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Nuremberg Gingerbread: A Symbol of the Season

Orignial Nuremberg Elisenlebkuchen - a culinary delight!

Steffen Oliver Riese

Tradition of the Nuremberg Lebkuchen

The forests that have surrounded the city since its beginnings are one reason for this tradition. The bees living there were the source of a precious sweetener: honey. Thanks to the worldwide trade of the merchants of Nuremberg, local gingerbread bakers had a steady supply of almonds, pepper, ginger, cinnamon and other spices.

Nuremberg Lebkuchen, the city’s famous gingerbread

Lebkuchen Schmidt

Legend of the Elisenlebkuchen

According to legend, they were named after Elisabeth, the daughter of a Nuremberg gingerbread baker. The girl grew very ill, and as her father loved her so much and no doctor could help, he started baking a new kind of Lebkuchen. It contained only the finest ingredients and no flour. So the girl grew healthy.

Since then, Nuremberg is Lebkuchen: 70 million are produced each year and enjoyed around the globe. Meanwhile they are even trademarked by their geographic location under European law. Whether chocolate- or sugar-coated or decorated with almonds, the recipe for gingerbread is a tightly guarded secret. But you can take a peek at the bakery: at the Christkindlesmarkt in a thatched-roof honey and gingerbread house.

Discover the Christkindlesmarkt

The Nuremberg Christmas Pass

Licensed products at the Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg from above at Christmas time

Churches in Nuremberg