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Christmas Markets of Bavaria

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A November 2008 trip to Munich by flyingscot4

Nuremberg Christmas Market-Christkindlesmarkt Photo, Nürnberg, Germany More Photos
Quote: Large or small, the Christmas Markets of Germany are a highlight of a winter vacation in Bavaria.

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Munich Christmas Market Photo, Munich, Germany
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Anytime is a good time to visit Germany, including winter, and especially Southern (aka Upper) Bavaria. Northern Bavaria is Lower Bavaria because it is lower in altitude. Got that? The mountains are in the south.Anyway, winter in Germany is a wonderful time to visit and not just for the winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, skating, etc.. The cities are colorful and festive, and everyone is in a festive mood. This is especially true of the Christmas Markets.Christmas Markets in Germany have many names, Weinachtsmarkt and Christkindlmarkt or Christkindlesmarkt are the most common. One of the Christmas Markets in Munich is Kripperlmarkt or Manger Ma...Read More

Munich Christmas Market

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Attraction | "Munich Kripperlmarkt (Manger Market)"

Munich Christmas Market Photo, Munich, Germany
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As Germany's third largest city Munich isn't content with just one Christmas market; the city has 85. Some are quite large and neighborhood markets are quite small and specialized. This review documents the largest and most well-known of the markets, the "Kripperlmarkt" or "Manger Market."The market is located in the famous Marienplatz square in front of the "Neues Rathaus" or "New City Hall." Kiosks are set-up all over the square and then down two parallel streets - Rosenstr. and Rindermarkt. Over 140 stalls are jammed into this area. The market is declared "open" by Munich's Lord Mayor at 5:00 PM on the last Friday before the first Sunday in Advent (usually the last Friday in November). ...Read More

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Munich Christmas Market
Marienplatz-Old Town
Munich, Bavaria

Nuremberg Christmas Market-Christkindlesmarkt

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Attraction | "Nürnberg's Christkindlesmarkt, the Most Famous German Christmas Market"

Nuremberg Christmas Market-Christkindlesmarkt Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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I remember Eddie Fisher. He’s an American singer (now in his 80's), who is today known best for the fact that he was married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. As a singer, he is best remembered for his extraordinary treatment of his signature song, "Oh My Papa." Popular from the late 1940's forward, his beautiful tenor voice was heard around the world. He had forty some songs that made it to the top 40 on the Hit Parade Top 100. But the song for which I remember him best, however, is his rendition of "That’s What Christmas Means To Me."I first heard the song at Christmas time when I was serving in the US Army and stationed in Nürnberg, Germany. The song was p...Read More

Nuremberg Christmas Market-Christkindlesmarkt
Market Square
Nuremberg, Bavaria 90403
+49 911 23360

Rothenburg Christmas Market

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Attraction | "A Lovely Christmas Market in Europe's Most Lovely Medieval Town"

Rothenburg Christmas Market Photo, Rothenburg, Germany
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There is no bad time to go to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is a truly magic city 365 days a year. I have been there all seasons and in every kind of weather. Rothenburg never disappoints. In spite of the cold and the crowds of tourists (many Japanese), it was great. Rothenburg always has its' effect.I was there with my nephews and one of their friends. Two of them had new cameras and thought it would be a good day to try them out. We didn't get to the city until after 2:00 PM as one of my nephews believes that his bed is the safest place to be. Even then the city was mobbed.I have done other reviews on Rothenburg, but I have not been to the Christmas Market...Read More

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Rothenburg Christmas Market
Market Square
Rothenburg, Germany

Coburg Christkindlmarkt

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Attraction | "Coburg Christmas Market"

Entrance to Christmas Market Photo, Germany, Europe
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"It was a cold and blustery day." It was raining and sleeting and windy and yuk. It was a day that I would have been delighted to be inside near a nice fire. This was the day before I had to return to Munich to catch my flight. It was the only day and was it not Coburg, I would have stayed inside.I am always happy to go to Coburg. It is the northernmost city in Bavaria and a treasure not on the tourist trail. Coburg has an exquisite Old City (Altstadt), one of my favorite fortresses (Festung or Vesta Coburg), and a population who truly love their city. I do believe that there is a civic pride in the residents that is well ahead of most cities.Following WWII...Read More

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Ansbach Christmas Market

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Attraction | "Ansbach's Christmas Market Is Small But Lovely"

The Largest Baroque Organ in Franconia Photo, Ansbach, Germany
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Ansbach is a small Baroque city of about 40,000 inhabitants. It is an old city with written records going back to about 700 AD. The capitol of Middle Franconia, and 26 miles Southwest of Nürnberg, it was ceded to Bavaria by Napoleon in 1806. It is one of the cities that supported Martin Luther during the Reformation. The "old city" of Ansbach was relatively unscathed by both the Thirty Years War and WWII. Some of the buildings in the "Altstadt" date back to the 1600's.The Christmas Market in Ansbach is small, with mostly local vendors. Although the city has close proximity to Nürnberg, the most famous Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt) in Germany, it does not mean that it is less charm...Read More

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Oberasbach Christlindlmarkt

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Attraction | "A Small-town Christmas Market"

The grill is going... Photo, Germany, Europe
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Oberasbach is one of the suburbs to the Southwest of Nürnberg, Germany. It is very much a bedroom community to Nürnberg where most of the population is employed. The name of the village is part of a larger group of smaller villages incorporated into one district. There are numerous small churches, markets, bakeries, butcher shops, etc., but nothing large. It has its own railroad stop and there is talk about extending the S-Bahn line (light rail) all the way to the village. It has it's own city hall, school system, police department, and fire department (volunteer). It is very friendly and the neighborhood homes and gardens are well-tended and lovely. It is a super place to live....Read More

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Bamberg's Christmas Market

Attraction | "Christmas Market in Bamberg"

Christmas Market entrance Photo, Bamberg, Germany
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Bamberg, Germany is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and deservedly so. This very old city (pre-1000 AD) is one of the true gems north of the Alps. The magnificent old buildings, wonderful churches and cathedrals are awe-inspiring, but its elevated status is due mostly to it's almost perfect medieval architecture. Bamberg was fortunate to escape damage by allied bombings in WWII which left the present city as it has been for many centuries. The Bamberg DOM or cathedral is a four-spired edifice of glorious proportions and contains the tombs of emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II, the only Pope not interred in Rome. Michaelsburg Monastery looks down from it's very majestic height above the c...Read More

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