The Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market)

This post is part of a series on European Christmas markets.

 

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] I [/dropcap]t’s just steps past the modern Bleidenstrasse in Frankfurt, a pedestrian shopping street ablaze with lights, and if you venture there anytime in the month preceding Christmas, you might think you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. When the Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt – or Christmas market – is occupying the large Römerberg and Paulsplatz town squares, it’s hard to tell exactly which century and which country you’ve stumbled into.

Maybe it’s the antique half-timbered buildings, or the wooden stalls covered with lights, pine, and snow…

The Römerberg of Frankfurt during the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

The Römerberg of Frankfurt during the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

 

or the handmade wooden ornaments…

 

Traditional wooden ornaments at the Frankfurt Weihachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

Traditional wooden ornaments

 

the Candyland array of sweets…

 

Sumptuous chocolate apples at the  Frankfurt Weihachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

Sumptuous chocolate apples

 

or gargantuan tree and carousel.

 

The oversize Christmas tree of the Frankfurt Weihachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

Supersize Christmas tree

A double decker carousel at  Frankfurt Weihachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

A double-decker carousel: not just for kids!

 

Regardless of how the spell is cast, you can’t help but feel transported. You might even forget that the Beidenstrasse, and the financial hub of sky scrapers that surrounds it, is just a stone’s throw away.

 

Frankfurt's Bleidenstrasse

Frankfurt's Bleidenstrasse

 

*UPDATE* Shortly after this was written, I happened upon a great post by Abi at InsidetheTravelLab covering the best Eastern European Christmas markets. It’s the perfect complement to this series and a great way to get the full scoop on holiday revelry in Europe.

 

 

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  • No market is complete without a cup of Glühwein (or mulled wine or vin chaud, depending where your market is located) to combat the winter chill. You’ll pay a couple extra euro for a deposit on the cute mug (different each year at each market, and sometimes even at each stall in a market), which you can either keep as a souvenir or return for cash back. Have some roast chestnuts to keep you walking a straight line.
  • Head to the large tree and check out the Feuerzangenbowle stall – fire-tongs punch – for some glühwein with a kick. It’s typical to order your glühwein “mit Schuss” (with a shot of rum or liqueur), but when we asked for it here, they looked at us like we’d grown two heads. It turns out this punch is plenty strong already, because a fiery rum-soaked cake of sugar liquefies and slowly drips into the brew in the cauldron below.
  • Take a spin on the double-decker carousel. Who said kids should get all the fun?

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