Christmas-lovers delight in the sights, sounds and smells of Nuremberg’s annual Christmas market, Christkindlesmarkt. Annually from late November through December, holiday aficionados and those seeking winter fun descend on Nuremberg to delight in German Christmas wonders. RudiGourmand visited this festive market, and couldn’t have been more pleased with all that Nuremberg had to offer.
Nuremberg greeted us with cool winter weather, a spirited atmosphere, and delicious treats at each turn through the historic town. The main Christkindlesmarkt is situated in the Hauptmarkt, the main square in Nuremberg, yet spills into the adjoining streets creating a festival feel. Walking through the old town, Christmas was everywhere with the smell of roasting chestnuts permeating the air, revelers cheerfully walking the cobblestone streets with warm Gluhwein in hand to chase away the winter chill, and vendors selling their holiday-themed goods to the many tourists from their decorated stalls.
Of those vendors, those that caught our eyes were those with fanciful lubkuchen stalls with the traditional German gingerbread hearts and whimsical cookies.
Equally tempting were the stalls selling stollen breads, a cake-like pastry typically with dried fruit and nuts such as raisins, almonds, and candied citrus.
While not a baked pastry, but worth mentioning is the charming marzipan, an almond paste treat, such as these vegetable and fruit-shaped pieces.
Those who want to experience Christmas with German spirit, consider venturing to Nuremberg. To completely embrace Christkindlesmarkt, prepare your taste buds ahead of time by shopping for German imports on Rudigourmand.com. Prost!