Some years ago we spent the winter holidays in Germany, and we didn’t regret it. In this country people take their free time seriously and this is common. When they work, they work hard, when they play, they play hard – no mistakes!
At this time of the year for instance, Germans take a vacation that starts before Christmas and ends a week after the New Year! What a great life 🙂 As a matter of fact, the winter holidays in Germany don’t end the second day of Christmas. Most of the businesses are closed at this time, except for a very few. However, many store lights are on all the time, like in this photo on a shopping street in Munich.
Surprise: the Apple store in Munich was open! – Honestly, I didn’t really expect to see this 🙂
The spirit of the holidays, joy and happiness abound wherever you go. These are some Hungarian musicians singing in the streets of Munich during winter holidays.
And here is another couple of night musicians in front of a closed store:
When we visited Nuremberg, the pedestrian street downtown was full of people strolling around and having fun.
A mini zoo was the main kids attraction in town 🙂
Others were attracted by the cafes, street markets or food kiosks with sweets and other goodies.
Obviously the restaurants and bars are all open. It is just an incredible and wonderful time of the year. – “Wunderbar” as Germans would say:) This is the entrance of a historic restaurant brewery in Bamberg.
It is also common to see Christmas lights displayed in the streets and windows during all this time. This is how one of the downtown streets in Bamberg looked like the day we arrived in Bavaria:
Germans definitely like decorations, lights and toys. In fact I read that Christmas celebration has a long history in the German culture. Here is a window display of a Christmas store in Bamberg:
I have many more photos of the winter holidays in Germany. For now I will end with this cute angel I saw in a window of an apartment building in Bamberg as well:
They do like their holidays in Germany – don’t they?
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