Have you ever been to a Christmas market in Germany? If so, where did you go and which is your favourite?
Whenever I’ve spoken to people about going to a Christmas market in Germany, the big cities like Munich, Berlin or Hamburg are always mentioned. However, followers from my community have mentioned Münster and Aachen. Both cities have picturesque old towns, with their cobbled streets and impressive churches and cathedrals that are perfect for creating a cosy Christmas atmosphere. Shopping is also great in both places, with many quaint little shops where you can buy unusual Christmas gifts. Just bear in mind that the shops in most German cities are closed on Sundays unless they have special permission to open.
In this blog, I ‘d like to introduce you to two smaller, hidden away markets. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the large markets in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. However, I do find the smaller markets in the villages or castle courtyards have a very special feel that the more commercialised markets just don’t have.
Romantic Rhine and Moselle Valley
Have you ever been to this stunning wine-growing area in Germany? The beautiful villages dotted along the River Rhine and the River Moselle are wonderful to visit at any time of the year – but particularly at Christmas time. I went to Bernkastel-Kues this summer with its fascinating old town and half-timbered houses. The town is divided into two by the River Moselle. The main Christmas market is located on the market square in Bernkastel where you’ll find around 40 stalls displaying wonderful Christmas gifts. If you need to warm up after wandering around the market, I can highly recommend a lovely brewery in Kues called ‘Bahnof Cues – Das Brauhaus’ where you can sample their beer and some delicious regional food. While you’re in the area, why not visit the restaurant in Burg Landshut Castle, ideally situated in the hills above Bernkastel-Kues? Here, you’ll be able to enjoy creative, regional cuisine while taking in the impressive views across the River Moselle. There’s a little train that takes you up the hill to the castle.
Trier – a city on many traveller’s must-see lists
Trier is said to be Germany’s oldest city, boasting no less than nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most popular being the Porta Nigra, which is the largest Roman gate north of the Alps. Visitors from around the world travel to this impressive city to see the Roman excavations and archaeological treasures. The annual Christmas market is located on Market Square in front of Trier Cathedral. This year, the market is open between 23rdNovember and 22ndDecember 2018. The historical city centre really makes for a perfect festive atmosphere, which I can highly recommend.
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