Christmas in the Middle Ages

In the heart of the city of Dresden, right inside the castle, very near the Frauenkirche and only a few metres from the Striezelmarkt you’ll find the medieval Christmas market in the Stallhof.

This unique construction was completed in 1591 under Elector Christian I, and it is recognised as one of the only originally preserved jousting locations in the world. It can be found at the rear of the world-famous "Fürstenzugs".

 

The world is still a wonderful place at this Christmas market! There’s no constant droning of "Jingle Bells", hardly any electric light and no plastic. Over 40 stallholders and craftsmen are plying their trade using tools and materials from the late medieval period.

"The best presents come from the heart - and from the hand" – and that covers just about everything that’s on offer on the stalls; a product of German and European craftsmanship. Wooden kitchen utensils, chairs and chests, wrought-iron lamps and knives, tailor-made leather belts, bags, clothes, ceramics, jewellery, glass, designs, rope, wooden vessels, perfumes and candles, animals skins, woollen socks and felt slippers. There’s practically everything here which our forefathers would have used in their day-to-day lives – and probably even more. 

In addition, the food on offer hasn’t simply been prepared straight from the freezer, but rather fresh and locally. Fried sausages from Thuringia, pork haunch from Saxony, and pancakes from Dresden. Mead and fruit wines have made their way from the Elbe valleys, and the selection of mulled wines is exemplary.

And of course the entertainment is also hand-made. The "Kurfürstlichen Stallhof - Musikanten" from St. Petersburg play several times a day. And at weekends, visitors can experience medieval jugglery and minstrel’s music all day long. 

 

Photo memories from the Stallhof: We’ve set up a range of different frames in the Stallhof which you can use for your photographs. Our concession to the modern day and the many tourists that now visit Dresden.

As soon as the first flakes of snow begin to fall, the runny-nosed children can sledge down the Elector’s coach way – a Christmas market with sledging fun.

"Laterna Magica" - in this wonderful caravan you can experience a variety of fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. For children, and their parents who have perhaps forgotten these literary gems longs ago.

In the great bath house in the centre of the market, many visitors take a “bath in the crowd”. Up to 18 people can bathe simultaneously in the huge wooden tubs.

You’ll find lots more to experience on your walkabout through the Stallhof. Experience a medieval Advent and visit the Stallhof in Dresden castle!

The Stallhof is largely barrier-free. Suitable toilet facilities for wheelchair users can be found in the neighbouring buildings. The main paths are fairly spacious. Dogs kept on leads are admitted to the festivities. The area is protected from the rain along the entire 100 metre arcade.

Open daily from 28. 11. until 23. 12. 2012 inclusive, from 11am – 9:30 pm, and from 27- 30. 12. 2012 (The Dresden Rough Nights).

Wishing you a joyful Advent season!