Christmas Markets in Nordrhein-Westfalen
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Christmas Markets in Nordrhein-Westfalen
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One of the largest concentrations of urban areas in all of Germany lies in Nordrhein-Westfalen, thus it should not come as a surprise that this state offers a large variety of Christmas markets for the discerning shopper. The Christmas markets in Nordrhein- Westfalen range in focus from the local to the international and everything in between. Although the Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) market is perhaps the most well known of the Christmas markets in Nordrhein-Westfalen, there are plenty more to explore during the darkening days of December.
Christmas Market in Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf vacation rentals | Düsseldorf travel guide)
Düsseldorf - This Christmas market takes place over six locations across the downtown area and features over 200 stands. A free ice skating rink is sure to attract a large number of visitors on the frosty winter nights. The children will also enjoy the performances done at the marionette theater.
Christmas Market in Möchengladbach
Mönchengladbach (Mönchengladbach vacation rentals | Mönchengladbach travel guide) - For those who love animated store windows, the Christmas market at Mönchengladbach should be a must-see! The city sets up animated figures into scenes sure to delight children of all ages: a Christmas room, an angel workshop, and a Christmas post office. The city also prides itself on making all parts of its Christmas market handicapped accessible.
Christmas Market in Wuppertal (Wuppertal vacation rentals | Wuppertal travel guide)
Wuppertal - Wuppertal's Medieval Fairy Tale Market focuses on handcrafts accurate to that time period: leather workers, elixir sellers, scribes, herbalists, textile merchants, etc. Wandering storytellers will regale you with stories of Christmases long past.
Christmas Market in Dortmund (Dortmund vacation rentals | Dortmund travel guide)
Dortmund - Dortmund is home to not only one of the largest Christmas markets in Nordrhein-Westfalen but in all of Germany! It has over 300 stands. In the Christmas Village, children can talk to Santa Claus, sing songs, make crafts with him, and bake cookies. Furthermore, Dortmund features the largest Christmas tree, which stands 45 meters high and is decorated with about 40,000 lights.
Christmas Market in Essen
Essen - 2012 marks the 40th return of the International Christmas market in Essen with 250 stalls. Instead of focusing on the local, Essen plays host to a rich assortment of international cultures and traditions. While wandering through this market, you will encounter goods and foods from Africa, Russia, Australia, the U.S., Cuba, Poland, Saudi Arabia, France, and the Netherlands to name just a few.
Christmas Market in Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide)
Münster - Like the large market in Dortmund, the Christmas market in Muenster has over 300 stalls offering a variety of Westphalian and German goods. The market is actually composed of five distinct markets scattered across the Altstadt. The biggest market is located at Platz des Westfaelischen Friedens near the city hall. Another prominent market is at the foot of the St. Lamberti Church, where a 18-meter high Christmas tree can be found. A large carousel nearby will provide a fun break for the children.
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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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