Nuremberg Christmas Market
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but not because the ground is covered in snow, it all melted by Monday morning. It is beginning to look like Christmas because we went to the Nuremberg Christmas Market today. It was a whirlwind trip made possible by my mother-in-law and father-in-law who watched the children. We left shortly after breakfast. It is 3 hours drive from our house to Nuremberg. It was so well worth the trip. We made a stop at the Nazi Congress Hall, but that is in my next post. It was a seriously so much fun!!! I think we literally ate our way through the market starting with some Nuremberg wurst with brothchen. Yum! Then we moved on to the Mohren Kussen. After exploring the near by church, shopping, and more delicious food we purchased a Christmas Pyramid. I have wanted one for such long time. It truly was a magical day.
The origins of the Christkindlmarkt nobody exactly knows when, but some believe it goes back all the way to 1628. What is cool is that this markt is a sister city to our Christmas market in Atlanta. While we didn't drink any Gluh wine a spiced wine punch, this market is famous for its wine punch because of the giant rum sugar cubes that are slowly heated over the punch allowing the sugar to caramelize. My personal food favorite is the Reibkuchen served with garlic sauce which is essentially a hash brown that can be served with a cranberry jam, applesauce, or herb quark. The market sells all kinds of Christmas ornaments, jewellery, woolen goods, candles, soap, and so on. Children are not forgotten either as they have their own special part of the market with an opportunity to take a photo with Santa, ride a train, or a carousel. You don't have to drive to Nuremberg to go to a Christmas market as almost every village has one, but this one is probably one of the most famous.