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Bremen Christmas Market
From: 2013.11.29 To: 2013.12.23
Bremen's atmospheric Christmas market is considered to be one of the most attractive in Germany. With the town hall and the Roland statue as its backdrop and over 170 festively decorated stalls, it is perfect for browsing. The historical setting, the romantic Christmas lights and the lovingly adorned booths create a special Christmas atmosphere that enchants more and more visitors every year. – Bremen also has another Christmas attraction: Schlachte magic on the popular river Weser embankment. Each day on the maritime promenade another little door is opened to reveal a special surprise – like a walk-through Advent calendar. There are many experiences to choose from: Christmas brunch on the Weser, a Christmas tree expedition, some seriously strong hot punch and a real Dutch Sinter Klaas on board a pirate ship. Through out the Bremen Christmas Market the path to traditional handicrafts and medieval-style taverns are marked with wood fires and torch lights. On the Weser waterfront, snow-covered chalet-style stalls offer a good selection tasty Bavarian delicacies and sizzling fish specialities. Here the aroma of steaming mulled wine, baked apples and cinnamon stars lies heavy in the air, while softly the most beautiful Christmas carols ring out in the background. An other great attraction for this festive season in 2008 is a fairytale world of ice and snow located on a purpose-built site just outside the Bremen Ethnological Museum. In a specially cooled hall, ice and snow are the materials of choice for models of the city's finest buildings and attractions. Nearly 50 artists from all over the world are lined up to recreate 30 scenes from Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, using hundreds of tonnes of ice and snow. Some of the sculptures will be up to eight metres in height. By creating the pieces over a period of four to six weeks at a temperature of 30 degrees below zero, the ice takes on an attractive blue sheen. Top tip for visitors: the temperature in the hall is kept at minus eight degrees, so don't forget to wear thick shoes and warm clothes.