Esslingen’s Medieval Christmas Market

| November 29, 2014

The Esslingen Medieval Christmas market is easily a full weekend event, with its market stalls extending in every direction against a medieval city backdrop.  It became a favorite within minutes of arriving.  It runs daily from 25NOV-21DEC, and you just can’t see it all in one day!

christmas pyramid

A typical Christmas pyramid presides over the Marktplatz, this one atop a Gleuwein stand.

christmas market esslingen

In one workshop, kids decorate gingerbread houses; in another, they can create candles

mouse roulette

Medieval games like “Mouse Roulette” are scattered around the market.  Whose house will this little guy run into?


Medieval performers play their instruments as they walk through town.

live nativity scene

Live animals at the nativity scene are a big hit with the kids.

stalls cookies

Stalls are overflowing with Christmas spirit

bread on a stick

Know what’s delicious? Bread on a stick.

fachwerk neckar

The old town sits on the water

renaissance architecture

Beautiful by day…

and beautiful by night.

and beautiful by night.

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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