Germany would be an awfully dismal place in December if it weren’t for Christmas Markets. I learned a few things to make the experience better: 1) go on a weekday right when the market opens. 2) Don’t bring the kids. 3) Take the train whenever possible. I went to four markets this year and I’ll highlight three of them in this post. The fourth was so unique it deserves it’s own spot on the blog.
Jeremy and I took the train to Cologne and went to one of the five markets that they have – the one closest to the Dom. The weather was a bit snowy that day so I’m glad we took the train and didn’t have to worry about road conditions (although the trains were running a little late anyhow.)
Even Mary and Joseph were covered in snow.
We didn’t buy too much at the Market (but we did hit the shopping district of Cologne!) We did partake in some yummy food – I’ve got a crepe in my hand here and Jeremy had some “pommes” (fries.) We both had hot chocolate.
I’d only been to Bonn in an attempt to see some Cherry Blossoms but the market was delightful! (Another bonus of Bonn: we found a ‘TKMaxx,’ the European version of TJMaxx. Score!)
Seeing this giant Christmas pyramid was worth the trip. Smaller versions of this are common Christmas decorations in Germany. I bought one last year but it was a fail – the burning candles actually scorched the top blade. I hope to get another before we leave.
We were there on a weekday and it was busy but not too crowded. Even Beethoven was there!
Another big draw at Christmas Markets is the food. Check out the freshly smoked salmon.
This is a great market because of its convenience and size. Many of the vendors were there last year so it made shopping pretty simple. We took the train here also.
Aachen is famous for the Printen cookie. This store, Nobis, is one of the famous Printen makers. Their window display was impressive and the line inside was very long.
Here’s my nomination for best food in Aachen: the mushrooms! They are cooked with onions and served with garlic sauce. Delicious!
Stay tuned for a full report on my favorite market of this year, Burg Satzvey. It was all that plus people in costume.