Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring states look set to fall prey to the coronavirus pandemic.
They are among the most iconic characteristics of this vacation season from the area – packed squares where folks collect at market stalls for hot mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages, and other delicacies.
However, this year they are very likely to resemble nothing over abandoned town squares.
Dresden’s sprawling, bustling Christkindlesmarkt, among Germany’s best-known vacation markets and traditionally a significant tourist attraction, was called off weeks back.
Markets throughout the nation such as in Frankfurt, Dortmund, and lots of in Berlin have endured the same fate, with governments canceling the occasions or organizers concluding it did not make sense to push forward with their plans.
Some Berlin residents stated that they were disappointed but admitted that public health needed to come.
“Yes it is a shame that the overall Christmas feeling becomes dropped a bit but I believe that in these extraordinary situations steps need to be taken and that I find them suitable,” explained Sarah Glaubscher, a Berlin resident.
On the edge in France, the approximately 300 stalls of Strasbourg’s favorite Christmas market will not move up this season, and it is the same story in Brussels.