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Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland: Christmas eggs

Above/featured: “Stranded.”

Since 2001, Miniatur Wunderland has been delighting children of all ages in the northern German city of Hamburg with the world’s largest miniature railway set, attracting a total of 12 million visitors so far. After many visits to the city over the last decade, I’ve somehow managed to stay away, but it’s finally high time curiosity wins the day.

The Urban Dictionary describes “easter eggs” as: “hidden items placed in a movie, television show, or otherwise visual media for close watchers”; see also here. Plenty of details in the form of “easter eggs” await visitors at various sections in the museum. With a few shorts weeks before Christmas, the designers have cleverly inserted many Santa Claus and other Christmas- or winter-related figures throughout the entire venue.

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Obermarkt, Wormser Weihnachtsmarkt, Worms, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Wormser Weihnachtsmarkt

While I’m exploring a number of German cities in the Mittelrhein region, I’m in Worms during opening week of the Christmas markets. Despite the rainy weather in Worms, people have filtered into the central Christmas market. Near a big Glühwein stand cluster a group of people, their hands holding precious mulled wine.

I get a few blank looks, but I’m used to that. Once I begin speaking German (or some version of passable Denglisch), I know what I’m getting when I purchase a Glühwein and I have to pay an extra “Pfand” (deposit) on the mug. Fully warmed by the hit of hot smooth alcohol, I return the mug to the same stand; to the young woman behind the counter, I say “Zurück, bitte” for my deposit back.

Obermarkt, Wormser Weihnachtsmarkt, Worms, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Lehmann’s Glühwein Stadl”

I made the photos above on 21 November 2015 with the Canon EOS6D and EF 24-105 L zoom-lens. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7vr.

Jesuitenplatz, Altstadt, Koblenzer Weihnachtsmarkt, Koblenz, Germany, fotoeins.com

Koblenzer Weihnachtsmarkt in der Altstadt | Koblenz Christmas

Someone once said to me: “when the weather gets cold and crappy, it’s never too early for Weihnachtsmarkt.”

I replied that depends how early into opening week it is, how many people are aware the markets are open, and how many people are around.

It seems early, but I’m having Glühwein at one of Christmas Market stalls in the southwest German city of Koblenz.

Markets have been set up at six plazas in the city’s Old Town: Jesuitenplatz (J), Liebfrauenkirche (L), Münzplatz (M), Am Plan (P), Willi-Hörter-Platz (W.), and Zentralplatz (Z).

At the intersection of the Mosel and Rhine rivers, within this special wine-growing region, it makes sense to have a ‘white’ Glühwein: it’s hot, it’s got alcohol, and it’s goin’ down somethin’ awful smooooth, like throwing on warm tonic to ward the late-autumn humid chill.

What’s also important is how all of this fuels the remaining two of my four weeks in the country.

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Augustusbruecke, Neustadt, Dresden, Germany, fotoeins.com

Dresdner Weihnachtsmärkte – Dresden’s Christmas Markets

You’re visiting Dresden, either on a day-trip from Berlin or Leipzig, or you’re staying in Dresden for a couple of nights. By day, you’ll see, for example, the Semper Oper and the Zwinger, and you’ll walk through the Neustadt. At night after dinner, you might catch the golden glow cast by lights on the architecture.

But by late-November in the Saxon state capital city, you will likely encounter at least one of the following Christmas markets in the city:

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Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt, Schwabing Christmas Market, Münchner Freiheit, Muenchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Handmade wares at Munich’s Schwabing Christmas Market

Outside of Munich’s city centre crowds diminish and it’s no different around Münchner Freiheit. When I’m in town meeting friends, the area is complete with cafés, pubs, bistros, and restaurants. The square is also home to the neighbourhood’s Christmas market, which for area residents is a relaxed and quieter alternative. Various stalls ply food, drink, and handcrafted items of various shapes and sizes.

With MVV public transport, the Schwabing Christmas market at Münchner Freiheit is accessible with the U3 or U6 subway (underground) lines in about 15 to 20 minutes from the city centre to station Münchner Freiheit. Eichenau and Pasing are respectively 25 and 12 km west of Munich’s city centre, each accessible with S-Bahn trains.

I made the photo above on 10 December 2012 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi), EF-S 18-55 IS II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO800, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7kp.

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