Merry Christmas or Frohe Weihnachten as the Locals Say

Just a quick posting to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and hope you all have a lovely time wherever you are.

I myself am currently in the warmer climes of Beirut in Lebanon where the wine is also good and I brought lots of Lebkuchen and other German Christmas treats with me!

Grüß aus Libanon ☺️

Christmas Trees at Kloster Machern

If you are looking for a real Christmas tree this year,  Baumschule Erbe from Erden will be selling them at Kloster Machern near Bernkastel Kues between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • 6th through 8th December inclusive
  • 13th through 15th December inclusive
  • 19th through 22nd December inclusive

Whilst you are there, the monastery (“Kloster”) itself is worth exploring. As well as the usual ecclesiastical buildings, there is also a brewery, museum and winery.

Kloster Machern website is http://www.klostermachern.de/ although it is only in German so you might need to run it through Google Translate.

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Kloster Machern Christmas Trees

Chris (t) mas with Chris Kramer – Christmas Show in Five Languages

To get you in the Christmas spirit, Bernkastel Kues is holding a concert called “Chris (t) mas mit Chris Kramer”.

I myself am not familiar with this Chris Kramer or his band, but according to the blurb, he is a well-known harmonica virtuoso. Also, his pianist Nicholas Floer seemingly caused a stir at the Montreux Jazz festival.

The unique thing about this concert is that Christmas carols and other songs will be sung in English, French Spanish, Italian and German or a combination of those. The music spans several genres including blues, classical, jazz, swing and boogie-woogie so everyone will be catered for. An elaborate light show is also promised to add to the ambience.

The concert takes place on Saturday 8th December 2018 in the church of St. Michael in Bernkastel-Kues. Admission is from 6 p.m. with the show commencing at 6.30 p.m. Ticket prices are €18 for adults, €8 for children up to 14 years of age and €14 for everyone else.

Tickets can are available at https://www.ticket-regional.de/events.php?mysearchEventtype=BEJOYNT+GmbH+&+Co.+KG&lang=en and can be either sent by email to print at home, or they can be posted for an extra charge.

The website for the event is https://www.weihnachtsmarkt-bernkastel-kues.de/programmpunkte/weihnachtsbuehne-karlsbader-platz/. Unfortunately, that is only in German which is ironic given the show will be in five languages!

(Image courtesy of Chris Kramer and the www.weihnachtsmarkt-bernkastel-kues.de website)

Nativity Play In Reichsburg Cochem

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If you are looking for something really “Christmassy” in December, this event could be what you are looking for. It is a live nativity play in the courtyards of the beautiful Reichsburg castle in Cochem, which is well worth a visit in its own right and Cochem is a lively and interesting town too.

The play is conducted in German, but I attended a similar one in another part of Germany and it really did have a magical feel for both children and adults alike. At the end there will be Christmas market stalls selling seasonal foods and other bits and bobs.

Further details can be found by clicking here.

Merry Christmas

Just a quick posting to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas whether you will be celebrating it on the 24th as the Germans do, or on 25th as we Brits do. I myself am spending it in Essen with my partner and our Christmas lunch will be a rather untraditional but incredibly tasty roast leg of lamb supplied by my brother back in England who runs traditional butcher shop in England and can claim Jamie Oliver as a customer.

Whilst I am here, I also want to apologise for the lack of posts over the last few months. Work problems, studying and more recently a family bereavement amongst other things have taken their toll but hopefully I will be able to start 2017 with a fresh outlook and provide you with lots more interesting stuff on life in both the Moseltal and Germany in general.

Take care everyone and enjoy the festive season no matter what nationally or religious denomination you are.

Weihnachts Comes But Once A Year

Christmas – or “Weihnachts” in German – is fast approaching and that means the famous German Christmas Markets are now well underway. For those of us living in or visiting the Mosel, the unique combination of the magical market atmosphere coupled with picturesque surroundings really is unbeatable.

So put on your woolly scarves and gloves and indulge in a glass or two of the ubiquitous “Glühwein” (warm mulled wine) or “Eierlikor” (eggnog) as you browse a multitude of stalls selling crafts, trinkets, sweets and a whole host of other traditional (an not so traditional) Christmas goods.

Most towns big and small have at least one market, some lasting just for a few days and others for much longer, and you can find a selection of those that take place in and around the valley here, or for a little further afield but still close enough for a day trip click here.

Countdown Is Progressing

Well, the Christmas countdown has now officially started and that means that the Christmas markets are now underway across Germany.

So now is the time to start doing a bit of Christmas shopping, and while you are at it you may as well have a few glasses of the legendary Glühwein to keep you warm. And if you get a bit peckish, there are always seasonal treats available to accompany the plonk.

There are numerous markets across the region. In the larger towns and cities, they are generally open daily, but in the smaller towns and villages they may only operate for a few days. I myself am not so keen on the larger markets as they tend to be a bit “samey”, whilst the smaller ones  can have bags more Christmas spirit about them and I am not necessarily talking about the bottled kind.

To find a list of markets taking place in the area, click here. Given that the towns along the river are all quite small the events will be easy enough to find – just follow the crowd!

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