies.
There is a lot for sale! We perused the stalls hawking little villages, ornaments, candles, clothing, nutcrackers, and more. I made sure to get a good look at the prune men that Nuremberg is famous for. (Confession: I thought they were scary looking!) We didn’t see anything worth the price, but we did get to keep the mugs our glurg came in.
In the end, I give the Nuremberg Christmas Market two chilly thumbs up. I’m sad that I won’t get to attend it again any time soon, but if some day in the far-flung future I find myself in Europe during December, I’d hop the train to Nuremberg in a heartbeat.
Tips For Your Trip:
November 27th to December 24th, 2015
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rathausplatz 2, 90403 Nuremberg, Germany
Other Germany Ja articles about Nuremberg/Nürnberg sites:
Zum Gulden Stern (Oldest bratwurst restaurant in the world)
Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Memorium Nuremberg Trials (Courthouse and museum where the Nuremberg Trials took place)
Tiergarten Nürnberg (Nuremburg Zoo)
Sushi Akimoto – sushi restaurant
Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)
Notes: Amy originally posted this article on her site, but has graciously shared it with us here as well.
All photos belongs to the author, except the prune people picture. We figured you’d like to see what that looked like! To see credit for that photo, please click it!