German Christmas markets

#1
Looking at some Groupon deals, flying from MAN:

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ga-weekender-breaks-1644

Any comments/recommendations please?

Will be going without the kids but would prefer not too much 'cultural enrichment'...been a while since last visit to Das Fatherland...

Ta
 
#2
Our son took his GF to the Munich one 3 or 4 of years back.
Like me, he is anti Yuletide but even he said it was brilliant.
 
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#4
Snow fall last year in Erlangen made the xmas market look like something right out of a a movie set. Other than that it was quite forgettable. The Glühwein helped against the frigging cold. The local band sounded like a funeral dirge.
 
#5
If I were going it would be Cologne or Munich, with Munich perhaps winning out as the weather is likely to be more "Christmassy".
 
#7
Düsseldorf, as it has the Altstadt, and the airport is much busier than Köln-Bonn, so you will probably get cheaper flights. You could in fact do both Düsseldorf and Köln, there is an excellent train service between them, or a river cruise, if that takes your fancy.
 
#8
Anyone got any phots of ones they have been to? Would be interested to see "real" phots, as opposed to marketing ones from the websites.

Thanks
 
#11
Düss or Köln will be the shorter flights too, which may equate to cheaper. Unless you go to Frankfurt Hahn :)
 
#13
Düss or Köln will be the shorter flights too, which may equate to cheaper. Unless you go to Frankfurt Hahn :)
Will only be planning on doing a couple of nights, have until midnight gmt tonight until some discount voucher that saves us whatever expires...

Will probably review recommendations here and forfeit the discount...take time to decide etc.
 
#14
Berlins the badger. Over 7 separate venues, in both the Eastern and Western districts of the city and whilst cultural enlightenment has indeed arrived, didn't see too many around the markets.
 
#15
Looking at some Groupon deals, flying from MAN:

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ga-weekender-breaks-1644

Any comments/recommendations please?

Will be going without the kids but would prefer not too much 'cultural enrichment'...been a while since last visit to Das Fatherland...

Ta
I’d do Cologne. Plenty to do which isn’t the market as well.

You could try and wrangle a tour round the European Space Agency; fairly interesting. Kochem (spelling?)down the road is nice too.
 
#16
Anyone got any phots of ones they have been to? Would be interested to see "real" phots, as opposed to marketing ones from the websites.

Thanks
Erlangen 2017, soon after it started snowing, it didn't stop for hours. The 3rd pic is a video screenshot - gives you a sense of the blizzarding.
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Berlins the badger. Over 7 separate venues, in both the Eastern and Western districts of the city and whilst cultural enlightenment has indeed arrived, didn't see too many around the markets.
Berlin markets are stunning however compared to other major German city Christmas markets, it is really expensive.
 
#19
Aachen is good, Monschau is simply enchanting.

Take the walk up to the top of the hill that overlooks the town. It's a good heart rate riser, great view of the town and stream that runs through the town, and will build an appetite for a hot bevvy or 10, and some xmas tucker.

Simply beautiful.
 
#20
Cologne is booked.

Thanks everyone.

Will update here after Nov 27th with review.

:)
 
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