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Christmas markets drive Berlin's tourist boom

Christmas markets drive Berlin's tourist boom
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The Christmas markets in Berlin are drawing tourists from around the globe.

The German capital has over 60 Christmas markets, hoping to cash in on traditional food, drink and crafts.

Christmas markets have a long tradition in Germany, with the first appearing in the 14th century in Bavaria. In Berlin there have been Christmas markets held for at least five centuries.

The festive markets play an important role. Families meet to eat and buy presents and work colleagues often go to the markets for a cup of mulled wine after a day on the office.

But there are of course also a lot of tourists at this time of year.

Berlin is the third most popular tourist destination in Europe, after London and Paris, according to the Berlin tourism offices' annual report.

Most visitors come from the United Kingdom.

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