Tips for visiting Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets are places to simply wander.
Perhaps try a sizzling Bratwurst or some ginger biscuits washed down by festive punch and mulled wine. Enjoy the ‘Gemuetlichkeit’ – the good will feeling and general ambience that is created by the golden glow of twinkling
lights, Christmas music and locals intent on spreading good cheer through laughter and happiness.
Squares and streets are lined with rows of wooden stalls displaying their wares including handcrafted decorations, dolls, wooden toys, ceramics, jewellery, even confectionary and sweets. Christmas trees are cut and ready for the
locals to take home and decorate with traditional ornaments.
Here’s a tip… When buying a cup of mulled wine
Each stall in the town market has its own recipe for mulled wine. Some ask if you would like to fortify them with a cognac or other liquors, therefore the style and strength vary. If you would like an alcohol free mulled beverage then ask for a ‘Kinder Punch’.
When you buy your mulled wine it will come in a lovely painted mug. These make great souvenirs and each town’s Christmas market has its own design. The stalls expect you to take the mug as a souvenir so when you buy your first cup they will charge for the mug and mulled wine. When you have finished your first mug you can refill it at any stall and they will charge less. At the end of your visit you can return the mug to any mulled wine stall to get a refund or naturally if you wish to keep it you will have a lovely souvenir collection to take home with you.