Nuremberg’s most famous annual event is the Christkindlesmarkt (, perhaps the world’s most famous Christmas market, which animates the Hauptmarkt from the end of November until Christmas Eve, with 180 wooden stalls selling everything from Lebkuchen to Christmas decorations and traditional wooden toys. The market dates back to the sixteenth century and its history mirrors that of Nuremberg itself, having gradually dwindled in importance from the early years of the twentieth century until the Nazis returned it to the centre of the city they described as the “Reich’s treasure chest”. Despite the Altstadt’s destruction in World War II, the market was re-established as early as 1948.

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