Experience the Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Germany
By Carrie Buchert, Author
The German Christmas markets are world renowned because of their dedication to authentic traditions and celebration. Commercialization has taken hold of the rest of the world but it seems that only in the traditional German Christmas markets can you step back in time and experience what Christmas used to be.
Hamelin is a small German town that’s nestled in the heart of the Weser Mountains. Its beauty and charm originally inspired the Brothers Grimm to write the tale of the Pied Piper and today that medieval spark remains with over 70 wooden huts clustered in the market around the Wedding House. This is the Old Quarter where restored timber houses and cobbled streets seem untouched by modern invention.
|Image by Deutsche Märchenstraße e.V. Germany National Tourist Board|
Hamelin stands out as hosting one of the most kid friendly Christmas markets across Germany, partly because of its size and location in a smaller, friendlier town. A live Nativity scene with real animals sits near a Christmas pyramid, though modest in size, and visitors are welcome to walk up to pet livestock and interact with the scene.
Image by: Dirk Topel Kommunikation GmbH, owned by
Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V
Thank you Carrie Buchert, for sharing your secrets of this special German community! I have fun learning about how everyday is a holiday at Carrie's blog, www.carriebuchert.wordpress.com.
And be sure to find the new home for Carrie's musings about holidays at Always a Holiday
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Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.