It’s time to see the Christmas Market, and as we pass a Farmer’s Market filled with beautiful produce, the banner across the street says, “Zum Christkindlesmarkt.”
The sign above the street says, “Zum Christkindlesmarkt” which means, “To the Christmas Market” – and we approach a sea of red and white Christmas Market stalls that fill the main square.
The stalls of the Christmas Market overflow from the town square into all of the neighboring side streets, and the crowds show how popular the Christmas Market is.
This is the Frauenkirche on the east end of Nürnberg’s main market square or, “Hauptmarkt” – click and expand the photo to see the handmade articles for sale there.
At the base of the Frauenkirche you can see the crowds of shoppers, tourists and sightseers as they make their way among the Christmas Market stalls – taking pictures in the crowd at street level really wasn’t possible.
The blue sky in this picture above the Frauenkirche on the main square in Nürnberg tells the whole story of our trip – it was wonderful to visit Nürnberg’s Christkindlesmarkt during Advent.
David visits with a street vendor dressed as a bear – along with a baby bear – as we make our way to the Christmas Market, in what was almost like a Carnival atmosphere on the streets of Nürnberg.
This tower rising above the red and white stalls of the Christmas Market is called the, “Schöner Brunnen” or Beautiful Fountain – dating from the year 1385.
According to Wikipedia, the original, “Schöner Brunnen” or Beautiful Fountain was placed in the, “Germanisches Nationalmuseum” in Nürnberg – and was replaced with a replica on the market square.
David and I stand on a balcony overlooking the Christmas Market in order to have the opportunity to photograph the market – which wasn’t possible at street level with the crowds.
This photo gives you an idea of the crowds that fill the Christmas Market, arranged in long rows with every type of Christmas and holiday merchandise you can imagine.
Above the tents the view is very peaceful, while below them the Christmas Market is packed with shoppers – but the mood is festive and everyone has a good time eating, drinking and looking over the beautiful merchandise for sale.
This is a larger than life German Light Pyramid that probably stood 15 feet tall – replicating table top designs that use candle heat to turn the windmill on top which in turn rotates the Nativity scenes below it.
In the distance is St. Lorenz Cathedral, which dates to the year 1250 – with two bell towers rising 80 meters into the sky – that are familiar landmarks in Nürnberg.
While St. Lorenz Cathedral has a clean and minimalist design in comparison with other Cathedrals across Europe, there are still amazing details to see – especially on the front facade of the Cathedral.
The front facade of St. Lorenz Cathedral in Nürnberg, Germany, has amazing intricate carvings above the entrance door, around the magnificent rose window and on the delicate crown between the two bell towers.
During our visit inside St. Lorenz Cathedral an orchestra was rehearsing for a concert – or as part of an Advent service leading up to Christmas.
A Crucifix hangs above the Altar, surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows – with the simple stonework of the columns contrasting with the vibrant and colorful stained glass of the windows.
This beautiful carving hangs above the Sanctuary of St. Lorenz Cathedral in Nürnberg – and may date to the early days of the Cathedral – but I have no information about it.
A wider look at the Altar and surrounding arched stained glass windows of St. Lorenz Cathedral as the orchestra rehearses for an Advent Christmas Concert or worship service.
Our visit to Nürnberg was a special trip to not only see the Christmas Market but also to experience the cultural and historic sites of this wonderful Old World city.