Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Nuremburg Market

When in Germany at Christmas time, it would be a shame not to see more than just Marburg's Christmas market. So, this year we made it to Nuremberg for the Christkindlemarkt. 

One Friday, after I got out of a meeting and Malcolm finished in the lab, we headed to the train station to go to Nuremberg for the night. 

We stayed at a perfect Airbnb place... this must be the first time we haven't taken a single wrong turn finding our accommodation. It helps that it was only a few hundred meters from the station - and I'm super thankful for that since we arrived so late! 

The next day was started with a Bretzel and coffee, and then it was on to the market. 

It was a dreary and cold day with drizzle, but the warm lights made up for it. 

I also finally got my name on a Starbucks Lebkuchen Latte. 

The stalls were all really pretty with beautiful crafts, cookies, and ornaments...

We made sure to try the specialities, and I am forever in love with Nurnberger Lebkuchen. Nothing compares. 

The bad weather meant we needed to contend with umbrellas in the narrow lanes between the stands, but at least it also meant that it wasn't too busy and we could enjoy browsing the market slowly. 

Once we had seen the main market, we warmed up in a department store to defrost, and then went out again to the children's market. With a carousel and train set and lights and toys, it was so much fun!

And as it got darker, it just got prettier. 

We also eventually made it up the hill to the castle, where we saw a sparkly Nuremberg at our feet. There was also the christmas tree to ogle at... a Christmas tree in public with lights that go all the way to the bottom is a rare sight ;)

When we got back down, we wandered through the international market and saw what Christmas looks like in various other countries. 

With our train coming soon, we wandered back to the train station to catch our ICE to Frankfurt and then home. It was a whirlwind of a 24 hour get away, and so much fun :) 
I'm looking forward to Christmas next year to see some more Christmas markets! 

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