A Christmas Market Weekend in Germany and France

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Two days, two Aussies, two Americans, two countries, two Christmas markets, two castles and two-hundred kilometres per hour on the autobahn…our weekend in Germany and France is forever one that will be remembered with hearts aglow!

Being the authentic travellers we are, we made sure to soak up every inch of the cultural Christmas experience – meat, bread/pastry, potato, cheese, spaetzle, schnitzel, mulled wine (red, white and cherry) and beer. We gawked at Christmas displays of epic proportions. We hiked to the highest peak in the northern Black Forest – Hornisgrinde (1164m). I couldn’t resist a forage for wild flowers. Chris was chuffed as can be with his top speed on the autobahn and our chivalrous chauffeur taking on all the driving for the trip (over 700kms). Jon and Meredith (our American friends) were forever changed when we happened upon what was later labelled a ‘rave’ – a log cabin jammed full of inebriated middle aged Germans, singing and dancing on tables. That’s a snap shot of our fabulous two days. Here are all the pretty pictures!

Day 1

Hohenzollern Castlefullsizerender-48fullsizerender-43fullsizerender-47fullsizerender-61fullsizerender-45

Lichtenstein Castlefullsizerender-36fullsizerender-41 fullsizerender-40fullsizerender-38fullsizerender-49

Stop 3 and Overnight Stay: Baden Baden – Christmas Market #1fullsizerender-28fullsizerender-32fullsizerender-24fullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerender-34fullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerender-26

Beer Stop: Lowenbraufullsizerender-59fullsizerender-56fullsizerender-60fullsizerender-58

Day 2

Black Forest adventure to the peak of Hornisgrindefullsizerender-21  fullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerender-16fullsizerender-20fullsizerender-9fullsizerender-13fullsizerender-7fullsizerender-11

France for lunch and Christmas Market #2 – Strasbourg (‘Christmas Capital of the World’)fullsizerenderfullsizerender-2fullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerender-1

Memmingen (our port of departure) and Schnitzelfullsizerender-50 fullsizerender-52fullsizerender-53 fullsizerender-55

I think it’s official. German-Franco Christmas rules!

Much love,

C + P

P.S. Thanks to Urban Outfitters and Instrmnt for the early Christmas gifts to wear on the trip.


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  2. For a stunning backdrop to a German Christmas market, it is impossible to beat Cologne Cathedral, the magnificent Gothic edifice that took more than 600 years to complete and which today is still the city’s defining feature.

  3. For a stunning backdrop to a German Christmas market, it is impossible to beat Cologne Cathedral, the magnificent Gothic edifice that took more than 600 years to complete and which today is still the city’s defining feature.

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