Germany Day Trips: Bernkastel-Kues Market

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Europe

Christmas markets in Germany are a must for everyone to experience during the Advent season. While there are plenty of markets to choose from and many tourists flock to the big cities, they miss out on the treasures found within the smaller markets near home. Take a chance and fall in love with the picturesque town of Bernkastel-Kues You never know what Christmas tradition may come about from exploring the road less traveled.

A different kind of Glühwein

While Glühwein is a common beverage to come across at German Christmas markets, Bernkastel-Kues offers a much different experience to the mulled wine. Ordering in Bernkastel-Kues calls for specifics. Do you want Dornfelder Glühwein or Riesling Glühwein?  Or, if the warm temperature and mixed spices of Glühwein isn’t your cup of wine – don’t fear! Throughout the market, wine tasting booths and wine bars are around every corner waiting for you to sip on the Moselle region’s best wines.

Witness the gigantic Advent calendar

Advent calendars are always a fun tradition throughout the holiday season with each day holding a little surprise bringing you closer and closer to the excitement of Christmas day. In Bernkastel-Kues, a larger-than-life-sized Advent calendar sits on a half-timbered framed house with the windows numbering 24 days. At 5:30 p.m. each day, one of the numbered windows opens to reveal a colorful, hand-painted fairy-tale scene.

Small town Christmas markets bring something charming and unique that can be hard to find anywhere else. The magic of Christmas fills the air with children running around with shiny eyes enjoying sweets and staring in awe at the glittering lights and festivities around them. Relish in the winter wonderland while making memories with loved ones that will be cherished forever. If you find yourself taking a day trip to the market of Bernkastel-Kues this year, you’re guaranteed a memorable experience. 
Dates: Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2018

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