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Try these Christmas markets
I’ve personally been to a great number of Christmas markets in my life and I still love them! One of my favourite markets is Düsseldorf and whenever I’m there visiting friends and family for Christmas, I make it a priority to go. I love how there are lots of markets spread all over the city and each one is decorated differently. At the market in Schadowplatz, you can find a Dutch speciality called One of my must haves at the Christmas market in DüsseldorfPoffertjes
. These are tiny pancakes with a topping of your choice. I like mine with icing sugar and butter. Christmas isn’t the time to be counting the calories! The stall is run by the Linker family, which took the business over 10 years ago. I tried lots of Poffertjes at several markets and I think they are the best. Freshly made PoffertjesYou can actually taste
they are using only good quality ingredients, which justifies the price of 3.50€ for 10 pancakes. YummyI had 20!!!:-)
You’ll also find a stage for children’s entertainment at the market, small huts serving mulled wine (Glühwein), a good choice of warming hot drinks and handmade products for sale.
Romantic scene at Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt in snowHistoric Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg
I’ve also been to Nuremberg’s historic Christkindlesmarkt. The market has been ranked 86 out of 100 most popular sights in Germany. Located in the historic town square of Hauptmarkt, it sets the perfect scene for a traditional market. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit every year to take in the Christmas atmosphere and enjoy the In German Nürnberger Rostbratwursttraditional Nuremberg sausage,
either as you’re browsing around the market or, as I prefer, sitting in one of the cosy restaurants like ‘Zum goldenen Stern’, where they serve Bratwurst freshly grilled over an open fire or at “Bratwurst Röslein”. Not that they’re not fresh on the market but I do prefer to sit down for a meal unless I’m in a rush. All in all, I like the market in Nuremberg, but to be honest, I prefer smaller markets, as I find them far more charming.
A historic city centre, with its small streets andHistoric architecture in Nuremberg. Here with view to the Albrecht Dürer House half-timbered houses
gives Nuremberg its charm. I also enjoyed wandering through Albrecht Dürer House. He was a great artist in the 15th century.
Magical markets in North Rhine-Westphalia
Other Christmas markets worth a visiting are in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen), Cologne (Köln), Lamberti market in Münster/photo creds to: press office MünsterMünster
and Essen. These are great places to combine with a visit to North Rhine-Westphalia. Aix-la-Chapelle, Cologne and Münster are all historical towns with attractive architecture, making them perfect for a Christmas market.
Essen is the centre of the Ruhr region, which is famous for its iron, coal and steel industries. In 2010 it was voted the European capital of culture and has undergone massive redevelopment and many companies have now moved their headquarters to the city. I love the traditional Christmas markets there and particularly the one at Kennedyplatz. The canopy above the market with 45,000 festive warm lights looks very beautiful and elegant.
Apart from the big markets, which are already well-known, there are a number of smaller markets worth checking out. One of them is also in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the historic town of Kempen, close to Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. The market is only open at weekends and is located in the old town with its beautiful old timbered houses and narrow, windy lanes. A variety of handcrafted art products are offered as well as the usual culinary delights.
You’ll love the Christmas market cities in North Rhine-Westphalia:
Easy to visit by public transport
Shop until you drop
Romantic – smaller markets are charming
If you fancy a trip to Bavaria, why not combine it with a trip to the Christmas market in Munich and the quaint town of Bad Tölz, with its charming architecture lining the historical Marktstraße and its narrow, cobbled streets in the former craftsman´s quarter.
In the north of Germany, the Hamburg Christmas market around Rathausmarkt is certainly one worth mentioning. However, the markets in Bremen and Lübeck shouldn’t be missed. Lübeck is very famous for its marzipan.
Berlin’s Christmas markets reflect the diversity of the city
Berlin has markets all over the city. The largest being at Charlottenburg Castle, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Alexanderplatz and Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt in the Eastern part of BerlinGendarmenmarkt
. However, Berlin has much more to offer with its more unusual markets like the Danish and Swedish markets in Berlin-Wilmersdorf or a design market called Kreuzboerg. Many people also rave about the Alt-Rixdorfer Christmas market in Richardplatz (Berlin-Neukölln), which opens on the first weekend of December.
I wish you and your families a magical and happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year!