What to eat while visiting a German Christmas MarketIt's way more than just sausages
2017, for us, was another bumper year for German Christmas markets. Not only did we revisit our old friend Cologne, but, we additionally travelled to Munich & Frankfurt. We also visited Strasbourg, I know, geographically it's France but hey, it's only a stone's throw away.
This was one less destination than on our 2016 trip, however, for us “Christmas market lovers” it was still jam-packed. We find it fascinating how one country's food, differs so much from region to region. There's an incredible variety available, and you certainly won’t go hungry.
We learnt fairly early on that you don't need to be seated at a restaurant, to get the most out of the German Christmas market food experience. You can feast on the markets themselves, or just graze in a bar whilst enjoying a beer or two - you are in Germany after all.
I think the theme here is stocking up for the winter.
Here is a sweet and savoury taster for you, but obviously only in the visual sense, sorry!!
The choices on the German Christmas MarketsFood, glorious food
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Plenty of variety on the German Christmas MarketsHonestly, there is fish as well
Have we tempted you yet?
The whole German Christmas Market experience is something else, a more adult-oriented feeling, where the Christmas spirit runs freely. Sure kids are welcome but don't expect all the markets to be aimed at the little ones.
Recommended for the big kids that still believe.
It's a meat-eater's heavenBack to the grill
Food to Share
Traditional German cookingJust the pure meat in a roll
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Look for differences on the German Christmas MarketsHearty option
More German Christmas Markets
Then there are the carb'sWhen you have had too much meat
Finally, something sweet on the German Christmas MarketsAgain, the options can be overwhelming
There are so many choices here this is just the tip of the iceberg. Waffles, crepes, gingerbread or lebkuchen, baked apples, glazed apples, chocolate marshmallows, schneeball, sweet sticky nuts.
Now my mouth is watering.
Tip of the Iceberg
Don't forget the differencesOf the regions
Our preferred mode of transport for visiting these markets is always the car, that way it doesn’t matter how many Christmas treats we return with for family and friends; there’s room for it all. If you’re not taking your car save a little bit of room in your suitcase, surely everybody loves gingerbread.
Why not check out our post 'Your first German Christmas Market by car'
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Ooh that’s a few too many sausages for me!! But that goulash soup looks scrummy and the apple pancakes are just my cup of tea. This is a really useful post, Janis. We’re off to Austria in a few weeks so it’ll be interesting to see how the Christmas market foods compare. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
Yes, I preferred the goulash soup, Gary enjoys trying the different kinds sausages.We’ve been toying with heading to Vienna for the Christmas markets, it’s meant to be lovely there at Christmas. Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
I think my favorites were the he foot long kebabs in Cologne and the pretzels. Yes please! We’ve never been to a Christmas Market in Germany, but I think I must find my way to one at some point as it seems quite magical! #farawayfiles
Yes, I must admit I do like the turkey kebabs. There’s just not enough time to try all the things you like, you end up picking your favourites.I highly recommend visiting a Christmas market in Germany, they certainly know how to embrace all the fun.
Wow this took me back to our time at the Christmas markets a few years back. The food was simply amazing and it was great to experience the Cologne markets and all the unique foods.
It is a fantastic experience; the Germans certainly know how to embrace Christmas. The only problem is that there is not enough time to try all the different foods. Although it’s a good excuse to keep returning.