It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! In the whole world, there is no better place for the most quintessential Christmas than Germany.
As the cheerful winter season approaches, consider planning short Christmas vacations in Germany. Whatever you can imagine for Christmas, you can find there. With its sparkling fairy lights, bustling markets and romantic winter wonderland atmosphere, Germany is a magical place to be.
From Christmas tree to Santa and “Silent Night”
Probably you don’t know that many “American” (North, Central and South) Christmas elements have come from German Europe. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition, as we now know it, in the 16th century, when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. “Silent Night” was composed in Austria in 1818. And it was the German-American political cartoonist Thomas Nast who came to the US with his family as a young boy and who gave us the modern image of Santa Claus in the 1860s.
Christmas Market is another colourful German Christmas tradition that has found its way to us. During the Christmas period, the Christmas market becomes a feature of almost every city, town, or village. These fairs offer warm drinks, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, fruit cakes, marzipans and local crafts – usually continue through the four December weeks leading up to Christmas Eve.
Exciting and hectic metropolis, Berlin shows its enchanting side during the winter holiday season. The capital city even can live up to culinary delights with its most famous dish, the German sausages. And beer, of course.
Germany’s most popular tourist destination, Bavaria is what many non-Germans probably have in mind when they think about Germany. Explore the stunning old-world charm atmosphere that only European Christmas can offer.
With its stunning architecture, Munich is famous for its beauty, especially in Christmas time. Sparkling Christmas decorations, unique Christmas markets, churches and cathedrals with holiday singing and organ recitals, shopping streets, glittering lights, mulled wine, roast goose and the romantic background of the snow-capped Alps – Munich is a wonderful city to enjoy the holiday season and experience quintessential Christmas.
Half-timbered houses, Gothic churches within a medieval city walls in the shadow of the towering imperial castle, which was one of the most important residences of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire – all these magical settings make Nuremberg exceptionally stunning during the Christmas time. Pulling in over 2 million visitors each year, Nuremberg is renowned for its impressive Christmas market with 200 select vendors who put up incredible displays in order to compete for the most beautiful stall design award. After dark the marketplace looks simply enchanting.
Neuschwanstein Castle welcomes 1.3 million visitors per year making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The Neuschwanstein is a fairytale castle at the fairytale location. It sits on the top of a hill overlooking a magnificent landscape of Bavarian Alps.
This pseudo-medieval castle is a castle of the paradox:
- It was built in the 19th century when castles no longer had defensive purposes.
- The palace was designed as a home residence for the king but was not finished at Ludwig’s death in 1886.
- It was equipped inside with state of the art technology at that time. For example on every floor of the castle there were toilets with automatic flushing system, as well as an air heating system for the whole castle. Water was supplied by a nearby spring situated at only 200m above the castle.
You will be amazed by the magic and unforgettable beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle.