In the past one week I’ve been to 4 Christmas markets in Germany; 1 in Ingolstadt, 1 in Nuremberg and 2 in Regensburg.
Xmas markets for me are all about enjoying the festive atmosphere, walking through myriad of stalls (selling food, drinks, desserts and traditional handicraft) and enjoying the delicious mix of scents from all the food, nuts and spices, and of course, eating.
Most markets offer similar food; sausages, lebkuchen, gluwein, potato pancakes and pumpkin soup are amongst the favourite from what I’ve seen. Needless to say, I tried it all (despite my stomach’s protests) and loved it all.
The Christmas Market at Nuremberg is world-famous as it’s one of the oldest markets but my favourite was the Regensburg Market held in the courtyard of the ‘Thurn and Taxis’ palace. The palace itself is bigger than Buckingham Palace. The courtyard was gently lit with candles, lanterns, torches and camp fires. There were seats provided around the fires for you to enjoy your drink while staying warm. It was definitely the most romantic market. Also, the choices for food was fabulous! We actually tried a chocolate doner which was great. I didn’t manage to get a good picture of it as my sister (who is a chocolate fanatic) was getting too impatient to eat it!
If you have time to go to just one market, I would suggest you go here. Note though that this market has an entry fee of 8.5 euros but it is absolutely worth it!
Off to pack for a week in Malta. Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!