First things first, if you are reading this the same day I’m posting: A very merry Christmas from Germany and we’ll be celebrating with more market stories!
We organized a group trip to Nuremberg Christmas Market on Friday night for 7 adults coming from 3 different stops.
Getting to a market in a group is always an interesting adventure. From where we live, there are a few different trains and train types that well get us into the town center with little issue but some come more regularly, have less regular delays, or make more stops than others so it’s always a gamble what we will hit. This is why for trips for going allover Bavaria we buy DB navigator’s Bayern regional tickets for each couple which allows us to take trains throughout the day wherever we want in the region, or we get one of the smaller regions in we are going somewhere a little closer such as the Munich-Nuremberg regional pass. With these passes, we can jump on a variety of trains at the times that are most convenient for us and keep our timelines and options flexible.
I love going to markets as a couple, but going in a group like this is always like having an outdoor party – moving and drinking, getting more tired and yet more energetic as we go. This is particularly fun in a market like Nuremberg which is fairly large but completely manageable in a night. We love how wide the aisles are here, allowing much more room for the crowds of people to wander through. Even though the crowds are large, we didn’t feel as penned in or jostled (at least, as much) here.
If you have been following along with our fun Christmas Market checklist, this market is a closer! We found every single thing on our list (at least the drinkable and edible items) here with abundance and with choices to spare for each. Definitely walk around and see all your options as price varies between every booth! Of course, now that we have eaten all the things, it seems like we visit more markets that have the desserts we had been hard-pressed to find. I will happily dig into a Dampfnudel any day and the Kartoffer was like stepping into my childhood Saint Lucia’s day (at least the way we used to celebrate it – very untraditionally).
My favorite spirits Brewery also sets up a booth here, so if you are close by and like your schnapps you should go taste test at Hausbrauerei Altstadthof’s booth. They also do a regular hot drink (if sampling schnapps isn’t your thing), but do not expect your regular fair. Instead, they have a (I am not kidding!) straight up hot beer. Unlike Gluhbeer, there is very little mulled spices and instead, they serve the drink that Americans assume Germans drink all year round: hot beer. I actually enjoyed the drink but it is far from usual so drink at your own peril, but if you are here you may as well get a glass and pass it around the group!
Finally, the thing that I love most about Nuremberg’s Christmas Market is that it really is ONE MARKET. You can technically say two, as there is a small market off near the stone castle walls – you walk past this section when you walk from the train station, but with a row of scattered tents more of less leading you from the train to the main market square, this market is just so easy to enjoy.
As always, watch your wallet because there are crowds and so much amazing stuff you will want to spend everything you brought and more, but have fun and a wander.
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