The Altoettinger Christkindlmarkt attracts people from all over the world with its unique atmosphere: a Christmas dream world surrounded by historic buildings, churches and chapels that tell the story of Altoetting’s tradition as a pilgrimage site. The setting radiates history and spirituality. Every year round about 200,000 people visit the traditional Bavarian Christmas Market that combines culinary experiences, arts and crafts with programmes for children and high-class concerts. In Altoetting, Saint Nicholas traditionally opens the Christmas market after the Advent wreaths have been blessed in the church. Angels accompany him, as do musicians and the choir from a local school. The Marienbrunnen, the central well in the middle of the marketplace, is covered with pyramid-formed glass that reflects the lights of all the surrounding, lovingly decorated wooden stalls.

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