Stall magic and culinary delights

Stall magic and culinary delights

Your fall many people the switch from summer to autumn and the associated advent season particularly difficult. Because the summer was very nice and lasted for a long time. In the meantime, the weather has become more autumnal, the first snowflakes have appeared, the anticipation of advent and thus also of the christmas and christmas markets is gradually catching up with us. And with that, the advent and christmas markets in france are also coming more and more into focus.

Rightly so, because in the run-up to the christmas holidays, it has its own special charm to pay a visit to the festively illuminated stalls in frankens inner cities. Especially since there are always interesting additional offers next to the actual markets, which make a visit worthwhile.

In bamberg, for example, there is the famous "krippenweg". The crib tradition, once founded by jesuits, has a 400-year tradition here. From 30. November until 6. January the most different nativity scenes are to be seen at 36 stations. This year in the crib museum you can admire, among other things, the world's largest bohemian glass crib.

However, the largest nativity scene in germany can be found in neunkirchen am sand. It runs from 30. November until 6. January through the whole town to about 100 exhibition pieces, starting from the bottle crib to the village crib with life-size figures.

Of special interest for children could be the nurnberg christmas market. No, not the big one on the main market, but the one for children on the hans-sachs-square nearby.

This nurnberg "children's christmas offers the little ones a nostalgic carousel and a steam train, as well as hands-on booths where children can decorate their own baked gingerbread. The adults should of course not forget to stock up on elisen gingerbread as well as three bratwursts in the weggla at the main market. Sausage specialties are, of course, part of the basic culinary equipment of every french christmas market. In this context, the markets in ansbach and coburg are worthy of special mention.

But also in kulmbach, here prevails from 30. November until 2. December market operation, you can enjoy your own bratwurst variant made from fine veal fat.Here the sausage is made in a "stolla" – a sausage roll spiced with aniseed – enjoyed. As far as with view of the french culinary only some examples.

Under the motto "small but nice" it is also always worth visiting the market around the mitwitz moated castle (1./2. December).

For friends of arts and crafts and pottery the pottery market in thurnau (7. Until 9. December) is almost a must-attend event, because it is here that master ceramists from all over germany offer their products.

The "spessart advent market" is still a secret tip on the bavarian hill in lohr am main (30.11. To 2.12. And 7.12. Up to 9.12.) the somewhat longer journey is worthwhile, because this market takes place literally in the forest. The is wonderfully illuminated by hundreds of candles and forms especially for children a charming backdrop for marchener payments, torchlight walks and covered wagon rides or a stickbrot at the campfire.

The dinkelsbuhl christmas market in the idyllic inner courtyard of the heilig-geist-spital also offers a special ambience (29. November until 23. December). There, the old custom of the "christ-trunks" is still practiced. Groups taking part in a guided tour are buried in the market by a trumpeter and receive a free welcome drink. Christmas markets are becoming more and more of a tourist magnet and an important economic factor. According to the german tourism association, 85 million people visited the 1500 christmas markets in germany last year. A real boom, a boom that you can't start soon enough. Tour operators have long since responded to the demand. There are whole advent week end trips to the strongholds of christmas market towns like nurnberg or rothenburg ob der tauber. Guests from all over the world come to the country, especially from america and the far east. But there are also many day trippers who arrive by bus. During the week often seniors, on weekends also many younger people. Christmas markets are booming. Representatives of the two mainstream christian churches are also skeptical about this development. In particular, the increasingly early start of the markets, often as early as mid november, even before dead sunday, is not something we can gain much from. "Because", according to albrecht duderstedt, a spokesman for the protestant church." The advent season so loses its specialness.

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