Countdown to Christmas: Dresden's famous Striezelmarkt
Christmas markets in Dresden can be traced back to 1434, and the holiday cheer continues today. The historic Striezelmarkt is named after the Hefestriezel or Christstollen, bread filled with dried fruit and dusted with sugar, that is served by many concessionaires. Each year, bakers prepare a 4-ton Christstollen and carry it around the market. Taste this record-breaking bread and browse exceptional wooden decorations from the Erzgebirge region. Also pose for photos in front of the famous Christmas pyramid.
Eleven additional markets are found around the city. For dates and locations, download the free brochure available in English.
Christmas market dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 2016; reduced hours Christmas Eve
Helpful hints: Parking garages and restrooms are noted on the brochure map, so be sure to print it beforehand.
Beyond the market: Masses and other church services, classical musical concerts, theatrical performances and tours by foot, boat, train or carriage are available. Check the brochure for information.
Dresden has a fascinating history and was heavily bombed during World War II. Visit museums and churches, or go on a hop-on, hop-off tour to discover the city's past and present.
Check back tomorrow to find out which European Christmas markets will be featured next as we continue our Countdown to Christmas!
Read more about Europe's holiday season in the Stripes European Christmas Markets & Shopping Guide.