Frankfurt Christmas Market
Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the oldest in all of Germany. Located at the Römerberg (Frankfurt’s historical centre), St Paul’s Square and Main Quay, the market is officially opened with a concert. Visitors are treated to a wide fringe programme consisting of concerts, tower horns trumpeting from the balcony of St Nicolas Church, an art exhibition of local artists at the Römerhallen and St Paul’s Church, and the “Winter lights” event at the botanical gardens Palmengarten.
The enchanting setting of the Frankfurt Christmas markets is adorned by an enormous, twinkling fir tree in the heart of the old town. The massive spruce is the time-honoured symbol of the market, illuminating the old town centre with thousands of fairy lights. Traditional Christmas decorations and jewellery are available here alongside modern arts and crafts, whilst typical Frankfurt products such as pottery, earthenware and Christmas candies are also on offer.
The Frankfurt Christmas market features a brass band as well as toys and crafts unique to the region. The streets are lined with vendors selling only the finest treats including hot apple wine and the sweet regional delicacy the 'Bethmännchen'.
As one of the most idyllic Christmas markets in Frankfurt, the event at the medieval Town Hall offers a wonderfully festive experience. A unique shopping experience can be found with original handmade ornaments and trinkets available from the many craftsmen that come to showcase their work. Frankfurt city breaks are popular with couples looking for a romantic break away from the hustle and bustle of modern living.
A special extension to the traditional Christmas Market is the “Pink Christmas Market” at Friedrich Stoltze Square. Dedicated to Frankfurt’s LGBT community and anybody looking for something a little bit different, its stalls and Christmas trees glow in bright pink.
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Things to do and see
Taste the local specialities served at the Christmas market, such as hot apple wine - the locals’ beverage of choice, and Bethmännchen – small marzipan and almond biscuits named after Frankfurt’s famous banker family.
Visit the Römer (town hall) and the Römerberg, St Paul’s Church and the Emperors’ Cathedral in Frankfurt’s historical centre.
Head up to the Main Tower’s observation platform for a fantastic panoramic view from 200 metres above the city.
Take in the twinkling ‘Winter Lights’ event at the Palmengarten botanical gardens.
Become acquainted with the market’s many culinary specialities and its traditions on a guided tour.
Ascend to the rooftop gallery of St. Nicholas Church for a wonderful panoramic view of the entire market and the Frankfurt skyline, then enjoy a nostalgic ride on a vintage carousel before warming yourself up with a hot cup of mulled wine.
Available as a one or two-day ticket for individuals and groups, the Frankfurt Card offers unlimited travel on the city's public transport system, as well as a wide variety of discounts. Prices start from £7 (single ticket) and from £15 (group ticket for up to 5 people).
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