All across the UK, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, German markets pop up in the centres of many cities. They bring with them a great sense of traditionalism and have become very popular with tourists. There are, however, plenty of opportunities to visit Germany during the festive period with organised tour companies, such as Newmarket Holidays, who provide a great way of seeing these traditional markets in situ.
The native German markets are particularly spectacular, they have all the attractions that make them so popular in the UK, and many of the larger markets also contain live entertainment or rides. The little wooden huts that tout anything from handmade jewellery and ornaments to quintessentially German cakes and confectionaries stand next to ice rinks, and in the town of Worms there is even a living nativity scene. Christmas on the continent is a world entirely of its own when compared to the gaudy, but very marketable, American-style modern Christmas.
One of the most scenic ways to enjoy the wide variety of attractive German markets at Christmas is to travel along the famous waterways of the country. Many local tours are available, but it is also possible to book a river cruise with UK tour operators like Newmarket Holidays, that will have planned itineraries so that travellers can enjoy the majesty of the riverside towns and markets without having to worry about getting themselves around.
A number of the most popular German markets are along the Rhine River: Worms contains the living nativity scene, and Speyer holds the ice rinks, but travellers can also visit the Trier, which is one of Germany’s oldest cities. The German market there is held every year right in front of the impressive cathedral. Further north along the Rhine, festive visitors will find the city of Cologne, which boasts six different Christmas markets, each with their own individual character. There’s the fairytale market, and the harbour market, which has 80 stalls shaped like sails. The many options are sure to offer something to suit the tastes of even the most discerning visitor of the German markets.
While German markets in this country can be exciting and provide an alternative to the usual Christmas hustle, a holiday with a company like Newmarket Holidays, gives visitors the chance to experience, with ease, the authenticity and tradition of a festive celebration that has been exported to the UK.