It’s officially December, and I’m thrilled that the Christmas market season is here! It’s time to listen to “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Jingle Bell,” or “Felix Navida” while sipping mule wine, drinking hot chocolate, or eating crepes and sausages. While there are dozens of Christmas Markets worldwide, I can assure you that Germany offers the best. If you’re seeking classic wooden stalls or off-beat, eccentric customs, the Weihnachsmarkt in Germany has something for everyone. Look no further than a German Christmas market for an unforgettable Christmas experience! You will be satisfied with the traditions, history, and fantastic food. Indeed, the best German Christmas markets are among the oldest in the world, and Germans take great pride in their traditions.
This past weekend, I visited two Christmas markets in Hamburg and Bremen, and I’d want to share my thoughts on why Germans have the best Christmas markets.
First, the atmosphere. The Christmas market stalls sparkle with lights and color, especially as it turns dark, which is around mid-afternoon this time of year. In most cities, the market is located in the heart of the town, frequently surrounded by lovely ancient buildings. The Christmas Market in Hamburg is opposite Rathaus (Town Hall) and along the main street. There were parades with people dancing, marching, playing music, or decorated cars with Christmas characters performing on them when I visited there.
Another thing is glühwein. Glühwein, often known as mulled wine in the United States, is the customary drink at German Christmas markets. It is a hot, sweet, spicy wine in white and red varieties. You’ll be charged an additional fee for the mug, which you can reclaim if you return it. If you want to try it, go to City Hall’s Christmas Market; they have one there, and the taste is comparable to the German version ($5-6). If you’re into it, they also sell a bottle of mulled wine for $20.
The same is true for hot chocolate, served in the same mugs and topped with whipped cream. Whether it’s glühwein or hot chocolate, a hot beverage is a must because you’ll be outside for hours roaming the market, and your hands will be cold!
Last but not least, handcrafted Christmas ornaments from the booths. Candles, crystals, artisanal chocolates, woodwork, winter hats, and mittens are among the many items available for shopping. And it’s all beautifully exhibited, illuminated by Christmas light strings. I waited 15 minutes outside simply to go into Hamburg’s busiest Christmas Ornaments store to buy some decorations for my family and friends. And it’s worth it! These places offer the best and most unique gifts, so if you’re wondering what to bring home, spend some time roaming through the market. I’m sure you’ll find something meaningful for your loved ones.
With this blog, the journey sharing my abroad experience has come to an end. These past three months has been very memorable and enjoyable for me as I can share my wonderful adventure with all of you. Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you find it useful in preparing your abroad term to Germany. Auf Wiedersehen!