A friend recommended the Nuremberg Christmas market, and we were not disappointed. This sign proclaims “To the Christmas market”, with the Nuremberg castle in the background on a distant hill.
This angel, symbolizing the Nuremberg Christmas market, welcomes shoppers as they approach the stands in the Hauptmarkt, the main marketplace.
The Hauptmarkt is a broad square filled with row-upon-row of Christmas market stands. These two stands sell the staples of the Christmas market —glühwein and Nürnberger Bratwurst (Nuremberg bratwurst).
Of course we sampled glühwein and Nuremberg bratwurst. Glühwein is warm wine with spices. Drinking something warm in Germany in December is a great idea, but I still prefer my red wine without spices. We paid a deposit for the “Nürnberger Christkindelsmarkt” mug, and we brought the mug home as a souvenir.
This stand sells handmade wooden toys. We ask where wooden articles are made, if the tag doesn’t state this. Shop people do their best to answer, asking someone else or looking at boxes if they didn’t know. German-made articles cost more than twice as much as foreign-made ones, but we bought German-made goods.
A ride in a horse-drawn carriage adds to the festive air.
Sadly, most of the Nuremberg old city was destroyed by allied bombing during World War II. This tower at the Nuremberg castle is one of the few buildings to survive intact.
Nuremberg is pretty. This slow river runs through the old town, with surrounding hills and a city wall.
Nuremberg was a great way to end our December Christmas market trip.