A German Christmas

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Hello again, Kelli here!

After leaving Munich, Anna, Meghan, and I made our way to Regensburg. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site for it’s wonderfully preserved medieval old town, and we had a wonderful time exploring the narrow cobblestone streets.

We took a bus from Munich to Regensburg, but we arrived too early to check into our Airbnb so we enjoyed some coffee at a local bakery and relaxed on the banks of Danube taking in the new scenery.

After checking in, we spent some time wandering the streets and checking out the Christmas markets. For lunch we enjoyed a bratwurst from the Historiche Wurstkuchl, the oldest sausage kitchen in Bavaria. We also went grocery shopping at a German grocery store, which was an interesting experience!

We spent our second day at the Christmas markets again, where we each learned that was can eat half a meter of wurst by ourselves. After stuffing ourselves we went for a stroll across the stone bridge and spent some more time popping in shops.

On day three, we went to the Christmas market at Thurn und Taxis Palace. This Christmas market was huge and sprawled across the palace grounds and courtyards. We spent plenty of time admiring the art, knick knacks, and goodies at every stand. That night we went to a Christmas organ service at Dom St. Peter. My German isn’t very good (practically non-existent) so I didn’t understand much of the German service, but it was nice to listen to the organ music and see the cathedral.

After three days it was time to say goodbye to Regensburg and Anna. Meghan and I went on to Nuremberg while Anna went to Kassel, Germany to spend Christmas with a friend.

On Meghan's and my first day in Nuremberg, we wandered through the Nürnberg Christkindlmarkt. This Christmas market is huge! It took us hours to wander the aisles looking at all the food and goodies. We also managed to catch a surprise performance of the Frauenkirche glockenspiel.

We started Christmas Eve by meeting up with our flatmate Britta!! We had no idea she was going to be in Nuremberg, but it was great to talk to her about her travels so far! Next we went on a walking tour of Nuremberg where we learned about one of the city’s famous products: lebkucken. According to local legend, this gingerbread-like cookie was invented in the city. After learning about the city’s history, we headed back to the Christmas market to pick up some last minute sweets before it closed for the year. That afternoon we learned how to use a German laundromat (harder than it sounds!) and cooked a Christmas Eve dinner.

We spent Christmas having brunch, talking to our families, and cooking dinner. It was weird to be away from home on Christmas, but we were still able to celebrate by watching some Christmas movies and eating German sweets.

On our last day in Nuremberg, we visited the Documentation Center and Nazi Party Rally Grounds. The museum gave a good overview of the rise of Nazism, Nazi Germany’s role in WWII, the construction of the Rally Grounds, and the Nuremberg Trials. Much of the stone used to build the structures at the Rally Grounds was sourced through forced labor by concentration camp inmates. It was fitting to compare the great space Hitler had imagined with the now dilapidated structures.

Our time in Germany is up, and Meghan and I are on currently on a bus headed to Prague! I’m so excited to see this city that I’ve been dreaming about since embarking on this journey across the Atlantic!

All for now,


Regensburg from the Stone Bridge
Colorful Regensburg
Eating half a meter of wurst with Anna
Thurn und Taxis Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christkindelsmarkt
View of the city from Nuremberg Castle