The gloomy economic cloud, prompted by the fuel crisis, that currently hangs over Europe hasn't been allowed to cast a shadow over traditional Christmas celebrations.
GV Snowcovered medieval walls at Rothenburg (3 shots)
LV Neon star on tower
GV Street scenes (2 shots)
GV & SV Decorations and xmas tree in square (4 shots)
SV People passing Christmas trees in streets (3 shots)
SV People buying hot drinks and food from stalls (2 shots)
GV People in square (2 shots)
SV Funfair in East Berlin (2 shots)
GV & SV Roundabout (2 shots)
GV View of fairground from giant wheel
SCU & SV Children on a fairground (3 shots)
GV Night scene: lights on Christmas tree (2 shots)
GV Ferris wheel lit up
SV People buying candy and dating (2 shots)
SV PAN People in fairground
SV Hoopla stall
SV & CU Children looking at large figures of animals (4 shots)
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Background: The gloomy economic cloud, prompted by the fuel crisis, that currently hangs over Europe hasn't been allowed to cast a shadow over traditional Christmas celebrations.
In the West German town of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, the Christmas scans looks much as it did several centuries ago. Rothenburg is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Germany. And this year, several inches of show adds to the fairytale picturesqueness of the streets and squares.
Just about the only modern concession visible in Rothenburg is supplied by cars and bright lights. And if the fuel crisis gets any worse, medieval darkness could soon settle once again over the thirteenth-century towers and battlements of Rothenburg.
Across the border in East Berlin, a funfair provides one of the most colourful pre-Christmas attractions. Here, the children get a sense of wonder and a glimpse of fairytale from displays of large figures representing animal characters from nursery-rhyme and children's television programmes.