The Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt Claims to be the Most Beautiful:
We first visited Augsburg a couple of years ago at the end of our Romantic Road trip. The lady in the tourist office said that we should visit their Christmas market. According to her, the Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most beautiful in Germany. I had my reservations, but being Christmas market junkies we had to check it out.
Augsburg Christmas Market
The main Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt is set in the Rathausplatz, against the magnificent backdrop of its Renaissance city hall. During the advent season the facade of the town hall is turned into huge advent calendar. The opening ceremony of the Augsburg Christkindlesmarkt sounds quite spectacular, but we weren’t there to see it. The market stalls spill over to Fuggerplatz, Martin-Luther-Platz, and Moritzplatz. In the Rathausplatz alone, there are some 130 stalls.
Goods on sale include the usual Christmas decorations, wood carvings, candles, gloves and scarves, handmade gifts, etc.
Drinks at Augsburg Christkindlesmarkt
There are plenty of glühwein stalls at the market, but the one that stands out is the stall at the base of the weihnachtspyramide.
This four-storey high revolving Christmas pyramid is a feature of German Christmas markets. Take a close look and you’ll see angels playing various musical instruments on each level.
Tony’s drink of choice is the feuerzangenbowle. On a cold night, the drink is a warm welcome. We rate all feuerzangenbowle by the standards of Berlin and Dresden. Augsburg’s unfortunately is not quite there yet.
Hearty Bavarian Specialities
As far as food is concerned, there are plenty of the typical Bavarian specialities like bratwurst, schupfnudeln, dumplings with sauerkraut and bacon, kartoffelpuffer, fleischküchle (meat balls), etc.
I was amazed at the size of the dampfnudel which is very popular with the locals. The steamed dumpling dessert is almost the size of my palm. A vanilla sauce is ladled over it and then chocolate is sprinkled over the dumpling. I thought if I had one, I would surely not be able to move for two days. The locals however showed no concern and they tucked into them with gusto.
We didn’t do too well with food. For pescatarians like us, food options at the Augsburg Christmas markets are limited. We did find a flammkuchen stall which has cheese and tomato toppings. Apart from the flammkuchen, there are kartoffelpuffer and a vegetarian schupfnudeln. But, we didn’t feel like overloading on carbohydrates. Luckily for us, we did find a couple of nice restaurants for dinner.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the City Hotel Ost am Kö previously and found it to be very convenient for visiting the Augsburg Christmas market. This family-owned traditional hotel is cosy and the breakfast is excellent.
Was it the most Beautiful?
The Augsburg Christkindlesmarkt has its own nice features. We enjoyed our visit, but we wouldn’t say it is the most beautiful in Germany. But then, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!