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.
After our enjoyment at Bruges in Belgium and our wonderful experience at Cologne in Germany, we headed to the capital of the Alsace (now Grand Est), region of France, to the beautiful city of Strasbourg.
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.
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.
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Inspired to visit Strasbourg at Christmas?
Soak up the festive spirit, enjoy the Vin Chaud and feast on Tarte Flambée?
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