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Christmas Markets In Europe
Visiting Christmas Markets in Europe
Driving from the airport to Strasbourg took almost all day. We arrive late at the end of the day, we have only tonight to visit. You have to pass through the security check with your suitcase on your way to the hotel. Thus, if you prefer not to have your suitcase inspected, choose a hotel outside the Grande Île. The best option was to stay right in the historic center and go through the security check only once.
You can see miles of fairy lights illuminating the city along the Rhine River. Strasbourg isn’t just one of the most beautiful cities in France. It’s also home to the “Christkindelsmärik” a spectacular Christmas market and one of the oldest in Europe. You’ll find the highest Christmas tree in Europe. The Christmas market dates back to 1570. This is the biggest market in Strasbourg and it is held in the place of the traditional Christkindelsmärik.
You can see more than 300 stalls, the majestic Great Christmas Tree, dazzling shows and concerts, and an unforgettable Christmas celebration.
You can shop for wooden toys, blown glass ornaments, candles, candies, gingerbread cookies (they are the best).
The Christmas atmosphere is unique.
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer a savory selection, the market sells the best food. The variety is huge, from flaming mulled wine to fluffy fried donuts and smoked cheeses.
I try the mulled wine (hum! Not really for me).
Besides mulled wine, you’ll also find drinks like beer, with Alsace in France even offers a dark ale Christmas beer.
The next day, we took the train to Munich. Sadly, on that night December 11, a terrorist attack occurred in Strasbourg, France, when a man attacked civilians in the city’s busy Christkindelsmärik (Christmas market) with a revolver and a knife, killing five and wounding 11 before fleeing. The shooting was an act of terrorism.
Finally, don’t miss a visit to La Petite France, located on the Grande Île (Main Island). The river splits up into many canals and cascades through a small area of medieval half-timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings. You’ll find a year-round Christmas decorations shop here too!
Munich Christmas Market
Munich Christmas markets are famous around the world.
And it is hardly surprising that Munich has one of the oldest and most traditional Christmas markets.
The Christkindlmarkt is held in front of the Munich Town Hall the heart of the city.
Although Munich may well be the capital of a conservative state, it is also known for being a rich and trendy cultural hotspot, the mix of tastes in other markets is an interesting one.
The city market overflows from Marienplatz and up the pedestrian shopping street towards the Christmas crib market and over into the Rindermarkt and out of the Cathedral.
I was surprised at how unbelievably crowded and touristy it was.
The merchandise at the stalls is geared towards what tourists buy and there are too many that sell the same things. Munich has lots of other Christmas Markets which are a lot less crowded, a lot less touristy, and a lot more fun. And you’ll get to see some different parts of Munich. Each market has its own “theme”. Most of the other Markets are all within walking distance of Marienplatz and my advice would be to check them out if you want to enjoy a real Christmas Market experience.
We visit the market only at night, during the day we are going to visit other markets.