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Glühwein under fairy lights

What makes German Christmas markets special? What should you not miss out on? International visitors to Frankfurt’s Christmas market give tips.

Kim Berg, 12.12.2022
  Frankfurt’s Christmas tree is decorated with 4,900 lights.
Frankfurt’s Christmas tree is decorated with 4,900 lights. © AdobeStock

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“This is the fifth Christmas market I’ve been to while travelling around Germany. I love the people, the history and the food. German Christmas markets are the best place to enjoy the pre-Christmas period.”



“I feel very much at ease at Frankfurt’s Christmas market because of the international atmosphere here. After all the stress of work, it’s a great place to meet up with friends. The only downside is that the Christmas market isn’t there for long enough – ideally it should continue until the end of January.”

“I like the people here as the mood is just wonderful. It’s all so Christmassy. The city is much more lively and bright when the Christmas market is on.”

“No matter whether it’s raining or snowing, everyone gets together at the Christmas market to enjoy the run-up to Christmas. I think it’s just great.“



“I planned my trip so as to be able to visit cities where I can either meet up with friends or go to particularly beautiful Christmas markets. The Christmas markets in Germany are impressive because they are so traditional. I especially like the Christmas market in Frankfurt because it is very large.”



“We really like the food at the Christmas market – and the churros best of all. I also think it’s great that so many people from different countries visit Frankfurt’s Christmas market.”



“The decorations and lights really get me in the Christmas spirit. Everything is so nice and colourful and it’s fun to watch the people drinking their Glühwein here. I have tried Glühwein with amaretto and vodka and it tasted really good. But our favourite are the churros with Nutella.”