CONTRIBUTED BY KARI MARTINDALE
Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but has been updated for the 2015 season. Enjoy!
Michelstadt is already an adorable town right out of a fairy tale. Add a Christmas market and you’re walking right down Christmasstrasse!
The beautiful Historisches Rathaus presides over the Fachwerk-filled town. A choir and brass band members gathered underneath the Rathaus to give a wonderful performance during our first visit to the market. (We’ve been twice because we just adore it!)
The streets are packed. This market is a huge tourist draw–people are bussed in from all around. Still, it was not hard to find parking in the large lot, and most streets were wide enough that you weren’t being pushed through the kiosks by other visitors.
It is a sprawling market with Glühwein stands down every alley, and vendors on streets and in cellars; but I wasn’t drinking Glühwein in Michelstadt–I was drinking the Heisse Oma. The ‘hot grandma’ is hot cocoa with amaretto and whipped cream. Y-U-M. Grandpa’s manly Heisser Opa contains rum instead of amaretto. In the name of science, I sampled Feuerzangenbowle. It’s pretty strong. I’m sticking to Granny’s hot cocoa.
One of my favorite details of this charming market was the number of large nutcrackers and wooden figures typical of the Odenwald, scattered throughout town.
In a cellar near the Christmas Pyramid, artisans sold their carvings and other handmade items. Some of the kiosks out in the street sell items not made in Germany, but in the cellar of this building, you know you’re getting the real deal. There were items in all price ranges, including quite pricey. A glass shop was nearby. In town, outdoor shops had Jack Wolfskin and other brands of outdoorwear on sale.
For the kids, there were a carousel and a small train ride.
You have to pay attention in Michelstadt–it’s full of cul-de-sacs and alleyways, so it is very easy to get turned around. But who cares? You’re in magical Michelstadt!
Tips For Your Trip:
27 November – 20 December, 2015
Sunday: 1100 – 2000
Erbach is a nearby town with a great Christmas Market, great for a two-in-one trip