December is Christmas Market Season in Germany. Every town no matter the size has one (or several). We took a weekend to go up and check out Frankfurt’s. Ali had flown in and out of Frankfurt enough while we were dating long distance for us to know the basics of the city. This was our first time as tourists though.
Christmas Markets are highly German and highly recommended when traveling here in the winter. Here is a photo tour of the market. I don’t do Instagram even though that seems to be the popular thing these days, but I do like photos and tours, so here it goes.
The church is St Nicolaus. Very appropriately named for its position watching over the Christmas Market. We were supposed to get a tour to go look down from the balcony, but it didn’t work out. We had fun anyway.
I was surprised to see a number of stalls with Schwarzwald in their name. The market really had a lot of regions of Germany represented.
This one was selling all kinds of cured sausages from the southern region were we now live.
The local sausages had a stand as well. More cured sausages, this time from Hessen, the state that Frankfurt is a part of. Yes, the first sign really does mean Blood Sausage. No, I didn’t try any.
Almonds are a pretty common nut in Germany anyway. It gets made into marzipan as well as roasted with sugar for a typical Christmas Market sweet snack. This stall had all kinds of unusual flavors. Energy and Rum were too of the best and most photogenic.
Marzipan is a tasty thing and also very Germanic. It is very versatile too. Yes, those are pigs heads shaped from the stuff. Not full size, but big enough.
Yes, the chilis were fairly hot, but the chocolate just kind of flakes off and melts in your mouth. The flavors don’t really mix as well as they should.
Mulled wine is the center of a good Christmas Market. Don’t just expect red or white, pretty much everything imaginable is available. Some of those are different fruits made into wine and some of those imply a shot of liquor added to the drink.
Mulled wine comes in these typical mugs. You pay a deposit when you get the glasses. If you choose not to get your money back, you have ready made souvenirs.
Rides are a part of most Christmas Market experiences too. There are several carousels at the Frankfurt market.
With the wine definitely comes food. This stall sells only one dish. Fried potato puffs(halfway between a pancake and a hashbrown) with either apple sauce or garlic sauce.
Again I was surprised how regionally diverse the Frankfurt market was. This stall is selling Lebkuchen (Gingerbread cookies) which are from Nuremburg.
The charming timber frame houses of the Romerberg square fight for attention with the mass of market stalls that fill the square. Check out the crowds though, this is not a peaceful quiet place.
The Christmas Tree is pretty huge, but looks good especially lit up at night.
Frohe Weihnachten is the German phrase for Merry Christmas. I like the depth of field type pictures, so this appealed to me.
For more about the market check out Ali’s post about the Frankfurt Christmas Market as well. We are giving away a pair of boat tickets for Frankfurt there too.
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Ali and I were guests of the Frankfurt Tourism board on our weekend to see the market. All opinions and snarky jokes are my own.