I’ve talked before about cruising to south-west German towns like Bad Wimpfen before, but the winter season offers something even more impressive, I think – the Altdeutscher Weihnachtsmarkt or Old German Christmas Markets.
Germans tend to create fantastic Christmas markets wherever you look, but the ones at Bad Wimpfen are particularly special. For a start, the old town area of this village is a cobblestoned maze of alleys and narrow streets with a couple of small squares, and heritage-listed houses and buildings surrounding it – plus it’s on a hill where you can look down into the Neckar Valley. On top of that, most of the stalls have traditional wares and its well-known to locals as the best Christmas market around, so there is always a great atmosphere.
The Bad Wimpfen Christmas markets run for the first three “advent” weekends, which means that this year they’ve already started – and will also take place on 5 – 7 December and 12 – 14 December. If you’re planning ahead for Christmas 2009 the markets will run again on the last weekend in November and the first two of December; they’re always open from Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. If you read German you can get more info from their official site.
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