Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hamburg Christmas Markets: Rathaus

The markets have all opened now, and we are thoroughly enjoying them. The atmosphere at the markets is quite remarkable, even I can get into Christmas like this. Wreath-decorated stalls selling everything from wooden craft toys, glassware, decorations, candy, holiday treats, sausages, and of course gluhwein, the staple of German christmas--hot spiced red wine.  All of this under the shadow of medieval buildings and above the cobblestone of the market square. The Rathaus (town hall) is the most classic of the Christmas markets around here, with workers dressed up in their traditional garb, spreading their holiday cheer by taking your money. There are carollers, and huge christmas trees, and rides for the kids. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially after a few gluhweins.

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