Although modern online shopping offers many advantages, the traditional way of shopping will always be an alternative. Besides fabulously colorful showcases, peaceful music, brightly and warm illuminated boutiques, warehouses and restaurants, cities in many countries exude a certain charm due to a German export hit: The Christmas Market.
THE CHRISTMAS MARKET HISTORY
The history of the typical German Christmas Market tradition can be dated back to the 14th cen¬tury. One of the oldest Christmas markets is the “Christkindlmarkt” in Munich. It was mentioned in a document in 1310 for the first time. Also the market in Dresden is very old. The first documents of this Christmas market are known from the year 1434, fifty-eight years before Christopher Columbus discovered America. The first markets in Berlin were registered in the year 1530.
The Christmas Market tradition started in the end of the middle ages, when craftsmen began to sell their Christmas products in public markets.
Since then this tradition has been handed down, that visitors were spoilt with local specialties like roasted chestnuts and warm drinks. Up to the present day, you can find the traditional Christmas Market all over Germany. Of course, the most beautiful markets are in small romantic villages and towns. There, they are calm, warm and just wonderful, where they have the ability to lead us back in time.
Nevertheless, also in big cities like Berlin you will find a Christmas Market with similarities compared to their historical models. You can find them in suburbs or directly in the center, between loud and stressful amusement places, as they are mostly typical nowadays. Thus, keep your eyes peeled, when you walk through the city during Christmas time.
About 80 Christmas Markets offered a cozy feeling in Berlin last year. The pictures show some impressions from this weekend. You can read more about this issue in our upcoming VALEUR Christmas issue on December 18.