Discover Germany, Issue 56, November 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Magical Christmas Time

Krefeld’s Christmas Market, with ‘Made in Krefeld’ special for the first time.


A different kind of Christmas Christmas time in Krefeld is indeed something magical, not least due to its compact city centre that invites visitors to enchanting advent strolls. However, the unique Christmas concepts the city has to offer make a visit to Krefeld especially worthwhile this year. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF  I  PHOTOS: STADTMARKETING KREFELD

Krefeld impresses with its compact city centre, generous pedestrian zones and cute alleyways, which invite visitors for relaxing strolls through its diverse retail and gastronomy offering. Situated at the Rhine, Krefeld further offers an abundance of international street art and other great culture. For example, the two ‘Esters and Lange’ Bauhaus villas by star architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are the focus of international attention. Krefeld tries to stay true to its motto ‘innovative, creative, open-minded’, which is a direct result of the ‘Krefelder Perspektivwechsel’ (Krefeld’s changes of perspectives). With this campaign, Krefeld seeks to develop a new urban consciousness through identity-building activities that stand out from the urban scene. Hereby, the fields of innovation, design, contemporary architecture and cultur66  |  Issue 56  |  November 2017

al activities are significantly fostered so that the slogan ‘creative, innovative, open-minded’ becomes a fundamental consensus of Krefeld’s urban society. An example of this ‘Perspektivwechsel’ is the new concept for the Christmas market that is worth a visit this year: Himalaya birches, crab apple trees, Nordic spruces and red dogwoods will turn the central city square into an exceptional park landscape that will be lined with market stalls that have been specifically designed for Krefeld. In its middle, visitors will find a cosy lounge area, furnished with ‘forest furniture’. For five weeks, vendors from Krefeld and the region will present their unique products in the stalls. Extraordinary drinks, which will be served in Krefeld’s special Christmas mug that gets a new design each year, and special foods complement this high-quality offering.

If you are still searching for some Christmas gifts for your beloved ones, maybe Krefeld’s very own perfume ‘ESNC Crefeld’ would be a suitable souvenir – purchasable at the Christmas market. Clear design language meets woody, fresh and brut tones for the man, while the female version is ozonic, solar and floral. However, not only this remarkable Christmas market is worth a visit in Krefeld. For example, on 25 November, visitors can look forward to an advent shopping experience of a special kind. While the shops will be open until 11pm, several, colourfully illuminated parades, fire artists and ice queens will accompany the evening. Make Krefeld the place to visit this advent!