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2017-06-03 16:49 [MARKETS] Source:Netword
Guide:If youre searching for a place to get you in the mood for Christmas, look no further than

If you're searching for a place to get you in the mood for Christmas, look no further than Germany. With hundreds of Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmärkte), a mouth-watering selection of festive dishes, and perfect conditions for winter sports, you'll quickly fall in love with this enchanting destination. Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Germany--the locals embrace the season of goodwill by adorning the streets with colorful decorations and inviting visitors to sample the tasty local cuisine, as well as a glass or two of the famous Glühwein (mulled wine).

There are hundreds of Christmas markets all over Germany, which typically open at the end of November and run until Christmas Eve. Opening hours vary but the markets are open daily, usually from 10am until around 8pm or 9pm.

The markets have been a long-standing tradition and embrace many local customs. German Christmas carols are sung and small wooden huts are decorated with nutcrackers, glass baubles, candles and festive textiles. You can buy a variety of local handicrafts that demonstrate gifted local craftsmanship, such as wood carvings, tablecloths, children's toys and sheepskin winter clothing. As you walk down the street, the scent of cinnamon from freshly baked gingerbread biscuits fills the air, and it's impossible to resist the delicious German sausages roasting over an open fire. Germany at Christmas time is a magical place to be.

The weather in Germany can get cold so be sure to wrap up warm. Daytime temperatures in December average between 32°C and 40°C, but at night, temperatures often drop below freezing. The locals stay warm by wearing thick layers and drinking the hot drinks on offer at the street stalls.

If you book a few weeks in advance, you can find excellent flight deals from the UK with budget airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch Airlines. Special winter promotions can be found on many hotel sites when staying three or more nights.

Top Christmas Markets
The Weihnachtsmärkte in Germany are world famous and every city, town and village has its own Christmas market with unique surprises such as miniature railways, medieval stalls, walk through advent calendars and circus performances. The larger cities in Germany typically have several different themed markets, whereas the smaller cities offer more intimate, charming markets, usually based around the old town market square.

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Here's a selection of some of the best Christmas markets to visit.

1. Nuremberg

November 30th-December 24th, 2012

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Germany's most famous Christmas Market is often referred to as the "Little Town from Wood and Clot," due to the 180 wooden market stalls decorated with red and white fabrics in the picturesque old town. The market is known as "Christkindlesmarkt" and attracts over 2 million visitors each year. Every two years, there is a tradition where a girl aged between 16 and 19 years old is chosen as the Nuremberg Christmas Angel (Christkind). She opens the market, spreads Christmas cheer around the town and visits charities and children's hospitals.

Nuremberg is often labelled as the prettiest Christmas market in Germany and each year there is a competition between stall owners to win the award for the most beautiful stall design. The market is famous for its Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread cakes) and Nuremberg Bratwursts (small charcoal-grilled sausages) which are served with a portion of sauerkraut. Unusual souvenirs you can buy include "Nuremberg Plum People," (Zwetcshgenmännle) which are tiny statues made from prunes.

The Kinderweihnact is the children's market and offers attractions such as a Ferris wheel, steam train and carousel. There is an emphasis on quality at this market, and the Nuremberg Market Council have banned mass produced goods, taped music and plastic fir garlands. It is the place to come if you want to buy top quality goods in a quaint setting.

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2. Berlin

November 26th-December 31st, 2012

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With over 50 Christmas markets each year, Germany's capital has the most extensive range of markets to visit. There is at least one market in each of the city's twelve districts, so you can be sure that there is something for everyone.

For an upscale market, you should go to The Gendarmenmarkt--a large Christmas market set in Berlin's most beautiful square. There is a small entry fee, but you'll find yourself in a world of live music, colorful market stalls and food stands from Berlin's top chefs.

You should also visit the Scandinavian influenced Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei where you can buy unique hand carved wooden goods and try out the heated capes when you feel cold. Berlin's largest market is in Altstadt Spandau, which has 200 stalls on weekdays and 400 at weekends. The market celebrates Advent every day and the nativity displays are unforgettable.

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