#1 10-10-2017 2:19 PM

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German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

I was considering spending a few weeks visiting the Christmas markets in several German cities this year - Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, etc. However, is it worthwhile to do so? Or is visiting one Christmas market good enough?

 

#2 10-10-2017 5:53 PM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

Is your only interest the markets or are you interested in the cities they are in? Germany only unified in the late 19th century, and each of those cities has its own unique history, beautiful architecture, regional food and beer, and non-market attractions. Personally there’s only so many days in Christmas shopping crowds I could bear in actual markets but nowhere does Christmas as well as Germany and I’d jump at the chance to explore the actual cities.

 

#3 10-10-2017 10:55 PM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

Big German towns have more then 1 Christmas market, and they will differ from each other, but all will have Glühwein (mulled wine).
https://www.momondo.at/inspiration/die- … utschland/

 

#4 10-10-2017 11:50 PM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

To me they are not alike. Most cities and regions have their particular traditions. But it depends, I suppose, how much you like and enjoy them. Give them a try.

 

#5 10-11-2017 3:37 AM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

sarahelaine wrote:

Is your only interest the markets or are you interested in the cities they are in? Germany only unified in the late 19th century, and each of those cities has its own unique history, beautiful architecture, regional food and beer, and non-market attractions. Personally there’s only so many days in Christmas shopping crowds I could bear in actual markets but nowhere does Christmas as well as Germany and I’d jump at the chance to explore the actual cities.

I was so focused on the Christmas markets that I completely forgot about everything else! You're right; there is no shortage of things to enjoy in any German city. Thank you for the reminder.  :-)

 

#6 10-11-2017 3:40 AM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

Kathrin_E wrote:

To me they are not alike. Most cities and regions have their particular traditions. But it depends, I suppose, how much you like and enjoy them. Give them a try.

Wonderful! I was hoping that was the case. It would be fun to see the differences and similarities between each city's traditions.

 

#7 10-11-2017 7:11 AM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

Try Monschau, Nuremberg and Dresden. All very different cities, whatever about their Christmas markets.

 

#8 10-11-2017 7:51 AM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

I visited a few Christmas markets in Germany, they are not all the same. Cologne was the biggest market I've ever been in Germany

 

#9 10-11-2017 9:19 AM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

I loved the one in Nuremberg

 

#10 10-11-2017 11:20 AM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

The last time I visited Christmas markets in 2009. I visited the markets in Berlin, Trier, Heidelberg and Frankfurt.
The one I liked most was the one in Trier: Trier is not that big a city, and although it has its fair share of tourist, I found its market most 'cozier'. There were some markets sites (3 I think) along the Hauptsrasse in Heidelberg; they were also nice, but there were more tourists.
Berlin and Franfkurt were too much 'modern' cities to me, and you could still see this 'modernity' around the markets so that you could not really feel their 'Gemuetlichkeit'.
Thus my recommendation: rather visit markets in smaller cities, and yes in Germany! (in 2015 I also saw a Christmas market in Paris, at the beginning of the champs élysées, close to place de la concorde, and well... it was not a German Christmas market)

 

#11 10-11-2017 4:46 PM

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Re: German Christmas markets - are they all basically the same?

You'll find them everywhere in Berlin. One of the better ones is at the Gendarmenmarkt. Potsdamer Platz has ice skating and there are several at Alexanderplatz.

 

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