Nuremberg – The Original Christmas Market

Nürnberg, Nuremberg in English, is widely recognized as the original Christkindlmarkt – the Market of the Christ Child. Each year a young lady is chosen for the role of the Chrismas angel. She opens the market and makes a multitude of appearances representing the City of Nürnberg – she will even travel to Chicago’s Christmas Market, which began in 1996 and is built directly from Nürnberg’s model.

Nürnberg, Nuremberg in English, is widely recognized as the original Christkindlmarkt – the Market of the Christ Child. Each year a young lady is chosen for the role of the Chrismas angel. She opens the market and makes a multitude of appearances representing the City of Nürnberg – she will even travel to Chicago’s Christmas Market, which began in 1996 and is built directly from Nürnberg’s model.

This market has been in existence since the 1600?s – the first mention of it appears in print in the year 1628. With some 180 booths, this is the largest market we visit during our tour. Just take a look at the official website for a list of stalls and you’ll get a sense of the enormity of it all.

Nürnberg is recognized for many things: Bratwurst, Gingerbread, and much more darkly for it’s WWII past.

Lebkuchen , Gingerbread, is a huge seller during the Christmas season and the bakers of Nürnberg keep busy with many variations on the Gingerbread theme.

Another specialty of the city are the small Sausages referred to as Nürnberger Bratwurst.

These are smaller, thin bratwurst that are grilled up fresh. In a restaurant, there are often served 6 brats on a bed of sauerkraut or with potatoes, but from a street vendor, you’ll usually be served several brats inside one roll – a Semmel. Put on a healthy does of mustard and enjoy!

Most Americans bristle when they hear the name: Nuremberg. We immediately associate the city with the trials that took place after WWII. Many older Germans, think of the huge Nazi party rallies that took place here. Just outside of town, huge parade grounds were developed for the annual Nazi party rally. While this association with the dark years of fascism is unavoidable, Nürnberg offers much more. It offers a rich medieval history, great cuisine, and art – including the Albrecht Dürer Haus, among many other great museums.

Vonia toured the Christkindlmarkt today with her group. Temperatures were cold – some where in the 20?s, but everyone had a great time. She did have a curve ball when our Bamberg tourguide, Christian, was delayed and missed our meet-up. Vonia had to pinch-hit and led the group to all of Bamberg’s key sites, including the Bamberg Rider. Christian finally caught up to them at lunch and apologized profusely. It worked out well, however, as Chris regaled them with his many stories while they enjoyed the food and drink at the Fässla Brewery.

After lunch it was off to Nürnberg – just 60 minutes away on the train. They returned to Bamberg in the evening and most everyone found their way into the Spezial Brewery.

Tomorrow they’re off to Ulm! In the meantime, enjoy a few photos from the Nürnberg market…