Good for: ardent traditionalists
There isn’t one single reason why so many flock to Nuremberg’s Christkindlemarkt during the festive season. Sure, the market’s Christkind (a young woman dressed in white and gold) is a spectacular quirk and the setting, beneath the ornate spire of the Schöner fountain, is mesmerizingly scenic. But that all pales in comparison to the actual market itself, a mini-city of wooden stalls packed with traditional homemade goods, smoked beers and mugs of homely glühwein.
Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nuremberg. Nov 25-Dec 24. Mon-Sun 10am-9pm (Christmas Eve 10am-2pm).