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Published on : Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Frankfurt Christmas Market,stretches from the Hauptwache across St Paul’s Square and the Römerberg all the way down to the banks of the River Main. It is here that one finds Germany’s largest Christmas tree, set scenically in front of the Römer, Frankfurt’s time-honoured town hall.
Frankfurt’s Christmas market is in fact famous for many things- regional Christmas products like “Bethmännchen”, a delicate almond and marzipan biscuit, hot apple wine and “Quetschemännchen”, small figurines made of dried plums.
Modern interpretations of old classics, like “Green Sauce” crêpes served with brisket of beef or delicious “Handkäs” fondue, have also gained in popularity over the years. The best place to enjoy these local culinary specialities is in one of the warm and cosy taverns situated all around the market.
Another historical gem of the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the 300-year-old timber-frame “honey house”, which is erected on St Paul’s Square every year for the duration of the market. Here, market visitors will find a wide variety of gift ideas.
A more recent addition to the traditional Frankfurt Christmas Market is the so-called “Pink Christmas” at Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz, a popular meeting place of the city’s LGBT community and friends. This offshoot market’s rustic wooden stalls sell old favourites as well as more modern concoctions, including hot cocktails, homemade soups and freshly made gingerbread. The entire market is lovingly decorated with much attention to detail yet also with a certain “pink” touch.
The best way to become better acquainted with some of Frankfurt’s yuletide traditions and holiday delicacies is by taking part in the guided Christmas market tour. The Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board (TCF) offers these guided tours on all four Advent weekends.an additional Christmas market tour specially conceived for the blind and vision-impaired is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 11th December. The tours are also bookable for groups in a variety of different languages.
This year’s Frankfurt Christmas Market will be taking place from 23rd November to 22nd December 2016.