Oberursel Christmas Market

Yesterday afternoon, we visited the Oberursel Christmas market, and it marked the first time we came with our children.

The older one is attending college in the U.K. and the younger one went to the Christmas market in Strasbourg/France… Needless to say, we were able to pass the Crepes stand and many others without stopping. We surely had much time to spend quite a bit of money! The most ever. We bought a creche and Christmas ornaments from the Erzgebirge for presents. We also had Fischbrötchen (this German delicacy which most foreigners despise), photo here at Marions Kochbuch: Fischbrötchen.

The old steam locomotive is still running, mostly occupied by young riders.

model steam locomotive in Oberursel

One of the many vendors with Christmas ornaments on display.

The Christmas market is between the Marktplatz (market square) and Rathausplatz (city hall square).

Christmas around the Marktplatz

View onto St. Ursula Church, as seen from the Marktplatz.

The church seen through the mist

I had to pass on this food – but not the photo opportunity.

roasted pig

It was a cold day at the market, but as Germans sell Schnaps and Glühwein as early as midday, it surely was no problem for some.

Sunday, 02 Dec 2012,  is the last day of the Oberursel Christmas market and the hours are: 12:00 – 21:00.

 

What’s Open on 25 December in Frankfurt?

“What’s open on Christmas Day in Frankfurt?”, I have just been asked. After having done some research on this, I can tell you, “Not much.”

Most museums are closed (except for the Jewish Museum), the ice-skating rink is closed, and shops and markets are closed. A leisurely stroll through Sachsenhausen and along the Main River are all I could recommend. The Frankfurt Tourism Office is closed on 25 December as well.

If you have a 10-layover at the Frankfurt Airport, you might be better off staying at the airport.

If you like organ music, you could try visiting a church in the morning (service often starts at 10 a.m.).

As with most local families, we are always home on Christmas Day. We usually have international family over for the holidays. We cook turkey (American style) and have our share of drinks (German style). Once we are stuffed on food, we might take a walk around the neighborhood, which qualifies us then for a late afternoon nap. If it snows on top of all that bliss, we could not ask for more.

Christmas Day is very quiet family day in Germany.

Europe’s Most Expensive Christmas Tree

Europe’s most expensive Christmas tree, sparkling with thousands of lights, represents a powerful contrast to the gloomy euro crisis.

The tree is located at the Frankfurt airport. The Squaire’s atrium makes a fine host for the tree, which is equipped with 8.000 LED lights and 40.000 Swarovski crystals.

The 20-meter (60-foot) tree weighs 6.000 tons and took three weeks to decorate. This Christmas tree jewel cost euro 2.5 million.

In comparison, the Frankfurt Christmas market has the tallest tree. Its height of 28 meters almost matches the Römer, Frankfurt’s Rathaus (city hall)

To view a photo of Europe’s most expensive Christmas tree, visit Frankfurter-Stadtevents.de

 

List of Christmas Markets 2011 in Germany

Most Christmas markets start on the First Advent, 27 November 2011.

The big town markets run for four weeks all the way up to Christmas Eve, whereas the small towns usually have it for a few days only (Thu – Sun) only.  Our local town of Oberursel/Taunus has its market running from 24 – 27 November 2011.

Plan your Christmas market hopping with the help of this excellent website List of German Christmas Markets 2011.

If you are not in Germany, then enjoy this armchair travel to the Frankfurt Christmas market.

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Glühwein – Lebkuchen – Schnee – Lichter – Tannenbaum …

Oberursel Christmas Market Impressions

The snow we had for the past few days has mostly melted by now. But what little we had was perfect for our four-day Christmas market (which ends this evening).

Here are a few photos I took two days ago.

Marktplatz Oberursel Christmas 2010

Oberursel Christmas Market

Hugs at the Marktplatz Oberursel

Snow-covered bikes in front of a pub

This was one of the better Christmas markets as we had snow instead of rain!

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