Dates : 23rd November – 23rd December 2018
Opening times : Weekends only
Monschau, the idyllic town in the Eifel region next to the Belgian border, is nice to visit in all the seasons of the year. And for Christmas it smartens up especially. With its picturesque corners, this place in the Nature Park Hohes Venn – Eifel draws in streams of tourists in the warmer months especially. Amidst the medieval town layout, with the stream Rur snaking through it, slate-clad houses dominate, and timber framed buildings with cafés, restaurants or artisan craft and souvenir shops. You should really visit the Christmas Market in Monschau, which attracts thousands of guests over all four advent weekends.
Many towns boast traditional Christmas markets offering delights for the body and soul. What sets the Monschau Christmas Market apart from other markets is the fact that not only Christmas stalls entice to shop or to linger. Also local shops, restaurants, galleries, antique shops etc fit perfectly into the pre-Christmas spirit. There is even a House of Christmas in Monschau: throughout the months of March to December, this typical building offers Christmas decorations for sale on all 3 floors.
It is best to plan a visit to Monschau with the intention to stay until the early evening. The falling twilight, the twinkling Christmas lights, and Christmas carols played by various music ensembles fuse into a unique seasonal mood that even hardened Scrooges will enjoy over a cup of Glühwein.
Christmas Markets – Weihnachtsmarkt – Marche de Noël – Mercatino di Natale – Mercados de Navidad
German Christmas Markets or Weihnachtsmarkt,have now become popular and are a welcome and familiar sight in many of the cities, towns and villages throughout Europe during the season of Advent.
Whether visiting a local Christmas Market or taking a Christmas Market Tour, the wonderful festive atmosphere will be sure to lift your spirits and bring the Christmas cheer a little closer.
Wrap up warm and wander along the rows of pretty wooden chalets taking in the rich, warming aromas associated with Christmas such as hot roast chestnuts, grilled bratwurst sausages, crepes or pancakes, hot doughnuts, gingerbreads and Gluhwein or Mulled wines or ciders. You can sample the marzipan figures, chocolate covered fruits or one of the many festive delicacies on offer from around the world. There are all kinds of Christmas gifts and decorations, especially traditional things such as tree decorations, wood carvings, crib figures, traditional toys, candles, hand-knitted jumpers, lambskin slippers and glassware, you will be able to find that special little something that will be a unique gift for someone to treasure. Children will be excited to meet with Santa Claus and maybe, just maybe!! there will be a little present for them too!
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