CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA
Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but has been updated for the 2015 season. Enjoy!
I don’t think anyone who has lived in Europe and would dispute the fact that Christmas market season is the best season in Europe. And the only thing I like more than travelling all over Germany in pursuit of mugs to add to my collection is walking down the street from my apartment to visit the local market.
Downtown Kaiserslautern’s market is one of the smaller markets I’ve been to, but it definitely has that perfect market atmosphere that you might crave on any given night.
The Kaiserslautern market offers all the well-known favorites- first thing we did once we got to the market was check out this year’s Glühwein mug design. In many of the stands you can also get designs from previous years if they still have extra. We also noticed the traditional small city sanctioned mug, but a couple of the stands were selling frosted glass tall mugs as well! We decided to get one of each, though the pfand (deposit) for the tall mugs was a bit more.
One unique stand at the Kaiserslautern Market is the Wild Spezialitäten stand. It looks just like any other stand, but everything that’s offered is wild game, still served on bread rolls. The bratwurst was amazing (its been open since Nov 23 and we’ve already been back twice for more). The frikadelle was a bit game-y, (one of our friends couldn’t finish hers, although her husband liked it). The feuerwurst also comes highly recommended by those in our group that ordered it. Across the small square from the wild game stand is the alcohol free Glühwein stand- perfect for the kids- and near by are two fire pits to keep warm while you finish up your brats.
Outside, the market offers paper stars, warm scarves and hats, Danish candles, and other goodies. Across the street, however, is the Kultur Markt, which offers hand made art and goods from local vendors and schools. First, we went downstairs to shop and ended up buying a couples scarves some earrings. Upstairs we sat down for some Christmas Waffles at the small café, and on the way out we noticed a small display about the history of Christmas in Kaiserslautern and Germany.
Overall, the main appeal of this market, to me, is that it’s a close enough drive to for a weeknight Glühwein and crepe. The market is small enough to not be overly crowded, and still offers a pretty great selection of food and, of course, more adorable wine mugs.
Tips For Your Trip:
23 November – 23 December and 27 – 30 December, 2015
Monday – Wednesday: 1000-2100
Thursday – Saturday: 1000 – 2200
Sunday: 13.00 – 2100
Marktstraße 13, 67655 Kaiserslautern, Germany