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Everything You Need to Know About Christmas Market Cruises

by Donna Heiderstadt | November 29, 2016

5. The food is as much a draw as the crafts.

Steaming vats of glühwein (spiced mulled wine) are ubiquitous, and a delicious way to warm up. Each port also brings a new delicacy to try: In Budapest, it's kürtoskalács (chimney cakes), while in Frankfurt you should follow your bratwurst with bethmännchen, a Christmas cookie made with marzipan. A can't-miss Bavarian treat is schneeballen, the German word for "snowball." These balls of shortcrust pastry are rolled in powdered sugar (hence the name) or covered in chocolate.

Donna Heiderstadt

Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Coastal Living and Islands.

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