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During the month of December German towns, big and small, display their own versions of the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt). The festivities and the markets are something that is quite unique and can only be truly experienced right here in Germany. You can find grandiose Christmas displays including some spectacular Christmas trees (Tannenbaum) at these markets. The markets in Dortmund, Nuremberg, Dresden, Stuttgart, Cologne and Augsburg are among one of the most popular among tourists.
We are though lucky to be living in an area that offers some of the best Christmas scenes including the cities along the Rhein and Moselle valleys. The Christmas markets in Trier, Koblenz and Mainz are exceptional and quite large. If you want to visit the smaller Christmas markets, the ones in Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem, Rüdesheim, Worms, Speyer and Ahrweiler are also recommended.
The ambience of a German Christmas market is enhanced by typical food seen this time of the year: Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds), traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen, Christstollen (Stollen), a sort of egg bread with candied fruit, Bratwurst, and of course the highlight, Glühwein, (hot mulled wine) or Eierpunsch (similar to eggnogg). These drinks help to keep everyone warm and cheerful during the long cold winter months. You will also find many crafts and handmade items, such as toys, books and Christmas tree ornaments.
Here you can find a complete list of Christmas markets throughout Germany:
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