Wednesday December 4, 2013
The Christmas Market in Dresden has many superlatives - it is the oldest Christmas fair in Germany, displays the world's tallest nutcracker and celebrates the "Stollen Festival"with the biggest Christmas bread in the known universe. Get ready for a super-cake, weighing 4 tons and measuring 13 feet in length.
The annual Stollen Festival takes place this Saturday, December 7th. Before you try a bite of this culinary masterpiece, watch the traditional procession of hundreds of bakers and pastry chefs, who will carry the giant Stollen through the baroque Old Town of Dresden. At the Christmas market, the Stollen will be cut with a special 3 feet long silver-plated knife, and then sold to hungry visitors.
And what is the Super-Stollen made of? - 1.5 tons of flour, 1.000 pounds of sugar, 1.700 pounds of butter, 11 gallons of rum, and 2.5 million raisins.
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
I have a very sweet tooth, and I wish I could visit this year's chocolate festival in Tübingen, the largest one of its kind in Germany. I am sure Tübingen, a charming university town in the southwest of the country, presents the perfect backdrop for this dreamy festival. ChocolART features an open-air market in the Old Town, which offers sweet delicacies from around the world, and there are some mouthwatering activities like praline-making classes, chocolate massages, tasting sessions, and chocolate art exhibitions. Sweet!
More Events in Germany in December 2013
(Photo: ChocolART Festival/Benny Hechler)
Sunday December 1, 2013
Today, Germany officially kicks off the holiday season with the first of Advent, a beloved Christmas tradition in Germany.
Many families celebrate the Advent Sundays in the weeks leading up to Christmas with singing carols, drinking hot spiced wine, and eating Christmas cookies or a piece of Stollen, a traditional German Christmas cake.
The Advent wreath was first created by Johann Hinrich Wichern, a German pastor, who founded an orphanage in Hamburg in 1833. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, the children would ask him daily if Christmas had arrived. To make the wait easier, Wichern came up with his magical Christmas countdown, creating his first Advent wreath out of an old cartwheel and small candles.
Do you have a beloved Advent tradition? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
Celebrating the Season in Germany
(Photo by Birge Amondson)
Saturday November 30, 2013
On December 2nd, Munich commemorates World AIDS Day with a candle-light-walk through its city center.
Join thousands of locals at Odeonsplatz, in front of the Field Marshall's Hall, and walk Munich's streets to St. Lukas Church, where a service with meditation and music will be held to remember the victims of AIDS. After the service, you there is a get-together in the Cafe Regenbogen (Lindwurmstr. 71, metro stop Goetheplatz)
- When: December 2nd, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
- Where: Odeonsplatz, Munich
- Cost: Free, but donations for candles are appreciated
- Website: AIDS Candle Light Walk (in German)
Do you know of more World AIDS Day events in Germany? Please share them with us in the comments section below.