Lifestyle

8 ways you know it's Advent in Germany

Christmas is around the corner, and the countdown starts weeks ahead of time with Advent. Here's how you can't miss it in Germany.

Can you smell that? If you've got cinnamon, cardamom and sugar in your nose, then there's a good chance the Advent season is getting underway. Christmas begins early in Germany and Advent - the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve - are celebrated with tasty treats, wreaths and calendars, and trips to the holiday markets. 

Click through the gallery above for surefire signs that Advent has arrived in Germany. Here, Advent calendars are particularly popular. For a look at some impressive examples, click through the gallery below. 

DW recommends

Albanian Shqip

Amharic አማርኛ

Arabic العربية

Bengali বাংলা

Bosnian B/H/S

Bulgarian Български

Chinese (Simplified) 简

Chinese (Traditional) 繁

Croatian Hrvatski

Dari دری

English English

French Français

German Deutsch

Greek Ελληνικά

Hausa Hausa

Hindi हिन्दी

Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia

Kiswahili Kiswahili

Macedonian Македонски

Pashto پښتو

Persian فارسی

Polish Polski

Portuguese Português para África

Portuguese Português do Brasil

Romanian Română

Russian Русский

Serbian Српски/Srpski

Spanish Español

Turkish Türkçe

Ukrainian Українська

Urdu اردو