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Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarkt

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Discover a true Christmas wonderland as Amy Shuster visits Germany's Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas festival dating back to the 16th century,

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- Hey everybody, willkommen I'm Amy Shuster, and I'm in the Bavarian region of Germany, in the historical city of Nuremberg, and I'm standing at the Christkindlesmarkt is a Christmas festival dating back to the 16th century, and draws millions of visitors. Each year the festival is open for four weeks, ending on December 24th, and today is the opening day, I can't wait. Check it out, let's do it. Come with me to discover festivals big and small, from all across the globe, where people indulge their senses, in a celebration of local treats, and time honored traditions. Ya with me, let's do it. The Christkindlesmarkt is a time of year, when locals and tourists alike come together to celebrate the true essence of Christmas, embracing the child like awe of the holiday spirit, everywhere you turn, you'll find music and rides, festive displays, toys, and holiday treats. This is a chocolate kiss, so cute, this is a zebra one with a marshmallow center, it's really crunchy, but yet soft in the middle, messy but fun to eat, and if you really wanna get into the holiday spirit, you can take a traditional horse carriage ride, the bright yellow coaches take visitors all around the cobble stone streets, that surround the market, so cool. As the Bavaria's second largest city, Nuremberg is bustling with visitors year round, and especially during its annual Christmas market. The city was established around the river Pegnitz, which separates the Lorenz old town district in the south from the Sebald town district in the north. Taking a stroll along these picturesque bridges and canals can really give you a sense of the classic beauty of this historical city. At the top of the hill in the northern district, I arrived at the imperial castle, from this vantage point, I had a panoramic view of the medieval architecture juxtaposed, against the modern buildings below, wow, this medieval castle looms over the old town, it's an epic view. I can definitely see where the inspiration for all the gingerbread houses came from, cause all these houses look so cute. Walking around, you realize that every building, fountain and statue, they all tell a unique story. This is the merry-go-round fountain. It tells a story, it seems pretty dark, and grim. It symbolizes the ups and downs of marriage, definitely, tells a story here. This is the definitely the medieval side of the city, I love it. There's no doubt that remnants of Nuremberg's medieval past continue to linger in the city. I even found myself underground, in a medieval torture chamber, that had been preserved for hundreds of years. Right now I'm standing inside of a 700 year old prison, a medieval dungeon. You come here, when you've been very, very bad. I've seen the highest view in Nuremberg, and now I've seen the lowest, and I'm sure these walls have a lot of stories to tell. So, I'm told that this creative looking device over here is used to torture the thumbs, I'm sure it's very painful, ooh, just being in here gives me the heeby jeebies, oooh, alright, let's get out of here. After that, I made my way over to explore the many stunning churches of Nuremberg, among the most famous Saint Lorenz, and Saint Sebald, each are guided inside and out, and at the eastern end of the Christkindlesmarkt is the ornate gothic frauenkirche, also known as the church of our lady, as part of the opening ceremonies of the festival, a prologue is given each year, here from this very balcony. Hello, people of Nuremberg. As the day grows later, the Christkindlesmarkt begins to fill up with shoppers and revelers, all browsing the numerous stands for traditional treats, and unique holiday gifts. These little figurines have been sold at the Christmas market for decades. They make a great souvenir, just don't try to eat them. You guys, these are made from little prunes and nuts, they're like little prune dudes, these are awesome, I totally need to get one. I'm so lonely I wish I had a friend, hello, how are you doing? Mwuah, doo, doo, doo, doo, Another way that Germans celebrate is to honor Nuremberg as the birthplace of the gingerbread. Here you will find endless variations, of these sweet and spicy treats. Mmmmmm, these look yummy. - This all gingerbread. - Gingerbead? - Lebkuchen is a German word. - Lebkuchen, okay, which one do you recommend? I'd love to try one. - You can try all this. - I'd love to eat them all. - All from my factory. - Let's try this guy, cause he looks really pretty. - This one? - Yeah, thank you. That's a big cookie. That's good, there's a lot of spices happening here. It's a lot sweeter than traditional gingerbread. I found out that shop owner Rainer Nusselt makes all his gingerbread at the local kitchen, right around the corner. So, I asked him, if he'd take me to his kitchen, to learn how to make gingerbread from scratch. Yeah, go'in, let it go, oh, oh, I did it. Looks good? - Perfect. - Alright. - Very nice. - I'm hired. - Very nice - Alright, the moment of truth. - Okay. - Ya ready? - Aaaah, yeah. - It looks like very nice. - It looks awesome. These make me feel like Christmas. Besides gingerbread, Nuremberg also has a reputation, for another famous German dish, grilled sausages, mastered over centuries, its unique recipe was written down all the way back in 1497, and because I can't help myself, I had to get my fix of German sausages, at the famous Bratwursthäusle. - Hello. - Hi, hello. - Hello, what is the most popular sausage? - We have popular kraut sausage is the first one, or we have violet sausage or smoked sausage. - Can I have one of each? - That's all. - Yeah. - Thank you. - Awesome. Yeah, I'm so excited to dig into this meal. This place is known for their sausages. What's great about the grilled sausages here are that they grill them over beechwood. So, it really infuses a lot of flavor into the meat. Mmm. Yes, it's great. It's nice, it's juicy, taste a little bit of the char, and the beechwood really infuses some flavor in there. It's fantastic. This place is so full of character and tradition, everywhere you look. I was so curious about its origins, that I called over the owner to find out more. - Well, our family runs this place for 62 years now. - Okay. - First mention of this restaurant was 1313. - Wow. - Which is one of the oldest restaurant at the grill, and the oldest restaurant in Nuremberg. - Well, it's really fantastic. Great to be able to see it cooking right here. Thank you so much, this is delicious. - Your welcome. - As I head back to the Christkindlesmarkt, the plaza is lit up with thousands of twinkly lights, and everywhere you turn, you can smell the aroma of gingerbread, grilled sausages and mulled wine. Filling this large cobblestone plaza are numerous open stalls, selling traditional Franconian products, like wooden Christmas decorations. I've learned that the origins of the Christkindlesmarkt are unknown, but the oldest piece of evidence relating to it is a box made of coniferous wood, dating all the way back to 1628. I wanna show you this, these beautiful Rauschgoldengles are a big part of Nuremberg history, dating back to medieval times, and legend has it, that the creator made the angel in honor of his daughter, who passed, and the faces are made out of wood, and the wings were made out of gold, and that's where the name came from. Christkindlesmarkt can be translated word for word as Christ Child Market. The Nuremberg Christ child is a very important, part of the market. She's known as the gift giver, and officially opens up the market for the seasons. All the way, since 1969, the Christ Child has been elected from Nuremberg, and holds the position for two years. This year the Christ Child is an 18 year old girl named Barbara Otto, and I even had the chance to talk to her. How did it go tonight? - It went very well, I didn't have any problems speaking up there, I just felt happy, and it was awesome. - It was very beautiful, and good luck for the next two years. - Thank you. Enjoy it. - I will, definitely. - There's so many different varieties of gingerbread here, I love it. Check this out, this looks so pretty. I could never make one this beautiful. There are so many highlights of the market, but the thing I heard the most buzz about is the Feuerzangen Bowle, an egg base alcoholic drink, which I hear is absolutely delicious, and the drink of choice, for all the after hours festivities. I'm a little bit scared, it sounds really strong. - Don't scary, because we don't get a headache. - Oh, it's sweet, it's strong and sweet. - Yeah, you got to, ya taste of rum, ya got it? - I got the rum, yeah. - Mmkay. - But it's nice. - Yes. - Thank you, this is delicious. Okay, toast. - Toast. - Thank you. Thanks guys, like I said, Christmas spirit.

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