Christmas market galore in Dresden
Even before the first Advent weekend, the Dresden city transforms in a proper Christmas market landscape. It starts at Central Station in the south ans ends in the Neustadt on the other side of the Elbe river. And right in the middle is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany – the Striezelmarkt. This year it offers for the 581st time everything the Christmas enthusiast needs. From real Dresdner Stollen, over to the Pflaumentoffel and deep fried curt dumplings, up to the pyramid and candle arch from the Ore Mountains, everything is possible.
The name Striezelmarkt derives from the pastry, which is connected in Saxony inseparable to Christmas. The Christmas stollen, also called Striezel, is an elongated yeast pastry. It was consumed at the end of the Middle Ages during the pre-Christmas Lent. In the spirit of renunciation the church forbade to bake it with butter and milk. In response to a petition of two Saxon princes Ernst and Albrecht from the house of Wettin the pope issued in 1491 the “butter letter”, which permittet the bakers to use richer ingredients. The Striezel now found its way to the Dresden Christmas market. Around 1500 it was sold for the first time there – and certainly contributed to the popularity of the market.
The giant Stollen also returns
The Striezelmarkt, which attracts each year up to 2.5 million visitors from around the world, celebrates until today the art of Stollen baking with a parade. Everything here revolves around a giant stollen, which is baked by several bakers of the Dresden’s bakers guild and is driven through the old town. On the Striezelmarkt it is then sold for charitable purposes. Traditionally, the festival takes place on the Saturday before the second Advent, therefore this year December 5th, 2015.
The Striezelmarkt is not the only attraction
In addition to the large Striezelmarkt several other Christmas markets lure with a unique atmosphere, the Medieval Christmas Spectacle in the Royal Stables, the Christmas market on the Hauptstraße with international specialties and the Romantic Christmas Market Anno 1900 on the Neumarkt.
Christmas atmosphere with DresdenWalks
Also DresdenWalks gets you in the mood for Christmas during its daily tours. In addition to the normal history of Dresden you get on our original Christmas tour numerous entertaining information about Christmas customs and traditions in Dresden and Saxony. At the end of the tour, guests will get a small surprise of the palate pleasure kind. Already several years many guests enjoyed this offer from Dresden Walks. Tickets can be reserved or purchased online right here. However, you are also welcome to come directly to the meeting point and purchase your tickets from your guide.
We look forward to you!