December is one of the best months of the year to visit Germany. Yes, it is cold. But there are Christmas markets in every city, town and even small villages and the atmosphere is just magical. Two years ago I was lucky to attend my first Christmas market in Germany. I need to admit that after seeing many other Christmas markets after that, it doesn’t feel so special anymore. But there is something that makes me go to the Christmas market again and again. As you probably guessed from the title, it is food and drinks.
No visit to a Christmas market is complete for me without drinking a cup of something hot, be it Glühwein, Kinderpunsch or just hot chocolate.
Glühwein (mulled wine) is the most popular drink at the Christmas market. I used to think that Glühwein is always made from red wine, but last year I tried a white one and it is also very good.
For those who don’t drink alcohol, there is a non-alcoholic but equally tasty alternative – Kinderpunsch. It tastes similar to Glühwein but is made from juice instead of wine.
One more special drink to try at the German Christmas market is Feuerzanngenbowle. It is basically a Glüwein with an extra shot of rum. A sugar cube is soaked in rum and lit on fire until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine.
Apart from this, you can also find tea, hot chocolate, and cocoa at the market.
Usually, for all the drinks in cups, you need to pay a deposit (Pfand) which is normally 1-2 euro. You get the deposit back if you return the cup, but if it is a really nice cup, you might also keep it as a souvenir.
Basically, any traditional German food is available at the Christmas market. It means all possible variations of sausages and meat with bread or side dishes. If you are vegetarian, check this list of traditional meatless German food.
Flammkuchen is an Elsatian specialty that is very popular in Germany and I often saw it at the Christmas markets. Flammkuchen is a thin bread similar to pizza traditionally topped with sour cream, bacon, and onions. You can also get a vegetarian variation.
Some swiss traditional specialties like Raclette and cheese fondue are pretty popular at the German Christmas markets.
Not hungry enough to eat a full meal? Then try gebrannte Mandeln (roasted almonds). This is my favorite Christmas snack not just because they taste good, but also because they smell really nice.
This was a list of my favorite Christmas market drinks and food.
Do you know any other drinks or food to try on the Christmas market? Let me know in the comments!