Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market is in Dresden

Which town has the oldest Christmas Market in Germany? Among the many questions I get from expats around the area, this one is related to Christmas.

The town  is Dresden. Its Christmas Market, also locally referred to as Striezelmarkt, was the first one of its kind to be mentioned in 1434.

Meaning of Striezel (m): 1) In eastern and central Germany, a Striezel is a yeast dough bread, similar to Stollen (e.g. Weihnachtsstollen). 2) The term can also stand for ‘naughty boy’.

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Market Day in Oberursel, Germany

If you happen to be an expat moving to Oberursel, be prepared for a mostly quiet, beautiful, and regulated surrounding. Germans love their beer and wine fests, they do not shop on Sundays, and there are rules when you can party/make noise and not. You’ll get used to it, I’m sure.

Saturday is a busy day for most shoppers, since everything is closed on Sundays. I managed to get away from work for 40 minutes and took a short trip downtown to the market for a Fischbrötchen (marinated fish on a bread roll).

Oberursel’s market is located right at the market square and it’s a very pretty sight.

Saturday market day in Oberursel

Saturday market day in Oberursel

When I went to order my Fischbrötchen, the lady told me she was out of bread rolls and asked me to get one from one of the other vendors. Once I come back with a bread roll, she could make it for me, she said. This is Germany at its best 🙂

Another view of the market with the ever-so-clean fountain.

Oberursel market and fountain

Next, we went down into the Altstadt, where they got ready to set up for the Seifenkistenrennen (soap box race).

Soap box race, Oberursel

Soap box race, Oberursel

“Yes, it’s spelled correctly”, one of the guys seems to say.

Does this look right to you?

Does this look right to you?

Being a repat, but working expat hours, it is sometimes difficult to match my schedule to the German hours of operation.

But this should be the least of your concerns when living in Germany. It is safe, they have good beer, and are generally honest in business dealings.

Oberursel Christmas Market 2012 – dates and times

You can find the location, dates and times for the Oberursel Christmas market 2012 on:

AllThingsGerman

Pumpkins For Sale

On our way to our daughter’s horseback riding activity, we always pass by this farmer’s market in Steinbach.

The owner chatted me up a bit, but I did not have the heart to tell him his sign, advertising pumpkins, was misspelled. Plural of Kürbis is Kürbisse.

Pumpkins for sale

This is a beautiful market, worth a stop in any season. They also have a bakery and a small meat shop.

Windecker’s Spezialitäten
Eschborner Str. 32 in 61449 Steinbach (Ts) Tel: 06171 – 98 20 53

Hofgut Windecker in Steinbach

Happy New Year from Oberursel!

Oberursel Altstadt on a winter day

Nothing is worth more than this day.
– Johann W. Von Goethe –

It has been a wonderful day, as we were well rested, because we had spent  New Year’s Eve at home, in a quiet fashion.

The picture shows two pubs/restaurants – the one on the left Zum Hirsch I have not been to yet. The one on the right, Marktwertschaft, I can definitely recommend – good food, good service, and reasonable prices.

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