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"And now the Christkind to its market calls, and all who come are truly welcome!" These words ring out from the balcony of Nuremberg's Church of Our Lady each year on Friday before the first Sunday in Advent. That's when the Christkind opens Nuremberg's world-famous Christmas Market with its prologue. From December 1 to Christmas Eve, the market will be filled with the enticing smells of gingerbread, mulled wine and fresh-roasted bratwurst each day from 10 am to 9 pm.
First mentioned in 1628, the roots of the market most likely go back to the time of Martin Luther, when the tradition of giving children gifts on Christmas Eve was first established. From then until now, one can find traditional wares such as hand-made Christmas decorations and local culinary delights in 180 wooden booths decorated with charming red-and-white-striped roofs. The...
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