Most of us are not so excited to see the winter to come because of the amount of layers and jackets we are going to put on. However, there is one thing that for sure we all look forward to when the first morning everything got frozen – The Christmas Market. Something is so traditional but never goes out of trend.
I can’t count how many countries I have visited to see the Christmas Market. There are something similar but each still has its own cultural touch. As many as I have been, the German Weihnachtsmarkt still gets its first prize. Having lived in Germany for quite awhile, it is no longer new to me but I always feel like a kid again when all these Christmas markets spread all over places with full of beautiful Christmasy decoration. I wondered, from the K town to this southern hood, will it be any difference?
I took a walk through the city and checked out some of Christmas Markets still being set up. At Residenz Museum, the market was the earliest bird opening and everything was set for the season to come. Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz is supposed to be the biggest market in town and I would imagine how beautiful it will be under the cathedral. For those who are like me, excited to bring out those skaters to ice-skate, Karlsplatz has set up for you a small ring so that you can ice-skate in this outer space.
All Christmas Markets will be opened on the 27th of November. For more information about all the Christmas Markets, click here.
5 tips before you go:
Wear warm because there will be no heating system and the markets are held outdoor
Be careful of pickpockets – it is easy to get mugged in the crowd during this time of the year
Be aware that Glühwein is pretty strong. Don’t underrate it!
Bring cash! There is no card payment available at any huts
Don’t eat too much at home because you might get yourself full with all the delish German treats but still don’t expect that you can fill your tummy there because it could get crowded that you are not able to get food and some are quite pricey.
If you notice, during this time I have a post about the Christmas market. I just realised, I have written about the Kerstmarkt in The Netherlands or Noël a Paris. Now it’s time to show you the route of the Christmas market – Der Weihnachtsmarkt. With a long tradition starting from Germany, Christmas markets in Germany have become a tourist attraction. Every year, in the end of November Christmas markets are opened everywhere in the Germany and last for 1 month.
Every year, I am caught up in the beautiful décor and the ‘bling bling’ of all the lights adorning Christmas markets. From Germany, to The Netherlands, to France, to Austria then to Slovakia… Let me tell you, Germany still wins my heart by its traditional Weihnachtsmarkt. It’s all about tradition, friends gathering around with a glass of Glühwein (sweet hot wine) or hot chocolate on their hands. Taking a deep breath and you can easily smell a sense of Glühwein in the air and the smell coming from the grilled meat searing on the hot coal.
The happy vibe is sent out when you are still few steps away from the market. The excitement can be seen obviously on people’s faces. They say Christmas markets are best in the evening. It is somehow true. The lights are on like stars sparkling in front of your eyes. These lights also warm up the whole place and make it cosier. You are surrounded by laughter of people, the sizzling of meat on the grill, kids giggling on the carousel… This atmosphere is a reason to keep me coming back here. That has mentioned the food. You can get such a good treat here with some typical German food. Reibekuchen – some deep fried potatoes that tastes delish with Apfelmus (apple puree), or get yourself some champions with garlic creamy sauce. When people talk about German food, sausages and meat are the main two things they first think of. Yes, you will not be disappointed. There are many more that you would definitely be excited to find in a Christmas market.
Everyone is now so excited for the Christmas day to come. People look for their home decorations or Christmas presents. It is the time of gathering with your loved ones and having a wonderful time together. I am sending you all wishes for happiness, laughter, and a lovely Christmas. Enjoy the last days of 2014 and make it the best!
This weekend, I and Gerwin visited Christmas market in Soest (15 min away from Utrecht). Generally speaking, Kerstmarkt is very much different from Weihnachtsmarkt. The Dutch Christmas market is not as spectacular as the German one. However, it was a nice experience knowing another Christmas market beside the German’s.