London, 03 October 2006 – Like it or not, the shops have started selling Christmas cards and the decorations and fairy lights are about to go up: Christmas time is just around the corner.
Get away from the pre-Christmas stress and escape the madness of over-crowded shopping streets this year; come to Germany to enjoy a truly relaxing and festive experience as well as some heavenly Christmas specialities at one of our many Christmas markets.

Tasty treats await you in Nuremberg, Germany’s most popular Christmas market. On the market square of this picture postcard town you*ll find stalls selling all kinds of goodies. We can especially recommend the locally produced gingerbread and the hearty *Nuremberg Bratwurst* (grilled sausage).

Dresden is the home of the famous *Dresdner Stollen*, which can only carry this name and a special seal if produced locally. This delicious fruitcake has been produced in Dresden since approx. 1450 and tastes best directly at Dresden*s Christmas market.
Another sweet delicacy has its home in the historic town of Lübeck. The Niederegger family has been producing marzipan here for 200 years, and still today the café and patisserie Niederegger remains the finest address in town for a relaxing coffee break and to warm up from a visit to the Christmas market.

Sinfully good and light as air is Berlin’s Christmas speciality, the Baumkuchen (tree cake). The cake is shaped to resemble the trunk of a tree and consists of many layers of very light dough, covered with chocolate. It’ll melt on your tongue – you just have to try it! Berlin*s many Christmas markets offer lots of opportunity to stock up on Baumkuchen as well as Christmas presents, decorations, candles and anything else you could possibly need for a special Christmas 2006.

Details of Germany*s Christmas markets as well as opening dates are available online at or from the German National Tourist Office (020 7317 0908, Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm).