Near Strasbourg, Christmas markets across the Rhine in Germany

The famous Strasbourg is both a European capital and a Christmas capital. We have already had the opportunity to encourage you to visit the French town when the large Christmas tree on Place Kléber is lit up and when all the streets and alleyways in the town centre become illuminated (

Do you enjoy “Christmas markets” with an authentic feel? We suggest taking a leaf from the book of enthusiasts of local traditions: spend a day in Germany! Several towns are worth a visit at the end of the year.

Gengenbach, typical and magical

We recommend a stopover at Gengenbach, a charming village in the Ortenau region. Its advent calendar on the façade of the town hall and its local stalls will make you want to continue the festivities in one of the local restaurants. We recommend Gasthof Hirsch, which is also a hotel. For anything else, the atmosphere will guide you.

Mulled wine and wood-fired trout

The must-see Christmas market is the market in Baden-Baden( If you arrive in the spa town by car, you can park underneath the Casino (one of the most stunning in the world). When you come out, you will discover an authentic Christmas market with artisan stalls. If you’re feeling peckish, you can choose between a local “sausage” or a piece of wood-fired salmon or trout.

You should also indulge in some mulled wine. If it is offered “Mit Schuss”, you should know that this means it is strengthened with an additional spirit (you will consume all this in moderation, of course).

Cathedral of Freiburg im Breisgau

In Freiburg, you can let the city-centre streets take you up and down from stall to stall. Naturally, the town has alleyways where you will want nothing more but to get lost and indulge in the festivities. You can wander between Freiburger Rathausplatz, Kartoffelmarkt, in Unterlinden, Franziskanerstraße and Turmstraße. Once again, a red sausage of Freiburg, a few chestnuts and some mulled wine can only add to the festive spirit.

It’s a different kind of Christmas, full of experiences and emotions, which will complement your stay between Vosges and the Black Forest.

Practical information

Discover Gengenbach during the winter holidays:

From 30/11 to 23/12/2017

Monday to Friday from 2pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.
Visit Baden-Baden at Christmas:

From 27/11/2017 to 30/12/2017
Town centre – Casino – from 11am to 9pm (opens at 5pm on 27/11. – Special opening times on 24/12, from 11am to 4pm).

The Christmas market in Freiburg im Breisgau:

From 27/11 to 23/12/2017 – from 11am to 8.30pm, Sunday from 11am to 7.30pm.

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