Germany sexes up Christmas markets by flooding stall with naked strippers and festive sex toys

Germany sexes up Christmas markets by flooding stall with naked strippers and festive sex toys

Women wearing skimpy Santa themed outfits can are out in force for the annual Santa Pauli market.

On the infamous Reeperbahn, in the centre of the city vendors sell pastries, tatty jewellery and Feuerzangenbowle, or mulled wine spiked with a rum-soaked chunk of sugar loaf.

But just through a tunnel that is set aside for the over-18s is a tent where strippers remove scanty festive costumes to a pulsing soundtrack and customers can even buy a range of Christmassy sex toys.

The market starts every year in the end of November till the end of December and it is free to get in.

The “mile of sin” features live music, angels in a strip tent and little things for the ones you love to love.

The drinks on the Winterdeck are called "Bordsteinschwalbe" (Hamburg slang for prostitute) or "Nussknacker" (nutcracker) but you can even create your own mulled wine in Santas mulled wine pharmacy.

At least 85 million people slightly more than the population of Germany now visit about 3,000 Weihnachtsmärkte across the nation each year, up from 50 million at the turn of the millennium.

One in five of these visitors travels at least 30 miles, and one in 50 comes from another country.

The number of markets has doubled in the past seven years, according to the German Carnival Association (GCA), leading to intense competition in the multibillion-euro industry that employs 190,000 people.

Some of Berlin's markets, which numbered more than 110 at the last count, have an even more modern flavour.

At one end of the spectrum, the medieval-themed markets in Spandau and Friedrichshain remain popular.

At the other, the Green Market, in the building at the heart of the capital that used to house the Weimar republic's mint, was founded four years ago as Berlin's first "100 per cent vegan" Christmas festival.

Stall holders there sell chocolate confections alongside vegan cheese and cosmetics not tested on animals.

The gluten-free Christmas market in the Black Forest town of Sasbachwalden, which takes place over the first weekend in December, has drawn about 5,000 visitors a year since 2015.

Frank Hakelberg, head of the GCA, said: "Towns have recognised that Christmas markets are important for social togetherness, and also for their tourism and retail.

"In the age of Amazon and co, retailers also increasingly recognise that people don't go into the city centres so much. The Christmas markets are an incentive."

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