© 2011 Aaron Katelyn transferring some francs into her new purse

Zürcher Christkindli Markt

Last weekend we arrived in Zürich one week too early to check out Christmas markets. So, we returned on Saturday to check out the opening day of the Zürcher Christkindli Markt – Europe’s largest indoor Christmas market.

The market is set up in the Zürich train station, a very large building that hosts many events throughout the year. The Christmas market sees around 300,000 visitors each year from November 24th through December 24th.

One can find everything from Christmas teas, breads, pastries, scents and regional sausages to woodcrafts, knit hats and sweaters, musical instruments and Russian Matryoshka dolls.

We did a little Christmas shopping and found a few items for our home. We all enjoyed the Spielwarenmacher Günther woodworkers stand, with its pyramid candle stands, figurines, toys and more. Kim picked up a little incense-burning figurine of a bearded German salesman offering Christmas toys and decorations.

Katelyn found a cute little purse and Zach found something – we don’t know what, yet – for the rest of the family (we waited for a few minutes while he went off on his own to purchase something). We also purchased some ginger bread cookies and Nürnberger Früchtebrot.

When we first entered the market, we wandered down an aisle and found ourselves staring at a fine display of strudels. Great way to obtain a little extra energy for all the walking! We indulged in some fresh Apfel Strudel.

We also noticed a stand by Dunum, a musical instrument importer. In particular, the Australian-made Didgeridoos caught our eye. First, we’re all rather musically inclined and always up for learning a new instrument. Also, our dog, Didger, was named after the instrument (the Labradoodle was first bred in Victoria, Australia). Yes, we came home with a Didgeridoo made by Cairns Didgeridoos and painted by Dennis Udinji.

After wandering through the scents of Glühwein (and Glühbier – didn’t try it, but sounds interesting), raclette and echoing sounds of the market and trains we travelled home to prepare for a Thanksgiving party at our friend’s home. More on that to follow…

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