Erlangen

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Christmas Magic With A Margrave And The Middle Ages

Advent in Erlangen means many things: romantic walks through the woods, ice-skating, or a trip into the past. Enjoy hot mead instead of hot, mulled wine, sucking pig instead of brats on a bun.

The Schlossplatz Christmas market around the statue of Margrave Friedrich von Brandenburg-Bayreuth offers its visitors a historical hanging carousel for children and a Christmas tree market. The vendor stands are tastefully decorated and arranged around a cozy forest tavern featuring real trees including, of course, Tannenbaum. There is a lot of music being played at the market, but the centerpiece is a depiction of the Christmas story with 20 hand-carved manger figures that are decorated with gold leaf and oil paint. 

The historical Christmas market at the Neustädter Kirchplatz takes you for a stroll through the middle ages. Let yourself be enchanted by the entertainers, enjoy the smell of fresh baked bread or hot mead. The herbalists, the stonemasons, and the soap makers will turn your market visit into an unforgettable winter experience.

2012 saw the premiere of “Erlangen on Ice”: the first public ice-skating rink in the center of this Huguenot town. Skate to your heart’s desire on the polished, 400-m² ice rink up until the second Christmas holiday.