Markets on the Mosel

We absolutely love the Mosel. There’s a pleasant feeling you get wandering through quaint German river villages, enclosed by hills boasting vineyards and castles. Christmastime on the Mosel is no less delightful, as we discovered during our Christmas Market journey in late November. While the crowds rushed to Trier for opening weekend, Nellie and I went further down the Mosel to the Christmas Markets at Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach.

Only an hour and a half from Kaiserslautern, Bernkastel-Kues is worth seeing any time of the year. The town is comprised of two small communities that straddle opposing sides of the Mosel. We parked along the Bernkastel side of the town, as that’s where the Christmas Market was situated.

The main Christmas Market area isn’t exceptionally large, but it has enough to see to occupy a couple of hours. While the central market area is perfect to stop and sip on glühwein, you’ll need to stroll through the romantic village to really see all that the Christmas Market has to offer. While in the village, you can see the Mosel’s largest advent calendar and live music all through the city.

While this Christmas Market is an adorable market in one of the most charming villages, I would have been disappointed if this was only market on this journey. The only way you’ll need more than a couple hours is if you also plan to tour the village while you’re there, so I recommend bundling it with another Christmas Market.

Their Christmas Market hosts events throughout the season, so make sure you check out their website before you head out.

Bernkastel-Kues Christmas Market (Nov 22-Dec 22)
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Only a 20 minute drive from Bernkastel-Kues, the Traben-Trarbach Christmas Market was a pleasant surprise! Formerly a prominent wine trading town, Traben-Trarbach lives up to its reputation by being called the “Wein-Nachts-Markt.” The Christmas Market is centered around a series of six cellars in the city, some dating as far back as the 16th century.

Much like Bernkastel-Kues, this is a combined community on both sides of the Mosel. We parked on the Trarbach side of the village, which is conveniently located next to wine cellar #6. With arrows pointing you to the other cellars throughout the town, we quickly figured out that this was almost like a glühwein pub crawl.

Wine cellars #1-5 are located on the Traben side of the town, which we had to cross the Mosel Bridge to access. Each cellar felt like a Bazaar with vendors selling all sorts of collectables, snacks, and of course, glühwein.

While Traben-Trarbach is perfect for those searching for a warm break from the winter weather, you can enjoy outdoor ice skating in between cellar hopping. Make sure you check out the Christmas Market times and events before heading out!

Traben-Trarbach Mosel Wine and Christmas Market (Nov 22-Jan 1)
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