Discover Germany | Special Theme | Christmas Time in Germany
The nativity set in front of the Basilica of St. Anna.
– the loveliest time in Altötting From 25 November to 18 December, the charming Bavarian small town Altötting invites visitors to see its wonderful Christmas market. TEXT: NADINE CARSTENS | PHOTOS: H.HEINE/ VERKEHRSBÜRO ALTÖTTING
As soon as you enter the Christkindlmarkt in Altötting, you will be captured by the festive atmosphere immediately. Located on the Baroque Kapellplatz square, the Christmas market offers a magnificent setting that attracts thousands of visitors. Advent is known for being the most beautiful time of the year in the Bavarian small town, since the Christmas market presents a great mixture between handcrafted goods, culinary delights and musical entertainment.
Christmas concert in the Basilica of St. Anna. While actress Senta Berger is the narrator of the event, international soloists of the renowned Tölzer Knabenchor will perform. Furthermore, South Tyrolean singer Oswald Sattler will perform several times in the Stiftspfarrkirche. In addition, there are going to be numerous other firstrate concerts with local ensembles where sacred works will be presented.
During the Advent season, the music programme is an important element in Altötting. To name an example, the Christmas carol singing in Alpine style has a tradition of more than 50 years. This year, this event will take place on 26 and 30 November, as well as on 3, 7, and 10 December, at 7pm in the Basilica of St. Anna. On 11 December, visitors also have the chance to enjoy a top-class
Another programme item that enjoyed great popularity in the past years is the festive Advent concert by the Altöttinger Kapellsingknaben und Mädchenkantorei (Altötting boys’ and girls’ choir) scheduled for 4 December in the Basilica of St. Anna. Established in 2003, the group follows the tradition of the Altöttinger Singknaben which goes back to the 15th century.
Enchanting concerts and guided tours through the town
Those who want to learn more about the history of Altötting as a place of pilgrimage, can participate at guided tours that take place throughout Advent at 2pm on Saturdays, and 2.30pm on Sundays and last one hour. The historic churches will also be visited. When visiting the Christmas market, one should of course stop by at the 80 stalls that offer delicious yuletide treats and a great range of handcrafted goods. So if you are looking for some Christmas presents, you will certainly find some nice surprises here. Last, but not least, the daily 5pm visit from Saint Nicholas is another highlight no child should miss. www.altoetting.de www.christkindlmarkt-altoetting.de
The Christmas market in Altötting.
Issue 44 | November 2016 | 89
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