The wait is almost over! My luggage is packed again and I am ready to go. I just need to put inside my laptop and I am good to visit more Christmas markets again in Germany. This time I will be visiting the Christmas markets in Dresden, Leipzig, Marienberg and Meissen. I have been to Dresden last 2011 and I would be glad to visit it again. This will be my first to the other three places I mentioned above.
Christmas Ornaments in a Christmas market in Germany.
I am quite excited to visit Dresden again and would love to experience it Christmas Market called Striezelmarkt. It is one of Germany’s oldest documented Christmas markets. It was first mentioned in 1434, under Friedrich II, an Elector of Saxony, when it was held the Monday before Christmas on the Altmarkt square. Over the centuries it has developed into a huge event with 250 stands, taking up a large part of Dresden city centre and lasting throughout the Advent period. Today, the Striezelmarkt attracts 2 million visitors a year from all over the world. ABCnews featured Dresden market as having the most authentic holiday market experience in Europe.
This will be my first time to visit Leipzig. I already researched some of the sights to see in this city. Leipzig also host one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany. It has around 250 twinkling stalls located on the city’s historical market square.
Marienberg is also included in the list of places to be visited including its Christmas markets. The town is situated on a plateau north of the Ore Mountain ridge, at an elevation between 460 and 891 metres above sea level. It is approximately 31 kilometres south of Chemnitz, to which it is connected via the Flöha Valley Railway. The historical town centre follows a rectangular plan, imitating Italian renaissance. The centre is the market square, a square of 1.7 hectares in area.
Last but not the least, we will also visit Meissen. I believed you are very familiar with this place especially for those who love to collect their famous and precious Meissen Porcelain. I have seen some Meissen porcelain decors on display in Dresden last 2011 and these stuffs were really beautiful but you have to pay the price. It is so expensive for me. I wish to buy one but only in my dreams. Meissen is sometimes known as the “cradle of Saxony”. I can’t wait to see its its sights including the Albrechtsburg, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the world-famous Meissen porcelain factory and the Gothic Meissen Cathedral.
I will share more photos when the trip is over! Have a wonderful celebration of the holiday season to one and all!