Frohe Weihnachten! Hi everyone! I’m Erin, Kristen’s cousin! I am currently living in Germany with my husband and two Jack Russell Terriers, Gretl and Ike. We’ve been here for about five months, and we’ve been going non-stop! We are trying to take full advantage of living in Europe while we have the chance.
Before we moved here, I heard from many people that Christmas in Germany is amazing. Well, they were right. If you haven’t experienced the Christmas season in Germany, or in Europe for that matter, you must put it on your bucket list. For me, there is no better way to get in the Christmas spirit, than to spend a day perusing a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt (or Christmas Market). The traditional Christmas market takes place in Germany’s biggest cities and in the smallest of villages. We have visited many markets in Germany this holiday season, but we particularly enjoyed the markets in Heidelberg and Bonn.
At each Weihnachtsmarkt you will find all kinds of German deliciousness…Bratwurst, Reibekuchen (little potato pancakes), Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted nuts), and the star of the Weihnachtsmarkt, Glühwein! After you’ve stuffed yourself silly with Reibekuchen and enjoyed a mug (or two) of Glühwein, it’s time to shop! Through the markets, vendors sell unique handmade crafts, Christmas tree ornaments, toys, candles, books, and much more. We happened to knock out a little Christmas shopping at the markets this year!
In larger cities, such as Stuttgart, Nuremburg, Berlin, and Munich, the Christmas markets are typically open during the four weeks of the Advent. Markets in the smaller villages may be open for only one weekend. No matter when you choose to go, you will not be disappointed!
In the meantime, ich wünsche Ihnen und Ihrer Familie frohe Weihnachten und alles Gute für das neue Jahr 2013!