A mighty big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

They don’t mess about when it comes to Christmas markets in Bavaria, and earlier this month I was lucky enough to pay a flying visit to the Aschaffenburg Christmas market in southern Germany.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

Located in north west Bavaria, Aschaffenburg has a long history with the earliest remains of settlements in the area dating from the Stone Age.

Roman legions were once stationed here, as were the US Army who occupied several facilities after WW2. [More]

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

With the whiff of mulled wine, roasted almonds, potato pancakes and grilled sausages filling the air, I took a quick spin around the market and grabbed these photos:

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A local choir get in a last minute practice.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Franconian nativity scene with life-size wooden figures forms the centrepiece of the Christmas market.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

Mulled wine cottage.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

Buying Christmas gifts.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

Christmas pyramids are hugely popular across Germany. The top part rotates.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

Built in 1605, the Schloss Johannisburg castle dominates the background.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

Amaretto Mulled Wine for sale.

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

A Big Bavarian Christmas Market: December in Aschaffenburg, Germany, December 2016

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