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.