Thought to be the oldest Christmas Market in Germany, the Nuernberg “Christkindelmarkt” has some of the finest examples of Germany toy
making on display. It is also the home of the ever-famous Christmas Angel
(exquisitely gowned in foils and velvet), gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmaenner
(prune people from dried fruits that will last for years), meter-long hot
dogs and other delightful items.
Since the 15th century, the famous Rothenburg “Christkendelmarkt” has turned
its medieval city into a winter fairy tale. This market, held beneath the
twin towers and illuminated choir windows of St. James’s Church, looks back
on a 500 year tradition that is virtually unchanged. Besides the market
stalls and magnificent original Kaethe Wohlfahrt store and museum,
Rothenburg’s famous views, city ramparts, churches, and other museums await
to the Nuernberg Christmas Market with a stop en route to enjoy fresh
gingerbread and to learn how this “bread of life” came to represent a
Bavarian Christmas. After arrival in the center of the city, walk to the
main square, past smaller markets at various locations. Almost 4 hours will
allow time for shopping and refreshments in the downtown area before
rejoining the group to reboard the bus. From Nuernberg, continue to the
fairy-tale setting of the Rothenburg Christmas Market. Walk through one of
the city’s ancient gateways to the Christmas Market to enjoy approximately 3
hours of time at the market, stores and museums within the walls.
point of origin at about 9:30 p.m.