The Frankfurt Christmas Market has been around for over 600 years and is steeped in history and tradition. By far one of Germany’s oldest and most popular markets in terms of the number of visitors and sheer size makes it one of the most important markets in Germany.
A testament to the popularity of the Market can be seen in the ‘tribute festivals’ that have sprouted all over the UK. There are similarly named Markets in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh.
The Market is situated across the Romerberg square, Paulsplatz and Mainkai quay surrounded by the stunning architecture and scenery of Frankfurt itself. The market features over 200 stalls selling arts, crafts and Christmas foods and drinks. There is also a variety of entertainment centred around a 30-metre high Christmas tree at the market’s centre.
Food at Frankfurt Christmas Market
The first thing to greet you as you enter the market is the cacophony of seasonal scents from the traditional German food on offer: baked apples, roasted nuts and gingerbread among others. The culinary delights on offer in the market are quintessentially German and unashamedly Christmas in nature. Accompanying the ever present German sausage offering is German Christmas goose as well as “Brenten”, “Bethmaennchen” and “Quetschemaennchen” which are miniature marzipan-filled treats and a staple in Frankfurt at Christmas. One mustn’t forget to mention the famous German mulled wine, to warm the cockles of your heart, which is available everywhere.
Main attractions at the Frankfurt Christmas Market
Without a doubt the chief attraction of the market is the 30m high Swiss Christmas tree around which the market is based, an easy meeting point should you lose your companions because it’s visible from nearly every part of the market and everyone knows where it is. Another must see site is the Alte Nikolaikirche, The Old Nikolai Church, which is one of Frankfurt’s oldest churches – first mentioned back in 1264 although it is thought to be even older. The church is famous for its carillon of more than 40 bells that sounds daily so you’re sure not to miss it.
Christmas Markets in Germany
With so many stellar German Christmas Markets the most difficult choice is which to visit. A good idea is to attend a major city market, get your shopping out of the way, and then visit one of the smaller examples nearby to experience a real romantic charm. This way you get to experience the awe inspiring larger markets in Germany as well as the allure of a more intimate venue. Frankfurt is therefore an ideal choice as the charming Wiesbaden Christmas Market is not far away.