If you are dreaming of the most quintessential European Christmas, you have to consider having Christmas vacations in Germany
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition, as we now know it, in the 16th century, when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. There are various legends regarding the origin of the Christmas tree, often relating to Saint Boniface. Thus, in one version, Boniface disrupted a pagan child sacrifice at an oak tree, flattening the oak with a blow of his fist. A small fir sprang up in place of the oak, which Boniface told the pagans represented Christ. Another legend says that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.
As the cheerful winter season approaches, consider planning short Christmas vacations in Germany, in Berlin. With its sparkling fairy lights, bustling markets and romantic winter wonderland atmosphere, the German capital is a magical place to be. Exciting and hectic metropolis, Berlin shows its magical and enchanting side during the winter holiday season. At its most attractive Christmas markets in Spandau's old town over 250 traders sell food and handicrafts from four continents on the historic roads. Whatever you can imagine for Christmas, you can find there.
With its stunning architecture, Munich is famous for its beauty, especially in Christmas time. Sparkling Christmas decorations, unique Christmas markets, churches and cathedrals with holiday singing and organ recitals, shopping streets, glittering lights, mulled wine, roast goose and the romantic background of the snow-capped Alps – Munich is a wonderful city to enjoy the holiday season and experience quintessential Christmas.
When people think of Nuremberg, they usually think of gingerbread, toys and Christmas. Its old town is probably comes closest to many peoples’ ideas about Christmas festivities, celebrations and expectations.
Half-timbered houses, Gothic churches within a medieval city walls in the shadow of the towering imperial castle, which was one of the most important residences of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire – all these magical settings make Nuremberg exceptionally stunning during the Christmas time.
Pulling in over 2 million visitors each year, Nuremberg is renowned for its impressive Christmas market with 200 select vendors who put up incredible displays in order to compete for the most beautiful stall design award. After dark the marketplace looks simply enchanting.
Nuremberg even can live up to culinary delights with its most famous dish, the Nuremberg sausages. And beer, of course.
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