The Dresden Christmas Market

 

© Landeshauptstadt Dresden Sylvio Dittrich

The Striezelmarkt in Dresden is Germany’s oldest Christmas market which has been held in the city often referred to as the “Florence of the Elbe” since 1434.

The Striezelmarkt certainly lives up to its name: "Striezel" is an old word for Stollen (German Christmas cake), which is hugely popular in Dresden. The "Stollenfest" is one of the highlights of the Christmas market and features a 26-pound Stollen that is over 5 feet long. Proceeds from the sale of Stollen pieces are donated to charity.

In the center of this atmospheric old market stands the tallest Erzgebirge-made Christmas pyramid in the world at 49 feet.

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