Lights, Coffee, Ponies at the Rüdesheim am Rhein Christmas Market of Nations

| October 5, 2014

Throughout the Advent season, Rüdesheim am Rhein hosts an annual Christmas Market of the Nations.  It earned the title of my personal Favorite Christmas Market of 2012 due to its beautiful Christmassy atmosphere.

Beautiful at night

Nighttime at the market

Nothing was missing–there were even (surprisingly!) pony rides.  In fact, this market will be an all-around hit with the little ones.

Carousel

Carousel

Pony rides

Pony rides

Live bunny village

Live bunny village

Small kiddie train

Small kiddie train

Decorations were festive and the life-size nativity scene, said to be one of Europe’s largest, was beautiful.

Nativity scene

Nativity scene

Fun decorations

Fun decorations

 

What else is there?  Food and drink of the Rheingau!  There’s no better time to stay warm with a delicious Rüdesheimer Kaffee, an alcoholic coffee drink that is divine.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t warm up with a mug of Glühwein, but I’m telling you: this coffee is a must.  It’s served in its own special mug because, well, it deserves its own special mug.

They'll probably flambé it right before your eyes!

They’ll probably flambé it right before your eyes!

rudesheimer kaffee coffee

You can be sure I own this mug. Now, if only I had a personal chef to flambé me some Rüdesheimer Kaffee…

 

You should also grab some Asbach chocolates for yourself or for gifts.  Or both.  My personal favorite are the little filled bottles with a crust inside.  Look for the “mit Kruste” seal.  In general, remember: German filled chocolates tend to pack a bigger punch than American chocolates!

asbach candy

All I can say is YUM

It’s simply quaint to wind your way through the narrow cobblestone paths of Rüdesheim.

rudesheim christmas market

Randy looks happy!

That said, it is a popular and therefore crowded market, which could detract from your experience if you’re looking for an intimate setting; you also have to make sure that what you’re buying wasn’t made in China or the like.  You might find, though, that this detraction is counteracted by the natural charm of Rüdesheim.  Christmas trees line the narrow streets, including the famous Drosselgasse, an oft-photographed street all year round.

rudesheim christmas market

Drosselgasse

 

One unique aspect of the market is its “Market of the Nations” theme.  In about a dozen areas of the market, you will find goods from each of a dozen nations.

New scarf and hat!

New scarf and hat!

The gist: the market is charming and just the perfect picture of Christmas, but be prepared for crowds!

What we brought home from Rüdesheim: A lovely Nordic scarf and hat set for me, a Sweden soccer scarf for the husband, and awesome memories.

rudesheim christmas market

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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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