Christmas is just around the corner and the endless lists of markets in every city, town and village can become overwhelming. It’s hard to decide which market is best and has something truly unique in comparison to the countless others.
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Less than an hour from the Kaiserslautern Military Community, Mannheim is home to two Christmas markets and a Fairy-Tale Forest (Mannheimer Märchenwald). The largest and most famous market is comprised of 200 booths circling the Art Nouveau water tower (Wasserturm).
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The capital of Germany hosts some of the largest attractions in the country with its detailed history to entertain tourists throughout the year. During the holiday season, these beloved monuments and museums share the spotlight with the next biggest attraction in Germany, Christmas markets.
You could plan a trip to see all of Berlin. But you could also just plan a trip to Berlin’s central borough of Mitte because this neighborhood is packed with so many things to do and see that you will need longer than you think.
Well-preserved Roman, German Gothic and Bavarian architecture create distinct backdrops for stalls dotted along Neupfarrplatz and Spitalgarten. However, the courtyard of Thurn and Taxis Palace (also called the Palace of St.
Last year was our first holiday season in Germany. My mother-in-law told me in earnest about the amazing Christmas markets that seemed to magically pop up mid- to late-November. When we spent Thanksgiving in Berlin, we found markets at almost every U-Bahn stop, church and Platz.
Ready to experience the childlike magic and wonder of these vintage winter postcard scenes come to life?
Here are a few tips for making the most of your European Christmas market experience:
Taking the train
This time of year is magical in Germany. It feels as though the entire country transforms into a winter wonderland. Although the lively Christmas markets that mark the festive holiday season may look different this year, there is still plenty of frosty fun and shenanigans to be had.