The markets have too many delights to choose from.
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.
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
When I did my initial research on the festive season in Frankfurt, I thought the market was going to be reasonably small.
However, on our arrival, I was pleasantly surprised, as it weaved its way effortlessly through the highlights of Frankfurt old town and was a lot bigger than I had expected.
When the sun goes down
We were staying at the west of the city near the Main River, so after our arrival, we strolled along the river bank to Mainkai, where the market starts from the south.
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.
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.
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.
Now, I know we are in Germany, but we couldn’t resist trying a fondue, Gary just loves them.
As we jostled with the revellers, we head onto St Paul’s Square. This is quite a large market and once again full of a wide range of gifts.
What we did notice about Frankfurt in comparison to other markets, was that there was quite a lot of seating. So, you could take the weight off your feet and sit and hug your hot chocolate
It was in this square that we also enjoyed the dulcet tones of a carol singing moose, what could be better?
For the sweet tooth
As we wander up towards Hauptwache passing through Liebfrauenberg, there are even more stalls; it was along here that we couldn’t resist a Schokoküsse (chocolate kiss).
This is a marshmallow, covered in chocolate with a thin biscuit base; the marshmallow filling is available in so many different flavours it’s difficult to choose. They can be a bit messy, but they are adorable.
There are great things to eat on the markets, and you are spoilt for choice. I know the obvious is often a wurst, and there is such a wide variety of these.
Gary even sampled the Käsekrainer a cheese sausage, that had a really strange texture.
One of my favourite dishes that you can get in restaurants and on the markets is gulaschsuppe, such a hearty dish for the cold winter days.
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.
Equally it is always good to see the modern blend in any city.
Where we stayed
Our accommodation for the two nights in Frankfurt was at the Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper. Situated about 10 minutes’ walk from the old town, it had great parking in the basement, and the apartment was fantastic.
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