Frankfurt’s Christmas Festivities

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A visit to Frankfurt’s Christmas Markets

A delight in the Hesse region of Germany

Frankfurt was the 3rd stop on our 2017 Christmas Market road trip after we had enjoyed a couple of days in Strasbourg and three in Munich.
People milling about in front of a couple of the food & drink huts in the Christmas market in Plaza Hauptwache.  Bright neon lights decorate the ornate stalls.

The never ending Christmas market

After Frankfurt, we were then heading north to Cologne.

Frankfurt can trace its Christmas market history back 1393. However, it wasn’t until the early 19th century that the Christmas tree was introduced.

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Looking up at the huge Christmas tree that dominated the market in Römerberg in front of the Römer.

The Christmas tree in Römerberg

Now the huge tree takes pride of place in front of the Rathaus (town hall). The tree for 2017 came from a mountain range in Schmallenberg Sauerland.
A Christmas market stall selling sausages and nothing but sausages.

A selection of meats on the Christmas market

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Unexpected Treat

A food stall at night at the Christmas market in front of St. Catherine's Church.  The food is cooked over an open wood-fired grill and you can see the sacks of logs stacked at the end of the cabin.

The Drexel grill

When I did my initial research on the festive season in Frankfurt,

I thought the market was going to be reasonably small.

A group of people gathered around a glühwein stall on the Christmas market at night.  The streel lamp has an additional advent candlelight attached, and the top of the booth has two illuminated reindeer either side of Santa and a glühwein sign.

All gather for Glühwein

A stall on the Christmas markets selling roasted nuts that you literally can smell before you see.  The wooden hut has a jolly Santa and his reindeer perched on the tiled roof.

The roasted nut stall

A brightly lit, candied fruit stall, on Frankfurt’s Christmas market. People gather to look at the selection of wares.

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When the sun goes down

A brightly lit Glühwein hut in Frankfurt's quayside Christmas market at night.  People are coming and going, others are perched around wooden tables, shaped like Christmas trees enjoying their drinks.

The Glühweinhutte

We had arrived at our favourite time when the sun starts setting, and the stalls are awash with twinkling lights.

So, no time like the present and it was time for a Frankfurter & glühwein.

A grill stall on the quayside Christmas market at dusk, selling a variety of grilled sausages.

Go with the flow

You don’t need a map here, as the markets flow along, immediately you are heading up to Römerberg.

This is a delightful square with half-timbered buildings encircling it and where the tree stands high above.

The brightly lit carousel in Frankfurt's Römerberg Christmas market

One of the carousels

Adding to the joyful atmosphere is a carousel for all ages and plenty of festive stalls, with different varieties of food and a fantastic selection of glühweins.

Here a local specialty here is apfelwein (apple glühwein) and also brombeerwein (blackberry glühwein), I got Gary an extra topping of cream.

The ornate roof of a Christmas market stall in Römerberg in front of a half-timber building.

Merry Christmas from Römerberg

Two mugs of gluhwein in front of a fondue served with two rustic bread rolls served up on a Christmas market stall in Römerberg.

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Singing Moose

The singing moose head on top of a stall in the Christmas market in front of St. Paul's Church.

That Singing Moose

The top of a food stall on one of the Christmas markets with an animated Moose head that performs by singing classic Christmas songs like you've never heard before.

For the sweet tooth

A selection of chocolate kisses on a Christmas market stall.  These little marshmallow chocolate domes come in a variety of different flavours, and we have selected two different ones to try.

Chocolate Kisses

Local Delicacies

Gary holding a bread roll containing a German cheese sausage.  The cheese sausage is the normal pork variety blended with cheese, so it oozes from the sausage.

A Cheese Sausage

A bowl of steaming goulash soup and a crusty bread roll from Frankfurt’s Christmas markets

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Frankfurt - Old & New

Frankfurt has quite an eclectic mix of architecture as you may expect

It is great to see around Altstadt that new buildings which are being erected, are being sympathetically built in line with the past.

Frankfurt's old opera house from behind the Lucae-Brunnen fountain in Opernplatz.    The sandstone coloured neoclassical styled building was destroyed during the Second World War and completely rebuilt, reopening in 1981.

The Old Opera House

A  yellow stone neoclassical building with a leaded roof in front of the glass skyscrapers of the modern Frankfurt.

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