Warm mulled wine, sizzling bratwursts and fresh pretzels – it’s officially Christmas-market season! In recent years, the German-themed Christmas market concept has become very popular across Europe. In the UK for example, tens of markets open in late November, ready to get people into the Christmas mood. However, we’d all agree that nothing beats the real thing and luckily, authentic German Christmas markets are only a short flight away from the UK.
Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is Bavaria’s second-biggest city and the perfect town for a mini trip. With its charming Bavarian architecture, elegant Altstadt and impressive castle, Nuremberg attracts tourists year-around and especially during the truly authentic Christmas market. I recently flew with bmi regional from Birmingham International Airport (BHX) to Nuremberg Airport (NUE) to spend a weekend of long walks, Bavarian beer and gingerbread and jolly times at the Christkindlesmarkt. In addition to all of this, Nuremberg also boasts a toy museum, the house in which the great engraver and painter Albrecht Dürer lived and worked and, of course, the infamous rally grounds.
Thankfully, bmi regional flies daily (except Saturdays) between Birmingham and Nuremberg. One way fares start at £81 and include 23kg of hold luggage, complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, allocated seating and speedy 30 minute check-ins. Pack your warm clothes and Christmas spirit and book your flights now!