Thanks to Sarah from Texpats Abroad for telling me about the German Christmas markets. After hearing how pretty and crafty the stalls can be I booked us on trip and off we went to Munich and Nuremberg.
Covered in multiple layers we braved the cold (so so cold) and headed to browse the markets spread around the Munich city center. With the snow sprinkled on the ground and the mulled spices in the air, the experience truly felt like a winter wonderland.
On our second day we headed to Nuremberg on an early morning train. Too bad that included half of the Munich population. The train was crazy overbooked and we struggled to get through the crowd and into the train to find a seat. Lots of people had to stand.
And for 1.5 hours we stood in between two cars, next to the loo. Yucko! But the situation turned comedic borderline ridiculous when the snack guy showed up, pushing his way through everyone.
But finally we made it to Nuremberg and the markets here were really pretty. A bit more story-like than the ones in Munich. The stalls were all wooden and shaped like houses. Stalls sold jewelry, various Christmas ornaments, mulled wines, brats, pretzels, and much more.
We came back with some precious little gems for our Christmas tree.
And some bonus souvenirs were our mulled wine mugs. I love that tall one. It will become my official mulled wine mug from now on.
More to come from our German adventure: The Munich Zoo, Nymphenburg Palace and the truly unforgettable Dachau.