Despite it only being early November, the whole world seems to be getting ready for Christmas and Germany is no different. The Christmas markets will soon be kicking off, and whilst virtually every town has one, they can be a bit ‘samey’ if you know what I mean. Luckily there are plenty with an unusual twist, and I think one of the most notable and romantic has to be the Traben-Trarbach”Mosel-Wein-Nachts-Markt” which literally means “Wine Nights Market”, a clever play on “Weihnachtsmarkt”, the German word for Christmas Market.
In keeping with the wine heritage of the town, this event offers markets in the enormous old vaulted cellars under the town streets which are specially decked out with stalls offering a big variety of traditional crafts, edible treats and of course local plonk. Also on offer is an ice skating rink (outdoor, not in a cellar!) plus an extensive entertainment programme.
The cellars are open Friday to Sunday between 24th November 2017 and 18th December 2017, and the doors are open from 11am to 9pm. From 18th December 2017 to 1st January 2018 they are also open from 11am to 7pm Monday and Thursday. New Year’s Eve opening times are 11am to 4pm, and everything is closed on 26th November and 24th/25th December 2017.
Traben-Trabach is very accessible, being located right on the Mosel between Koblenz and Trier. A shuttle bus service is available from some of the other towns in the locality, and cheap flights are available from various European cities to Frankfurt Hahn regional airport which is only about 40 minutes away, so why not spend a weekend here and experience the real German Christmas spirit?
You can find out more by clicking here for the website but you may have to run it through Google Translate as it is only in German. Clicking here will give you the brochure which has all of the important information in English, French and Dutch and includes a map of the various attractions, programme for the entertainment and more. Alternatively, the Tourist Information office in the town will be able to help.