Germany Christmas Markets and December Travel Tips

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Germany Christmas Markets & December Travel Tips
Germany Christmas Markets & December Travel Tips

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Advent, Advent ein Lichtlein brennt! Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier, dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür. (Old Poem)

All over Germany the Christmas Markets are opening up these last weeks of November all the way to December 24th. Our favorite time last year, was our time spent at Hamburgs great Christmas Market at Jungfernstieg. It's a very exclusive place to stroll and eat and drink all the goodness that is being sold there. One can hardly say no to Glühwein (mulled wine) or other spirited drinks or teas that warm the heart all the way down to your toes, along with a Bratwurst, roasted nuts, Lebkuchen and many more delicious things. All of this in an exclusive location such as Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide), right on the Binnenalster. Shopping and sightseeing are as superb as the Christmas Market here (check out our apartments in the Hamburg area.)

But every Christmas Market has its charm, be it a village or a large city Market. To help you find a good one we compiled an overview of the Top-10 Christmas Market Destinations in Germany.

Our Hometown of Wetzlar (Wetzlar vacation rentals | Wetzlar travel guide) has a gorgeous Market right on the Domplatz and also at Steighausplatzr. The old town charm of this town is lovely during Christmas time. All stores and cobble stone streets are decorated and lit at night, the old Lahn bridge lights up festively and sets the mood for one of the biggest Holidays all over the world.

We have plenty of Wetzlar old town apartments that are located only a few (old cobble stone) steps away from all the things I mentioned above. After a stroll through the old alleys, along with a little browsing in the GREAT shops, we suggest eating in one of the amazing restaurants there. The food is international or of course German and some restaurants are located in historic buildings that are 100s of years old and have a story to tell.

For those of you who like to bake: here is a link to some of my favorite recipes for Vanille Kipferl Christmas Cookies, German style of course.

Try our Germany Deli link, to purchase some of the ingredients, or even for those who don’t bake: Lebkuchen and other goodies for the season.

We hope you enjoy your Vorweihnachtszeit (Holiday Season) with your loved ones. Take some time to get together with them at this time of year to share some traditions and to make memories.

Fact: did you know that the Germans celebrate St. Nikolaus on December 6th of every year? Read the story here about "Knecht Rupprecht".

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