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Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market

Listed under Christmas Markets in Bavaria, Germany.

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There are very few places that look so much as though they've been lifted wholesale from a fairytale, and when the Reiterlesmarkt is taking place on the Marktplatz of this beautiful Medieval walled city, it's probably the closest you'll ever get to stepping right into one yourself. The peak-roofed town hall at the top of the square even looks uncannily like one of the iced gingerbread houses you'll find on sale alongside the gluhwein, bratwurst, lebkuchen and other treats.

As well as the traditional gifts, delicacies and decorations on sale at the market, there are also brass bands, carol singers, puppet shows, guided torchlight tours and a world famous Christmas shop, Kathe Wohlfahrt. The organ concerts in St. Jacob's church are very much worth hearing, too.

The 15th century market has its very own tale to tell and was already a tradition in Teutonic times: It gets its name from the pre-Christian legend of the rider who came to earth to collect the souls of the dead – a terrifying figure who has evolved over the years to become almost entirely Santa Claus-like.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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German wollen hat

I have recently lost my german navy, pale blue, while hat bought at your Christmas market. Would you have the names of your market holders who sold hats, so that I could try and buy another. I always wore it when I went walking.

The hat was special to me, as I loved Rothenburg and I have very happy memories of my visit to your lovely Rothenburg. Would appreciate your help! Many thanks

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Hi Gillian - Sorry to hear about your lost hat, and unfortunately I don't think World Reviewer will be able to help - we're a travel review site rather than a representative of the market - though there is a hope that someone might see your post and be able to help.

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