I definitely have had my fill of Christmas markets these past couple of weeks. My friends took me to the market my first evening in Germany, and it was overwhelmingly amazing! This tradition is to celebrate the Advent season, and celebration was in full swing when we arrived. We poked our way among the Nativity scene, gigantic Christmas tree, and wooden vendor stalls. Everywhere I turned, there was some new food I needed to try, from the fluffy, pillowy Schaumkussen made of beaten egg whites and coated in chocolate to the many, many styles of wurst for sale in numerous stalls. There was so much food! Roasted chestnuts, candies, cakes, cookies, gluhwein . . . . It’s times like these I wish I wasn’t cursed with such a small stomach. I think the photos tell more than I could!
There were so many people in the market, and the atmosphere was so festive, I couldn’t help but feel a warm fuzzy feeling about Frankfurt (I promise, this had nothing to do with alcohol). Much of the market is in the old part of town, which is lined with tall, narrow houses constructed with exposed wooden beams. Strings of lights lit up the narrow streets. It felt like Christmas was coming.