Antje (dieastra) wrote,

Picspam: Dresden Christmas Market (Striezelmarkt)

Today I visited the Striezelmarkt. Striezel is another word for the Dresden Stollen (Christmas bread) which we are very famous for. Our Christmas market is the oldest in Germany, number 579 already. This week we won the second place in competition with all European Christmas markets!

This is the entry, it's a huge candle arch:

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This is one of many, many stalls which sell wooden figures from the Erzgebirge. It's an area in Saxony where mining was done in former centuries, and in the wintertime the people there carved wooden figures. To see some of them close-up, just look at the Christmas decorations in my apartment

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This house is also nicely decorated:

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One of those old-fashioned two story high carousels:

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Our huge Christmas tree! After last years didn't turn out so well, this time people could vote for their favourite:

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Another very nice stall from Lauscha in Thuringia, selling all kind of glass figures:

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The roofs of the stalls are all nicely decorated:

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Remember the huge candle arch from the beginning? You can actually go up there, to get an overview:

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And of course it's also decorated with typical wooden figures, just a bit bigger than usual:

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These stars are very typical and famous, they come from Herrnhut and last year even one of the famous big London warehouses (which always do a contest who decorates the best) used them:

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Another stall with wooden figures - told you there are many of those:

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And this is what I ate - it's called "Tornado potatoe":

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We also have a huge Christmas pyramid:

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Tweeted at 18.12.2013:
Tags: christmas, dresden, picspam

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