Monschau Christmas Market
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[ source: Wikipedia]
According to the Rheinesches Post, the Christmas Market in Monschau, a town located in the Eifel Hills near Aachen, is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the state of North Rhine – Westfalia. Situated in the heart of Monschau’s historical Old City, this unique market will be open all four Advent weekends between November 29 and December 22, 2013, and will offer, free of charge, a changing program of musical performances by instrumental groups, brass ensembles, alpenhorn groups, and choirs. (Please note that Fridays are specifically designated as days for the performances of the alpenhorn ensembles.) All of this takes place in an idyllic setting of cobbled streets and picturesque timbered buildings. The Christmas market in Monschau stretches from Richters Eck through Rurstrasse to the “Patere Hoefje” neighborhood behind the Au Church and Au Monastery. For this year’s market, new market areas can be found along the Austrasse and the Franzoesisches Eck. A large, festively decorated Christmas tree graces the center of Monschau’s market square.
The brightly decorated wooden stalls in the Christmas market in Monschau offer not only crafts and gifts for sale, but an array of culinary delicacies, such as Lebkuchen, Printen, mulled wine, and the local “Monschauer Duetchen.” Once you have a steaming mug of Gluehwein in your hand, wander over to the living nativity at the Monschau Brewery Museum, which will be set up between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. This involves a verbatim recitation and performance of the Nativity according to the Gospel of Luke. And children of all ages will be delighted to find Santa Claus visiting the Christmas market during the weekends. Children will also be enchanted by the fairy-tale exhibition that will be set up in the Au Monastery.
After reading this description, are you wondering what kind of place Monschau is? It was first mentioned in written chronicles in the 12th century and was founded as a French settlement. After Napoleon’s defeat, the town was granted to Prussia, and has been German ever since. Visitor highlights include the Brewery Museum and a glasswork visitor center, where various glass blowing techniques are demonstrated. If architecture is your interest, take the time to search out the notable Red House, which was painted brightly long ago to stand out against its darker neighbors. Its Rococo-era staircase is of special note, adorned with motifs from the cloth making industry of its builder.
For 2013, the hours of operation for the Christmas market in Monschau are: Fridays and Saturdays – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sundays – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
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