Pictures: Christian, Annette, Katharina, Benjamin, Lorelei and Otto Schiller at Frankfurt Christmas Market
Yesterday, we (Annette, Katharina, Benjamin, Lorelei, Otto and Christian Schiller) had our first Gluehwein of this year at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, after arriving in Germany over the last weekend (except for Katharina who lives in Stuttgart).
Glühwein, the popular mulled wine in German-speaking countries and the region of Alsace in Northeastern France, just across the border from Southwest Germany, is the traditional beverage offered and drunk at Christmas Markets, but is also offered in cafés and restaurants during the Advent and Christmas season.
Glühwein is made from red wine that was heated and spiced with cinnamon, citrus, vanilla pods, cloves and sugar. In Frankfurt am Main, the base wine can be applewine (hard cider). In fact, Benjamin had an applewine-based Glühwein.
The German Christmas markets open in early-December and sell ornaments, advent calendars, springerle molds and other Christmas items. Every city and town in Germany has a Christmas market.
Yesterday evening, on the historic market square in Frankfurt, against the imposing back-drop of the over thousand year old Cathedral of Frankfurt am Main and the Roemer (Mayor’s Office), the air was scented with a Christmassy mixture of roast almonds, gingerbread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine. Large and small visitors gladly let themselves be enchanted by this pre-Christmas atmosphere. On a stroll through the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the stress and hectic pace of everyday life were quickly forgotten.
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