Nuremberg Christmas Market

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Set within the walls of the Medieval city center, the Nuremberg Christmas Market is touted as Germany's best, so I drove up last week with some friends to check it out and the verdict is...

I am not sure what all the hullabaloo is all about.  Don't get me wrong, it is a nice market, the setting in the Medieval main square is very festive, add to that Nuremberger sausages, carolers and musicians and it's a post card perfect Christmas, but to says it's Germany's best...?  Munich's market is bigger with many more scattered through out the city. What sets Nuremberg apart really is the city itself and that is more pleasant to tour in the warmer months.  It is certainly worth a visit, but I am not sure it deserves "Germany's Best" accolade. 

The Details
Hours: November 29-December 24--daily 10am-9pm, 10am-2pm Christmas Eve
Parking: Park Haus Adlerstrasse Adlerstr. 4 This garage put us at the top of the main pedestrian road leading to the Christmas Market.  Very good location.

I am not a fan of German baked sweets.  In general, I think they are dry and not sweet enough, but there is one exception and that is lebkuchen.  It is a gingerbread cookie often dipped in something, be it white chocolate, dark chocolate, sprinkled with nuts, or filled with orange marmalade.  My favorite is covered in almonds then dipped in chocolate.  If purchased fresh from a bakery they will cost you about €2.50 for one.  Don't bother with the mass produced kuchen sold in grocery stores, they are often stale and not a good representation of how good lebkuchen can be.  You have to take advantage of them during the holiday season because they are not sold year round.
This church was build in 1509.  I am not sure when the glockenspiel was put in, but at noon when the bells rang I watched as the guards raised their trumpets to their mouths and the knights bowed to the king.  While some think it's a touristy waste of time, I think watching the glockenspiel is charming.
This was an interesting print, it shows what stalls looked like and sold in the 1700's.