If you love Christmas markets, then you’ll love the Strasbourg Christmas Markets – they’re magical.
I had heard amazing things about the Strasbourg Christmas Markets but for some reason hadn’t made any plans to see them this season. During my Mom’s visit to Germany in early December, we planned to check out several local Christmas markets, including the Esslingen Christmas and Medieval Market and the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market. We also planned to make a special cross-border road trip to see the Riquewihr Christmas Market in France. On the day we planned to drive to Riquewihr, we decided that we might be able to spend more time at the Strasbourg Christmas Market if we were to go there instead as it’s closer to us by car and open later than the Riquewihr market. So off we drove to Strasbourg, the “Capital of Christmas”.
S and I had visited Strasbourg before shortly after I moved to Germany. I couldn’t believe that I now lived an hour and a half away from this gorgeous Alsacian city that I’d always dreamed of seeing. Given its Alemannic roots, Strasbourg maintains a unique French-German culture and atmosphere.
We arrived at dusk, parked just outside the city centre (the Grande Île is closed to traffic throughout the Christmas market season) and made our way on foot toward the markets. I didn’t know before arriving that the Strasbourg Christmas Markets are actually a collection of 12 Christmas markets spread across the city, making it one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. The Christkindelsmärik, the original and most famous market, is just one of many markets in the city and is held near the Strasbourg Cathedral on Place Broglie.
As we walked into the city, the first sight we saw was the enormous Christmas tree on Place Kléber – breathtaking!
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