Christmas is always a magical time as the town lights up under the falling snow. Since I have never been to a Christmas market before, I was all hyped up since Nürnberg is famous for its authentic market in the country. Though, there are couple of things I wish I had known before heading down to the Christmas market.
1. Bundle up!
I went to the market in the evening. I did not know that it could get so cold that at the end I could not feel my toe anymore. So wear your giant puffy winter jacket, put on your gloves and a good pair of boots as you will very likely to be outside for at least one hour. Holding a hot cup of Heidelbeer Glühwein (red wine with spices) between your hands, and huddling with your friends are also great ways to stay warm.
2. Go with an empty stomach
There will be a variety of food, ranging from salty dishes, snacks, to sweets. Thus, be sure to have some room in your stomach to try out all of the food. Even though, the queue might be long, it will be worth the wait. In the market, you could find sausages, Lebkuchen (delicious gingerbread), Kartoffelpuffer (similar to fried potatoes or hash browns)…etc. I’d highly recommend trying Schaschlik, which is a skew of pork meat, drizzled in curry sauce. And don’t forget trying out the Feuerzangenbowle (red wine and rum punch). If you return the cup, you will get some coins back, otherwise you could keep the cup as a token of good time.
3. Check out the international section of the market
Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt partners up to bring a diverse selection of handcrafted goods from other parts of the world. Each country has a booth, where you could find cool, well-made souvenirs and learn about different cultures.
Those are my tips to fully enjoy the Christmas market during this magical time of the year. I wish you all a happy holiday!