CONTRIBUTED BY MEGAN OGEAL
Note: This article was published in 2013, but the information at the bottom has been updated for the 2015 Christmas market season! Enjoy!
Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany are a beautiful and gorgeous thing. One of the many, many things I miss about Germany.
There’s nothing like hanging out with a group of friends drinking Gluhwein, Kinderpunsch, Feuerzangenbowle, Eierpunsch, or Heisse Schokolade. The last time we were there I was 7 months pregnant, so I didn’t get to drink much. The Kinderpunsch is pretty amazing though!
It’s even better when the sun has gone down for the day. That’s when the lights really pop and sparkle.
I would have to say that the Christmas market in Bernkastel-Kues is one of my favorites.
Bernkastel-Kues is located on the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier. There you will find a romantic little town with half-timbered building and a church more than 600 years old, St. Michael’s Church.
Beautiful, Gorgeous wine country! It seriously feels like you stepped out of the pages of a storybook.
This Christmas market begins on the first Saturday of the Advent season…which is typically the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. (Makes that easy to remember!)
The first Saturday in December at 18:00, Bernkastel does something special along the banks of the Moselle. More than 100 swimmers begin their swim (Don’t worry! They are wearing wet suits.) from the harbor in Kues to Bernkastel – a distance of 1,200m. Each swimmer carrying a burning torch in hand. St. Nicholas and oarsmen follow the swimmers in a boat.
They also boast of the largest Advent Calendar in the region!
Make sure you try both the Red (rot) and the White (weiss) Gluhwein. The White is a specialty of the Eifel Region. Both are delicious. You just can’t go wrong with Gluhwein in the German wine country.
Somewhere in the Christmas market you’ll find ‘Das goldene Wunschbuch’ which literally translates to ‘the golden wishbook.’ Here, both children and adults can write down their Christmas wishes.
Tips For Your Trip:
21 November – 20 December, 2015
Monday – Thursday: 1100 – 1900
Friday & Saturday: 1100 – 2100
Sunday: 1100 – 2000 (Closed on November 22)
54470 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
To see the full calendar of events and more information, please visit the Bernkastel-Kues Christmas Market website.
Here are other Germany Ja articles about Christmas markets.