Christmas Markets in Germany: Mainz Part 1

The 11 meter high Christmas Pyramid in Mainz, located at the center of Hofchen Square.

The Christmas Market is an outdoor market which runs for about 4 weeks during Advent season.  This week lots of the Christmas Markets in Germany have opened up, and the first one we visited was the Christmas Market in Mainz.  This is my first time ever going to a German Christmas Market, its definitely a different experience.  I would say its very traditional in a way that people gather to celebrate this tradition that has been going on since the 1400’s (and 1700’s for Mainz).  There were tons of booths which were selling food (currywurst, bratwurst, spiessbraten, etc.), ornaments, chocolates, and gluhwein (hot wine). So, what did I end up getting?  I got a currywurst mit pommes (sausage with fries), chocolates, Feuerzange bowle (traditional German wine drink), and goulash soup.

Left: Behind me is the Christmas Market Pyramid from the Ore Mountains. Right: A zoomed in photo of the pyramid, it has figures like Santa Claus and the Snowman.

The cute little Christmas ornaments and decoration.

More info:

– Website: Mainz Christmas Market

– Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 20:30, Sat – Sun 11:00 – 21:00

– Tip: To avoid the crowd, come during a weekday, watch out for gluhwein spills (since it is hot and can stain your clothing too)

 

 

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Published 10 December, 2012

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