German Christmas markets defy severe cold snap

Christmas markets across Germany, from Hamburg to Munich to Landstuhl, are not currently closed due to the cold snap.

Karl Heinz Schroeder, a spokesman for the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, told Fox News he believed many of the markets were still operating, adding that the worst of the cold weather was about to move on.

Germans celebrate the retelling of the Christmas story with a number of popular markets, usually set in town squares or in open-air markets where visitors are invited to eat, drink and buy from various vendors. The Markets are located in wintery settings where the European nation celebrates its colonial past, before the end of World War II, and the enduring cultural ties it has with Eastern Europe.

This year’s celebrations come on the heels of a rash of crimes against both tourists and locals as temperatures plunged to temperatures that have been 20 below Fahrenheit in places. German police reported a total of 36 violent crimes were committed in Berlin in just a 48-hour period that included beatings, murders and stabbings. And Monday, the street stabbings began as Germans were walking across the Brandenburg Gate, where a street fighter running in the opposite direction stabbed a male pedestrian.

According to the Munich Guide Nachrichten, the St. Pauli Market, which is Germany’s largest “mule market,” is staying open. And it’s entirely safe, the guide claims.

A similar option is the ice market near the World Expo in Hamburg.

“Of course you should keep warm, but it is extremely unlikely that someone will try to steal your cell phone if you’re wearing long pants,” explained the Hamburg guide.

Schroeder told Fox News many German markets may close if they get to 18 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for more than an hour or two. He also pointed out they have electric heaters, free mule carts to ensure access, as well as generators to keep running.

Dresden is also open, even though its “Christmas Lake” is partially frozen. “Frozen Christmas Lake,” as it’s called, is usually a picturesque, unusual sight that attracts tourists to the German city, as well as a remote escape from the typical December weather.

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