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The fish is an age-old symbol of Christianity. The Greek word for fish –I-CH-TH-Y-S– contains letters standing for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior and is therefore seen as a profession of faith. In the early days of Christianity, the ICHTHYS symbol became an identifying and often secret sign on the doors and homes of Christians.
It’s therefore no surprise that in many regions of Germany, especially in the south, carp is served on Christmas. As a symbol for water, renewal, life and fertility, there’s hardly a better choice for the Christmas feast. The carp quickly became a typical Christmas dish for wealthy families. As Advent is a time of fasting, the carp was a special meal for Christmas Eve, as it is hearty but...
When you’re counting the days to Christmas and each door you open on the Advent calendar brings more suspense, it’s time for a visit to the Nuremberg Children’s Christmas Market … It will make the wait just a little bit easier! A Special Experience for Families Since 1999, the Children’s Christmas Market at the Hans-Sachs-Platz has welcomed families with children to a place with a...
The enticing aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage hangs in the air at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved. Ever since then traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats have been offered by the 180 wooden stalls, decorated with red and white canvas. Take a stroll through the festively lighted lanes between the stalls and discover the enchantment of the unique atmosphere.
November 29 - December 24, 2019 The enticing aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage hangs in the air at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved. Ever since then traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats...
Special experience at the Christkindlesmarkt Experience special things during your visit at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. The Nuremberg Christmas Card with six coupons offers more than 30% savings.
With the vouchers of the Christmas Card you can enjoy the Nuremberg sausages as "3 in a bun" as well as a glass of mulled wine (the complimentary annual mug will be yours). Further more you can taste the Nuremberg Elise-Gingerbread, visit the crèche exhibit and receive the picture postcard "Nuremberg Christkind". And you get one decorative seal for your Christmas cards. The Nuremberg...
According to an online portal poll 2018, the Christmas market on Fürther Freiheit may be the most popular one in Bavaria. There are more than 40 booths with gift ideas, Christmas tree decorations and sweets and children are looking forward to carousel, railway and the "living crib" with donkeys and goats. Right next to the Christmas market is the medieval market with craftsmen, traders and...
The Christmas City Nuremberg and its famous Christkindlesmarkt
November 30, 2017 The traditional opening event to switch on the Christmas illuminations, and of the motto of the "Nuremberg illuminations", takes place every year at the Ludwigsplatz on the Thursday before the opening of the Christmas Market. Some 1,000 visitors are expected here.
The illumination is 10 kilometres long, has 325 Christmas elements and hangs in more than 40 streets of houses within the Old Town of Nuremberg. Thanks to this illumination, the streets of downtown Nuremberg have a very special and festive atmosphere. Date: November 30, 2017 Location: Ludwigsplatz, Nuremberg Beginning: 4.30 p.m.
Around the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt you’ll also find a Children’s Christmas Market, a Sister Cities Market with specialties from all over the world, the “Feuerzangenbowle” party area, Christmas decorations, gift ideas and plenty to eat and drink.
Where Can I Find Prune Men, Crèches and “Rauschgold” Angels? Many guests at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt prefer to stroll through the rows of booths with their red and white roofs and enchanting sparkling lights and experience the one-of-a-kind atmosphere with a cup of mulled wine and Nuremberg bratwurst. For visitors who are searching for something specific – whether it’s prune...
Sustainability, organic products and delicious regional foods are on the rise at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. With this development, the world's most famous Christmas Market is once more a trendsetter.
Sustainable development means taking evnrionmental criteria into consideration on an equal footing with social and economic factors: This maxim is followed in many ways at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. To support the regional economy, a good portion of the products offered are produced locally in small handicraft firms. The market stands are built from local pine and are reused year...
The world-famous Nuremberg Christmas Market is closely tied to the figure of the Nuremberg Christkind. In the 16 century, in protestant areas, the Christkind took over an important task from St. Nicholas: Bringing children their gifts at Christmastime. It was only natural to host a market where dolls, toys and Christmas treats were for sale.
How the “Kindles-Marck” became the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt It is assumed that the origin of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt goes back to the traditional fairs of the late Middle Ages. The oldest written evidence of the market is found on an oval bentwood box, which was offered for sale at the “Kindles-Marck” of 1628 and is today part of the collection of the Germanisches...
Wrapped in a cozy blanket and seated on a plush seat, listening to the joyful sound of bells and the clatter of hooves: Could there be a better way to enjoy the Nuremberg Christmas Market than with a romantic post coach ride? When the snowflakes start to drift by your window, all the joys of Christmas come to mind – these are the happy memories that last forever.
For almost 60 years, visitors to the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt can take a ca.15 minute ride through the joyful scenes at the market in two historical post coaches from the Communications Museum Nuremberg . The nine-seater mail coach, which is a reproduction of a Berlin with two coupés from 1874, and a post “omnibus” from around 1900 are pulled by two Rheinland Heavy Draft horses....
December 6 - 8, 2019 The Nuremberg offshot of the RETRO CLASSICS shows has become a historic and classic car hot spot in the region. The show presents high class categories of old- and youngtimer cars. Just before Christmas Nuremberg offers a side trip to the famous Christmas market.
The RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA is taking place in Nuremberg. From December 6 - 8, 2019 the exhibitors will present old- and youngtimer, services and offers to car holders and mechanics. There is also an entertaining programme and special performances during the show. Informations: Opening hours: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Location: Nürnberg Messe More information and tickets for RETRO...
Bratwurst Röslein is the world's largest sausage restaurant and is located next to the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market. It features a pleasant courtyard with a cozy beer garden.
Bratwurst Röslein is the world's largest sausage restaurant and is located next to the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market. It features a pleasant courtyard with a cozy beer garden. In the restaurant, 550 guests can find a place in four different rooms: The main guest room, the large and small Emperor's rooms and the traditonal "Waizenstube". In 1480, the Nuremberg bratwurst kitchen "Zu den...
For a traditionalist, the famous Nuremberg gold foil angel does not belong on the mantelpiece, but on the top of the Christmas tree. It is folded from paper or metal foil and folds its arms under the top of its colorful robes. But luckily a gold foil angel can also follow fashion a bit, and so it can also be seen in the booths of the Nuremberg Christmas Market in velvet clothes, with golden locks of hair, and with artistically painted heads made of porcelain, wax or wood. The largest Nuremberg gold foil angel, by the way, greets visitors to the Christmas Market hanging from high up in the Plobenhofstraße.
The Nuremberg "Christkind" the form of an angel If you go in search of the origins of the Nuremberg gold foil angel, you come across the metal making handicraft, which made Nuremberg both famous and prosperous many centuries ago. The wings and a robe of the gold foil angel, described for the first time in the year 1733, were made of pound brass less than 1 mm thick. The quiet shimmering...
Every year during pre-Christmas time, thousands of lights sparkle at the Christkindlesmarkt, which welcomes visitors from all over the world. One reason why the Christkindlesmarkt is so popular, are the traditional products and beautiful light decorations.
Sustainability at the Christkindlesmarkt Besides traditional products sold at the Christkindlesmarkt, which are handmade and from the region, the focus is also put on environmental protection measures. The booths for example are made by spruce wood and used as long as possible, some of them date back to 1890. The city of Nuremberg has also opted for sustainability and as early as...
November 29 to December 24, 2019 The enticing aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage hangs in the air at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved. Ever since then traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats have been offered by the 180 wooden stalls, decorated with red and white canvas. Take a stroll through the festively lighted lanes between the stalls and discover the enchantment of the unique atmosphere. “You men and women who once were children, be young again“, proclaims the "Christkind" when she welcomes guests to the Nuremberg Market Square for the opening of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. And she is right, because with a bit of childish enthusiasm over the Christmas tree decorations, gold foil angels, wooden nutcrackers, cribs and colored stars, you enjoy walking through the romantically lit Christmas Market twice as much.
November 29 to December 24, 2019 Christmas City and the Sternenhaus for children A Christmas city for children has been constructed at the Hans-Sachs-Platz. Visitors can bake cookies during the Children's Christmas or paint glasses, write a Christmas wish list to the 'Christkind' or ride on the roundabouts and the big wheel at the nostalgic fairground. The Sternenhaus in the...
"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...
The forested area north of Nuremberg – from the Franconian Forest to the Thuringian Forest to the Erz Mountains – has been famous for its artistic wood carvings for centuries. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt has therefore been a showplace for crèches, nativity set figures, wooden Christmas decorations, Christmas pyramids, “Schwibbögen” candle stands and wooden toys for hundreds of years – all produced by traditional artisans or in small companies.
Typical Christkindlesmarkt: Prune Men, Rauschgold Angels and Springerle Many people claim that the Prune Man – known in the local dialect as the “Närmbercher Zwedschgermennla” – was invented here in Nuremberg, although the people of Dresden make the same claim with their “Pflaumentoffel”. Whatever the truth is, there is no denying that these little figures made of dried fruit...
It’s a special kind of magic that greets visitors at the Nuremberg Children’s Christmas Market! A nostalgic merry-go round, a child-sized steam train and visits from the Nuremberg Christkind are rounded out by fantastic hands-on booths for little ones. Here, kids can create their own tiny treats or artistic creations.
In the Christmas Bake House , children can bake their own lebkuchen: rolling out the dough, cutting out their own gingerbread figures and decorating them. The dough is then popped in the oven and in a few minutes the delicious treats are ready to take home. Children love to use their imagination when decorating gingerbread with nuts or sugar pearls. In the C andle Making Booth ,...

Hauptmarkt Location

Farmers' market, Easter market, Autumn market, Christmas market. As in the olden days, there is a bustle of activity all year round at the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt. If you have some time to spare, despite all the bustle, you can enjoy the many intricate details of the Schönen Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain), or wait for the stroke of 12 o'clock noon to see the famous clockwork figures high up on the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).
Colourful market stands with fresh fruit and vegetables, bright flowers, crispy bread and other treats. On weekdays at the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt (main market) you can buy regional and international specialities, have a chat with the market woman and enjoy the mediaeval flair of the centuries -old square. Clear the stage for the Nuremberg Christmas Angel From the Friday before the first...
In the Nuremberg music scene, the Bach Orchestra of St. Sebald’s Church is one of the outstanding performers of sacred music. Easter, Pentecost and Christmas are the traditional times for them to play great oratorios. In the oldest parish church of Nuremberg, St. Sebald, listeners will understand the true meaning of the multilayered tones of choir and orchestra – because independent of belief, the emotional power of sacred music moves almost everyone.
Under the leadership of St. Sebald’s Church Musical Director Bernhard Buttmann, the Bach Orchestra accompanies the Sebald Church Choir for performances of large oratorios, masses and cantatas from Bach, Handel, Orff, Mozart, Verdi, Beethoven, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Haydn, to name a few. These take place on major church holidays throughout the year. Naturally, the Nuremberg Bach...
Just like Café neef, gingerbread belongs to Nuremberg - like no other baked good. No wonder that together they are a recipe for success. In addition to interesting gingerbread variatons such as one with rum-punch flavor, at neef you can also find the traditional Nuremberg "Elisenlebkuchen". So that you too can enjoy this Nuremberg specialty at Christmas time, Ingdrid Neef has shared her recipe for this popular sweet treat:
Ingredients (for 40 gingerbread): 12 egg whites 700 g sugar 240 g marzipan 120 g candied lemon peel, in small cubes 120 g candied orange peel, in small cubes 300 g coarsely-ground roasted hazelnuts 300 g finely-ground almonds 180 g flour 30 g gingerbread spice 15 g hartshorn salt For the glaze: 150 g powdered sugar ca. 110 g liquid dark...
November 29 until December 23, 2019 Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its internationality: Craftsmen and artists from all over the world settled the city and Nuremberg merchants sold their products throughout Europe. After the Second World War, Nuremberg strove for international contact as a contribution to international understanding and European unity; Nuremberg has dealt intensely with the past and the causes of the fact that Nuremberg is associated with the terrors of the Third Reich and has continuously developed its human rights activities through manifold activities and projects. One of these projects is the Christmas Market of the Sister Cities.
On the square just north of the Christkindlemarkt, the Christmas Market of Sister Cities adds some international flair. With a wide range of indigenous arts and crafts, stalls from Nuremberg's sister cities Antalya (Turkey), Atlanta (USA), Kharkiv (Ukraine), Gera (Thuringia), Glasgow (Scotland), Kavala (Greece), Krakow (Poland), Nice (France), Prague (Czech Republic), San Carlos...
November 27 to December 31, 2015 The word Feuerzangenbowle (literally "fire tongs punch") cannot really be translated. And it is quite probable that, like bratwurst and sauerkraut, it will enter international vocabulary in a few years. Because more and more visitors from all over the world are discovering the largest "Feuerzangenbowle" in the world on the edge of the Nuremberg Christmas Market. This drink is exhilarating and typically German, just like the classic film , "Die Feuerzangenbowle", which is projected on screens all around the wooden booths.
The biggest "Feuerzangenbowle" in the world in NBG If a stroll through Nuremberg just before Christmas is too cold for you, then we warmly recommend the Feuerzangenbowle village. The 3,40 metre-high cauldron holds an impressive 9,000 litres, and all sorts of tasty snacks are offered to go with this cult drink that puts people in good moods. As well as hot red wine, spices, lemon and...
December 12, 2019 The Lantern Procession of the Nuremberg children is just as important to the tradition of the Christmas Market as the wooden stands on the square, the Christkind, gingerbread and mulled wine. Thousands of visitors line the streets when – during the second week of the Christkindlesmarkt – children walk up the castle hill with their homemade and lovingly created lanterns, creating a colorful sea of light.
In 1948, the same year in which the first post-war Christmas Market was held in Nuremberg, the children of the city made their way up the castle hill with their homemade lanterns. It was a difficult time and the many lights symbolized – then as now – the desire for a lasting peace and joy at the upcoming Christmas season. The lantern procession has taken place every year since then. Today,...
In 2016, the 500th anniversary of the German Beer Purity Law will be celebrated throughout Germany. This general interest has inspired the Nuremberg Convention and Tourism Office (CTZ) to take a comprehensive look at culinary topics and local cuisine. Typical food and drink of the region is currently trendy and surveys show that guests gladly and intensively take advantage of the wide spectrum of gastronomic offerings in Nuremberg. The CTZ will use this topic as a marketing focus in the long term, in addition to its core themes of art, culture and events; shopping; the region; business; "an obligation to the past" and the Christmas Market. The medium-term marketing strategy of the Nuremberg Convention and Tourism Office is based on what Nuremberg has to offer and market research and trend scouting. This defines the yearly focus and core themes which are then supported by target-group-specific communication in national and international target markets. Once again, the CTZ has gathered together the diverse range of offerings in the city and will share information and create publicity - all concepts are developed in close cooperation with the hotel and restaurant association. A new strategic partner is also bringing its ideas: Since January 1, 2016, the Nuremberg Sausage Protection Association is working together with the CTZ.
Nuremberg Specialties When a question arises about Nuremberg specialties, surveys show that bratwurst and gingerbread are the absolute frontrunners. And rightly so, as these tasty tidbits grilled on a beechwood fire look back on more than 700 years of history ... and sweet "lebkuchen" were baked here by monks as early as the 11th century. Both delicacies have been awarded a protected...

Käthe Wohlfahrt Location

The world-renowned Christmas specialty shop from Rothenburg o.d.T. now greets it guests from far and near in Nuremberg all year long. Traditional German Christmas decorations like lass, wood and pewter tree decorations, Christmas pyramids, incense-smoking nutcrackers and mcuh more await you in the lovingly decorated shop near the St. Lawrence Church.
There are many legends surrounding the carp, which is most often seen as a positive and luck-bringing symbol.
In Europe, some take a scale from the carp eaten on Christmas and keep it in their wallet, in order to bring them luck and prosperity. Another belief is that a moon-shaped stone is located over the eye of a carp: The person who finds it on Christmas will have good luck. Asia is the home of the valuable and beloved Koi carp. In Japan, they are a symbol of strength, as they are the only...
Long blond curls, a golden crown and a golden gown with shining wings – these are the symbols of the Nuremberg Christkind. The Christkind appears again and again at her market, giving visitors the chance to experience her up close and personal.
Tuesday through Friday at 2:30 pm, after her fairy-tale reading in the Sternenhaus, the Christkind visits the Children’s Christmas Market. She invites children to ride a nostalgic carousel for free. The children can ask her questions and pass on their wish lists in person! At 3 pm, the Christkind appears on the stage at the Main Market Square. Date: from December 4th, 2018 Location:...
The irresistible scent of gingerbread, spices, mulled wine and roasting bratwurst fills the red and white rows of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. The culinary specialties on offer range from the famous Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread to Franconian beer to the largest “Feuerzangenbowle” in the world.
Nuremberg Gingerbread, Potato Pancakes and Bratwurst Nuremberg Bratwurst with their typical scent of marjoram can only be produced within the Nuremberg city limits and according to a specially-defined recipe. At the Christmas Market you will mainly find them as “Drei im Weckla”, three sausages in a white roll. In the sausage kitchens you’ll find near the market, they will be...
Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its internationality: Craftsmen and artists from all over the world settled the city and Nuremberg merchants sold their products throughout Europe.
Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its internationality: Craftsmen and artists from all over the world settled the city and Nuremberg merchants sold their products throughout Europe. After the Second World War, Nuremberg strove for international contact as a contribution to international understanding and European unity; Nuremberg has dealt intensely with the past and...
When the days get shorter and it’s shivery cold outside, children and their families can look forward to warming up with a wide palette of wintery and Christmasy cultural events in the Sternenhaus.
Next to the Children’s Christmas Market, the Sternenhaus offers a magical cultural program for children – with more than 160 events. Ballet or children’s opera, classic fairy tales and specially-created plays from the local children’s theater scene are all part of the program. The music is sometimes wild and modern, sometimes classical. From children’s musicals to special moments at a magic...
The word Feuerzangenbowle (literally "fire tongs punch") cannot really be translated. And it is quite probable that, like bratwurst and sauerkraut, it will enter international vocabulary in a few years. Because more and more visitors from all over the world are discovering the largest "Feuerzangenbowle" in the world on the edge of the Nuremberg Christmas Market. This drink is exhilarating...
No one can just walk by the creative, seductive display windows of the neef confectionary. The most delicious cake creations, tortes and - naturally - gingerbread always draw you in for a sweet snack with Mrs. Neef. The head of the house has one or two secret tips to offer... and not just for sweets, but also hearty treats.
How would you describe Nuremberg in three words? Magical, delicious, lively In your opinion, which culinary specialties does Nuremberg have that you can't fin in other cities of its type? Absolutely fresh lettuce, vegetables and asparagus from the farmers of the "Knoblauchsland". "Elisenlebkuchen" gingerbread and special types of gingerbread with unique spice combinations, fresh...
The annual calendar of Fürth offers numerous travel occasions. Here you will find many events that offer you to celebrate and let go, to sit back and be amazed - to put it briefly: to be happy. In terms of music you will enjoy the " International Klezmer Festival ", the " New Orleans Festival " and the " Fürth-Festival ". You can find diverse cultural offers at the " International...
In 2016, the 500th anniversary of the German Beer Purity Law will be celebrated throughout Germany. This general interest has inspired the Nuremberg Convention and Tourism Office (CTZ) to take a comprehensive look at culinary topcs and local cuisine. Typical food and drink of the region is currently trendy and surveys show that guests gladly and intensively take advantage of the wide spectrum of gastronomic offerings in Nuremberg.
The CTZ will use this topic as a marketing focus in the long term, in addition to its core themes of art, culture and events; shopping; the region; business; "an obligation to the past" and the Christmas Market. Once again, the CTZ has gathered together the diverse range of offerings in the city and will share informatione and create publicity - all concepts are developed in close...
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