Discover Germany, Issue 55, October 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Travel  |  Destination of the Month

(and nominated again for 2017) and is known and well liked for its cosy, family atmosphere. Of course, the region offers numerous other picturesque destinations for Christmas market lovers, for example in Hattingen: in the historical centre of the Ruhr Valley, the old town featuring halftimbered houses and cobblestone streets offers an annual Nostalgic Christmas Market. The daily highlight is the appearance of the Grimm brothers’ Frau Holle, shaking out her feather pillow which, according to the tale, will bring snowfall. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine in medieval surroundings and the smell of traditional Flammkuchen tartes baking in the stone ovens.

Winter in Freudenberg. Photo: © Stadt Freudenberg

The ‘Unique Products’ market at the Althoff Grandhotel in Bensberg Castle near Cologne is to be experienced each year on the third advent weekend and features regional products as well as arts and crafts with an individual edge. Each piece is one of a kind and crafted with passion. Delicacies such as Bergische waffles, Christmas Bratwurst and the hip Pulled Pork Brioche Burger round up a perfect day in the stunning castle court: Christmas shopping of a truly different kind. Winter wilderness Monschau Christmas Market. Photo: © Oliver Franke, Tourismus NRW e.V.

For those who enjoy the outdoors and the merits of nature in wintertime, the

Hattingen Christmas Market. Photo: © Sandra Glomb, Hattingen Marketing

Aachen Christmas Market. Photo: © B. Schröder, Aachen tourist service

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