Christmas in Lübeck

December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Europeans LOVE Christmas.  Especially Northern Europeans.  I began to see Christmas decorations in grocery and department stores as early as September!  What Denmark lacks in winter daylight, it makes up in Christmas lights.  The main pedestrian streets are adorned with draping garland, white lights and large red glowing hearts.  Not even Scrooge could miss the Christmas fever here.

I kicked off my Christmas season with a day-trip to visit the Lübeck Christmas Markets in Lübeck, Germany.  Lübeck’s Christmas market dates back to 1648 and is now UNESCO Word Heritage Site.

Christmas Markets are a new concept to me but they are all over Europe. Originating in Germany and Austria in the Late Middle Ages, vendors gathered in public squares and streets to sell their goods as gifts during the holiday season.  Today vendors sell everything from fur hats, traditional German candies and hand crafted Christmas ornaments.

After a four hour bus ride from Copenhagen, we arrived in the quaint town of Lübeck and were immediately engulfed by Christmas-ness everywhere.  We spent six hours soaking up the all the holiday festivities, shopping and tasting the tradition fare.

Frohe Weihnachten!

The ferry we took to get the Germany

welcome to Lübeck!

candy Christmas stall

German gingerbread

plenty of ornaments! (check the next photo for where they come from)

glad I came to Germany to get some traditional German ornaments...haha

traditional Glühwein, aka mulled wine

delicious fresh baked bread!

Christmas carnival

Christmas carnival

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