An Alsatian Christmas experience
Amazingly since 1570.
A Christkindelsmärik has been held around the Strasbourg Cathedral, making it one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets.
So in 2008 we were off to see how they did it in France.
Our preferred mode of transport for these trips is always the car. On a good day it should take around 5 ½ hours to drive the 390 miles (630 km) from Calais to Strasbourg.
But this was winter and after battling with the snow it took us about 7 hours. Then, however the snow soon turned to rain.
Strasbourg actually holds one of the largest Christmas markets in France.
Set amongst the medieval architecture and arranged around the lovely Strasbourg Cathedral with its imposing gothic towers.
Although there are two or three main markets in Strasbourg, it’s a lovely surprise finding the other little ones dotted around the town.
One of our particular favourites back in 2008, was the International market, with its stalls from different countries of the world.
Take your time to appreciate the work and effort that has been spent on decorating the charming wooden huts.
There are wonderful displays of baubles, tree toppers, fairy lights, nativity scenes & Christmas decorations.
Lovely festive decorations throughout the surrounding streets.
The historic centre of Strasbourg the Grande île (Big Island), which is surrounded by the River III, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988 and it is easy to see why.
The timbered buildings are beautiful along with the amazing sandstone Cathedral of Our Lady, with its astronomical clock.
Trying the local food and drink from the market stalls, particularly the vin chaud (hot wine).
Also you may like to sample;
These markets aren’t only for children; you see people of all ages are enjoying themselves.
Of an evening the markets are mainly frequented by adults.
- We ate in the Lohkas restaurant, in la Petit France. The atmosphere was bustling and if you appreciate Franco-German cuisine, you’ll love this.
- We stayed in a luxury hotel, Régent Petite France & Spa. The hotel was in a fantastic location, extremely central and on the banks of the River III. Additionally, they had car parking facilities which was great for us.
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