I recently returned from a trip to Nuremberg in Southern Germany and ate so much delicious food and drink in the German Christmas Markets that I wanted to dedicate a blog post to the food and drink that I ate. You can read all about Nuremberg >> here <<.
Nuremberg is famous for these little sausges of deliciousness; they’re small, thin sausages and are often served either with sauerkraut or in a bread roll called “Drei Im Weckla” which literally means three in a bread roll. These are delicious as a quick snack and my favourite stall was called Bratwursthausle. It’s the oldest restaurant in Nuremberg and is credited with creating the famous sausages. If you follow my >> guide to Nuremberg<< , you’ll pass the Bratwursthausle as you walk down the hill from the castle, towards the market.
Gluhwein & Feuerzangenbowle:
It was minus two degrees when we were exploring Nuremberg and although we were very wrapped up, it was quite chilly so we stopped off regularly to warm up with a mug of gluhwein. It stays really warm in a ceramic mug and each town often has a specific designed mug for its town each year. When you order a mug of gluhwein, you usually have to pay a small deposit of €3 for the mug. If you’d like to keep the mug as a souvenir, you can clean it out and pop it in your handbag or you can give it back to get your deposit back.
I often keep the mugs as souvenirs and you can ask them for a clean one if you’d prefer. The red mug we drank our gluhwein in below is from 1995 but we also picked up a 2017 Nuremberg mug for our collection.
I also tried Feuerzangenbowle for the first time when we visited >> Bamberg << which was also delicious but slightly more alcoholic than traditional gluhwein.
Kaffee & Kuchen:
“Kaffee und Kuchen” means Coffee and Cake in Germany and I think we stopped off at a cafe every day for a spot of Kaffee und Kuchen! We found a lovely cafe called Il Amore in the centre of Nuremberg where we had some delicious chocolate cake so I definitely recommend finding a cafe that serves a great selection of cakes if you want to rest your tired feet and come in from the cold.
At the market we spotted a few crepe stalls and sampled a few different types. The “Schinken und Kase” (cheese and ham) crepes were delicious but my favourite was the Kinder Chocolate crepe! These are always made fresh to order and are best devoured straight away while they’re hot.
Christmas Market Snacks:
There are so many different stalls that sell different things so these are some of my favourites:
Lebkucken – this is a type of gingerbread which Nuremberg is very famous for. You can buy these in all sorts of different shapes but I really liked the heart one.
Gebrannte Mandeln – these are candied (or sugar coated) almonds and are absolutely delicious. You can buy different types of nuts too but the almonds are the most popular.
Schmalzgebäck – these are small snacks made from a donut type mixture.
Have you tried any of these foods?