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Christmas Markets in Europe

European Christmas Markets: 3 of My Favorites

I love Christmas markets! This year I made it to seventeen Christmas markets in Germany and in Salzburg, Austria - not bad!. That's pretty decent, but when you consider that there are twenty four Christmas markets in Munich alone, and thousands of Christmas markets in Europe, I still have a long way to go.

Nuremberg Christmas Market: What to Really See and Do

The Nuremberg Christmas Market is Germany's most famous and one of it's most traditional markets. That also means it's a popular attraction, drawing in over 2 million visitors from Germany, Europe, and even Japan! I went to the Nuremberg Christmas Market for the first time last year.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: A Favorite German Christmas Market

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the best-preserved medieval towns I've ever been to! It's an 800-year-old town on the Romantic Road situated approximately halfway between Munich and Frankfurt. The defence towers and city wall that encloses much of the city makes it feel like you are stepping back in time.

Nuremberg Christmas Market: Have You Tried the Medieval Treat?

Have you tried the medieval treat from the Nuremberg Christmas Market? You probably have, even if you've never stepped foot in Nuremberg. But you may not have had the REAL treat. I can almost smell the cinnamon, Allspice and cloves.

Christmas Markets in Munich: My 3 Favorites

Munich has an unbelievable 24 Christmas Markets! Visitors only have to go a short distance outside of Munich and that number grows rapidly. Christmas Markets all share commonalities: there are vendors selling their wares, locals meeting over a mug of Glühwein, but many have their own unique atmosphere which factored into how I choose My 3 Favorite European Christmas Markets.

Mulled Wine: The Most Popular Drink at German Christmas Markets

I had only vaguely heard of mulled wine (Glühwein in German) while living in Canada and I associated it as a drink that only old people drink. Then I moved to Germany and everything changed. Mulled wine is the most popular holiday drink at German Christmas Markets.

Why I Think the Nuremberg Christmas Market is Overated

I think the Nuremberg Christmas Market in Germany is overrated. I know that saying the most famous Christmas Market in Germany that attracts over 2 million people a year is going to likely to get me in trouble, but it's true. I LOVE the Christmas Markets in Germany.

German Christmas Markets for Children

German Christmas Markets are not only for adults, in fact there's just as much there for children - rides, games, toys, Christmas plays, children's punch so that the kids can have something to drink while the adults are enjoying their mulled wine and a festive atmosphere.

The Christmas Market in Stuttgart - Monkeys and Mountains

The Christmas Market in Stuttgart is special, albeit it slightly unusual. It's special because Stuttgart is home to one of the largest Christmas Markets in Germany. It attracts weekend visitors from all over Europe and has been around for 300 years.

5 Tips for Going to a German Christmas Market

Going to a German Christmas Market is high on most tourists lists when they are in Germany in December, and many tourists come to Germany just for the Christmas Markets. Before you go, read these 5 tips to make the most out of the wonderful experience of a German Christmas Market.

Tollwood Winter Festival in Munich

Tollwood Winter Festival is my favorite festival in Munich. It is held twice a year and in winter held in the Theresienwiese, the same field as Oktoberfest, but I find it much more interesting than Oktoberfest.

Christmas in Germany - 5 Things You Need to Know

Christmas in Germany is similar to Christmas in North America in many ways but there are some differences which I found rather surprising at first: 1st Fact About Christmas in Germany - Santa Clause Doesn't Come at Christmas I know what you're thinking, oh those poor German children, but don't feel too sorry for them, since while Santa Clause (Weihnachtsmann in German) may not come, Christkind (the Christ Child in English) is the gift bearer in Germany and throughout different parts of Europe.

Ludwigsburg A Baroque German Christmas Market - Monkeys and Mountains

I love insider tips from locals and several of my German friends had all given me the same one - go to the Ludwigsburg Christmas Market.

What Does Hiking in Germany Have in Common With German Christmas Markets?

What do hiking in Germany and German Christmas markets have to do with each other? I asked myself the same question as we pulled into a parking place next to the Calw Christmas Market. Clearly we were in the wrong place, J.P. and I were the only hikers in sight!

Dachau: A Christmas Market that Will Make You See Another Side of this City

Of course, it's important to remember the darker side of Dachau and it's certainly not forgotten with the Dachau Memorial Site receiving 600,000 visitors a year. I visited it a couple of years ago, but never wrote about it since every time I tried, it came across as trite.

Christmas Markets and Fairytale Castles in Bavaria: Self-Guided Tour

This app shows you simply and easily how to spend your precious time in the hidden gems rather than the forgettable stand-bys. With insider info, you'll fall asleep at night nestled in old-world charm: castles, monasteries, or even an old Bavarian post office!

Fraueninsel: One of the Most Wonderful Christmas Markets in Bavaria

The truth is they should be neither. The women in reference are nuns. Yep nuns. They've been living at the monastery since 782. They're not all no fun though, known for their Kloster Liquor Spirits that they produce, they're known to indulge a bit too much from time to time.

Christmas Market at Mangfallplatz in Munich, Germany

It's officially Christmas Market season! Visited a new one for me at Mangfallplatz in Munich. It's just a 3 day market that runs this weekend only. It was OK, and appeared to be very popular with locals who lived in the area, but not one of the "can't miss" markets in Munich. Still, it's fun to discover new ones.

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    Laurel is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel Blog which she documents her search for wild places and wild faces - especially those in the form of monkeys and apes! An avid hiker, she loves to explore mountains wherever she is. Although Canadian, she calls Munich, Germany home, and the Alps her second home.

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