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Holiday Travel: Don’t Miss The Magic of German Christmas Markets!

Holiday Travel: Don’t Miss The Magic of German Christmas Markets!

The days are getting colder and all is slowly turning white. If you’re traveling (hopefully by bus!) between now and early January, Germany has the perfect way to keep you warm and merry during the holiday season: the “Christkindlmarkt”.

The country’s bustling outdoor Christmas markets have been around since the Middle Ages and are an absolute must-see when in Germany! Every city’s square becomes a maze of stalls stocked with hand-crafted ornaments, unique gifts and local delicacies. Sweet perfumes of gingerbread and hearty aromas of roasting sausages entice your appetite, while the mulled wine is sure to keep you jolly through the night!

A Christmas Treat: Aachener Printens, Christmas Market, Germany. Photo by: Kim Gradek

More than six dozen markets spruce up around the country every year. To make your life easier we’ve selected a few based on history, charm and yummy treats. Even better, all are accessible by bus!

Nuremburg

As tradition has had it since 1628, a “Christkind” (a young woman dressed up as an angel) opens the Christmas bazaar on the first Advent at the end of November. With its 180 candy-cane striped wooden stalls, Nuremburg’s Christmas Market is famous for its delicious gingerbread cookies and fruit loaves, as well as beautiful Christmas tree ornaments, candles and prune-people! Visit the official website for details.

Nuremburg Christmas Market’s Famous Prune People. Photo by: Charley

Stuttgart

Attracting millions of visitors each year, Stuttgart’s winter wonderland is also not to be missed! The Christmas market is one of the largest and loveliest in Europe with over 200 stalls decorated down to the tee, a tradition that has been emphasized for the last 300 years. Unique specialties include Spätzle, a thick hand made noodles served with cheese sauce and Schupfnudeln, a delicious hash-brown served with apple sauce. Visit the official website for details.

Little houses to decorate for the village under your Christmas tree, one of many Christmas gift ideas available at Stuttgart’s Christmas Market, in Germany. Photo by: David Blackwell

Monschau

Just a few kilometres over the Belgian border and surrounded by the Eiffel Hills is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Monschau’s Christmas market is quite small, but that shouldn’t stop you from strolling through the stone-paved streets, completely falling under the charm of its wooden buildings, tasting their exquisite mustard, and indulging in their chocolate treats in cafés around the village. Visit the official website for details.

Kim looking like Rod Stewart at Monschau’s Christmas Market in 2010

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Photos by gravitat~on, charley1965 and David Blackwell. on Flickr.