20 Dec The Best Christmas Markets in Germany part II
And just like that – the saga continues for my search for the best Christmas markets in Germany. And while my liver maybe feeling more hate than love this holiday season, my resolve to find the perfect Gluhwein in the whole of Germany remains undeterred. And since I now have experience working at a Christmas market at a Gluhwein stand as Gluwein Sommelier now, spreading holiday cheer around via my drinking expertise and holiday pallet, I now am even pickier when it comes to finding that perfect market. So as the story goes…
Best Christmas Markets in Germany: Frankfurt
Frankfurt Germany, the bedrock of the Germany economy and legendary name (as it is one the few German words Americans can pronounce with ease). It boasts the largest Christmas tree of any of the Christmas markets in Germany – and we like it in big in America.
Best Christmas Markets in Germany: Hamburg
The city of with the most bridges in the world (yes, even more than Amsterdam), has one of the Best Christmas markets in Germany. It even has a Santa Claus which sails overhead 3 times a day (no, that wasn’t a Gluhwein induced hallucination).
Best Christmas Markets in Germany: Heidelberg
Heidelberg, my heart of hearts. Call me a bit bias because I worked at the Christmas market there
stealing drinking sampling on occasion pouring Gluhwein but this market is just the right size. Big enough to have all the musts – an ice rink, merry go round, and Gluhwein vendor in stumbling distance – yet small enough so you aren’t overwhelmed by the tourist hordes (see: plus sized Americans speaking very loudly). Definitely a one of the best Christmas markets in Germany.
Best Christmas Markets in Germany: Stuttgart
Stuttgart throws its hat in the ring as one of the Best Christmas Markets in Germany with its special roofs. Wait…what? Special roof? Yes, all of the stalls have the most decorative roofs of all the Christmas markets in Germany. From navity scenes to talking a moose, the stalls are worth the trip alone.
And it talks…
Best Christmas Markets in Germany: Munich
Munich has one of the oldest markets with one of the biggest trees and ice rinks, but it was also the most expensive Gluhwein (which for someone like me who is buying volume, it can be tricky). It was the only market I went to that almost every Gluhwein stand had their own mugs – guess it follows in the beer tradition there with there being lots of options and every vendor needs to be a unique and special snowflake with their own branded mug.
So there you have it…most of the Best Christmas Markets in Germany. Now I am addicted to Gluhwein and have the sugar tolerance of a 7 year old. Stay tuned for my guide coming out: How to Cope when the Gluhwein doesn’t love you anymore.
If you want to make this process easier of finding a good Christmas market next time you are in Germany you can use the train with a Rail Pass, check out this the German Tourism Boards and DBahns Christmas Market App..