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Regensburg Christmas Market
From: 2013.11.29 To: 2013.12.23
In Advent the streets and squares of the UNESCO World Heritage city and one of the best preserved medieval towns in Germany are filled with sparkling Christmas lights. The castle-like towers of the mansions built by medieval patricians look magical in the shimmering atmosphere, as does the Regensburg’s Christmas market, which an independent jury has described as one of the loveliest in the German-speaking countries. The stalls and booths around the 500-year-old Neupfarrkirche and in front of the classical columns of the former city guardhouse sell a glittering range of Christmas decorations, traditional Nativity crib scenes with carved figures, children’s toys and other very practical presents (daily from 10am – 8pm). Through narrow streets, hidden passageways and courtyards, the visitor can stroll on to Kohlenmarkt and Haidplatz, to LUCREZIAMARKT where artists and craftsmen set up stalls laden with wonderful handmade wares such as dolls, pottery, paintings on silk and other materials, marionettes hanging amid a mass of strings, fine-quality toys (often too good to play with) and all sorts of other gifts. The creative people who have made all these objects are happy to explain techniques,and to encourage visitors to make tings themselves. Alongside these stands with their works of art, other booths invite visitors to sample gingerbread and Christmas cookies, all baked, of course, with wholemeal flour and other mouth watering goodies (daily 11am– 7.30pm, Sat. 10am – 7.30 pm). Furthermore, located in the courtyard of Thurn and Taxis Palace there is the Romantic Christmas Market,a Christmas event like a fairy tale. This romantic Christmas market offers all the bustling atmosphere of a market, traditional Bavarian delicacies, and a varied programme of cultural events like daily entertainment programmes with theme nights, for example “The Night of Choirs”, “Bavarian Style Christmas” and so on. Her Highness Gloria of Thurn und Taxis tells the “Christmas Story” and Regensburg’s “Christkindl” recites poems each day. (Mon– Sat. 12 noon – 11 pm, Sun. 10am – 11pm) And every year again during Advent there are boat trips along the Danube Valley from Regensburg through the charming winter landscape. These boat trips take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm during the pre-Christmas period. Plus don’t miss the Christmas concert of the world famous boys choir, the “Regensburger Domspatzen”.