Medieval Christmas Market in Dresden
February 11, 2012 § 2 Comments
Before leaving the town of Dresden, I had some time to just walk around this beautiful place and see what I could find. Beside I found a little boutique which was having a clean out sale, I heard some music with drums and trumpets coming through a little alley. It led me to the the side entrance of the Stallhof Christmas Market. There were some flags hanging around, the ground was a bit sandy, and staffs dressed up with fur and animal skin. It was a medieval themed Christmas Market!
The standard stuff were here, such as hot wine, sausages and hand crafted products. However there were some very interesting stuff. Such as a bathhouse, where guest paid a fee to have a dip inside a pool of hot water in the open air. Wooden carts and buckets everywhere. Lots of meaty skewer, and hand made leather accessories or woodcraft stuff. Even some people walking around in medieval costume, I suspect they were part of the orchestra band.
About the strange instrument at the beginning of the post. you’ll need two of them and set them apart in a distant. Then you thread them out with lots strings or yarns. When you’re done, two people will turn the hand wheel thingy behind both instrument. Then the hooks turn, all those strings would turn into a rope. Really fun to watch it being made for the first time.
It was just refreshing to see a Christmas market that’s different than the usual things, especially after I’ve visited so many of them in Prague and Vienna. Ok. Next stop: Berlin.