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Christmas market at Hauptstrasse

Most tourists stay in the old town, visit the Christmas markets there. Sure, with only one day (or a couple of hours!) they can't even do those markets justice. Thus the Augustusmarkt, at Hauptstrasse in the new town just across the river, is by far not as crowded as the markets in the old town. The market along the pedestrian shopping street Hauptstrasse, under the sycamore trees, has a very romantic setting, but the decoration of the stalls used to be uninspired. That has changed dramatically a couple of years ago.

The market is named "Augustusmarkt" after the Golden Horseman statue, depicting Elector Prince August(us) the Strong, that is at the riverside entrance to the market. The stalls are beautifully decorated white tents. The things sold are of high quality as usual in Dresden: Christmas items, artsy candles, pottery, lace as well as typical food/beverages.

Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
One specialty is that you can get typical food and drinks from Dresden's sister cities all over the world here.

The new Christmas tree in the middle of the street is unusual: A construction in the shape of a deciduous tree, no leaves of course, lit up with ice-blue LED lights. Together with the white tents it creates an ambience like in a winter fairy tale. I expected an ice princess showing up every moment. Odd. I am still undecided whether I love it or hate it. LOL No worries, though, there's a traditional Christmas tree at the northern end of the market, too.

They keep up the tight co-operation with the ev.-Lutheran church "Dreikönigskirche" right there. The church is open till early evening for visits, for prayers or contemplation or just a quiet moment away from the crowds.
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
You can climb the tower (views!)

Augustmarkt aside, the shops of the craftsmen and artisans on the western side of the pedestrian zone Hauptstrasse in the Baroque townhouses with nice courtyards are well worth visiting. Opposite Dreikönigskirche (a bit in the back) on the eastern side of the street is the market hall from the early 20th century with grocery but also many small shops - nicely decorated during Advent season and a great place to warm up. Well worth a stroll is the Baroque area around Königstrasse and Rähnitzgasse with rather fancy shops, boutiques, art galleries and shops for antique pieces. Königstrasse is also beautifully lit up - there are  lights in the trees that line the cobbled street the shop windows are tastefully, but not overly decorated.
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
My latest discovery is a café Kaffeeklatsch, a cosy little cafe in one of the romantic courtyards between Rähnitzgasse and Königstrasse. We each enjoyed a piece of chocolate cake, a cookie and a truffe - absolutely delicious! - and a very tasty coffee. Will be back for sure!

We had some time left until our bus departed so we decided to check out the Outer Neustadt, the vibrant party area of Dresden with lots of small, funny shops and bars, ethnic restaurants etc. They have a small Christmas market at the crossroad Alaunstrasse/Louisenstrasse, around restaurant Scheune. The funny name of this market is "Neustädter Gelichter" - refering to the Christmas "lights" and at the same time ironically to the riffraff living (and visiting) in that area.
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
If you look closely you may recognise the traditional Christmas item "Schwibbogen" (in English candle arch). However, here it is named "Schwipsbogen" (in English "tipsiness arch") which depicts funny folks ("Gelichter") from the Neustadt district: Punk and business man, kids with ball and bike, an elderly lady with walker, a pregnant young woman with a child, a musician ... the pedestal of the Schwipsbogen is decorated with a cat and dog (with dog-mess, of course :-)). The candle holders on top of the arch are in the shape of brandy glasses (hick ...). You can buy this Schwipsbogen - in a larger or small version right there. I bought both :-)

There are only a few stalls at this market. Of course they sell all sorts of Glühwein, hot alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, typical food ... products of local artisans (for example very nice Christmas cards). We were very glad they had set up a wooden shack with a bar this year as it was quite cold that day. Of course we finished the day with a Glühwein there (very tasty).

HORSCHECK says:
Ingo, fantastic blog with absolutely outstanding evening/night photos, which really give a good idea of the Christmas market atmosphere in your region.
Posted on: Dec 29, 2017
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Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
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Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
Christmas market at Hauptstrasse
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Cafe Cafeklatsch
Cafe Cafeklatsch
Cafe Cafeklatsch
Cafe Cafeklatsch
courtyard outside Societaetstheater
courtyard outside Societaetstheater
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Societaetstheater, recital
Societaetstheater, recital
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ice-rink at Christmas market at H…
market hall, christmassy decorated
market hall, christmassy decorated
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art+form, an art shop in Outer Ne…
Santa on the streets of Outer Neus…
Santa on the streets of Outer Neu…
a street of Outer Neustadt district
a street of Outer Neustadt district
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The small Christmas market in Out…
The small Christmas market in Oute…
The small Christmas market in Out…
The small Christmas market in Oute…
The small Christmas market in Out…
The small Christmas market in Oute…
The small Christmas market in Out…
The small Christmas market in Oute…
The small Christmas market in Out…
Glühwein in the wooden shack
Glühwein in the wooden shack
Glühwein in the wooden shack
Glühwein in the wooden shack
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