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Dresden Christmas Market
29 November, 2013 - 24 December, 2013
The quaint Striezelmarkt is the oldest of Germany's markets, dating back to 1434. It is named after Striezel (Dresden's famous fruit loaf, nowadays known as Stollen). The Stollen Festival, held on the Saturday before the second Sunday in Advent, is a popular attraction.
The Christmas Market is located in the historical part of the city, between the Frauenkirche and the gourmet's mecca, Münzgasse. Its main focus is the world's tallest Christmas pyramid, which reaches a height of 14 metres, and the world's largest nutcracker.
Dresden boasts an outstanding array of crafts and local foods: gingerbread from Pulsnitz, filigree lace from Plauen; blown glass decorations from Lauscha, Christmas pyramids and candleholders from the Erzebirge Mountains. Visitors can also indulge in a Dresden speciality, traditional Pflaumentoffel - a chimney-sweep figure made of dried prunes.