Christmas

Christmas Markets: Goslar

Goslar is a beautiful historic town in Lower Saxony located at the skirts of the Harz mountains. It’s one of the places I love the most in Germany, not only because it’s pretty, but also because it’s where I spent many weekends when I was 16 years old.

This Christmas Market is known as one of the prettiest in Germany. Every year, people from all the state pick a weekend to go see it and enjoy the lights, the trees, the food and the Glühwein.

It has a “forest” section, which is basically a ring of pine trees that surround a zone with a floor made of wood dust, and some tables where people go to have a drink “in the woods.” I tried taking a picture from the inside, but it was too dark.

This time I decided to take pictures of the inside of the stands, since you’ve already seen the outside and it’s fun to see what else they sell.

Wooden candle trees with the Christmas story are quite popular in Germany. People tend to place them by the window and I get to see the different shapes and sizes when I walk by.

Some stands sell objects that have nothing to do with Christmas, such as small sized cars, goblins, fairies, and other figures. Some objects are toys, some are just decorative.

The Chocolate Work Tools stand is also quite fun. The tools look like rusted hammers, nails, wrenches/spanners, but they’re completely made of chocolate.

There are the typical decorative and aromatic candles in all kinds of sizes, shapes and colors.

There are heart-shaped ginger cookies, chocolate-covered fruits, caramelized almonds, cotton candy and candy canes.

There are hand painted ornaments made of glass, metal and wood.

And there’s the food. This time we stopped by a ‘Hungarian Specialties’ stand that was selling Kürtőskalács (“chimney cake”). A different kind of cake made of flour, water, yeast and cinnamon.

It’s basically a strip spun and wrapped around a truncated baking spit, which is covered with butter and sugar, and roasted on an open fire or in a special oven.

The crust becomes crispy, but the inside stays soft. You can add other ingredients such as hazelnut, cinnamon, chocolate or more sugar.

It’s called chimney cake because of its shape and because of the steam that comes out of it.

Either because of the memories, the cafés, the beautiful buildings, or the particularly funny garlands, visiting Goslar is always a joy.

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