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Historic Christmas markets are held in cities, towns and villages throughout Germany and Austria, and they invoke an enchanting festive atmosphere for those lucky enough to visit around this time. Christmas markets have a history that dates back to the early 13th century. A forerunner to the Christmas markets Germany has become famous for, was the ‘December market’ in Vienna, recorded in history as far back as 1294.
In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christkindelsmarket – translated it literally means ‘Christ Child Market’ The markets celebrate Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. One of the earliest Christmas markets in Germany was the Dresden Strietzelmarkt, first held in 1434.
Following many of the earliest traditions, the markets are usually held in town squares and surrounding pedestrian zones, and they sell food, drink and a host of hand crafted seasonal items.
If you don’t like the commercial aspects of Christmas, a visit to the Christmas markets might help to restore a little bit of the magic, where Christmas gifts are not mass-produced but craftworks of real quality.
The towns and cities provide an idyllic setting for a romantic Christmas Market break. Half-timbered buildings are festively lit and the aromas of mulled wine out of the local vineyards and cinnamon permeate the air at traditional Christmas markets. Guests can snuggle up at cosy hotels and the Christmas shopping is friendly and relaxed.
The region’s beautiful cities captivate visitors with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters, medieval market squares and striking cathedrals. Buildings steeped in history are illuminated by thousands upon thousands of fairy lights, while the aroma of gingerbread wafts through the air.
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