While in Germany just before Christmas we had to go to the legendary Christmas markets as well. I lived in Magdeburg for four years while I studied at university and knew the markets just too well. But it’s been a long time so I was really looking forward to spending an afternoon there and hanging out with the kids and my parents.
The Christmas markets are just the perfect size. Plenty to see and eat & drink but never too crowded. You have plenty of great food stalls, offering local delicacies, traditional handicrafts and quirky ornaments, merry-go-rounds and sweet scented mulled wine of course as well.
In the past I have been to many different markets, some in small medieval villages, castles and some bigger ones in Berlin but being close to home, Magdeburg Christmas markets has always been onef my favourite. Magdeburg is over 1200 years old and it buildings and offers a spectacular backdrop.
The market is devided in two smaller markets – the traditional Chritsmas market and the medieval markets – so you get the best of both. I personally prefer the medieval markets. It’s just so magical. Lights are hanging down from the trees, open fires and lovely scented mulled wine are keeping visitors warm and there are plenty of local craft stalls to buy some last minute Christmas presents. The atmosphere is just magical and you feel transported back to a few hundred years ago.