Germany: Christmas Markets

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  1. scotjimland

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    Useful site with lots of travel information.. with a map of the Christmas market towns.

    Germany Culture & Events | Christmas in Germany

     
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    I would love to go to one of these Christmast Markets, does anyone have any recommendations, and bear in mind travelling times. The closer the better.

    Many thanks

    Pat
     
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    Hi Pat never been but others have recommended Cologne (Koln) its big, theirs a stelplazt by the river, and its one of the closest German ones, but I think the closest is at Brugge in Belgium

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    Been to the one in Bruges, sort of accidentally in that we set out for a few days B&B in Bruges (before we had the M/H) and the market was on. It is quite good fun, but isn't that huge. I'd say about 80% of the stalls were selling food and drink. Lots of lager and hamburgers! Some Gluhwein. Seemed very very difficult to find a cup of coffee or chocolate though. (on the market)

    It was absolutely freezing cold - hadn't really realised the city was actually on a river island and there are cannals too - very picturesque; have promised ourselves a visit in summer because it must be stunning. Anyway as at least 75% of the other stalls were of the woolly hat and scarf variety that served me well as I hadn't taken a hat or scarf (well I so rarely wear either) and Boy! - I needed them! Fortunately Pete had his Thinsulate hat with him so he was OK.

    Architecture is fantastic and of course most of the rooflines in the centre are illuminated for Xmas, very very pretty indeed.

    The city is eminently unsuited to the motor vehicle - cars and m/bikes as well as hulking great things which we've all got! - many many cobbled streets and very very narrow in places. Because of the cobbles you need really thick/cushion soled footwear if you are going to see anything. And food 'out' was expensive. (Got talking to a Belgian chap in a resto one night, he said he lived and worked in Brussels and comes to Bruges some weekends to eat - if we thought Bruges was expensive!!!!) As was almost everything in the shops, it seemed. (You know how shoes used to be ridiculously expensive everywhere in France 10+ years ago? - let me tell you, you ain't seen expensive!!!) But very very acceptable for 'browsing' LOL

    And don't be worried if it says somewhere is eg 'near the ring road' as this may make you imagine it's miles away - it ain't! - approx 20 mins smartish walk into marketplace.

    So Bruges IMHO - well worth a visit. But if I'd actually gone for the market, I'd have been severely disappointed in that.

    PS There was one 'kitchen' shop which wasn't actually expensive which was like a little treasure trove - a friend who it turned out had been the week before and I were drooling over things in there when we compared notes; husbands thought we were potty but we had both bought stuff ......
     
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    We have been to the xmas markets at Brugge, Valkenburg, Koln, n several down the mossel

    In truth we were a little disappointed in them, as they are not a market as we know them they sell mainly, xmas decoration (which are different, lovely, but costly) gingerbreads, gluevien (hot wine) and food, there is little or nothing in the way of gifts

    That said, they are still worth a visit, the atmosphere is great, the music, the mood, the effort
    we would be happy to go again although we would rush back (we went last year)

    The three to go to are Brugge, Valkenburg - this is a must, its the best and cheapest by far, it is housed in a huge cave with 40-50 stails, and Koln - Koln as 5 markets within about 3sq miles, but are all much of a muchness, they are easy to get to, using the underground system, you catch this at the entrance to the stal platz, and you pay on the train (machine does english)

    Patsy i'll fill you in at Southport

    Graham
     
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    ooooooooo errrrrr :Eeek:
     
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    No I think I will fill you in:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    I probably will just keep the information in my brain for a later date though.

    Regards Pat
     
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    its a stipulation of the german christmas markets that traders only sell 'seasonal' goods, hence the deco's, glockenspiels, Schwibbogen, Xmas food and Gluhwein...plus frankfurters/burgers etc (not exactly xmas food though)

    so you aint going to see Del-boy and Rodney hawking dodgey printers and TVs
     
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    you could end up spending a fortune as well Brian,

    we hold a few 'continental market' weekends in scarborough and value for money doesnt come into the equation.

    while the produce is genuinely French/Spanish/German the prices are definately English.

    A 250gram German slicing sausage = £5

    200gram of mouldy french cheese = £5

    a regular sized French Crepe with one filling= £2.50

    a small paper bowl of paella (about a mugfull) = £2.50

    im sure the traders only know £2.50 and £5 in English.

    ok, they have transport costs and the stall fees but it cant add up to a 50%ish markup.

    as someone posted in scotjimlands 'rip-off' thread....the price is dictated by what the punters will pay.
    and this punter wont pay, so their loss.
     
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    Patsy, forgot to say, we're not going to Southport, running scared:cry::cry:

    might change our minds yet, if we find something big n shine we could pasify you with like a winnie bago
     
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    Hi looks like we might be going to the Cologne Xmas Market in early Dec. :BigGrin: Mentioned it to the daughter and that was it, she's started packing already. :Rofl1:

    Olley
     
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    I hope you are going Graham

    You could bribe me with a UNICAT truck

    See you there

    Pat
     
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    we love going to the christmas markets, we have been brugge, valkenburgh and colonge, colonge was the best for us there is a tourist train next to the dom that takes you around the other markets there,
    valkenburgh was a bit naff the top cave was a waste of time the bottom one was a bit better tho. we are going back to colonge in december
     
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    Hi tommy where is the best place to park the van?

    Olley
     
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    Hi tommy thanks, I was thinking of the stelplazt the other side of the Zoo, near to the Boltensternstr tube station. Cologne is operating the planketten system, but I can't seem to find out if we would be ok I have a yellow one.

    Olley
     
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    Olley, there is a stel platz over looking the Rhine about 20 min on you bike,(push) 1hr walking or 10 mins on the tram

    Its a lovley safe quiet spot, loads of room even for an RV and costs 7 0r 8 euro's/24hr and about 2 euros for elec (good amps)

    if you use the tram system it costs under 10 euro's for a family ticket for a day ticket (think it runs for 24 hrs) it allows upto 5 people to hope on and off all day.

    and its nice to see the boats going up and down the Rhine

    as for you patsy, unicat!, now i am scared, there well hard, may as well go to Southport and get it over and done with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g90kgPhvA4:Rofl1::Rofl1:or:shout:
     
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    cant help with the stellplatz i wouldnt mind some info on it as it would seem the cheaper option.

    planketten system? whats that?
     
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    Hi blisters is that the one near to the Boltensternstr tube station?

    Hi tommy the planketten system is like London's LEZ, except it applies to quite a few German cities/towns, depending on your emissions you get either a red, yellow or green sticker, they only cost about €5 but you must have one to drive in the zones.

    The zones have sign showing you what colour sticker is allowed, at the moment I think most colours are, but it will tighten up in the future.

    See here: http://www.umwelt-plakette.de/int_england.php
    And Here: http://www.motorhome-facts.com/ftopic-40796.html you will have to take the dash out, between home and facts.
    Olley
     
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