Speyer Christmas Market
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Have you been searching for an excuse to visit the city of Speyer and its renowned medieval cathedral? Use the Christmas market in Speyer as the excuse to finally visit this lovely town! Between November 25, 2013, and January 6, 2014, Speyer will be transformed into a wintry wonderland, sure to please young and old alike. The Speyer Christmas market will be set up against a wonderful backdrop of historic buildings along the Maximilianstrasse, in front of the Old Mint building.
If you want an extra special treat, visit the Speyer Christmas market on a weekend, when artisans will be at work in the courtyard of the city hall, demonstrating how they design and craft their wonderful wares. You can see the craftsmen at work on Fridays between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm. The Christmas market in Speyer does not only exhibit German-made goods, but it also features items created in Speyer’s eight sister cities and regions. You will enjoy seeing the unique products with an international flair from towns as far away as Rwanda. In addition, performances will be given by these sister cities, which include Spalding, Ravenna, Gniezno, Chartre, Kursk, and Yavne, as well as the partner district of Impala in Rwanda. These will be offered over the weekends between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm in the courtyard of the city hall and in the Trinity Square (Dreifaltigkeitsmarkt).
Besides the shopping you can do here, the Christmas market in Speyer offers a variety of activities and events that will delight everyone. On December 4 and December 19 at 7:30 pm, Speyer will host its spectacular “Altpoertel in Flames,” which involves a display of lights, music, and fireworks at the Old Gate, one of the tallest town gates in all of Germany. Children will be fascinated by the market’s Christmas bakery, and they can even communicate their Christmas wishes to the Christ Child by “calling” his helpers on the “heavenly telephone.” Music lovers will enjoy the sounds of the season that will fill the air as performed by local choirs and music groups.
While wandering around the Speyer Christmas market, be sure to indulge in the Palatinate delicacies that this area is known for, such as Grumbeersupp (potato soup) and yeast dumplings. And what could be more perfect to accompany these specialties than an array of wines grown in the surrounding region?
When planning your trip to the Christmas market in Speyer, please note these exceptions to the schedule:
- December 24 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
- December 25-26 – Closed
- December 31 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
- January 1 – 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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