Rattle cold was it today - perfect for an evening visit to the Christmas market in downtown Frankfurt. Which brings us to today's topic: What kind of Christmas market do you like best? Are you more traditional? Or do you prefer small, cosy markets that only take place on an Advent weekend? I have my favourite stand at the Frankfurt Christmas Market for the Feuerzangenbowle. My neighbour, on the other hand, visits a different market in the Rhine-Main area every Sunday and meets her family there. A colleague of mine likes special backdrops again.
So you'll find five fine Christmas markets here today in the InsideFFMBlog, which I especially like this year.
Which are very important? Longer opening hours beyond 9 p.m. AND the very best - still open after Christmas. Because be honest: You are in the right mood on December 27th, you may even be free, you have time to relax, you like mulled wine, and on the Römer in Frankfurt there is a yawning emptiness. That's too bad.
My five favourite Christmas markets in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main area:
· CityXmas - Christmas above the rooftops of the city. On the parking garage Konstablerwache. Frankfurt's highest winter and Christmas market. A magical hut in front of our breathtaking scenery in the evening? "Loving, delicious, higher," says CityXmas about himself. The best thing is for you to decide for yourself. Special feature: also open until 30.12.and longer than 21 o'clock. Access: By elevator or car to parking level 5 and from there via the big stairs to CityXmas & CityAlm.
· Lust for European Christmas? Then the market on the roof of the Skyline-Plaza is just right for you. Besides the "Ach" moment when you look at the illuminated skyscrapers, arm yourself for delicacies from nine European countries (e.g. chips from Belgium, treats from France, Turkey, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and among others European stew J) and country-specific huts! Duration: Until 21.12.2019, open until after 21 o'clock!
· Rheingau. Of course, a detour to the romantic Rheingau is also worthwhile in December. My personal favourite is Eltville - only this weekend the Christmas market builds its stands in the historic old town as well as in the Eltville Castle. and a crib in the Grafensaal. Addresses: Winery Kögler, Kirchgasse 5, 65343 Eltville am Rhein, Kurfürstliche Burg, Burgstraße 1, 65343 Eltville am Rhein
· Dreieichenhain. Thanks to the charming half-timbered architecture, Dreieich can look back on a long and atmospheric tradition of its own Christmas markets, which captivate guests from all over Hessen - including my humble little one.
My insider tip: The Hayner Christmas. Only on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of Advent. The picturesque backdrop of the old town of Dreieichenhain with its magnificent half-timbered houses, the narrow alleys and the historic grounds of Hayn Castle is perfect for a romantic Christmas market. Parking spaces are rare! You should be prepared for a short walk to the market.
· Offenbach. Jawoooohllll. Offenbach. What's the matter with you? Quite simply because the people of Offenbach offer me something nearby that the main market in Frankfurt unfortunately doesn't offer - if I just turn up from celebrating Christmas on 26 December, have time off between the years, want to savour this special time until the turn of the year, then unfortunately everything on the Main and Römer has already been dismantled. That's so incredibly sad! A nice colleague felt sorry for me and invited me to Offenbach last year on 30 December. Delicious Swiss punch in a relaxed atmosphere. Well filled the place, but not jam-packed. So you can chat for hours. So, therefore yes, Offenbach ;-) After the holidays until 29 December open from 11 to 19 o'clock.
If you are looking for a medieval backdrop, take a look at my post, that I had put together for you here.
What market have you visited yourself? Are you traditionalists and remain loyal to the established stands or are you Christmas market tourists like me?