Frosty temperatures are frequently recorded in Germany in the month of December, but hearts are warmed by the festive spirit at the Christmas markets.

The tradition of the Christmas market is deeply rooted, the market squares throughout the country are transformed into enchanting winter landscapes, adorned with twinkling lights, festive decorations and little wooden cabins which are lovingly decorated.
Traditional Christmas music and the cheerful sound of bells fill the air, choirs sing Christmas carols and visitors are quickly engulfed by the festive atmosphere.
A visit to the Christmas market is not complete without sampling the seasonal specialities. An essential part is mulled wine, known as Glühwein – an aromatic, spiced wine that is extremely popular during the cold season. This warming drink is often served in special mugs printed with festive designs. The recipe can vary slightly as each stand has its own special blend, but the main ingredients are usually red wine, citrus fruits, spices such as cinnamon and cloves and sweetened with either sugar or honey. Sipping a mulled wine is a distinctive experience. The steaming mugs not only warm your hands, but also create a cosy atmosphere in which to linger with friends and family.
Immerse yourself in the magic of the German Christmas markets and let yourself be enchanted by the festive atmosphere and delicious mulled wine!
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Blog by Karina Bierekoven, Relocation Consultant