The Christmas lights twinkled in the cold air of one of our favourite cities, Hamburg .The steam rose from the mugs of hot chocolate and the smell of mulled wine and bratwurst filled the air on the cobbled square in the shadow of the magnificent Rathaus. Gingerbread hearts and the gentle murmur of German, the multicoloured display reflected in the Elbe, this was a true christmas fairytale in this beautiful and romantic city.
The Christmas markets of Europe have people flocking from all over the globe to experience, the air might carry a chill and the days might be short but the old gothic towns and cities across the continent are the perfect place to capture the romance of the festive period. What better place to do that than Germany itself, the inspiration for many of our Christmas traditions and the beginnings of the Christmas Markets, or “Weihnachtsmarkt” themselves.
The stunning Rathaus at night overlooking the markets in the square below.
The magic of the Hamburg markets comes alive at night.
Of course, a christmas market isn’t complete without a nutcracker or two! Although, we love ours so much we keep him out all year!
Arts and crafts with the most amazing details are on display to create a truly magical winter wonderland!
And not forgetting the variety delicious delicacies on offer from the many stalls spread out across the city, all with different themes!
Father Christmas himself even makes an appearance flying over the markets in his brightly lit sleigh! It’s all you imagine and more of an authentic German Christmas Market!
There are also several large christmas trees around the city, some more modern interpretations than others!
Hamburg in the winter is cold! But no matter, wrap up and keep warm with a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine! In fact, at times that is almost all you can smell!
The traditional German Gingerbread hearts, or “Lebkuchen” which date back to the 13th century, are sold all over the city. They are a delicious sweet snack or make a nice gift too!
Even some of the tree decorations can be quite traditional, how about those apples!
Then of course you have huge real christmas trees, the smell of the fir always bring back the romance and tradition of christmas.
Incase you needed any fine hand crafted decorations for your tree at home. The remind me of the set of wooden tree ornaments my grandparents have had on their tree for as long as I can remember!
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Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.