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"Travel Blog: Germany's Castle Road Christmas Markets (And Yarn, Of Course!)"
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Author:  planetpurl
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Christmas, yarn, mulled wine, yarn, grilled sausages, yarn, gingerbread, yarn, marzipan and more yarn. The best vacation ever!
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I spent three years in Germany many, many years ago during my first marriage.  I’ve always been crazy for Christmas and no one, and I mean no one, does Christmas like the Germans and Austrians.  Ebeneezer Scrooge himself could not have resisted Christmas in Germany -- open air markets filled with the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread, hand crafted toys and ornaments, snow dusted trees, absolutely magical.

For the past twenty years, I’ve tried to talk Mr. PurlQueen into going to Germany for the Christmas markets, to no avail.  December is his busiest time of year at work, with the last two weeks being pretty much hell, so it’s been a losing battle.  Until I hit on the idea of asking him when he was in the “doghouse” and just like that, I got my trip to Germany for the first 9 days of December 2007. 

After a little research, I decided that we would drive the beautiful, scenic “Castle Road” between Heidelberg and Nuremberg.  Most towns in Germany have Christmas markets beginning in late November - early December, so the plan was to take our time, staying over in Heidelberg, Friedrichsruhe and one of my favorite places on earth, Rothenburg, along the way, ending up at the most famous of the markets, Nuremberg. 

So we flew into Frankfurt, jumped into our rental car, set the navigation system and headed south for our 70 mile drive to our first stop on our trip to the Christmas markets along Germany’s Castle Road -- the fabled city of Heidelberg.  After a brief nap to shake off our jet lag, our romantic Christmas market trip (with a little yarn shopping snuck in) begins....
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