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The World of the Prune Men

Zwetschgenmännle – the well-loved figures made of prune – have been sold at the Christkindlesmarkt for decades. More than 350 different figures are available—ranging from “naked”, to chimney sweeps for luck to kissing couples. There are hundreds “living” in the world of the prune men: guitar and piano players, cooks and waiters, pastors and the devil and more. The figures are nine to 22 centimeters high and create an illustrious company on the shelves of the booths where they’re sold.