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Erfurt Christmas Market

Posted on October 26, 2010 by Holly Hayes
Part of: UK and Western Europe

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I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! We spent our Turkey Day on a four-hour train ride, which was crowded and not too fun, and at the Erfurt Christmas Market, which was very fun! The market is the main reason we're here in Erfurt - it's an exceptionally big one and has a beautiful setting on the cathedral square. And it snowed last night, so it's extra pretty! And the food is great! I finally got my potato cakes, and we sampled several other delicious things as well.

Erfurt is a nice medieval city in the very center of Germany. Aside from Reformation-themed tours (Martin Luther was a monk in the Augustinian Monastery in 1505-11 and ordained a priest in Erfurt Cathedral in 1507), Erfurt is mostly off the tourist trail and we've come across no other non-Germans here so far.

Since David and I had a thorough visit here in 2008, I was able to focus mainly on the Christmas Market this time around. This is all for research purposes, of course, as I intend to write some articles on Christmas markets for the website. Here are a few photographic highlights of our two nights in Erfurt.

Yesterday (Thu Nov 25)

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Thuringian sausage

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Various types of bällchen - one of my favorite German treats

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Ham and cheese on pretzel bread - I can't get enough pretzel bread when in Germany (I've never seen it in the States)

Today (Fri Nov 26)

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Back side of the cathedral and church that overlook the market

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The most delicious pretzel I have ever had. Seriously. It had just come out of the oven and was steaming hot. Yum!!

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River view

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Christmas market in the daytime

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Cathedral and church on the hill above the market

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View of the Christmas market from the cathedral steps

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Cathedral steps

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Making Langos, an unsweetened flat donut similar to the Bauernkrapfen in Salzburg. Apparently it is a Hungarian specialty. They come with a choice of sweet or savory toppings, including paprika of course, but most people seemed to choose ham and grated cheese. IMG_2807
Potato cakes! Very good ones, too.

Tomorrow we head west to Mainz for a one-night stopover.