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Christmas Sparkles: Travel Inspiration

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From baking sweets to making Christmas decorations or singing songs. Many German Christmas traditions create a very special atmosphere in December and help children in particular to go through long days until Christmas Eve, when Christ or Father Christmas gives them gifts.

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Brandenburg: Water labyrinth

The Spreewald area, is halfway between Dresden and Berlin. It is a forested region, which intertwines an incredible number of river paths of the river Spree. These form the main transport arteries here, so - maybe a little unusually - it's okay to go out on the water even in winter. You will not get lost on the water, despite the size of the entire basin, each larger arm has its own name as a street in the city. Instead of orientation, you will be able to concentrate on enjoying the winter beauties of the local landscape during the cruise. You can rent a boat (canoe), or get on a larger one and let yourself be driven on the water, which sounds like an ideal option for romantic couples. See the Christmas-decorated Lübbenau, don't miss the open-air museum in Lehde, and stop for a meal at one of the many riverside businesses. Some houses have no roads and are only accessible by water.

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Hamburg: Elbe Christmas

When temperatures drop and rain turns to snow, the Hanseatic city of Hamburg turns into a winter kingdom. The festive mood can be obtained here far from the large markets in the city center, for example while walking around the river Elbe. The most beautiful views come at dusk. The glittering façade of the Elbe Philharmonic is especially beautiful at this time. Then the individual ships in the harbor are added with their lights, and the moment the lights on the Christmas meal built on the bow of the Rickmer sailing ship, which is permanently moored in the harbor, Christmas is really here. However, many more vessels are dressed in the festive garb, almost no ferry or tugboat will miss the opportunity. Here you have the winter mood just for yourself and for as long as you want.

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Saxony: A toy town

The first mention of the mountain village of Seiffen on the Saxon side of the Ore Mountains dates back to 1324. For many years, mining was the main source of livelihood for its inhabitants. However, when available ore was extracted, the emergency forced miners to become more involved in wood processing. Relatively soon, the locals began to make wooden toys in addition to household goods. A small amount of wood was enough for their production, it didn't even have to be very high quality. There were still plenty of skilled people without work in the village. In addition, entire families were involved in the production, the skill of skilled housewives, small children's fingers and the calm patience of older family members were needed. In 1760, caravans of horse-drawn carriages filled with special products of the Ore Mountains were already traveling from Seiffen to Nuremberg, which was the center of the European toy trade. And in 1784 there was even the first export overseas. The toys were gradually supplemented by the typical Ore Mountains Christmas decoration, which is still Seiffen's main product and attraction. Christmas pyramids, Christmas arches, a nutcracker or a smoking doll have spread all over the world.

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Bavaria: Christmas beer and fun skiing in the Bavarian Forest

In Bavaria, beer is brewed in more than 600 breweries, some of which produce special winter or Christmas beer in the winter months. In any case, it is worth visiting the local or monastic breweries or at least stopping at one of the countless inns. In addition to adult entertainment, the Free State of Bavaria has something to offer even the youngest in the winter. For example, in the junior ski circus in the snow-covered family ski area around Almberg, even the smallest winter sports enthusiasts will find the best conditions for their first steps and turns. Thanks to its offers for families with a children's ski school and a ski rental, the Mitterdorf ski resort has earned several awards.

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Thuringia: Christmas made of glass

Breathtaking and hand-painted Christmas tree decorations have a long tradition in Thuringia. The glass town of Lauscha in the middle of the Thuringian Forest is the birthplace of glass Christmas tree decorations and artistic glass blowing. Glass ornaments are still made by hand here. Over the years, they spread from Thuringia to the rest of the world. Legend has it that the idea to make glass ornaments came from a poor local glassmaker who could not afford the expensive walnuts and apples that decorated the trees. But they used to make glass eyes for people here in the Thuringian Forest. A glass order book has been preserved to this day, in which it is recorded that in 1848 six dozen Christmas balls were made. Until the industrial use of gas, which allowed much greater heat, and thus the production of larger spheres with thinner walls,