Last December, I took an unexpected trip to Cologne, Germany, one of the many places in Europe which hold Christmas Markets. Let’s just say that it was difficult for me to contain myself once I set eyes upon the beautiful, magical scene of red stalls and twinkling lights below the cathedral. I could only imagine all the treasures which awaited my discovery! Mostly I was thinking about food. ?
Here are the top ten foods I enjoyed immensely at the German Christmas markets, in no particular order. I strongly recommend visiting Germany in December, whether it’s this year or sometime in the future.
The Top Ten Edible Reasons to go to the Christmas Markets in Germany
Yes, you can get bratwurst in Germany all the time, but not cooked outside on grills over hot coals.
2. Mushrooms with garlic sauce.
Can I just tell you that this is simply “awesomeness in a bowl”? My version of this recipe.
3. Market plates.
When you’re at the markets, there’s no need to step foot inside a restaurant if you don’t want to.
No words. Just tears of joy.
5. Baked potatoes with herb butter.
This was my dinner one evening and I was in potato heaven.
6. Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce)
Warm and wonderful; you absolutely cannot go to Germany and not have apfelstrudel!
7. Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)
The most intriguing way of making a cake that I have ever seen. And it tastes fantastic, to boot!
One of the things I loved most was not having to ask if they use real cream. OMG, yes!
9. Hot Chocolate
So, technically “potable” and not “edible”, but how could I leave this out?
We’re talking real chocolate, People, and real cream–again!
Last, but certainly not least, I present to you a perfect specimen of Stollen.
There are many more market foods which you may fall in love with which are not on my list, as I was not able to try everything I wanted to try, but the German Christmas markets are definitely a food lover’s paradise, and I plan to return, over and over again.
Some more food photos, for those of you who can’t get enough…
Don’t know how this compares to Scottish Smoked Salmon, but it looked great!
I could have eaten half of these myself.
These seemed to be the “hottest” item going, at the market (no pun intended) as the lines for these were the longest and everyone appeared to be eating them more than anything else. However, I didn’t find them very appealing as they were too greasy for me (trust me I have no problem with most fried food), but I also found the combination with applesauce not to be to my liking, but that’s what is so wonderful about experiencing other cultures and their food–it’s all different or else we’d all be eating the exact same thing!
As you can see, there’s something for everyone at the Christmas markets in Germany, and as this kind stranger let me know–it’s all good!
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