Nuremberg's Christmas market, the Christkindlesmarkt, attracts some two million visitors a year. It's one of the biggest and best-known Christmas markets in the world. Today's market draws on a tradition that's more than 400 years old.
There are about 1500 Christmas markets in Germany, and every year about 85 million people pay them a visit. But what’s their secret? We head for Dresden’s famous Striezel Market to find out more.
The longest Stollen cake, the biggest nativity scene, the oldest market - in the run up to Christmas, Germany is gripped by the desire to break records. But do these spectacles really attract more visitors and money?
At least 10 people have been injured after a van drove into shoppers in Nantes, France. The driver is said to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" before carrying out the attack, the second such incident within days.
German Christmas markets have become an international hit in England, the United States and even in Japan. But nowhere is the choice of gingerbread, incense burners and mulled wine greater than in Germany.