Monday, November 17, 2014

The Most Beautiful Christkindl Markets in Europe

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Travelling to Europe in late November or December?  Where it might be cold, dark and no beaches close by?  A good idea? Yes, and yes!  If you like everything Christmas, traditions, medieval cities, Mulled Wine and classic music.  At these Christkindl Markets you will meet folks from all over the world: Japanese, Americans and Canadians, Australians, Chinese, Italians or British tours are heading to the popular markets in Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich or Brussels. 
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Culinary Delights 
Christmas in Europe is a time for romantic holidays, delicious pastries and Christmas cookies straight out of a medieval cookbook, and for lyrical midnight masses in Gothic churches. Not to forget the delightful "Gluehwein"or "Glow-Wine", a mulled wine - red wine, best is Merlot, mixed with Orange Juice and warmed up with lots of spices - great to warm your hands in the cold December air. Another delight to warm you up are the roasted "Maroni" - sweet Chestnuts, that are offered straight out from the open fire pits at the market places.
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Handcrafted by Local Artisans
Candles made from Beeswax, wooden toys, traditional Christmas ornaments, and other treasures can be found in wooden stalls.  You won't find "Made in China", but rather real artists and their crafts. Many local visitors come straight from the office over to the market, have a glass of mulled wine - or several, maybe a grilled sausage or traditional Christmas cookies, and mingle with friends and colleagues or neighbors, transitioning into the evening, often till eight or nine o'clock until the market closes.
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TravelandLeisure Writes: 
"For a few precious frost-nipped weeks, these museum-piece cities of "Olde World Europe" flicker back to the Middle Ages"and show the largest Christkindl Markets in Europe.  Did I mention that in many cities are several Christkindl Markets, not only one, especially in Munich, Germany, almost in every part of the city.  The smaller ones are often the better ones and are without the tourists.  Enjoy these traditional, enchanting Christmas Markets that are originated in the 16th century.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApBmeC_X_cY

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striezelmarkt  

http://www.germany.travel/en/specials/christmas/christmas.html

http://www.christkindlesmarkt.de/en/

http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/planatrip/inspire-me/lists/top-8-german-christmas-markets



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXKaODGdlYQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnvDCVNtDY4



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