Christmas Market in Gengenbach

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Gengenbach, Germany

Christmas Market in Gengenbach Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Christmas Market in Gengenbach Dec 12, 2017
Gengenbach’s Christmas market has become known far beyond the Kinzig valley already for a while. It occupies the market square in front of the town hall and expends into the three streets in its corners. The market is of moderate size, bigger than could be expected in a small town like this. Surrounded by the half-timbered houses and the three historical towers, it is really atmospheric.

The Christmas market is open during the entire season: It begins on the first Advent weekend and stays open until Dec 23. The jester museum in Niggelturm is also open every afternoon during the Christmas market season.

Gengenbach is no longer an off-the-beaten-path secret. It has come into the focus of international tourism as a top place to visit in the Black Forest. I see the danger that Gengenbach will become the next Rothenburg, proving the old saying true that mass tourism ruins what it is looking for.

Trouble is, Gengenbach’s old town is perhaps one tenth the size of Rothenburg’s. There were two, just two, Italian tour buses in town and those Italians seemed to be everywhere. I also noticed Asian and American tourists. French visitors come over in numbers anyway, as the border is so close. A small town like this can bear only so and so many visitors, or it will lose its local flair and become a tourist trap. So far it has not yet been showered with souvenir shops or fastfood stalls – let’s hope it stays like this. Perhaps we should keep the secret?
Evening view from above
Market and town hall
Towards Niggelturm
Kathrin_E says:
The secret has long been out, and without my doing;-)
Posted on: Dec 23, 2017
Toonsarah says:
You show us a lot of picturesque spots in a town you would prefer to keep secret ;-) I'm afraid that the secret is now out!
Posted on: Dec 23, 2017
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