Explore a Marvellous Christmas Market in Frankfurt
A high-powered business and financial hub, Frankfurt is home to the glowing headquarters of the Central Bank. However, at its heart, it is a vibrant, traditional and a charming city.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is the best place to experience the true holiday spirit. The tradition of the Frankfurt market stretches back to the 14th century, making it the oldest in Germany. It lures the region with historical settings, traditional food and handcrafted souvenirs.
The scenic surroundings on the Römerberg and St. Paul’s Square houses more than 200 stand with people selling colourful Christmas tree decorations, candles, sweets and candy and traditional German cuisine.
This year, the Christmas Markets is being held from November 25 to December 22, 2019.
During this time, the historic old town is brightly illuminated by thousands of fairy lights reflecting off the windows of the traditional half-timbered houses. The scent of baked apples, gingerbread and mulled wine fill the air.
This spectacular market stretches from Frankfurt’s Hauptwache all the way to the Main riverbank. A 104 feet tall Christmas tree adorns the centre of the market square. Must-try local specialities include the Bethmännchen, Lebkuchen, Christmas cookies with marzipan and almond and glühwein- a traditional spiced wine that is served warm.
The Artists Christmas market is a major art exhibition at the St. Paul’s church and the Römer. The exhibits in this market consist of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and trinkets that make for great Christmas presents.
Another highlight in Frankfurt during the festive season is the Chiming of the Church bells. Frankfurt’s famous Pealing of the Bells takes place four times every year. Two of these half-hour performances are perfectly timed for visitors during the festive season. The bells of Frankfurt’s downtown churches ring in harmony for half an hour on the December 1 and December 24.
Guests can also explore the Christmas Markets with special guided tours. On advance booking, a group of 20 guests can witness a Christmas marvel in a one-and-a-half-hour tour. It begins on the main entrance and takes you through the market’s culinary specialities and traditions.
Tickets are priced at EUR 150 and it is open from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. In terms of visitor numbers, the Frankfurt Christmas market is the largest in Germany with over three million visitors.