German Christmas Markets are world famous for a good reasons. They have something fun or interesting for everyone. they start early and last all day through late night. There are rides, classic Fairy tale and Christmas oriented displays, toys and lots of colorful candies for the younger crowd. Artisan and unique handmade items will keep the art lovers busy. Of course there are plenty of regional and delicious food and pastries as well as hot blue or cherry wines beside an array of great tasting German beers to keep everyone warm and full. I am not a sausage lover; but the first thing i always crave for as soon as I arrive in Germany is a Bratwurst sandwich with lots of German mustard or Senf. I love all kinds of mustard and I always look for new varieties. I have had the spicy, sweet and grainy ones from Poland which are delicious. The Chinese ones cannot be trifled with casually. The French dijon and grainy gourmet mustards (not the undesirable bright yellow ones most common in the U.S.), are fabulous. However, I love the simplicity and great taste of German mustards. I always bring tubes and jars of them back home. Yes, the Senf and wonderful handmade Christmas ornaments are my favorite souvenirs from Germany.
I was able to visit four Christmas Markets this December in Dortmund, Minden, Hameln and Osnabruck. I ate, shopped and took lots of pictures.
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