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If you live in Bavaria (Bayern), chances are you have either been to the Nuremberg Christmas Market or at least heard of it.
Regularly ranked in the top Christmas markets in Europe, it holds that place for solid reasons. [after being a resident for three years in this beautiful city, I agree!)
Dating back to the 1600s in the medieval city of Nuremberg, the Christkindlesmarkt (Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt ), takes place in the central square also known as HauptMarkt. There’s even one for children (Kinderweihnacht) in Hans-Sachs-Platz.
After being a regular at the Nuremberg Christmas Market for three years, here are my top things to do in the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
#1. Try out the Nürnberg bratwurst (sausages).
The first thing I do every time I go to the Christmas Market in Nuremberg is the Nürnberg bratwurst, also known as “3 im weggla” (3 in a roll) and gobble down that awesomeness!
#2. Eat a lot of lebkuchen. (gingerbread).
If you haven’t had a lebkuchen, you are missing out!
These delicious gingerbread cookies are a must-have when you are exploring the Nuremberg Christmas market. As soon as you enter the Nuremberg old town, you’ll find lots of small shops selling you these yummies in all shapes and sizes.
#3. Warm-up with some delicious mulled wine.
Mulled wine is what most people go-to drink at the Christmas market. Also known as “glühwein” this is delicious red wine with spices that is bound to make you feel warm and fuzzy.
Add loved ones to the mix, and you know why the Christmas market is such a popular place for friends and family to hang out in Germany.
Local Tip- When in Nuremberg, you can also opt for the “feuerzangenbowle” which is a small place that sells mulled wine with rum. To be honest, I love this combination way more, and this stall is right next to the river so I love watching the view as well.
#4. Buy gifts for loved ones!
The market is filled with goodies, souvenirs and local artisan products that make a perfect Christmas gift. From delicious lebkuchen options, christmas angels, Christmas ornaments, scarves, mufflers, woodwork, you can find a lot of local artisanal work on display.
I love buying something for my house to decorate for the dark and gloomy winter that Germany has.
#5 Stop by at the children’s Christmas market.
If I am being honest, I love the “kinderweihnacht” (children’s Christmas market) way more than I like the adult market. The swings are awesome, the food is a lot more fun and the general vibe is just super happy and positive.
If you’re traveling to Germany, with kids you DEFINITELY need to visit the children market.
So that sums up the top things to do in the Nuremberg Christmas market!