Archiv für den Monat: November 2014

Christmas Markets

Sooner or later – despite the 16,5 degrees we had today here on the Alb – Santa Claus will be coming to town. I guess Christmas markets are the favorite place to go for people visiting Germany. And I would agree: they are a wonderful component of „German Gemutlichkeit“. Apart from the all-time favorite „Gluhwein“ (I am giving up on putting Umlauts in the words: Glühwein, Gemütlichkeit.. ;-)), hand-made products are offered, festive decoration of the stands and … well you have to go see it.

While visitors typically go to the most famous markets in Nuremberg (Nürnberg.. another one 😉 ) or even to Strassburg right behind the border of France, the Swabian Alb and surroundings have some pretty markets to offer too.

Exceptionally pretty is the yearly Royal Christmas Market on the Hohenzollern Castle (Burg Hohenzollern). It takes place on meanwhile two (guess why!) weekends  in early advent and is an absolute must-see when in the area.

Another option – little of topic, because it is more in the Black Forest – is the Christmas Market on the Neuenbürg Castle. Again setting is a castle, which offers a great frame in itself. Even prettier, when there is snow.

And of course, don’t miss out on the Stuttgart Christmas Market, which I personally think is one of the prettiest „town Christmas markets“ in Germany.

The latter two websites do not have information in English language. So if you need more information, please comment this post, and I will be happy to assist.

In closing, some German lessons you need to learn before going to the Christmas market:

  • Christmast market = Weihnachtsmarkt
  • Hot spiced wine = Glühwein
  • A hot spiced wine please = Ein Glühwein bitte
  • Christmas carol = Weihnachtslied
  • Christmas tree = Weihnachtsbaum
  • Merry Christmas! = Frohe Weihnachten!

Where again do I live?

Starting to write a blog about the Swabian Alb for people not really speaking German seemed like an easy thing to do. Well, I am a little smarter now.

The web seems not to have decided, how the area I live in is called in in the English language. While the German tourism page calls it  – like me 🙂 – Swabian Alb, while the tourism page of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg calls it „The Swabian Mountains„. Even better, some homepages call it the Swabian Alp, and those who are overwhelmed with the decision making call it „the region south of Stuttgart“. Which could also result in „the region north of Lake Constance“…  Probably I should just stay with Schwäbische Alb and you all figure out how to best pronounce the „sch“ and the „ä“… 😉

[25.12.2014]: Dicovered a new one, the Swabian Jura, as mentioned on the page Mythos Schwäbische Alb. They have a lot of information available in English by the way.