Growing up in Australia, Christmas was always associated with heat. It was summer, it was hot, and we did everything we could to keep cool. But we would also switch on the television and see programs about a ‘magical’ type of Christmas which took place in winter time. The sparkly lights, the cozy jumpers, and of course – the snow. This is a type of Christmas that was so different to the one I knew, but it was one that I have always wanted to experience.
Germany is a country that 100% embraces this picture of a magical, wintery Christmas. With their Christmas Markets drawing visitors from all over the world, I think it is safe to say I am not the only one chasing this magical tradition.
I will write up more about my trip (and the markets) later once I am home and can process the experiences, but for now, I really wanted to share my favourite photos from the Christmas Markets. These photos are from Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nurenberg & Munich and I think capture a little of the Bavarian Christmas spirit.
Christmas Market 101 – drink ALL the Gluhwein, a hot mulled wine with spices that keeps you warm.
Pay a deposit for you cup and either return the cup and get your money back, or keep the cup as a cool souvenir. Each town (and often different stalls) will have different designs. I loved this and definitely kept a few different ones!
German buildings are often decked out in impressive decorations giving the whole town a christmassy feel.
Handmade toys and decorations are common throughout all the markets and some are just incredibly beautiful.
I couldn’t go past these gorgeous little fellows!
Or this fabulous dancing hippo ornament.
This heart is made from potpourri and smelled AMAZING.
How cute are these little ceramic houses??!
Speaking of a winter wonderland…
A few lollies to take home.
And a gingerbread cookie. To hang on the tree or to eat…
And when walking around gets too much, food is never far away.
While I love the first Bratwurst photo best (coloured houses in background obvs), this was the best one I ate. Three little Nuremberg Bratwurst sausages on a soft and chewy bun with HEAPS of sauerkraut and a generous dollop of mustard. So good.
Then maybe something sweet, and a little weird.
Never too many Christmas decorations right?
So there you go, a few of my favourite photos from Germany’s Christmas Markets!
I quickly want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, however you choose to spend it. I love traditions around the holidays, and this year it will be a little different spending it on the other side of the world to our family. But I am really enjoying getting to know Christmas is celebrated around the world and to experience a little of that childhood desire for a wintery Christmas surrounded by spiced wine and twinkly lights.