Thursday, January 26, 2017

German Christmas Markets - Review

Rothenburg, Germany
I had the opportunity to be in Germany on a business trip at the start of the Christmas season. Luckily few colleagues took me to Christmas markets in four different towns! These Christkindlmarkt, are street markets during the four weeks of Advent.  The majority I went too were around the town square - or the oldest/largest church. There was always local food, hot drinks (several flavors of mulled wines!) and open-air merchants willing holiday items or trinkets. Many had a schedule of singing and performances from local artists. 

I was in markets in Frankfurt, Mannheim, Rothenburg, and at Schwetzingen Castle (and garden!) Frankfurt was so very large! Almost too large. The one around Schwtzingen Castle was perhaps too small. My favorite was in Rothenburg as the whole town is historic and it just felt like a fairy tale! The only downside to this location was getting there - took four different trains from Frankfurt! Well off the beaten path for tourists (but not locals.)

Christmas Market, Rothenburg, Germany 2016
 As you can see from the photo above - many of the streets are lined with shops that are also in the holiday spirit. Many open with special displays, offerings, and treats!

Rothenburg local pub - classic! 2016

After walking around town we took refuge in this bar which was decorated in fashion becoming the period of the town!

Christmas Market, Rothenburg, Germany

SWEETS! Rothenburg, Germany

Teresa Marie

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