Discover Germany | Special Theme | Christmas Time in Germany
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Advent in Münster – a winter’s tale When the Prinzipalmarkt glows golden, Advent wreaths in arcades sparkle, the smell of Glühwein and roasted almonds moves through the streets and the boutiques are decorated with a festive touch, the city of Münster enters its most beautiful time. Five Christmas markets open their doors and transform Münster’s old town into a winter’s tale. TEXT: STADT MUENSTER I TRANSLATION: THOMAS SCHROERS | PHOTOS: AIRKLICK
Only a minute’s walk apart from each other, the markets are tucked away in the old town like pearls on a necklace and invite visitors for a comfortable Christmas stroll. Beneath the romantic lights, within the inner yard of the town hall and around it, lies the oldest and largest Christmas market. Here, booths and stalls with decorative, artful assortments and plenty of culinary offerings can be found. At the bottom of the impressive St. Lamberti Church and surrounded by historic gabled houses, the Lichtermarkt St. Lamberti with its blue pointed roofs and 20-metre-high light tree makes for a glamorous setting. Furthermore, in the cosy Christmas village around the monument of the Münster Kiepenkerl, quaint booths combine gusto and tradition. Especially family friendly, the Aegidii Christmas Market
presents a beautiful crib and a six-metrehigh, richly decorated wooden pyramid, which lights up children’s eyes. Finally, in front of the medieval buildings of the Überwasserkirche, with a wonderful view towards the lightened doors of the cathedral, the Giebelhüüskes market opens its doors with a great deal of craftsmanship and special culinary treats on display.
baked goods and much more, transformed into an idyllic children’s Christmas market every Friday and Saturday. Münster’s winter’s tale will begin on 21 November and run until 23 December. The different Christmas markets are open 11am to 8pm Sunday to Thursday and 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Additional information can be found online. www.tourismus.muenster.de www.facebook.com/muenstermarketing www.instagram.com/exploremuenster #adventinmuenster #exploremuenster
In the many churches, one can also find personal, meditative moments. Additionally, the accompanying cultural Advent events include concerts and exciting exhibitions in Münster’s museums. Further insights into the city’s history and traditions are provided by guided Advent tours. A new highlight for this year is the children’s market at the old fish market. The elegant new buildings with the vista of the Lamberti church are, through tales, carols, Issue 44 | November 2016 | 87
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