Guide to Experiencing a German Christmas Market

European summers are well known for wine festivals and partaking in local parties is one of the joys of travel. Winter (at least up until Christmas) is the time for Christmas Markets. This is especially true in Germany, though they are extending across Europe. For those that have not had the chance, here is a…

Imker – Maker Of Things From Bees

Honey and bee related things are far more common in Germany that I experienced in the US. The Freiburg market has several stands at least from Imkereien selling honey in small and large bottle in tends of different sorts. Beeswax candles with their distinctive deep yellow color are also common. At Christmas Market time, the markets attract more stalls. The second soggy Saturday in a row I ventured out to the Christmas market and an Imker stall to sample the wares and see what the retail side of an Imkerei looks like.

Nun Farts and Drinking Before Noon

So, yeah. It’s Christmas time. Forget packed malls and hours of searching for a parking place, think crowded markets where everyone has a mug of steaming wine regardless of what time of the day it is. It’s gray skies and snow flurries and fried things with sugar. It’s a Christmas Market in Germany.

Enter the Figgy-Pudding

Bring us some figgy pudding; bring it right now. We won’t leave until we get some… so goes as version of “We Wish you a Merry Christmas”. While this is a well known song in the US, none of us have a clue what figgy pudding is. This post will not change that as it is about traveling figgy pudding and the tradition that grew out of a joke.

Christmas Markets

Winter is the time of Christmas Markets in Europe. Think freezing cold, tons of people, hot spiced wine, sausages and rows of stalls filled with thing. Mostly I go for the experience and for the hot wine. In the cold, it is almost better to have the hot mug in your hands than actually drink it.