Christmas Markets in Hessen
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Christmas Markets in Hessen
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Christmas Market in Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide)
The Christmas market in Frankfurt is by far the largest of the Christmas markets in Hessen. It attracts over 2 million visitors a year to this extremely prominent Germany city. Nonetheless, Hessen offers a variety of Christmas market experiences that will appeal to both those who favor the large city and those who are sooner taken with small towns.
Christmas Market in Kassel (Kassel vacation rentals | Kassel travel guide)
Kassel: Kassel was the home of the Grimm brothers for many years, so it is entirely appropriate that the city's Christmas traditions would connect with its most famous residents. The Maerchenweihnachtsmarkt in Kassel is unique because it is the only market in Germany that focuses exclusively on fairy tales. Every year a different tale from the collections made by the Grimm brothers is adopted as the theme for the market. For 2012, the theme is borrowed from the story of Bruederchen and Schwesterchen. At the Kassel Christmas market, there are fairy tale figures, a magical, fairy tale forest, the world's largest fairy tale Christmas pyramid, and an Advent calender (located at the Friedrichsplatz) with scenes from the Grimms' fairy tales
Christmas Market in Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide)
Darmstadt: Another of the major Christmas markets in Hessen is held in Darmstadt and is located on the Marktplatz in front of the residential palace. Besides traditional German wares, this market is distinguished by an international element. Some of Darmstadt's sister cities host booths at the Christmas market, including Trondheim, Norway; Gyoenk, Hungary; Brescia, Italy; and Usgorod, Ukraine.
Christmas Market in Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden vacation rentals | Wiesbaden travel guide)
Wiesbaden: Wiesbaden's Christmas market bears the more unusual name of the Sternschnuppenmarkt. Highlights of this market include a towering Christmas tree, 30 meters in height, decorated with 1,000 blue and gold bows and 3,000 pears. A nativity scene is set up in front of the tree and features life-sized, hand-carved wooden figures. A carousel, a baking kitchen, and a small train are sure to delight the market's youngest visitors.
Christmas Market in Hanau (Hanau vacation rentals | Hanau travel guide)
Hanau: Like Kassel, Hanau has a direct connection to the Grimm brothers, since it is their birthplace and childhood home. Hanau is also home to Hessen's largest Advent calender, which is presented in the facade of the Neustaedter city all. A mini Ferris wheel is a recent, popular addition to the Hanau market. One special feature of this Christmas market is its focus on contemporary, artist-created goods. The Artists' Market operates from November 30 through December 23. Here artists from around the world sell a wide variety of their creations. Interestingly, last year the Fachhochschule Suedwestfalen did a study of 133 Christmas markets around Germany. This study ranked the one at Hanau as the most "Christmasy" and labeled it as less commercial. For those seeking a slightly different pace, this Christmas market might be just the ticket.
The Christmas markets in Hessen offer an interesting assortment of unique features. Fly into Frankfurt in December and sample them yourself!
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This travel guide has been written by Rachel Hildebrandt.
Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).
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