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Dec 22, 2013

Rothenburg Christmas Market: Day to Night

Ohhhh Rothenburg ob der Tauber...how you fill me with joy every time I visit your walled city! Ladies & gents, I present you Rothenburg, Germany at Christmastime. As if this place could get any more adorable, seeing it at Christmas just about did me in. Every inch of this quaint Bavarian town was covered in evergreen and twinkle lights...sending vibes of holiday cheer radiating through its colorful cobblestoned streets. It's kitschy enough to make you think Christmas was born here. Heck, maybe it was? Either way, Rothenburg still reigns supreme as one of my most favorite towns in all of Germany.

During 'My Big Fat European Family Vacation' in the spring of 2012, D and I shared this fun town with my entire family. When I mentioned to my parents that Rothenburg also had a Christmas market, my mom practically begged us to see it. D and I had never visited at Christmas, so it was a no brainer! We arrived in Rothenburg around lunch time. The town was bustling, but not as much as many of the other Christmas markets we visted that week. After grabbing a quick Swabian lunch, we weaved our way in and out of Rothenburg's decorated marktplatz and shopped 'till we dropped in Germany's largest Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store. While Rothenburg's Christmas Market (dubbed "Reiterlesmarkt" after an old Teutonic legend) isn't the biggest we've visited, it is one of the cutest (in my opinion, at least). The main bunch of Christmas market stalls can be found in the Marktplatz just below Rothenburg's Rathaus (Town Hall). Another section of the market is hiding within the courtyard of the town hall and just outside of St. Jacob's Church. If you're looking for a traditional Rothenburg treat to try, Schneeballen can be found in almost every bakery around town. They're basically balls of sweet dough covered in various flavored chocolates and toppings. Nothing fancy, but seeing as they were invented here, they're worth a taste! Of course, as with visiting any Christmas market in Germany, don't forget to grab a mug of glühwein and keep the mug as a souvenir of your visit! All the cool kids are doing it. :)


  1. Ahh, this is so lovely!!! Those houses look like storybook cottages!!

  2. Amazing pictures, as usual. Happy holidays.

  3. so beautiful it looks like a christmas storybook. lovely photos.


  4. Love all the photos and yes I agree with Elle and Liliana they look like they belong in a storybook

    1. I agree, too!! It's definitely a fairytale town! :) Thanks, Jo-Anne!

  5. Yup. It's the best. I went at Christmastime years and years ago. And my dad, lucky mug, is on a flight there right now to spend Christmas there. Well, Munich and a day trip to Rothenburg. What I'd do for some gluhwein right now..... Love these pictures girl!

  6. Beautiful buildings, colors, and sights! Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  7. This looks amazing we have a German market every year at Christmas time where I live but nothing as great as this, thanks for sharing have a lovely Christmas! :) x


  8. Words cannot express how jealous I am! This is what Christmas should be like!!! I was born & grew up in Romania so these pictures feel like home to me since the decor is very similar. I hope to visit Germany one day during Christmas time. Your pictures are amazing.

  9. Your pictures are gorgeous! I've just left Germany and we went to Rothenburg Christmas market too. It was definitely a highlight (although when we went it was freezing!) Such a gorgeous place and sounds like you had a great time too.

  10. Magical! These are the areas in Europe that I love.

  11. That must have been amazing! Germany is always a great place to travel to but Rothenburg must have been incredible during the holiday season! Thank you for taking pictures and sharing with everyone!


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