I’ve forever romanticized about a white winter in Europe. The kind where I would watch snowflakes gently descend upon cobbled streets, and look poetically at the gloomy skies for a ray of sunshine. On this whirlwind trip across Germany with Lufthansa and German Tourism, I did just that. I sipped my first of many cups of gluhwein in Frankfurt, found myself in a time warp with Rothenburg’s medieval era festivities, fell in love with the colorful celebrations in Cologne and Berlin in the backdrop of quaint old churches, and revisited Dresden with much nostalgia.
It was festive and charming, but just so cold, reminding me of What I’ve Learnt From Winter in Europe. By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way back to sunshine!
1. AERIAL VIEW OF DRESDEN’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS
from a Ferris Wheel! Glittery festivities lie in contrast against gloomy midday skies, symbolic of winter in Europe.
2. A LOCAL ARTIST’S WOOD-CARVING COLLECTION
at Cologne’s Christmas Market aka Weihnachtsmärkte on the Alter Markt; wood-carvers, crystal painters, glass glazers, all showcased their talent live here.
3. ROTHENBURG’S FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS MARKET
This fake white Christmas can be experienced round the year at Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum shop and museum; we would witness a real white Christmas two days later in Berlin and Dresden!
4. A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS FROM AROUND EUROPE
with local delicacies; this is freshly baked sweet bread dipped in nuts, from Hungary.
5. COLOGNE’S MOST FAMOUS CHRISTMAS MARKET
in the dramatic backdrop of its oldest cathedral. The charm of the city is irresistible.
6. TASTING GLUBIER IN AN OLD BREWERY
that is now a small Christmas Market in Cologne. Such charming ambiance to sip warm cherry-flavored beer in, by a bonfire.
7. MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN ROTHENBURG
Back in the 14th century, a night guard would do the rounds after dark and hang up lanterns across the village; the tradition is now upheld every winter night by kids in the village’s old town.
8. ROMANCE IN THE RAIN
at the Christmas Markets in Cologne. Rain or snow, the show must go on!
9. SAYING PROST OVER GLUHWEIN
with fellow bloggers at a cosy, indoor bar in Berlin.
10. STROLLING ALONG BERLIN’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS
in the backdrop of quaint, historical churches.
11. FALLING IN LOVE
with Christmas in Germany!
What were (are) your impressions of German Christmas Markets? Would you brave the cold to see them someday?
Note: I was invited on this trip by Lufthansa Airlines and the German National Tourist Board.
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