Vasudha Narasimhan takes you to the lovely city of Esslingen in southern Germany which has a unique medieval Christmas market. Set against the backdrop of half-timbered houses, the medieval markets are filled with the sound of music, local crafts and food, as well as cultural events. Quite magical an experience as you will discover through Vasudha’s story.
Christmas in Germany is dramatic, magical and intense as with the festive season starting right from the first week of December. The traditional Christmas markets with the backdrop of the historic locations make for a perfect Christmas getaway experience. Traditional Weihnachten (Christmas in German) artefacts like hand carved nativity scenes, figurines, glass balls, candles are difficult to resist.
Food lovers can savour traditional smoked fish, hot wein also known as gluehwein, roasted nuts, hot chestnuts and grilled sausages. While some markets are especially known for their lebkuchen or gingerbread, other markets are known for their medieval ambience.
Christmas markets in Germany start from the last week of November and close two days before Christmas. A Christmas market comprises of a group of small wooden shops mostly selling Christmas related items. All shops are decorated with evergreens and illuminated beautifully.
What one gets to see, buy and experience in a German Christmas market is unique and one of its kind. Some Christmas markets showcase a miniature land of a town, while others have play areas for kids. Some Christmas markets also have a rink for ice-skating.
Most of the Christmas markets are organised in the city or the town centre with a historic monument at the background and this forms a special backdrop for the ambience. Street artists and musicians promote the ambience with traditional songs and carols.
From fairy tale experiences to medieval ambience, you can find everything that makes for a dreamy Christmas experience.
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Vasudha Narasimhan is a fun-loving person who has a great passion for the most creative things in life. She did a 2 year Diploma in Interior Design from Ireland and is now a freelancer. She also teaches at various design institutes and conducts workshops on specific design concepts.
She runs the popular blog – Cherishing Spaces
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