Coronavirus. Germany: oldest Christmas market canceled

The increase in infection in and around Dresden does not allow any other decision – said the mayor of Dresden, Dirk Hilbert, about the cancellation of the 586-year event. He noted that in Germany, there are no plans to loosen the pandemic restrictionson the contrary, further restrictions can be expected next week.

The first mention of the Striezelmarkt dates back to 1434. It was originally a one-day market supplying the people of Dresden with meat for a festive meal after fasting. Over the centuries, the fair has transformed into a great event with 240 stands, occupying a large part of Dresden city center and lasting throughout Advent until Christmas Eve.

Currently, the Striezelmarkt attracts 3 million visitors from all over the world annually. The name Striezelmarkt comes from the word Struezel (strudel, strudel) – yeast dough sold at the market.

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