If you have set your heart on sampling the Christmas markets in Germany this year, don’t think the easy part is over. Germany is alight with Christmas cheer every year end, and you can be guaranteed that every port, city, and village will have their very own Christmas markets.
There are markets for city shoppers, history buffs, lovers, and those who prefer a small town feel. You can book cheap flights to whichever market takes your fancy, with Cleartrip Coupons.
History aficionados will enjoy the Christmas Market in Trier, Germany’s oldest town known for its 2000-year old Roman gate, and the medieval Hauptmarkt square and cathedral. Here, the Christmas scene is set by 95 festively decorated wooden huts and its market has a slew of gifts, including wooden toys, candles, hand-blown or engraved glassware and ceramic wares. It also offers an explosion of tastes with select local wines andtraditional German foods likebratwurst, potato pancakes, and glühwein. The city’s large shopping district can cater to your every need.
This market plays on the popularity of the abbey of Oberammergau, which is snuggled in a narrow valley in Bavaria. Surrounded by medievalarchitecture, green pine trees and snow-topped peaks, you can enjoy pony rides, and horse drawn sledges on the outside, and various brass band and classical organ concerts inside the abbey. Take advantage of the cool winter air with activities like snow shoe walking, cross country skiing and a Bavarian curling. Don’t leave, however, without sampling the monastery’s very own bread and beer; and taking home some homemade jams, andjewellery from the market.
Visitors to the Hannover Christmas Market will be spoilt for choice here, as 150 stalls offer decorations, carved items, wooden toys and lovingly produced craftwork as well as children shows by puppeteers and storytellers. Hannover also has the distinction of having three very different Christmas Markets. You can explorea historical village, to buy wares from medieval glassblowers, potters and candle makers.
If you want to experience another culture, Hannover’s Finnish Christmas nearby lets you enjoy delicacies from Farther Christmas’ alleged hometown, such as “Flammlachs” (grilled fish) and “Glögi” (mulled wine). Hannover’s ‘Wishing Well Forest’ has cosy food huts and 50 fir trees across 400 square meters. Its Oskar-Winter-Fountain and ‘Wishing-Ring also pull in visitors, as legend says turning the ring makes wishes come true.
Island-town Lindau, with its proximity to Lake Constance – Germany’s largest lake – provides for a very romantic Christmas, its scenic Christmas market stalls lining the streets along the old town quarter and harbour. The harbour lights up at night with 6000 light bulbs, and if you want a guided local tour of the market while exploring the island, join night watchman as he takes you through the old quarter and the best parts of Lindau’s Christmas Market.