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Who puts on the best Christmas market in Germany?

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Christmas market at the market square, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christmas market at the market square, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Dietmar Rabich / Wikimedia Commons

German towns and cities have for decades competed at this time of the year to put on the best Weinachtsmarkt or Christmas market.The capital, Berlin, has more than 60 of them, spread through its many neighborhoods, and all appear to be doing a roaring trade in mulled vine and currywurst sausages.The Christmas markets bring in billions of euros in tourism revenue, which has led many towns to try new and old techniques to attract more visitors.Nik Martin visited one market, which has for many years done away with 21st century comforts like electricity, and is instead lit by candlelight and oil lamps.Click the 'play' button above to listen or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'rfi international report'.

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