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Bamberg, City of Nativity Scenes

Part of a nativity scene in a church of Bamberg, Germany

More than thirty nativity scenes can be visited in the city of Bamberg. These are spread over the entire town and invite you to an exciting exploration of cribs as well as the places of Bamberg. The range extends from historical to modern models. [German]

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Christmas market of Coburg

Christmas market in Coburg, Germany

The Christmas market on the market square of Coburg is framed by Renaissance facades and several corner oriels, which are known as Coburger Erker. Between the historic town hall and the former ducal chancery, visitors enjoy the Coburger Bratwurst, a sausage which is traditionally roasted over an open fire of pine cones. [German]

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Stagecoach at the Christkindlesmarkt of Nuremberg

Stagecoach at the Christkindlesmarkt of Nuremberg, Germany

During the Christkindlesmarkt, the traditional christmas market of Nuremberg, one have the chance to ride on a 1939 reproduction of a nine-seater Berlin with two coupés from 1874. The stagecoach is supplied by the Museum for Communication which is also worth a visit.

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Christmas Souvenirs

Christmas pickle from Lauscha

Christmas pickle from Lauscha, Germany

At a glassworks in Lauscha, generally known as Farbglashütte Lauscha – ELIAS Glashütte, I joined a workshop about how to decorate a Christmas tree. To my surprise I learned about a US traditon to hide a green Christmas pickle in the tree. This tradition is pretty unknown in Germany but the glassworks sell a lot of these pickles to the States.

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Christmas market at the Arsenal in Vienna

Christmas market at the Arsenal in Vienna, Austria

Every year in December a medieval Christmas market takes place in front of the Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtlichs Museum) in Vienna. The market, which is generally named after the whole area (Arsenal) lasts only for a weekend so you should look for the exact date beforehand.

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Christmas market at Hohensalzburg Fortress

Christmas market at Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria

The Christmas market at Hohensalzburg Fortress can be reached by a pretty fast funicular or by a steep path nicely decorated with stars during the advent season.

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Hellbrunner Adventzauber in Salzburg

Gate at the Hellbrunner Adventzauber in Salzburg, Austria

The Hellbrunner Adventzauber is a Christmas market with a splendid atmosphere. It is situated on the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn) in Salzburg. About 400 trees decorated with 13,000 red Christmas balls makes the market special.

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Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang

Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

An interesting detail of the Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang (Wolfgangseer Advent) is a Christmas crib created by the wood carver Matthäus Mayrhauser. The crib consists of about 40 life-size sculptures scattered over a larger area. Everybody is invited to walk betCeen the figures so in the evening it is difficult to decide who is a real person and what is a wooden figure.

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Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang

Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

The Christmas market of Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut is part of three markets (Wolfgangseer Advent) which are located around lake Wolfgangsee. So people can move from market to market by crossing the lake by boat.

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Sparkling Christmas decorations (#FriFotos)

Christmas decoration at Habsburgergasse in Vienna, Austria

The subject of today for #FriFotos is ‘sparkling’. I’ve decided to combine this subject with photos of Christmas decorations I have seen the last two years. The photo above shows some Christmas deco of Vienna. The depicted crowns fit well with the name of the street which refers to Habsburg family: Habsburgergasse.

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Fairy tale movies on Christmas TV

Well at Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic

When I was a child I used to watch fairy tales on TV every Christmas season. Generally these movies were taken in Czech Republic. Many years later I still remember the plots of these tales like ‘Three hazelnuts for Cinderella’, ‘Pan Tau’, and ‘Arabela’. What about your memories?

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Thoughts about the Christmas markets of Vienna

Christmas market at the city hall of Vienna, Austria

On 18th November 2012 I started a series of blog posts featuring the Christmas markets of Vienna. In the last six weeks I tried to visit a lot of markets situated in this big city. Well, its time to put down a final blog post answering the question: Which Christmas markets are worth a visit?