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Souvenirs from a Europe Christmas Markets Cruise



Traditional Gingerbread heart cookies from the Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany (Photo: Corinna Haselmayer/Shutterstock)

Perhaps best known in Vienna (where there’s an entire tree with red hearts glowing warmly from its bare branches), heart-shaped cookies are a holiday tradition for locals. Saccharine phrases scrawled on gingerbread (known in German-speaking countries as lebkuchen) in pastel icing translate to phrases like “Merry Christmas” or “I love you.” The cookies are plastic-wrapped and will survive a flight, so they’re a sturdier bet than other confections. Save them for two months and they’ll make an unexpected Valentine’s Day gift! (Warning: They look better than they taste, however).

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