Striezelmarkt in Dresden
Christmas Markets, a very German tradition and I love it. Not just because I am German, no I just love the lights, the music, the smell of mulled wine, cakes and sweets. There is nothing better to get in to the Christmas Spirit, then to stroll over one of these markets. And the Germans just know how to do it right. So every year, I am heading back for a week and getting in to the swing of Christmas, visiting the Weihnachtsmarkt, drinking Gluehwein and eating a Roster or Bratwurst. Singing Weihnachtslieder like "Oh du Froehliche" and "Oh du schoene Weihnachtszeit" with friends and family and lots of laughter.
Yes this is what Christmas is all about :)
The Dresdner Striezelmark is one of Germany's oldest documented Christmas markets and also one of it's best. Founded in 1434, it celebrated its 580th anniversary in 2014.
The market was first mentioned in 1434, under Friedrich II, a King of Saxony, when it was held the Monday before Christmas on the Altmarkt square. Originally, the a one-day market was here to provide the citizens of Dresden with the meat for the Christmas meal after the pre-Christmas period of fasting.
Over the centuries the Striezelmarkt has developed into a huge event with 250 stands, taking up a large part of Dresden city centre and lasting throughout the Advent period until Christmas Eve. Today the Striezelmarkt attracts 3 million visitors a year from all over the world.
The word Striezelmarkt comes from Strüzel or Stroczel, which was the name of a type of cake sold at the market, now famous as Stollen or Christstollen, a light airy fruitcake. The real Dresden Stollen, however, is produced in the city and distinguished by a special seal depicting the city's famous king, August the Strong.
Today the most famous features of Dresden Striezelmarkt are the world's largest usable Christmas arch with a breadth of 13.5 metres and a height of more than 5 metres and the 14-metre high Erzgebirge Christmas pyramid.
Famous is the Pflaumentoffel, a chimney sweep's boy
The one with the red hair is me, testing Mulled Wine :) Highly recommended.
Glühwein or Mulled Wine
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