Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas Market
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Nuremberg's Christmas Market starts at the end of November and continues through December. It's a traditional festive German market with yuletide treats like gluhwein, gingerbread and Nuremberg's famous bratwurst sausages. The opening ceremony is presented by the glamourous Christkind, who recites her now famous Christmas speech to thousands in the Main Market Square. You could also take a city tour in the old fashioned stage coaches and enjoy the nostalgic Christmas tunes the coachman plays on his trumpet. Finally take a walk up the steps of the Church of Our Lady for a spectacular view of the market's red and white coloured stalls and decorative lights. The children's market section is ideal for families.
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Sarita S
London, UK55 contributions
The Nuremberg Christmas market is the number 1 market to attend in Germany. 4 of us went last November and we were not disappointed.
There were Gluwein stalls and a few Christmas craft / gift stalls open in the days leading up to the official opening of the market which was great as once the market opened the place was absolutely heaving.
Despite the crush, we enjoyed the opening ceremony and drinking Gluwein at the various stalls and even collected some of the different mugs! We tried out the potato cakes that the market is famous for. We also had little German Sausages in buns, which are a specialty of this area. Plus there was every kind of Christmas decoration imaginable to purchase, definitely worth going for that alone.
Written March 17, 2020
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Ruth D
Royersford, PA75 contributions
The main market is in the church square. There were stalls with food, handmade gifts, everything you would want to buy for Christmas gifts.

With hundreds of people there from 10am to 9pm, the crowds moved nicely. Even though I did not speak German, the vendors were always welcome to assist me.

You might try the small, finger like, sausage sandwiches. Yes, finger like. To learn the story of this size sausage was very interesting. Plus the taste was fantastic when coupled with sauerkraut and hearty German mustard. A must try.
Written January 7, 2020
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Simran S
2 contributions
Solo
The tour started in the morning, the tour guide Sergio explained everything in detail and was very informative. He was kind, humble and respectful towards all the group members, kept us well informed on all the historical facts and local famous places. It was a fun day!
Written February 2, 2020
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA758 contributions
We get it - this is probably the most famous Christmas market in all of Germany, and people are going to come from all over the world in large numbers to visit it (us included). So it wasn't the crowds so much that left us disappointed, but rather the surprisingly limited variety of both food and goods among the vendors. We figured there would be enough options for food that we could get a few night's worth of dinners out of the market, but we quickly learned that basically the only entrees being sold were sausages and fish. For the goods, while there were certainly a lot of vendor tents, many of them were selling identical or similar goods, and there seemed to be a lack of homemade/artisan goods. While we are happy we visited, we probably could have spent a single night here, and it was also not our favorite market during our Christmastime stay in Germany. This place is most popular at night, so we did take the time to come during the day, when it's far less crowded, to do our gift shopping.

That said, the sausages were indeed pretty tasty were fresh off the grill. Additionally, there are gluhwein stands everywhere. The nice thing about them is that they all use the same mug, so you don't have to return the mug to the same stall to get your deposit back. And there was nightly holiday music near the Church, which included among other songs, contemporary Christmas hits. Feliz Navidad!
Written January 25, 2020
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Brianna B
Wereham, UK35 contributions
Family
My family and I traveled to Germany this Christmas season to experience the beautiful Christmas markets. Prior to this holiday, the only Christmas market I have attended is the Birmingham Christmas market in the U.K. While our family enjoyed the Nuremberg Christmas market, it was not everything I hoped it would be. Our family attended the Christmas market on opening night. The market was so crowded, one could not hardly move. We found ourselves wondering what all of the hype was all about and thought we must be missing something. During our holiday in Germany we also visited the Bamberg Christmas market and the Rothenburg Christmas market and found both to be much more enjoyable.
Written January 1, 2020
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edwinking
Italy232 contributions
Friends
nuremberg x Mas market is quite big in size,like other x Mas markets,full of stalls,selling similar items,hot wines, candy, snacks, lots of vistors like a carnival make the atmosphere at top.its all inside the old town, only a short walk from the train station. you must go before x mas eve, as everything closed down during x Mas period including the x mas market.
however i prefer the one in colmar.more exquisite.
Written January 13, 2020
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T G
Brentwood, CA915 contributions
We came here as the 3rd Christmas market of many. The lights and festive feeling in the area is beautiful. It's not the best market of all of them that we went to, but it's centrally located from the train station and worth a few hours. We had their famous sausage sandwich which was great. The prices are normal for a Christmas market. Definitely it's a one time market you will want to see.
Written March 29, 2020
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John McCormack
36 contributions
We have visited the Nuremburg Christmas Market in 2018 & 2019 and both occasions were wonderful. The sights, the sounds, the smells lift the spirits. The official opening and speech by the Christkind is an experience not to be missed. Sample some traditional Gluehwein, have three sausages in a roll and just wander around to discover the Christkindlesmarkt atmosphere.
Written March 8, 2020
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Diashrop
Granbury, TX66 contributions
Couples
Nice sized Christmas Market. Great food and drink choices as well as decorations and gifts. The weekend we went the last Friday of November. The venders were set and ready for shoppers. Almost every vendor spoke English.
Written January 4, 2020
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KemikOjstra
Maribor, Slovenia1,387 contributions
Solo
I've been to many Christmas markets but this one in Nuremberg is special because, with all of its big size and popularity with many visitors, here you can find and buy many traditional Christmas stuff (pyramids, cribs, nutcrackers, illuminated smaller timber-framed houses, lanterns, Christmas tree balls and other decorations) that brings you to the great German Christmas tradition, similar to some museum expositions in the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber nearby. History is felt everywhere around and even goblets for mulled vine and punch are very beautifully painted with pictures of old Nuremberg (for these goblets, one must spend another 3 € to keep it as a souvenir). As it is case for some German Christmas markets, this one also has a long tradition after all as Germany is the cradle land of Christmas markets overall.

As for food and drink, everyone can find something for himself. Many traditional Franconian and Bavarian food can be found there but there are also many stalls with different food (for instance vegetarians, vegans, non-European people etc.) or unusual options (for instance mashed potatoes with different thai curry sauces). For a drink, mulled wine and different types of punch are prevailing but there are also many more options. There are also some events and some musicians play their music all around. Therefore it is no matter if you celebrate Christmas or not - visiting this market is surely an unforgettable experience for everybody and a very entertaining way to get to know the German Christmas tradition.
Written December 17, 2018
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