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The oldest Christmas market in Germany and the world is Striezelmarkt. While the first market in 1434 lasted just one day, held the day before Christmas, the massive market is now a month-long festival with the tallest Christmas pyramid in the world, largest nutcracker in the world, and 240 stalls stocked with sweets, stocking stuffers, and seasonal ornaments. The market is also known for its pflaumentoffel, miniature figurines made of dried prunes. Due to COVID-19, Striezelmarkt has been cancelled for the second year in a row.

laurenmack 2 years ago

I was lucky enough to have been in this Christmas market 2 years ago! It was as magical as people said! Dresden has the largest number of Christmas markets in the eastern part of the country! Can you believe it? They are really Christmas lovers! The biggest and the one I visited was named The Striezelmarkt which means Striezel' actually refers to a cake made at this time of year called a 'Stollen'! :D

reinacartagena 3 years ago

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Since the Middle Ages, Christmas street markets have delighted locals and visitors with food, ornaments, gifts, and entertainment. The start of the Christian Advent season in late November ushers in the opening of festive Christmas markets across Europe, which help revelers prepare for the holidays.  Lasting a […]