What you can drink while visiting a festive marketGlühwein is just the start...
A lot of people when they think of a German Christmas market, their immediate reaction would be sausages, and of course, they would be right. However, if you were to forget about the food (just for one minute) then the next image to be conjured up would probably be glühwein (mulled wine).I mentioned in our feasting at a German Christmas market post that in 2017 not only did we revisit Cologne for the 10th time, but we additionally travelled to Munich & Frankfurt. We also visited Strasbourg, I know, geographically it's France, but considering how close Strasbourg is to the German border, the markets are so different.
The favourite drink on the German Christmas MarketsIt has to be - the red one
How it works on the German Christmas MarketsYour Memento
Depending on the time of day and if you’re a bit cold you may want to add an additional shot (schuss), of either rum or amaretto.
But beware this could turn out messy!!!!!
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Don't like red wine?The white one
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Let's discover the regional differences on the German Christmas MarketsNuremberg at Christmas
Other differences on the German Christmas MarketsFrankfurt at Christmas
In 2017 when we visited Frankfurt, they had stalls that offered quite a wide range of hot and cold drinks.
So for research purposes only (honestly), we tried their apfelwein (apple glühwein) and also brombeerwein (blackberry glühwein), I got Gary an extra topping of cream.
A spectacle on a few German Christmas MarketsFeuerzangenbowle
This is the fiery one, so after a couple of these, I’d doubt if you could say Feuerzangenbowle. (Unless you are German, of course!)
Not only is it red glühwein, but it also has a lump of sugar balanced on top of the mug, which has been soaked in alcohol and then set alight.
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.
Another traditional Christmas drinkThen the egg one
A touch of Après Ski at ChristmasAlpenpower
Other options when visiting the German Christmas MarketsIt’s not all alcohol
And of course - German BeerBut hot or cold?
You know but...
Alcohol & cars don't mix. Make sure you're parked up before enjoying the markets.
Also, if you're driving the following day then take it easy - we all know alcohol stays in the system for hours.
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When in Germany – drink all the glühwien! Who knew there was such a wide variety. I only thought it came in red! I like a sip or two but would definitely go for the hot chocolate ‘mit Baileys’. Do you keep all those mugs? Or did you give them back for your deposit. I love the cultural regional differences. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
We didn’t keep all of them, but over the last 11 years of visiting the markets we probably have quite a few, we use them as decorations now. We seem to get more and more picky.
It is amazing the types of glühwien, different regions tend to put a different twist on theirs. Nuremberg had some unusual ones.
I love how seriously you take your Christmas drinks research! I’m with Katy, I hadn’t realised that there was such a variety of different glühweins. I do like the idea of wandering around the markets with a mug of something warm to sip along the way. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
That’s dedication for you, we love it really. It surprises me how many there are, we noticed more warm beers appearing last year.
I do enjoy sipping a glühwien, while watching the skaters whizzing around on the ice rink.