The weekend is almost here, and more Christmas Markets are opening🎄🎁❄!! Maybe you went to the caves last weekend, and now you’re trying to figure out what to do next. No sweat, we got you fam! If you are planning your next weekend adventure, then this post is for you!!
Quick admin note: Reading comprehension is key. If you mis-read our posts, don’t check out the blog for event links prior to heading out, and end up at an event on the wrong day, that’s on you 😑. Just sayin’.
(ACHTUNG: Before you head out anywhere, keep in mind that November 24th is Sunday of the Dead. Many venues in Germany, to include Christmas Markets, will be closed)
**Mosel Christmas Market Journey
As I mentioned last week, there are just way too many Christmas Markets to list every single one 🤯. And there’s no way you’ll go to all of them either. I’ll make recommendations each week on how you maximize your Christmas Market adventure to make it unique and exciting. This weekend, with several markets on the Mosel opening, I recommend a Mosel Christmas Market Journey.
The brave will do all four in a single journey. Regardless of how many you do, I recommend starting further out and making your way back to Kaiserslautern. That leads us to Koblenz.
*Koblenz (Nov 22-Dec 22)
An hour and a half from Kaiserslautern is the town of Koblenz, situated at the meeting point of the Mosel and the Rhine, and also a great place to start your Mosel Christmas Market journey.
*Traben-Trarbach (Nov 22-Jan 1)
If you love wine 🍷, then just over an hour from Koblenz is the Traben-Trarbach Christmas Market. This market prides itself for being centered around town’s wine cellars.
*Bernkastel-Kues (Nov 22-Dec 22)
Under 30 minutes from Traben-Trarbach is the medieval town of Bernkastel-Kues. A bucket list market for many people, this Christmas Market prides itself for having the Mosel’s largest Advent Calendar. Stroll the village and enjoy live music throughout the market.
Under 45 minutes from Bernkastel-Kues is our last stop, Trier. A former Roman city bustling with history, Trier’s Christmas Market was named 2016 Reader’s Choice by Stripes. You can see for yourself why, as the market is situated in Market Square, with the Cathedral as a backdrop. When you’re done, drive an hour and half drive back to Kaiserslautern.
Bonus: Trier Christmas Market can easily be the focus of a single day trip. If so, I recommend you take the train. Using the Regional Express (RE), it’s a direct route and a family of four can travel for only €30 roundtrip.
—NEARBY CHRISTMAS MARKETS OPEN—
Les Marchés de Noël à Metz (Nov 20-Dec 29)
Multiple Christmas Markets throughout Metz of varying sizes and opening times. Check site for what’s open before you head out.
*Rüdesheim Weihnachtsmarkt (Nov 22-Dec 23)
*Luxembourg City Weihnachtsmarkt (Nov 21-Dec 24)
*Marché de Noël de Strasbourg (Nov 22-Dec 30)
*Worms Weihnachtsmarkt (Nov 20-Dec 23)🚉
*Ludwigshafen Weihnachtsmarkt (Nov 20-Dec 23)🚉
*Gerhardsbrunn Weihnachtsmarkt (Nov 23)
*KL on Ice (Nov 22-Feb 16)
Right here in Kaiserslautern, the hall at the Gartenschau turns into a winter wonderland for the season. Entrance into the ice skating rink is €2.50 children and €3.50 adults. Bring your own skates or rent them for €3.50-€6.50.
*FC Kaiserslautern vs. Hansa Rostock (Nov 24)
*Craft Beer Messe, Mainz (Nov 22-23)
*Glühweinfest Weingut Frank Dietrich (Nov 23)
Party with program hosted by a winery in Großkarlbach.
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