Frankfurt Christmas Market dates back to 1393 and played host to many events including a royal wedding in 1498 (insert Netflix movie here) and mystery theater shows. After the start of the markets, it became a local tradition to shop for gifts and treats every year amongst the stalls and vendors for the holidays. In the 18th century, a giant Christmas tree was added to Römerberg, the main square. Without a doubt, I would have to say that this town had some of the most unique markets of any other city. There are seven different markets for you to choose from, so go enjoy!
This is the most well-known market in Frankfurt and the one you’ll see depicted on most advertisements and websites. The half-timbered houses make a lovely backdrop for the gigantic Christmas tree decorated with 6,500 lights and over 300 red ribbons. If you get the opportunity to climb to the balcony of St. Nicholas Church, you will get a bird’s eye view of the markets and square. Grab a fresh grilled bratwurst and glühwein and hot mulled wine to warm up with as you wander in between the stalls.
If you are looking to purchase souvenirs and gifts, then visit this market. Traditional German handicrafts and treats are located in every corner. Check out the little quetschemännchen, figurines made from dried plums and nuts. It has been said that these little statues bring good luck. However, historically, young men would gift these odd dolls to a young woman to show their affection and intention to date her. If she kept the gift, then the feelings were mutual. If she returned it, well, better luck next time!
This was my favorite market in the city! Everything is pink including the Christmas trees and decorations! If you go during the day, it looks interesting, however, you must go at night when everything is bathed in a bright pink glow.
I found the most delicious food and drinks at this market. One of the coolest things to watch and taste is feuerzangenbowle. Say that five times fast! This is a cone of sugar that is placed over a cauldron of mulled wine, soaked in rum, and set on fire. The toasted rum-flavored sugar then drips into the wine and flavors it even more. It is amazing!!
This lovely LGBTQ-friendly market deserves to be enjoyed by all! Make sure to visit the almond hut where you can purchase tasty treats, AIDS ribbons, and AIDS Help Bears. All proceeds go to a local AIDS charity to assist those afflicted by the disease.
This is the city’s busiest shopping area and is lit up with many lights and decorations. There are gift stalls and huts selling everything from piping hot soup to homemade dog treats. This market has a more modern feel but is still, in its own right, magical.
Unfortunately, this market was closed during my time in the city. However, if you get to visit while the shops are set up, you are in for a treat. Set along the river’s edge, this market features some of the same items from the other markets, but in a very unique location. The crowds here tend to be more manageable.
When you think of Frankfurt Christmas markets, do you picture a parking garage? No? Well, maybe now you will. This crazy location is decked out in lights and everything holiday! This location boasts unbeatable views of the skyline of the city. Alongside the stalls selling their wares, there is a curling rink, in case you want to try your hand at the sport.
If you want to get out of the crowded areas but still enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas season, then consider this place. It is a tiny market with places to sit, relax, and sip on glühwein.
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