Dec 22 2008
Winters Cheery Arrival 2.0 – Christmas Market in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Kristkindelsmarkt
The other day I had the privileged of visiting one of the most adorable and Christmas-spirited towns as of yet in Germany.
A friend of mine has been talking about taking me and my family to visit the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber for quite some time now. It’s a small town west of where I live on the boarder with Baden-Würtemburg and Bavaria (but still in Bavaria).
The town is filled with the sounds of happy seasonal music, people chatting, roasted almonds, and grilled bratwurst. It’s everything I love about Germany,rolled into one small town during the Advent season. And, Rothenburg is defiantly a town built upon the tourism industry – there are just too many year-round Christmas stores to say otherwise.
The town is also quite historic, not being very damaged during the 30-year war. So, there are many many old buildings as well as tons of beautiful shop signs.
Just to give you an idea of how historic/small the town is – the sign above means no carriage riding/driving on Saturdays and Sundays.
There are also plenty of other fun and interesting things to do around town like:
splash in puddles, take a walk around town,
and take a walk along the city wall.
I really like how they decorated the entrace to this store:
The draping lights are a really nice touch.
So, if you’re in Germany to see some nice Christmas markets, this should definitely be on your list as an entire-day stop. While the town is small, there’s a lot to see! And, in comparison to the Christmas market in Nuremberg, it is enjoyable. I will post more about the Christmas market in Nuremberg later, but it is really so full of people that a short person like me only sees people’s shoulders trying to walk around the market squished by people.
I do have to add thoguth that I found it rather intriguing that there was aline to get into this Christmas store…