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Aachen Christmas Market
From: 2013.11.23 To: 2013.12.23
The Aachen Christmas Market is Germany's nearest Christmas Market to the UK and can easily be reached from London in less than 4 hours by train. Aachen's brightly lit Christmas market is set around the cathedral and town hall. This lovingly decorated "Christmas village" on the market square has everything your heart could desire. One local speciality you really must try is the Aachen Printen, a kind of gingerbread. Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. The glorious fair in the Christmas City, which has been erected with great care and sentiment, fascinates both the young and the old. The enormous choice between original, stylish and precious goods makes small and big dreams come true. It is really no wonder why the Aachen Christmas Market has become an absolute "must" for all people of Aachen and Aachen fans as well. The Aachen Christmas Market has become famous far beyond the boundaries of the Aachen region, this is due to its pleasant and familiar atmosphere. People come to the Christmas Market in order to meet their families, friends, acquaintances and colleagues. This happens during the lunch break or after work, during the week or at the weekend. The carousel is a must for the children as is the mulled wine for adults. Potato fritters are eaten at all times of the day. Naturally you will find a large variety of Printen and other Christmas cakes and biscuits, "Domino Stones", gingerbread, "Spekulatius" and marzipan bread. These are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries. However in the Aachen Christmas Market they come oven fresh and taste much more delicious. The tradition of the Christmas Market goes back to the seventies. Originally when it was held around the Elisa Fountain the "Printen Market" was rather small. A huge change took place when it was moved to the Market Place and the Katschhof as well as the adjoining small streets. Not only have visitor numbers rocketed but also the number of exhibitors has continuously risen over the last few years. This way the choices of culinary delicacies as well as that of beautiful works of art and crafts have increased every year ever since. Visitors to the Aachen Christmas Market are faced with a great deal of choice and this is why they come back year after year to see the colourful stands and stalls. The Aachen Christmas Market closes its gates on the day before Christmas Eve in the afternoon.