FrankfurtRheinMain has lots to offer in the run-up to Christmas. Here you can read about what not to miss.
Christmas markets with half-timbered idyll
Germany is world famous for its Christmas markets – and the FrankfurtRheinMain region has some very special ones. In Frankfurt itself locals celebrate in the world’s most modern Old Town, in Erbach in the Odenwald region against the backdrop of Erbach Palace, in the Old Town in Seligenstadt directly next to the monastery on the banks of the River Main, and in Kronberg in the Taunus hills beneath the castle. Inside tip: In Erbach you can also buy Christmas presents. The Koziol outlet store is just around the corner. The company manufactures design articles and home accessories.
Mulled wine parties with Riesling
Mulled wine is probably the most important part of any Christmas market. Usually, red wine with various spices is heated up and sweetened to taste. Not so in the Rheingau region. There the locals prefer fine Riesling white wine. And vintner’s mulled wine, which is made exclusively with grapes from a specific vintner, is something very special indeed. You can try it at numerous mulled wine parties, as well as at the Advent and Christmas markets in the Rheingau region.
The home of the fairy-tale spinners
Christmas is the time for fairy tales. Written by the Brothers Grimm, “Hansel and Gretel” is one of the most popular Christmas fairy tales. If you would like to find out more about the authors, who were born in Hanau, you should visit the Brothers Grimm House in Steinau an der Strasse, where they grew up. On the ground floor, the brothers’ childhood and youth come to life again, while on the upper floor their fairy tales take centre stage.
The centre of goldsmithery
Jewellery is still one of the most popular Christmas presents. At Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus (German Goldsmiths’ House) in Hanau you can find out about all the things that can be done with gold and silver. Prize-winning pieces from the Silver Triennial and highlights from the collection will be on display until early January. The tradition of goldsmithery in Hanau dates back to the early 17th century and the city is a centre of the German jewellery industry.